New Hope to Replace Opioid Painkillers with Safer Alternative

by Karl Voigt Researcher led by scientists from The University of Texas have revealed the results of their extensive research into a new pain medication that may provide an alternative to addictive opioids. You may have read on this blog how researchers have focused on the sigma-1 nerve receptor protein in developing opioid pain alternatives. … Continue reading New Hope to Replace Opioid Painkillers with Safer Alternative

House Bill 18 Postponed

by Karl Voigt "Formulary." If House Bill 18 passes and you're a workers' compensation recipient, that's a word you're going to have to get used to. And likely another word: "NO". This new legislation is intended to reduce costs for insurance companies by limiting the types of drugs that doctors can prescribe for you. Which … Continue reading House Bill 18 Postponed

Breaking News: Supreme Court Nixes Workers’ Compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations

by Karl Voigt At 11:00 AM today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court published its long-awaited opinion regarding the constitutionality of Pennsylvania worker's compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs). In the vast majority of cases, these examinations serve to limit worker's compensation wage loss benefits to 604 weeks, potentially leaving disabled workers with no source of income. In … Continue reading Breaking News: Supreme Court Nixes Workers’ Compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations

Elon Musks’ Leadership in the Field of Workers’ Compensation: Are You Listening PA CEOs?

By Karl Voigt By now our readers may have heard of the Tesla factory's reputation for work injuries. Nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group,  made headlines earlier this year when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant was 31% higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. Worksafe's report says … Continue reading Elon Musks’ Leadership in the Field of Workers’ Compensation: Are You Listening PA CEOs?

Pennsylvania House Bill 18 Takes Aim at Workers’ Compensation Medications

by Karl Voigt The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday,  June 20 will likely be voting on its House Bill 18, which seeks to further control medications taken by Workers' Compensation claimants. Some consider this a "foot in the door" piece of legislation that is designed to start the process of more severely limiting medications, … Continue reading Pennsylvania House Bill 18 Takes Aim at Workers’ Compensation Medications

When Do You Need an Attorney for Workers’ Compensation?

by Karl Voigt When do you need an attorney for Workers' Compensation? For those of you who read my posts on Avvo.com, you know that I am by no means a salesman for lawyers. I often encourage Workers' Compensation claimants to stick it out, and not enter into a fee agreement with a Workers' Compensation … Continue reading When Do You Need an Attorney for Workers’ Compensation?

Pennsylvania Announces 2017 Average Weekly Wage

by Karl VoigtPennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage. This figure serves as the basis for determining the maximum and minimum weekly Workers’ Compensation benefit rates in Pennsylvania. The figure has increased to $995 from the 2016 average of $978. This increase affects the weekly rates paid to … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2017 Average Weekly Wage

Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Medical Examinations

by Karl Voigt Insurance medical examinations (IMEs) are a tool used by workers' compensation carriers to control costs. Whether a claimant has been receiving benefits or is just attempting to obtain them, the carrier has a statutory right to send them for an examination with a doctor of its choice. These exams - if they … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Medical Examinations