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How Much Is Too Much To Pay For A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Earlier this week, The Legal Intelligencer published an article on attorney’s fees* in workers’ compensation** cases that’s currently pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. (* For anyone curious about the answer to the age-old question of whether to use attorney fees, attorneys fees, attorney's fees, or attorneys' fees, consider this court opinion. ** For anyone curious about the other age-old question of whether to use worker’s compensation, workers’ compensation, or workers compensation, consider this blog post. Pennsylvania’s laws call them attorney’s fees and workers’ compensation, so I will, too.)   I've written a lot about contingent fee representation on this ... Continue Reading

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When Workers’ Compensation Isn’t Enough After A Wrongful Death

One of the most common situations I see as a personal injury lawyer involves people injured at work because their employer blatantly disregarded OSHA safety regulations. Most everyone knows that workers' compensation laws provide employers with legal immunity from negligence claims, but common sense suggests that employers remain accountable for reckless or intentional wrongdoing. The law, however, doesn't always line up with our common sense of ethicals and morals. We've been successful in the past holding employers and other companies fully accountable despite the workers' compensation laws, but unfortunately employers sometimes can get away with manslaughter. Over at reddit yesterday, ... Continue Reading

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PA Workers Injured In Car Accidents Can Now Recover UIM Benefits

It's a common occurrence: an employee is out on the road as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian as part of their job when they are hit by a car. It’s particularly common for municipal employees like police officers and for delivery drivers and highway workers because they are, of course, out on the road and in danger a lot more than the rest of us. The next legal step is routine: the injured employee files a claim for workers’ compensation, which will cover some medical expenses and some fraction of their salary, and then files suit against the driver that ... Continue Reading

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Pennsylvania Legislature Puts Insurers Over Injury Victims

[Update: Unfortunately, the "Fair Share Act" passed. Stuart Carpey has some details.]   It’s that time of year again. As The Legal Intelligencer and other sources report, Pennsylvania’s joint and several liability laws — which ensure that the economic damage caused by negligent companies falls on insurers and other defendants proven to have been at fault rather than on injured plaintiffs — are on the chopping block again at the Pennsylvania General Assembly: At press time, the state House of Representatives was on its third consideration of House Bill 1, called the "Fair Share Act." The act would change Pennsylvania's doctrine ... Continue Reading

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