Many workers perform the same tasks day in and day out. After a while, some of them may begin to notice pain in their hands. At first, it may not seem like a big deal, but over time, the pain could increase. Those who receive a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome may not realize they could receive workers' compensation benefits for this condition.
Attorney Vince Quatrini was pleased to present at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") course entitled "Interplay of Workers' Compensation and 3rd Party Cases." Vince serves as a 15x co-author of the biennial Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure manual produced by the PBI, and, as such, is considered an expert in all the ever-changing facets of Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania. The 3-part presentation served to educate fellow Workers' Compensation attorneys from western and central Pennsylvania. Vince also presented in a similar seminar held in Philadelphia mid-November
In Pittsburgh, hailing a cab was tantamount to putting in a bid to host the Olympics. It seemed like you had to wait years for one to show up! So, I was an early cheerleader for the new mousetrap for hailing a cab - Uber. So easy! So prompt! So intriguing - peering at that car icon on my phone, starting up in Oakland weaving its way down Fifth Ave. across Grant St., turning on 7th St., eventually picking me up at QuatriniRafferty's downtown Pittsburgh office, at 941 Penn Ave., to take me to the airport.
Representing injured workers has been a way of life for me for 44 years. I started to practice law in 1974. I had no idea what kind of cases I would handle - they don't teach you that in law school!Frank Pawlosky showed up one day. He worked for Rolling Rock cleaning the beer vats. The chemicals made his asthma get so bad that he had to stop working. I filed a claim for him. The Judge found that he was not entitled to Workers' Compensation since the chemicals did not cause his asthma, only aggravated it. I appealed. I lost. I appealed again. I lost. Ten years and three appeals later, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agreed that Frank Pawlosky was injured at work and they awarded him disability benefits. Needless to say, I found my niche in the law.Today, the climate for injured workers is not as favorable as it was in 1984. Harrisburg has taken away important rights. Our appellate courts are filled with judges who are not very sympathetic to the plight of the injured worker. Attorneys who advertise on TV give injured workers and the whole system a bad image.