New Opioid Medication Guidelnes Impact On Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Claims

In October, 2019 the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the Federal agency responsible for issuing guidelines on the recommend use and dose of any and all prescribed medications, issued NEW GUIDLENES on the proper use and method of prescribing, and weaning opioid medications in the wake of the so called “Opioid Crisis”. In significant part, they expressly warn against the sudden and abrupt stoppage of such medication.

This is a significant development regarding Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation claims involving Utilization Review of injured workers’ treatment and chronic pain management.

If your claim is subject to review – or if you have questions about these new rules – contact the Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias for a Free, no-obligation consultation. 610-892-9300, or online at www.PAhurtatWork.com (or www.SKR.Legal).

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist lawyer Mark R. Schmidt resolved the claim of a 29 year old cable technician

The injured worker was disabled for approximately 1 month, and had undergone a brief course of physical therapy. The insurance company denied his claim, alleging he did not suffer any injuries.

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issues a decision on a “Question of First Impression

The Court addressed an issue of First Impression more than 100 years after the Workers’ Compensation Act became law demonstrates the need to be represented by an attorney who focuses their practice on this unique and highly specialized field of law.

Motor vehicle passenger suffered neck injuries $57,500 settlement

Personal Injury attorney George Rassias settled the claim of a passenger injured in a car accident for $57,000.00

What is Workers Compensation Subrogation Statutory Construction Act?

In 2018 – after 100+ years of case law interpreting the Workers’ Compensation Act, and more than three decades after the detailed analysis in Rollins, The Supreme Court re-defined the proper method to apply subrogation against future compensation benefits, in Whitmoyer v. WCAB (Mountain Country Meats), 186 A.3d 947 (Pa. 2018).

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist lawyer Mark R. Schmidt settled the claim of a Hospital Pharmacy Technician from Clifton Heights, Delaware County for $85,000

After all litigation of the Claim and Penalty Petition was complete, and the parties were awaiting the decision of the Judge, the insurance company agreed to attorney Schmidt’s settlement demand, which covered all back due wage loss, payment of all medical bills, and almost two years of future benefits.

Analysis Of House Bill 1234 Of 2019

HB 1234 of 2019 Amends Section 301(c) of the Workers Compensation Act, extending the deadline to file a claim for medical conditions with a latency period exceeding 300 weeks.

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