If you cannot work in Pennsylvania because of injuries or medical problems, there are two federal government programs that may help you.


The moment you become injured at work, everything changes. You suddenly can't work. The paychecks stop.


Slips, trips and falls are a part of everyday living. But when your slip-and-fall was someone else's fault, it is an entirely different matter, especially if you are injured.


A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision from the end of 2013 sets some important rules that apply to something an employer can do to try to reduce the benefits of an injured worker.

Workers' Comp Success Stories


Set forth below are just some of the successful outcomes we have obtained for our clients.

■ Our client worked for FedEx. After he suffered a low back injury that was accepted as a lumbar sprain, he returned to light duty. He later became disabled by his injury. Two years later, the employer did an impairment rating evaluation. After arguing that the evaluation was invalid, the case settled for $159,841 plus a Medicare set-aside of $45,159.

■ Our client, who had been a truck driver for years, suffered a torn meniscus in his knee that took him out of work. He was subsequently told that he needed a knee replacement. The case settled for $135,000.

■ Our client injured her right knee and low back. As a result of the work injury, she required a right total knee replacement, lumbar epidurals and lumbar facet joint injections. The case settled for $335,000, out of which $100,000 was allocated to future medical treatment.

■ Our client was a bank teller who suffered a left arm and neck sprain and strain, a low back sprain and a left labral tear when she slipped and fell on a wet floor. The employer tried to cut off her benefits, alleging she had fully recovered. After this attempt failed, it tried to cut off her medical treatment by filing utilization reviews, which it also lost. The case then settled for $105,000.

■Our client suffered multiple wrist fractures that were fixed using metal plates. He was being paid $337.50 per week when the employer tried to reduce or cut off those payments, alleging that he could work. We argued that our client could not work and that he had suffered additional injuries beyond the wrist injury. The case settled for $90,000.

■Our client suffered a work-related head injury that resulted in a traumatic brain injury and memory loss. His injuries were so severe that he was approved for Social Security disability. The case settled for $268,000 plus a Medicare set-aside that was funded by an annuity.

■Our client suffered a rotator cuff tear that kept him from returning to his preinjury job. The case settled for $229,500.

■Our client suffered a crush injury to his left foot when it was run over by a forklift. He had multiple fractures and dislocations, and underwent multiple surgerids. He was subsequently approved for Social Security Disability benefits. Ultimately, he settled his claim for wage loss for $200,000. In addition, the employer purchased an annuity to cover his future medical bills in the amount of $123,010.

■The client was a millwright who suffered a significant right arm injury. The employer subsequently tried to reduce his benefits by going to court. After we won that case, the employer settled for $150,000.

If you have other questions that are not covered here, contact an attorney at The Law Office of James R. Flandreau in Media, Pennsylvania. Our lawyers focus on workers' comp cases; in fact, founder James R. Flandreau is a specialist* in workers' compensation. You can reach us either online or by calling 610-565-4750. for your free initial consultation.

* Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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