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An Attorney Handling Workers Comp and Disability Cases throughout the Philadelphia Region
One of the best ways to gauge the quality of a law firm is by examining the attorney’s case results. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer and Social Security disability attorney Richard A. Jaffe is proud of his work on behalf of clients throughout the region, from Montgomery and Bucks to Delaware and Chester counties. Talk to us today for a free case review at the Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC. Discover the difference a highly skilled lawyer can make.
- October 2014: Settles Workers’ Compensation Claim for $175,000
- October 2014: Wins Appeal before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board
- August 2014: Settles Workers’ Compensation Claim for $231,469.41
- August 2014: Settles Workers’ Compensation Claim for $95,000
- May 2014: Settles Workers’ Compensation Claim for 73-year-old Woman for $95,000
- May 2014: WCAB Grants Motion to Quash filed by Richard A. Jaffe
- April 2014: Settles Workers’ Compensation Claim for $125,000
Claimant sustained a work-related injury to his lower back on August 23, 2013. After missing several weeks of work due to his injuries, he attempted to return to work in a modified part time capacity in November 2013. Although suffering a loss of earnings, the Workers’ Compensation carrier unilaterally ceased paying benefits.
After retaining the services of the Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC, Richard was able to secure all the back due and also reinstatement of his workers comp benefits effective March 17, 2014 at the maximum disability rate of $918 per week.
After Richard assisted his client in securing appropriate medical care with a board certified pain management specialist, attorney Jaffe’s client eventually recovered sufficiently to be able to consider resuming his prior vocation, so long as he was not required to perform the very heavy lifting required of his previous job. As a result, Richard was able to negotiate a settlement of his Workers’ Compensation claim for $175,000.
Claimant sustained a work-related injury in Florida in June 2010 while working for a company in Pennsylvania. The employer and its Workers’ Compensation carrier failed to recognize the injured Workers’ Compensation claim, and Richard A. Jaffe was successful in litigating his claim petition such that the injured worker’s significant injuries were recognized as compensable.
After the Workers’ Compensation judge adopted a stipulation of fact resulting in Richard’s client securing significant back due Workers’ Compensation benefits, the Workers’ Compensation carrier was entitled to a “credit” for wages paid by the employer when it failed to report the injury to its carrier. Further, the attorney Richard A. Jaffe’s client’s extensive medical bills were to be paid by the Workers’ Compensation carrier.
When the Workers’ Compensation carrier unilaterally reduced the injured worker’s entitlement to Workers’ Compensation benefits and further, failed to pay the claimant’s outstanding medical bills in a timely manner, Richard filed a petition for penalties. The Workers’ Compensation judge granted the petition for penalties with respect to the failure to pay the injured worker’s medical bills in a timely manner. But the judge failed to award a penalty with respect to the unilateral cessation of the injured workers benefits.
Both parties filed an appeal to the WCAB. By opinion and order circulated in October 2014, the WCAB affirmed the award of a 50 percent penalty on untimely payments of claimant’s outstanding medical bills which will result in a payment to the injured worker in excess of $45,000 as a penalty.
In addition, the WCAB agreed with Richard that the Workers’ Compensation judge erred by failing to award an additional penalty for the unilateral reduction of the injured Workers’ Compensation benefits and has remanded this matter back to the Judge with instructions to award additional penalties.
Claimant sustained a work-related injury on November 12, 1998 to his left upper extremity. Richard A. Jaffe settled his client’s entitlement to future wage loss benefits for $62,500 in 2001 which enabled the Claimant to continue to receive reasonable and necessary medical treatment for his injured left arm and hand. As a result the injured worker was able to receive excellent medical care in the nature of pain management for well over a decade thereafter.
After undergoing an IME in 2014, Richard was able to negotiate a settlement of his client’s entitlement to future reasonable and necessary medical treatment for $231,469.41. By placing said monies into a “Special Needs Trust” the injured worker will continue to be eligible to receive his SSI Benefits and pay for his work-related medical treatment for the remainder of his life; and any monies left over will go to his estate.
Claimant sustained a work-related injury to her left wrist and hand on or about December 27, 1996. Richard was able to expand the description of injury to include a major depressive disorder and chronic pain syndrome enabling his client to secure necessary psychiatric care and pain management treatment as a result of a judge’s decision in 2008. The injured worker underwent an Impairment rating evaluation in 2010, and unfortunately, the Workers’ Compensation judge granted the petition to modify claimant’s benefits in 2011 resulting in a change in claimant’s status from Temporarily Totally Disabled to Partially Disabled.
As a result of protracted negotiations, Richard was able to settle his client’s remaining entitlement to Partial Disability Benefits for $95,000, which allowed her to also continue to receive ongoing reasonable and necessary medical treatment for her left wrist and chronic pain syndrome. Said settlement shall also result in an increase in the Social Security disability benefits that Richard secured for her in 2004.
Claimant sustained a work-related injury on August 23, 2000, to her lower back while working for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. After retaining Richard’s services in August 2003, attorney Jaffe was able to defeat two attempts by the Workers’ Compensation carrier to terminate the injured workers benefits, enabling her to continue to receive her weekly disability rate of $567.68.
Eventually, she received Social Security “Old Age Benefits,” which reduced her entitlement to Workers’ Compensation benefits and in the midst of litigation once again attempting to modify her benefits based upon an impairment rating evaluation we were able to settle her Workers’ Compensation claim for $95,000 along with ongoing medical treatment until the Workers’ Compensation carrier fully funds a Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-aside as required by CMS. This will add additional value to the injured workers settlement.
After Richard A. Jaffe was successful in securing a significant award of penalties for his client as a result of the School District of Philadelphia’s refusal to “pre-authorize” treatment for her work-related shoulder injury, the attorneys for the School District of Philadelphia filed an untimely appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. In addition, the defendants filed an appeal nunc pro tunc, arguing there was a breakdown in the system due to the advent of the new WCAIS computer system utilized by both the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the WCAB. Richard filed a Motion to Quash the Defendant’s Appeal and Appeal nunc pro tunc.
After hearing oral argument from both parties and reviewing their briefs, the WCAB issued an opinion and order on May 8, 2014 granting the motion to quash, dismissing both appeals filed by the School District of Philadelphia, which resulted in affirming the significant Award of Penalties which Richard was able to secure for his client. In addition, the claimant was finally able to secure the surgery she so desperately needed for her work-related shoulder injury.
Non-English speaking factory worker sustained a work-related injury in the nature of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome on or about November 3, 2011, which was not recognized by her employer. As a result of Richard’s efforts, her claim petition was ultimately granted entitling her to receive $429 per week in Workers’ Compensation benefits as well as ongoing medical care and surgery to address the bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. As her condition improved, we were able to settle her Workers’ Compensation claim in April 2014 for $125,000.