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Pennsylvania seminar provides update of workers' compensation law

An upcoming seminar offered by the National Business Institute at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, reminds practitioners and claimants alike of the complexities that can arise in filing workers' compensation claims.

Seminar topics will address a broad range of issues. Some anticipated highlights include: claim valuation, medical discovery issues, settlement options, hearing procedures, third party recoveries, an overview and update of relevant statutory and case law, and ethical obligations. Speakers will include many local workers' compensation attorneys and firms, such as Cullen Legal.

Under Pennsylvania state law, the Workers' Compensation Act requires employers to carry workers' compensation for their employees under most circumstances. Workers' compensation is a type of insurance purchased by employers to cover on-the-job accidents. The system allows injured employees to gain monetary assistance for work injuries without having to sue their employer and meet a steep burden of proving that their employer's negligence caused the injury.

As many Pennsylvania readers might suspect, however, the claims process can quickly become entangled. First, there are time limitations not only for notifying an employer when an injury has occurred, but also for pursuing a claim. There may also be a difference of opinion among medical experts regarding the amount of money and care needed to rehabilitate an employee. Finally, there is also an appeals process for hearing disputes. In Pennsylvania, the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board's hears appeals from the decisions of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation Judges.

If you were injured on the job and did not receive medical and wage loss benefits from your employer, an attorney can be your best resource to untangle the claims process and help you obtain the recovery you deserve.

Source: National Business Institute, "Handling the Workers' Compensation Case From Start to Finish," Kirstie Heidenreich, Jan. 16, 2013

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