Scranton Work Injury Lawyer- Workers Compensation – Thomas Cummings

Date: November 1, 2012

Mary worked for a manufacturing company in the Philadelphia area. She suffered a work injury and filed a workers compensation claim that was assigned to a workers compensation Judge in Philadelphia. Shortly after the case was assigned and before a heraing took place, Mary’s employer decided to accept the claim and Mary was placed on workers compensation. Mary got married and relocated to Scranton. Her employer had her examined by a doctor who wrote a report indicating that Mary had fully recovered from her work injury. Mary’s doctor in Scranton continued to treat her and felt that, while she was improving, she still was unable to work due to residuals from her work injury. Mary feared that the case would be heard in Philadelphia and that would be burdensome for her to travel so far to attend her hearing.

Question: As the claim originated in Philadelphia, will Mary’s case now be assigned to a Judge in the Philadelphia area?

Answer: Not to fear, Mary. Workers Compensation cases are generally assigned to a Judge in the area where the EMPLOYEE lives at the time the petition is assigned. Since Mary is now living in the Scranton, the employer’s current petition will be assigned to a Scranton workers compensation Judge.


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Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.