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Should I Accept Lump Sum Settlements?

You may have heard about lump sum settlements in Workers Compensation cases. Lump sum settlements are completed through what is called a Compromise and Release. It is important to know that settlements are final. That means, should you settle your case, it is completely over and may never be re-opened. That is why, before settling […]

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Car Accident? Here’s What to Do and Why

1. Maintain Your Cool Take a deep breath and try to remain calm.  Even the most level-headed people can be shocked, stunned, and shaken.  You may need to help others get the help they need. Never leave the scene until it’s appropriate to do so Be safe.  Turn on hazard lights.  If you can move […]

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Workers’ Compensation Settlement and Social Security Disability

  Is there any interplay between a lump sum workers’ compensation settlement and social security disability benefits? Yes, there is. And your workers compensation attorney better be aware of it. Social Security is still entitled to an offset. It is statutory, meaning, it is a legal requirement. So what is the best process to deal […]

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We Have to Sell the House

All too often families of loved ones entering skilled nursing care misunderstand the rules that apply to protecting assets. This misunderstanding is particularly true as it relates to your loved one’s personal residence. Family members are told that certain assets are not liable to pay for a loved one’s stay in long term care, however, […]

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Can I reopen my Pennsylvania workers compensation claim?

A common question I am asked regarding Pennsylvania workers compensation is — can I re-open my Pennsylvania workers compensation claim?   It’s a good question and one that is best answered with an experience Workers Compensation attorney. This issue arises when injured workers return to work after the initial work injury or move on to […]

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Pennsylvania sets Workers Compensation Wage Rates

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry released the 2017 Average Weekly Wage chart with the new year wage loss rates.  This chart determines what an injured worker receives for wage loss weekly benefits based on his/her average weekly wage earnings.    Under the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, injured workers are not entitled to their […]

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Mooney & Associates Opens a Greencastle Office!

Mooney & Associates is proud to announce our newest office in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.  It is our 14th office location in Central Pennsylvania. Our new Greencastle Office opened on November 1, 2016 and is located at 145 East Baltimore Street in downtown Greencastle.  Our office is located in a historic downtown former church that has become […]

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What is a Vocational Expert and their role in my Social Security Disability hearing?

When you attend a Social Security Disability hearing, you will be in the hearing room with the Social Security Judge (ALJ), a court reporter, and a vocational expert.  A frequent question that I am asked and a frequent concern for Social Security Disability applicants is the role a vocational expert plays in their disability hearing. The […]

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Pennsylvania Dept of Labor to kick off Employee Misclassification campaign

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will be embarking on a campaign to educate businesses about employee misclassification.  The campaign is being funded by a $473,000 grant. “Worker misclassification is a nationwide problem that has a negative impact on Pennsylvania’s economy and unemployment compensation fund,” Sec. Manderino said. “It creates an uneven playing field for employers […]

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