LTD is a Critical Financial Planning Tool

An unexpected illness or injury can seriously impact your financial stability. For this reason, it is critical to have an income protection plan in place that you can depend on in the event that you face a disability during your working years.  Long Term Disability (“LTD”) insurance can provide this piece of mind for you… Read more


Medical Treatment Rights

If you’ve suffered an injury at work in Pennsylvania, you’re probably wondering when and where you can seek medical treatment. Choosing the right medical provider for your work injuries is an important step in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. However, most people are unaware of their rights when it comes to medical treatment under the law…. Read more


Five P’s of Workers’ Compensation

In a previous blog post, we stressed the importance of ignoring external pressures and internal qualms when deciding whether to institute your workers’ compensation matter against your Employer. We hope that you have had a chance to review the post, and have concluded that your rights supersede a supposed “friendship” with your boss, or your… Read more


Senate Bill 936 is Vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf

Senate Bill 936, which called for a Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary, has been vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf. In mid-April, the bill passed on reconsideration and on final passage, and was presented to the Governor to either approve or veto within ten days. S.B. 936 called for the selection of a “nationally-recognized, evidence-based prescription drug formulary… Read more


Alternative Pain Medication and Cannabis

We are all now aware of a worsening opioid crisis in America.  Typically, the only choice for pain management is a combination of medications including opioids, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories and a series of other drugs for everything ranging from constipation to depression.  Unfortunately, many of these medications do not work well when taken together.  In… Read more

Press releases

PA Court Issues Significant Ruling on Course and Scope in Workers’ Compensation Case

(Philadelphia) – The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court yesterday issued an affirmative ruling yesterday upholding the original Workers’ Compensation Judge’s decision to award benefits. The ruling upholds benefits previously awarded to current flight attendant and Martin Law client Betty Bockelman for the non displaced fracture she suffered in her left ankle when she slipped on water aboard… Read more



According to the Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to wage-loss benefits equal to two-thirds of their weekly wage for a work-related injury. However, there are minimum and maximum adjustments provided in the Act, and the benefit rate is set using the average statewide weekly average determined for the year the injury occurred. The… Read more


How much can you work while receiving Social Security Disability benefits?

Social Security defines disability as an “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity” because of a physical or mental impairment. In short, to be disabled, you must be unable to work. However, Social Security defines work in such a way that it’s possible to work and earn a certain amount of money and still… Read more


How does ERISA Affect Long Term Disability?

ERISA is the acronym for The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. ERISA is a comprehensive and complicated federal law that was originally intended to protect employee pension plans. Since ERISA was enacted it has been amended extensively. One of many such amendments permitted ERISA to regulate the administration and operation of employer sponsored… Read more