The Workers’ Compensation Group at RAWLE & HENDERSON continues to maintain a reputation for excellence while remaining at the forefront of the most challenging areas in modern workers’ compensation litigation. Our attorneys provide representation to insured and self-insured businesses in all matters throughout the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.  Our team is composed of 12 experienced workers’ compensation attorneys practicing in Philadelphia, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Marlton, NJ, Wilmington, DE, and New York City, NY.

Our clients are among the largest insurers in the world and Fortune 500 companies, which require the highest level of representation in workers’ compensation matters.

Our group is organized to maximize efficiency and to reduce costs. New cases are selectively assigned to an experienced attorney who regularly handles matters in a specific jurisdiction.  We work with claim professionals through every level of the workers’ compensation claim, from initial report of injury to adjudication to appellate review, if necessary.  We take pride in fulfilling our role as counselors, providing advice with an aim toward preventing problematic issues from arising and seeking to aid in managing claims in the most cost-effective manner possible.  Our attorneys also work closely with our clients to ensure workplace safety, compliance with state and federal laws, and effective claims handling.

We are acutely aware of the rising costs of workers’ compensation, and thus are committed to aggressive and timely file handling. When litigation is undertaken, we are resolute in our purpose, thorough in our preparation and unyielding in our advocacy.

Representative Cases

  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Cervical Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Disc Herniations
  • Closed Head/ Brain Injuries
  • Brachial Plexopathy/ Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Heart Attacks
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Meningitis
  • Traumatic Amputations/ Specific Loss Petitions
  • Injuries Leading to Joint Replacements
  • Psychiatric Injuries
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Sick Building Syndrome
  • Hearing Loss Claims
  • Return to Work Petitions
  • Enforcement of Subrogation Liens

Publications

Delia Clark and Zach Rubinich present Workers’ Compensation seminar in suburban Philadelphia

Rawle & Henderson Partners Delia A. Clark and Zachary M. Rubinich presented a Workers’ Compensation seminar to claims professionals in suburban Philadelphia on October 29, 2018. The two-hour seminar focused on a variety of topics, including handling of a Delaware Workers’ Compensation claim, filing deadlines, litigation of various Petitions and the Utilization Review process.

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Colin McIntyre joins Philadelphia office, focuses on workers’ compensation litigation

Colin McIntyre has joined our Philadelphia office as an associate. He focuses his law practice in the area of workers’ compensation litigation.

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The Legal Intelligencer, August 21, 2018: Rubinich appointed committee chair at ABA Annual Meeting

Zachary M. Rubinich, a partner in Rawle & Henderson’s Philadelphia office, was appointed the chair of the American Bar Association’s tort trial and insurance practice (TIPS) workers’ compensation and employers’ liability law committee for 2018-19. He was appointed at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting held in Chicago.

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Zach Rubinich appointed Chair of ABA TIPS Workers’ Compensation & Employers Liability Law Committee

Zachary M. Rubinich, a partner in Rawle & Henderson LLP's Philadelphia office, was appointed the Chair of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee for 2018-2019. He was appointed at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting held from August 2-5, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Workers’ Compensation News: Settlements Cannot Bar Medical Provider From Being Paid Without Notice

In a precedential decision that could potentially impact every Compromise & Release Settlement Agreement under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, the Commonwealth Court in the case Armour Pharmacy v. Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fee Review Hearing Office (National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford) (No. 1613 C.D. 2017) (decided August 7, 2018), has ruled that "The parties to a Compromise and Release Agreement can bind each other, but they cannot release themselves from liability to a person who is not a party to the C&R agreement and who has been given neither notice nor opportunity to be heard on the C&R Agreement."

  Workers_Comp_News_-_Aug_9_2018.pdf

Workers’ Compensation News: PA Introduces Guidelines for Safe Prescribing of Opioids in WC Matters

On July 16, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf introduced guidelines for safe prescribing of opioids in workers’ compensation matters. The opioid prescribing guidelines are intended to supplement and not replace clinical judgment for health care providers concerning treatment of patients with work-related injuries. The guidelines acknowledge that opioids have been over-used for the treatment of both acute and chronic pain.

  Workers_Comp_News_-_July_25_2018.pdf

The Legal Intelligencer, July 11, 2018: J. Brendan O’Brien joins Rawle & Henderson as Partner

J. Brendan O’Brien joined Rawle & Henderson as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He concentrates his law practice on the defense of employers and insurers in workers’ compensation matters.

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Workers’ Compensation News: PA Supreme Ct. issues landmark decision regarding WC subrogation rights

PA Supreme Court Excludes Future Medical Expenses from the Grace Period for Subrogation Recovery. By Zachary M. Rubinich. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision regarding workers’ compensation subrogation rights that will drastically affect the future benefits of plaintiffs whose injuries have a third party settlement.

  Workers_Comp_News_-_June_27_2018.pdf

J. Brendan O’Brien joins Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson as Partner

J. Brendan O’Brien has joined Rawle & Henderson LLP as a partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia office. He concentrates his law practice on the defense of employers and insurers in workers’ compensation matters.

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Workers’ Compensation News: The Retroactive Effect of Protz v. WCAB

The Retroactive Effect of Protz: Reinstatement Petitions on Benefits Modified by Independent Rating Evaluations Must Be Filed Within Three Years of the Last Payment of Compensation. By Claudio J. DiPaolo and Christian M. Stein.

  Workers_Comp_News_June_14_2018.pdf

Zachary Rubinich presents Workers’ Compensation Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia

Zachary M. Rubinich, a partner in Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Philadelphia office, presented a Workers’ Compensation Seminar to insurance industry professionals in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2018.

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Zach Rubinich presents PA Workers’ Compensation “Evolving Issues” Seminar

Zachary M. Rubinich, a partner in Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Philadelphia office, presented a legal education seminar to insurance industry professionals in Pennsauken, New Jersey, in March 2017.

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Workers’ Comp News Alert: 2018 New Jersey WC Rate Schedule Announced

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released the 2018 Schedule of Disabilities, which is calculated using the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) of $1,203.43.

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PA Workers’ Comp News Alert: 2018 Statewide Average Weekly Wage Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has determined that the Statewide Average Weekly Wage, or the maximum compensation payable under the PA Workers' Compensation Act, shall be $1,025.00 per week for injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2018.

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Workers’ comp attorneys participate in roundtable for claims professionals May 22 in New Jersey

Claudio J. DiPaolo, Mary Bergmann and Jennifer F. Schwartz participated in a roundtable discussion with claims professionals and risk managers on May 22, 2017, in Rutherford, New Jersey. Their presentation focused on the implementation of employee incentive programs to increase workplace safety, identifying red flags for workers' compensation fraud, and the use of general release agreements when settling workers' compensation cases.

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Zach Rubinich presents Lorman workers’ compensation webinar Dec. 14 on Work-Related Stress Claims

Zachary M. Rubinich presented a Lorman Education Services workers' compensation webinar on December 14, 2016, on "Work-Related Stress Claims: Overview, the Law and Strategies for Defense."

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Mary Bergmann joins New York office, focuses on workers’ compensation litigation

Mary Bergmann has joined Rawle & Henderson LLP as an associate in the New York City and Long Island offices. She concentrates her practice in the area of workers’ compensation

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PA Workers’ Comp News Alert—Decision Regarding Impairment Rating Evaluations

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ALERT: Please note the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation news alert below on a recent Decision regarding Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs) which will impact handling of workers’ compensation cases in Pennsylvania.

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Rawle’s Reports, August 2015: Employers Beware: Limitations of Immunity Under PA Workers’ Comp Act

Employers Beware: Limitations of Immunity Under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. By Claudio J. DiPaolo. Prior to the enactment of the Workers’ Compensation Act of Pennsylvania (Act) in 1915, the only recourse workers had to obtain a monetary recovery for workplace injuries was to initiate a negligence lawsuit against employers in civil courts.

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DiPaolo and Stein present WC Seminar to claims professionals in Charlotte, NC, on Aug. 5

Rawle & Henderson attorneys Claudio J. DiPaolo and Christian M. Stein presented a seminar on “Insurance Coverage of Workers’ Compensation Claims” to members of Sompo Japan Insurance Company in Charlotte, NC, on August 5, 2015. The seminar included a discussion on performing a thorough workers’ compensation coverage analysis, focusing on the insurers’ and insureds duties and offering case examples to ensure claims are accurately processed.

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The Legal Intelligencer, July 7, 2015: Rubinich co-presents workers’ compensation webinar on June 24

Rawle & Henderson attorney Zachary M. Rubinich co-presented a live webinar for Lorman Education Services titled "Claims Management Techniques in Workers' Compensation Cases" on June 24, 2015.

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Zach Rubinich presents webinar Dec. 17, 2014, on Handling Complex Workplace Injury Claims

Zachary M. Rubinich, a partner in the Workers’ Compensation Section in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP, presented a webinar entitled Handling Complex Workplace Injury Claims for Clear Law Institute on December 17, 2014.

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Zach Rubinich Presents WC Webinar on January 7, 2015, on Work-Related Stress Claims

Workers’ compensation partner Zachary M. Rubinich presented the Lorman Education Services webinar Work-Related Stress Claims: Overview, the Law and Strategies for Defense on January 7, 2015.

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Rawle’s Reports, September 2014: New Workers’ Compensation partner Zach Rubinich

NEW PARTNER: WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Zachary M. Rubinich has joined Rawle & Henderson LLP as a partner in the Philadelphia office.

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The Legal Intelligencer, Aug. 26, 2014: Zach Rubinich joins firm as partner in Phila. office

Zachary M. Rubinich has joined Rawle & Henderson as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania.

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Zachary Rubinich joins Rawle & Henderson as partner in Philadelphia office

Zachary M. Rubinich has joined Rawle & Henderson as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 8

PENNSYLVANIA: WORKERS' COMPENSATION. By: Claudio J. DiPaolo. Claudio J. DiPaolo, Chair of the Workers' Compensation Group, recently received a favorable opinion from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Brignol vs. Workers Compensation Appeal Board (US Airways and AIG Claims Services, Inc.).

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Workers’ Compensation Brochure

The Workers' Compensation Section at Rawle & Henderson continues to maintain a reputation for excellence while remaining at the forefront of modern workers’ compensation litigation.

  Workers_Compensation_Brochure_-_Nov._2018.pdf

News & Events

Pennsylvania: Favorable Decision Granting Termination of Benefits in Workers’ Compensation Case

04/22/15

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Zach Rubinich joins Rawle & Henderson’s Workers’ Compensation section

08/11/14

Zachary M. Rubinich has joined Rawle & Henderson as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania: Workers’ Compensation Decision in Brignol vs. Workers Compensation Appeal Board

09/29/11

Claudio J. DiPaolo recently received a favorable decision from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Brignol vs. Workers Compensation Appeal Board (US Airways and AIG Claims Services, Inc.).

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Pennsylvania: Workers’ Compensation Decision, Philadelphia County

03/26/11

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Zach Rubinich to present WC webinar on Handling Complex Workplace Injury Claims

11/07/14

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Rubinich to Present Workers’ Compensation Webinar Jan. 7 on Work-Related Stress Claims

10/24/14

Workers’ compensation partner Zachary M. Rubinich will present the Lorman Education Services webinar Work-Related Stress Claims: Overview, the Law and Strategies for Defense on January 7, 2015.

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DiPaolo presents workers’ compensation program in St. Louis, Missouri

11/15/12

Claudio J. DiPaolo, Chair of Rawle & Henderson’s Workers' Compensation Section, presented “Effective Claims Handling of New York Workers’ Compensation Matters from Initiation of Claim through Final Adjudication” to workers’ compensation claims representatives of Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 15, 2012.

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Workers’ Compensation presentation in Harrisburg

03/16/12

Claudio J. DiPaolo, Chair of Rawle & Henderson’s Workers' Compensation Section, gave a presentation to Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 16, 2012.

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