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

Maine Allows for Marijuana Use in Workers’ Compensation

by Karl Voigt If marijuana law is a particularly dynamic field of practice, then marijuana law as it pertains to Workers' Compensation law is even moreso mutable. We have all seen news coverage of individual states trying to get a handle on changing legal standards with respect to marijuana growing, sales, and use. Only now … Continue reading Maine Allows for Marijuana Use in Workers’ Compensation

What is BU08028 and What Does it Mean to Chronic Pain Sufferers?

by Karl Voigt In short, BU08028 is a new research drug that provides the pain relief of opiates, without their addictive effects. Trials of the drug have been conducted on rhesus monkeys with success that — it is hoped — will translate to humans. The trials, conducted at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, demonstrated … Continue reading What is BU08028 and What Does it Mean to Chronic Pain Sufferers?

Workers’ Compensation and Medical Marijuana

by Karl Voigt This April, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 16 of 2016 (the Medical Marijuana Program),which will enable patients with serious medical conditions to purchase marijuana to treat their symptoms. This is viewed as a conservative approach to the legalization of marijuana in certain circumstances, not a wholesale and liberal distribution of medical marijuana … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Medical Marijuana

Injured workers: Pennsylvania Republicans want a loan…from you!

by Karl Voigt Injured workers: Pennsylvania Republicans want a loan...from you! On June 29, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a $31.6 billion budget. The legislature is even today, Sunday, meeting to work out the details. Somewhat shortsightedly, they have yet to figure out exactly how to fund their new budget. One idea tossed out by Republican … Continue reading Injured workers: Pennsylvania Republicans want a loan…from you!