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  • PA Supreme Court Limits Carrier’s Ability to Initiate Third Party Claim on Behalf of a Claimant
    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in their Decision in Hartford v. Kamara No. 24 EAP 2017 decided November 21, 2018 has further limited Employer’s right to initiate suit against a third party on behalf of a Claimant.
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  • Effective Techniques for Mediating a Workers’ Compensation Claim
    The PDF outlines the effective techniques for mediating a workers' compensation claim from all the parties' perspectives.
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  • Panel Physician Advisory
    The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides that Employers who establish a list of designated Health Care Providers and obtain signed notification forms may control medical treatment for the first ninety (90) days from the date of the first “visit” for the treatment of the work injury or illness. The exception remains emergency care. Again, the Employer need not pay for medical care during the ninety (90) day treatment period of the Employee obtains care from other Health Care Providers.
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  • PA Workers Compensation Guide
    A Quick Reference Guide that covers Pennsylvania Workers Compensation.
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  • Counsel Fee on Medical Expense – Righter v. WCAB
    In the matter of Patricia Righter v. WCAB (Righter Parking), 1356 C.D. 2015, filed
    June 14, 2016, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court addressed the issue of whether the WCJ
    erred in that case in concluding that Claimant’s counsel’s 20% fee agreement with their client
    did not entitle Claimant’s counsel to a 20% of medical bills paid in conjunction with the awarded Claim Petition.
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  • GuideBook for Common Orthopedic Injuries
    A compendium of Common Orthopedic Injuries including their diagnosis and treatment.
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  • Utilization Reviews – A Multi-Perspective of Employers’ Burden and Guide to UR Process
    Section 306 of the WC Act provides that disputes as to reasonableness and necessity are to be
    resolved via the Utilization Review (UR) Process set forth in that provision of the statute. There is no other way to contest the reasonableness and necessity of treatment in a PA WC claim.
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  • Legislative Update – House Bill 1800 – Standards of Medical Care
    The Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee is considering House Bill No. 1800.The bill proposes establishing a set of standards for medical care for injured workers, which in a utilization review setting, would establish a more precise measure for whether care in question is reasonable and necessary.
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  • Protz Fix House Bill 1840
    The enactment of Act 111 reinstates with Impairment Rating Examinations under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act which had been in place since August 23, 1996 until the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Protz in 2017. As a result, insurers and self- insureds again may secure Impairment Rating Examinations of Claimants in long-term disability cases. In those cases where Claimants are less than 35% impaired under the 6th edition of the AMA guides, liability for wage loss benefits would be capped at the 500-week partial disability maximum under the Act.
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