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Tim Kennedy is certified as a specialist in the practice of Workers' Compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
The Nurse Case Manager assigned by the insurance company to your Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation claim will act like your best friend. They will set themselves up as the voice of reason, there to will help you and guide you to get the treatment you need and to protect you from the whims of the evil insurance adjuster -- who just doesn't understand what you are going through.

All the while, the Case Manager will be reporting to and working closely with that same Insurance Adjuster. Their goal is to keep you on a track that will save the insurance carrier money, by limiting your rights and/or by shutting down your claim as soon as they can arrange an opportunity. If the Case Manager attends your medical appointments, it is not to somehow help you in your interaction with the doctor, but instead to try to influence the doctor to downplay your injury or to speed you back to work. When dealing with doctors in front of you, they may try to create the opposite impression -- hence the "wolf in sheeps clothing" image -- but they are working for and with the insurance company and their goal is to report back on how they can manipulate your claim by manipulating you.

Not all claims get a Nurse Case Manager. Some insurers are more aggressive in their use, but normally they are assigned when it appears to the insurance carrier that an extra push will be needed to keep down the long-term costs of a given claim. The case manager is then sent in to try to gain your trust while leading your claim in the direction most desired by the insurer. For example, the insurer-referred doctors may be at the point of recognizing a more substantial injury than the insurance company would like, or might be inclined to propose expensive forms of treatment, advanced diagnostic testing, costly surgery or making some other move that might document your work-related injury as having long-term or permanent effects. The Case Manager may be brought in by the insurance company to attend your appointments and try to influence the content or wording of the doctors' notes, to keep them as close as possible to the minimal description of injury the insurance carrier prefers, or to encourage the doctors to refer you to some other medical provider over whom the adjuster may have better control.

If the adjuster feels that sending you for diagnostic testing (such as MRI or EMG) will help the insurance carrier argue that they have ruled out a serious condition, they may involve a case manager.   That case manager will then explain that she is fighting to get you the diagnostic testing you need, when her real goal is to ensure that the test is performed by a very insurance-oriented provider so that it has the maximum probability of helping the insurance company more than it helps you.

Many workers' compensation claimants make the mistake of assuming they have nothing to fear, simply because their claim is legitimate, their injuries are real, and they have nothing to hide. The insurance company may know all of these things, but they do not care. The insurance adjuster does not care how legitimate your injuries are. The job of the insurance adjuster is to treat every claim as if it were a fraud, to treat every claim as if were a game, and to minimize costs for her employer. A Nurse Case Manager's mission is to convince the injured worker she is sympathetic while convincing that worker's doctors to support a return to work and to minimize the manner in which the work injury is documented. This is what she is paid to do. This is what her promotions will be based on. This is how she keeps her job. How she can then sleep at night is anyone's guess.

Do not be fooled by the "good cop/bad cop" interplay with the Case Manager and the Adjuster. Both work for the insurance carrier. Both have the same objective: weakening your claim and denying or limiting your long term rights.

If a Nurse Case Manager is involved in your claim, do not allow yourself to feel relief that you have finally gotten away from dealing with a difficult adjuster. Your claim is in more danger with a Case Manager's involvement than without. This is particularly true if it has been less than ninety days since you first missed work due to your work injury, and if you are recieving benefits under a Notice of Temporary Compensation (NTCP). The case manager will always be working to position the insurance carrier with the best possible evidence to defeat your rights, ahead of a plan to stop your benefits at or before the ninety day deadline to do so under an NTCP.

If this is your status, run, don't walk, to the nearest telephone and call workers' compensation attorney Tim Kennedy at 484-453-8144.  Learn how you can work to avoid a "Notice Stopping" that would cut off your right to benefits and force you into a long fight with the insurance company and your employer. Learn how to keep your benefits flowing, and how to position your side of the case to either avoid fights with the insurance carrier or how to be in best possible position to win that fight if and when they make a fight unavoidable.
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I had a serious work related injury. I hired Tim after speaking with him and feeling completely at ease with his professionalism and demeanor. My case became complicated over time. Throughout the process I always felt that Tim had my best interest in mind. With every phone call or email, Tim was very informative and proactive, always explaining things in a way I could understand. He worked hard for me in his dealings with my employers insurance company. He did this so much so, the insurance company actually fired their own attorneys in the middle of litigation. In the end, Tim was able to negotiate a substantial settlement, including taking the burden off of me of an excessive amount of unpaid medical bills. I would highly recommend Tim.
                - B (Workers Compensation client)

"I" truly, Love / Respect and Appreciate - "Attorney: Timothy James Kennedy" for, his (highly, professional / unselfish {going, above and beyond} / highly, dedicated) approach in working with, me / my, un-fortunate circumstance(s) and my (unfortunate), legal dilemma... and, will (with; every, opportunity) be highly, recommending his legal services to (all) family / friends and strangers found in-need of such, ser-vices!!!
"Attorney: Timothy James Kennedy" is (not, only) a, true professional -He is a, loving / caring / sharing human being who (not, only) cares about his, cases and reputation; but, cares (also) for the lives and the families of those he so-caringly and so-humbly, represents!!!
He will (always) be appreciated and will never - ever - be, forgotten. "I" (on, behalf of myself and my, family) appreciates the fact that, He was willing to stop-by and become, "The Good Samaritan" in our, lives!!!
                - Michael (Workers Compensation Client)

Timothy is a really great lawyer. He knows what to do, and how to handle really sticky situations. When I first came to him, I had very little to back me up, but we mainly him lol pulled through and got the job done with GREAT results. If I could back in time I would still pick him as a lawyer 1000 times more. He took his time, talk to me like I was a person and not a dollor sign, and made lawyer jargon understandable english for me. I truely felt comfortable with him handling my case, and I never doubted him since the very first meeting. I also like that he gives his personal direct number to get in contact with him whenever you may need him, and he always responds if not that same day, the very next. The only bad thing I would have to say is its a shame I would have legal trouble to work with him again lol.
                -Trina (Workers Compensation Client)

Highly knowledgable in the law with excellent people skills..I highly recommend Mr. Kennedy.
                - Current Workers Compensation Client

As these testimonials reflect, we work very hard to satisfy our clients and to ensure the best results in handling their claims.  Call us now to let us explain how we can help you advance your rights and interests, so that you too can become a satisfied client.
                -Tim Kennedy
                (484) 453-8144

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