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Occupational Illness & Injury in Pennsylvania

scranton workers' comp attorneyIn Pennsylvania, about 122,000 workers suffered occupational illnesses or injuries in 2019. Each year, more than 100,000 Pennsylvania employees experience an occupational injury on the job or in accidents related to their work. Unfortunately, 71 workers were killed on the job in Pennsylvania.

All of these workers are covered by the Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Under this workers’ comp law, all work injuries and illnesses resulting in death, permanent impairment, or loss of time beyond a day or shift are covered. This means that any employee who suffers a work-related illness or injury may be eligible to receive compensation for his losses, including money to pay for lost wages, medical expenses, physical therapy, or disability. In addition, family members of workers who suffer a fatal injury and die may receive compensation to help them get back on their feet after the death of their loved one.  […]

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Can I file for unemployment while receiving workers’ compensation?

Can I collect both unemployment and workers’ compensation?

If you get injured at work, workers’ compensation may be an option for you. Often referred to as workers’ comp, this is a state-mandated insurance program that offers payment to those who have been hurt or experienced an occupational disease while at work. It’s an extremely common way for workers who have been injured on the job to cover medical expenses and make up for lost wages. But some workers may wonder: Can I collect both unemployment and workers’ comp benefits?

In the state of Pennsylvania, workers’ comp payment areas include wage replacement benefits, death benefits, the coverage of medical expenses, specific loss benefits, and more. Workers’ compensation can be paid out by private insurance companies, the State Workers’ Insurance Fund, or self-insured employers, and most Pennsylvania workers (with some exceptions) are guaranteed coverage by the  Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. […]

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Light duty and workers’ compensation

A workers’ comp lawyer at Munley Law explains “light duty” assignment after a work injury

If you get injured at work, your employer may offer you “light duty” as an alternative to being out of work completely. But this can present a host of questions: What is considered light duty? Will accepting an offer of light duty work prevent me from collecting workers’ compensation? Will I be paid the same salary for light duty work?

Often, people have many valid questions concerning their workers’ compensation claim and precisely what it means if a doctor clears them for light duty. If you have questions about how light-duty work will affect your workers’ comp claim in Pennsylvania, you may want to consult with an experienced workers’ comp lawyer.

What is Light Duty Work?

workers' comp light dutyTypically, when an employee is hurt in a work-related accident, […]

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Bicycle accidents and auto insurance in Pennsylvania

Munley Law personal injury lawyers explain: bicycle accidents and auto insurance

What if you were involved in a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania and suffered a serious injury? If your bicycle was hit by a motorized vehicle, whose insurance company is responsible – yours or the motor vehicle drivers? What if no one was at fault? Can you file an insurance claim or a lawsuit requesting reimbursement for pain and suffering resulting from a bicycle accident? Auto insurance in Pennsylvania offers both full tort and limited tort policy choices. What does that mean? How does it apply to bicycle accident coverage?

Accidents involving bicycles happen all too frequently. It pays to be aware of the details of how insurance coverage works. But the issue can become complex in many cases. Hiring a Pennsylvania bicycle accident lawyer can help you receive the benefits you deserve if you are a victim of an injury caused by an accident that happened while riding your bicycle. […]

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What to do if a truck leaves the scene of a crash?

What Can You Do if a Truck Driver Leaves the Scene of an Accident?

Becoming a victim of a hit and run crash with a truck is a traumatic experience. Truck crashes are increasing in frequency and truck drivers who are “at fault” are more often guilty of leaving the scene of an accident than in the past.

Leaving the scene of an accident isn’t a wise decision. It is a crime that normally results in a more serious penalty than those normally imposed for causing an accident. A driver who flees an accident scene may lose his or her license and/or receive a prison sentence. 

Yet many drivers, in the heat of the moment, flee for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they may leave an accident site unintentionally, unaware they caused damage or injury. 

Victims of hit-and-run truck accidents often suffer serious, […]

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