Peter J. Gough

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Peter J. Gough is an associate at the firm and concentrates his practice in the area of workers’ compensation, exclusively representing injured workers. He was one of first lawyers certified by the Supreme Court as a Workers' Compensation specialist.

Born in Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of The University of Buffalo, Peter J. Gough came to the Pittsburgh area to achieve his J.D. from Duquesne Law School.  He fell in love with Western Pennsylvania and has been practicing law, primarily civil litigation and workers’ compensation law, here since 1990.

Peter has written and lectured on workers’ compensation throughout Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and was a frequent guest speaker on The Legal Checkup 1480 WCNS AM Radio.  Peter is a co-author to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute publication Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania, Workers' Compensation Chapter. A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Westmoreland Bar Association, and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Peter is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Within two years of being admitted to the bar, Peter tackled the then newly developing area of psychological injuries in the work place. He successfully convinced the Commonwealth Court that if a work-related psychological disability is associated with physical injury, the injured worker need only prove the basic requirements of a workers’ compensation claim: that the injury arose out of and was related to the employment. He successfully argued that a heightened burden of proof does not apply, making it easier for workers who sustain injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder to receive their deserved benefits.  Bell v. WCAB (Allegheny County Housing Department), 620 A.2d 589 (1993).

More recently in the case of HCR ManorCare v. WCAB (Bollman), 951 A.2d 1242 (2008), the Commonwealth Court agreed with Peter’s arguments that a medical provider’s failure to provide medical records as part of procedure to determine if the treatment is reasonable and necessary does not necessarily relieve the insurance company from paying the bills.  The Court adapted Peter’s position that the Judge has jurisdiction to determine if proper procedures were followed and if not, why they were not.  The Court also agreed that the Judge has the authority to order a whole new procedure.  This important decision saved many injured workers from getting stuck with medical bills caused by their work injuries.

Peter recently authored two articles, one on traumatic brain injuries and the other on the significance and frequency of injuries affecting those in the healthcare industry, accessed here.

Peter has been a proud board member of Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania since 2013 and serves on the Scholarship, Outreach, and Run/Walk Committees. Kids' Chance is a charitable organization that awards scholarships to children of severely injured workers.

Peter now lives in Penn Township and can frequently be seen hiking the trails of Western Pennsylvania with his beautiful daughter and his dog, Finn.  Peter’s other passions including music, running, skiing, and mountain biking.

Areas of Practice

  • Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Workers' Compensation specialist, Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1990
  • State University of New York, Buffalo
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Fee Agreements in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Workers' Compensation Chapter

Representative Cases

  • Bell v. WCAB (Allegheny County Housing Department), 620 A.2d 589 (1993)
  • HCR ManorCare v. WCAB (Bollman), 951 A.2d 1242 (2008)


  • Lecturer, Workers' Compensation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section, Member
  • Westmoreland County Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania , 2013 - Present
  • Outreach Committee, Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania
  • Scholarship Committee, Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania
  • Run/Walk Committee, Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania

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