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PA: Wrongful Death Case Involving Minor Allegedly Intoxicated at Work Poses Interesting Workers' Comp Question

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PA - A wrongful death action against the owners of a Ramada Inn for allegedly allowing a 17-year-old employee to drink on the job and then drive home drunk with tragic consequences raises an interesting question about how Pennsylvania workers' compensation laws would impact this...

PA: Cost Per Claim of Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Slightly Above Study Median

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The cost per claim of prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Pennsylvania was slightly higher than most study states in a new report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found that the average payment...

Utilization Review and Common Sense in Pennsylvania

A recent Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decision addressed the sufficiency of a medical provider’s compliance with the statutory requirement to timely furnish medical records to the utilization review organization. In Jimmie Shaw vs. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Melgrath Gasket...

PA: Eastern Alliance Insurance Group's Ratings Upgraded

Pennsylvania - A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the ratings of Eastern Alliance Insurance Group, a provider of workers' compensation insurance, given the insurer's strong operating results and capitalization, conservative practices and financial flexibility. Source: Insurance & Financial Advisor

Surveillance Video of Injured Worker During Prayer Service Did Not Violate Worker's Privacy

A Pennsylvania worker fell at work and fractured his right hand. He sought workers' compensation benefits, but the employer contested the claim. The employer's workers' compensation carrier hired the defendant investigation firm to perform surveillance on the worker. An investigator observed...

America’s Funniest Videos II

No, this newsletter is not a commentary on the ubiquitous if dehumanizing television shows highlighting the human fascination with and faculty for videotaping stupid human acts, seemingly contradicting Darwian evolution. It is, however, a newsletter discussing the significance, if at all, of a recent...

Duane Morris Alert: Pa. Supreme Court to Address Exclusivity of Pa. Workers' Compensation Act in Asbestos Cases

By Kenneth M. Argentieri and Gerald J. Schirato, Jr. , Attorneys, Duane Morris LLP The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently accepted petitions for allowance of appeal in two similar cases- Landis v. A.W. Chesterton Co. [1] and Tooey v. AK Steel Corp. [2] - to address whether the exclusivity provision...