The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided a case that will have a huge impact on how insurance companies try to reduce or stop paying benefits to injured workers based on the “availability of work”. Many workers are faced with a possible reduction in benefits because an “earning power assessment” and “labor market survey” have been prepared showing the existence of jobs at certain wage levels. Although it was possible to defend against this effort, doing so was hard. With the new decision in place workers can now inquire about the actual availability of the jobs mentioned and tell the judge [...]
Recently we read about an interesting case where an injured worker was asked by the insurance company to complete a form about work the worker was performing. The injured worker signed and returned the form but did not date it. The insurance company suspended payment. The judge said because the form was not dated the insurance company was right to suspend payment. The worker appealed. The Commonwealth Court upheld the judge and the suspension. This case points to the trappings that are part of the workers compensation system. For a free consultation about your case call or email us.
The Social Security Law Judge allowance rate ( i.e. awarding benefits to a disability applicant) for the fiscal year ending Sept 30, 2013 was 47% , representing a 40 year low. Put another way 53 % of the time judges across the country are denying benefits. This was according to testimony given by the Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration at a hearing before a House of Representatives subcommittee in November 2013. Email , call or visit our offices for a free consultation regarding your Social Security Disability claim.