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Is workers’ comp taxable?

Ask a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer: Are Workers’ Comp Payments Taxable in Pennsylvania?

If you are receiving workers’ comp benefits, or if benefits are pending for you or a family member, you may be wondering, “Is workers’ comp taxable?” You are wise to be concerned about the taxable status of workers’ compensation payments that replace earned income while you are unable to work due to job-related illness or injury.

Is income taxable no matter what the source? What procedures must be followed when you file your tax return while receiving workers’ comp? Here, we will address these basic concerns.

If you have further questions, a Munley Law Pennsylvania workers’ comp lawyer can address your queries concerning the taxable status of unemployment benefits.

Our skilled, knowledgeable attorneys can also assist you if you are experiencing difficulty in obtaining workers’ compensation initially, or in continuing to receive payments until you are fully recovered and capable of re-assuming your job duties. […]

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What is malingering?

What is “malingering” and how can it affect your workers’ comp case?

One of the roadblocks to getting your full workers’ compensation benefits is an accusation of malingering. 

The subject of malingering is addressed briefly on our Scranton Workers’ Compensation webpage.  Here, we take a more in-depth look at the topic. Accusations of malingering can have serious consequences. They may result in the discontinuation of workers’ compensation or other benefits for those suffering from an injury or illness that prevents them from working.  

The workers’ comp attorneys at Munley Law know how to respond to malingering accusations, and ensure that you receive the benefits you rightfully deserve.  If you are falsely accused of malingering by workers’ compensation insurance adjusters, or your employer, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is Malingering?

Malingering comes up often in the context of workers’ […]

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What is the Coming and Going Rule in Workers’ Comp?

Workers’ Comp Coming and Going Rule: How it Affects Your Claim

Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides financial aid to employees to cover the medical expenses and lost wages due to work-related illnesses, diseases, and injuries. The Pennsylvania Workmen’s (Workers’) Compensation Act was enacted in 1915 and is mandatory for most employers across the state. The insurance is meant to benefit both the employee and the employer, protecting the employee in cases of illness and injury on the job, and the employer from being sued for such cases. Compensation is roughly 66% of the employee’s average weekly wage.

There is an exception, however, to Workers’ Comp. It’s called the Going and Coming Rule. 

What is the coming and going rule?

According to DMV.ORG, the Going and Coming Rule is when an employee gets into an accident and/or is injured commuting either to or from work. […]

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Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Seasonal Workers?

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Seasonal Workers?

Businesses supplement their staff in peak seasons like summertime and winter holidays by hiring seasonal employees. As the workforce grows, coverage requirements evolve, including workers’ comp seasonal employees’ demands.

The Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act doesn’t give a clear distinction between full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees. Some employers provide more benefits to full-time staff than other workers.

So, what happens if you are a short-term employee and you sustain a work-related injury or illness? This post explains how the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act protects seasonal workers.

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Seasonal Employees

ask a workers' comp lawyer: doesworkers comp cover seasonal workers

Pennsylvania worker’s compensation covers nearly all workers, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees. Employers like corporations, nonprofits, unincorporated businesses, and even entities with just one employee must provide workers’ compensation coverage.

However, you may not be eligible for workers’ […]

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What is the leading cause of workplace fatalities?

The leading cause of work-related fatalities

Overwhelmingly, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. Car and truck crashes account for 40% of job-related deaths each year, according to the National Safety Council. Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 or #2 cause of job-related death across all industry groups.

Motor vehicle workplace deaths by industry

All workers can be at risk of a fatal work-related crash, whether or not driving is a major part of their job duties. Of course, some industries are more prone than others. Not surprisingly, workers who drive a vehicle as a primary part of their job including truck drivers, delivery drivers, and first responders face the highest risk. Consider the fact that one in three long-haul truck drivers have experienced a serious crash during their career. Motor vehicle accidents were responsible for half of workplace fatalities in the gas and oil extraction industry and 46% of work-related deaths for EMS first responders. […]

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