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Leave No Stone Unturned

April 24, 2018 By Eric G. Marttila As stated in previous articles in this series, when faced with unexpected economic harms and losses due to personal injury, it is important to explore — and understand — all legal avenues and options which may be available to seek and secure appropriate benefits and compensation. Depending upon […]

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You May Be Entitled to Multiple Disability Benefits! The Eligibility Requirements and the Interactions Between the Benefits Programs

April 17, 2018 By Linay L. Haubert If you are disabled, you may be entitled to disability benefits through multiple benefit programs. Before applying for disability benefits from multiple programs, it is important to know how benefit programs interact and how each applying for one benefit may affect your eligibility for another for other benefits.  […]

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Applying for and Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits

February 7, 2018 By Thomas E. Panzer, Esq. Have you suffered a wage loss as a result of accident or injury?  High Swartz attorneys work together to coordinate a strategy to apply for and maximize any disability benefits available to someone who has  suffered a sudden or unexpected loss of income due to illness or […]

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When Unexpected Income Loss Strikes Home: What Are Your Options?

December 6, 2017 By Douglas Wayne Few people are adequately prepared for a sudden or unexpected loss of income due to no fault of their own.  The cause for the loss of income can take many forms.  Perhaps a negligent driver runs a stop sign and strikes your vehicle, leaving you in pain and unable […]

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FAQs for Employers on Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits

October 25, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer Based upon the Pennsylvania Statewide Average Weekly Wage, the maximum compensation payable under the Workers’ Compensation Act, is $995 per week for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2017. As an employer, you have the responsibility to provide workers’ compensation coverage to your employees. You also have […]

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Workers’ Compensation in PA: Who Has Control Over the Work

October 11, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer There is no bright line rule to determine the existence of an employer-employee relationship under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act; however, the Pennsylvania Courts have created guidelines and have established certain factors to take into consideration in answering the question. The primary factor in determining whether a particular […]

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Subrogation: The Lien is Absolute (or Is It…)

November 17, 2016 By Thomas E. Panzer Employers and their Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carriers (“Employer”) need to be aware that the Employer’s right to subrogate to a Claimant’s third party action is under attack. Section 319 of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides the statutory authority for the Employer to subrogate to a third party […]

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Statutory Employers and the Employee Misclassification Act: Congratulations, You’ve Got a New Employee for Workers’ Compensation Purposes

October 5, 2016 By Douglas Wayne Construction sites can be dangerous places for employees. However, employers who are general contractors can also find themselves imperiled by unanticipated liability for work-related injuries sustained by workers for subcontractors who are allowed on a jobsite without making sure that the subcontractors have appropriate insurance protecting their workers.

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Independent Contractor Doctrine Affirmed

August 5, 2016 By: Thomas E. Panzer The High Swartz workers’ compensation defense group recently earned a favorable ruling from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.  In the matter of, Edwards v Epicure Home Care, Inc. (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board), 134 A3d 1156, Pa. Cmwlth Ct 2016, the Commonwealth Court affirmed our client’s use of independent contractors […]

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