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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

Nurses, nurses' aids and CNAs get hurt at work almost constantly.

Many then get hurt twice, because their employers are more savvy than the injured employee about Workers Compensation.

That is not to say that nursing homes, hospitals and other employers of nurses and CNAs actually FOLLOW the law.  Instead, these employers are often the worst abusers of the workers compensation system -- attempting to force employees to go well beyond what the law requires after a work injury while the employer itself meets very few or none of its own obligations.  Nursing homes and hospitals often set up rules and policies designed to make it difficult for workers to get true satisfaction in the event of a work injury.  As just an example, these employers often make rules that insist the employee give notice of any work injury on the same day it occurs, while at the same time they may have difficult and confrontational reporting procedures, with lots of red tape, paperwork, immediate requirements for formal medical assessment with a doctor firmly under their thumb (and often in violation of the Act), immediate uncomfortable administrative action including lectures with an HR person or 'safety director' about what the injured employee could or should have done to avoid the injury, etc, for any and all reported injuries.  The employer's intent is to create for themselves a system in which workers will be very reluctant to report any injury the employee believes (or simply hopes) may be minor or temporary -- while at the same time creating a built in excuse to dispute or deny any work injury claim if the report of the injury is delayed. 

But know that under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, while it is always best to report your work injury to a supervisor as early as possible, formal legal "notice" to the employer may be timely if made at any time even up to 90 days after the work injury -- or in some cases even up to 90 days from the date you learned that your medical condition was caused by work.  Moreover, for "repetitive strain" injuries, each day of work may be regarded as a new date of injury, so that the ongoing worsening of such a condition may afford you more time to make your report of injury.  Even when the employer has policies designed to punish workers for delaying a report of an injury, know that failing to report a report injury on day one is NOT an excuse for your employer to disregard your rights or their obligation to pay workers' compensation benefits. Do not let your employer bully you into believing you are "too late."  Talk to us.

Nursing homes and hospitals also play games with whether or how they may direct your early medical treatment after a work injury, very often in violation of the Act.  When they do this, or when they try to abuse your rights or manipulate their obligations under the Act in any other way, we know better.  We can often exploit an employer's violation of the law so that it works in favor of your claim and against the employer and its workers' compensation insurance company. 

Nursing homes and hospitals are also very quick to abuse "light duty" requirements.  They may try to claim you were offered light duty within a doctor's work release, then expect you to do very nearly all of your normal tasks, such as by telling you to simply "ask for help" for tasks you cannot do.  This is unrealistic and abusive, particularly since these same employers often operate with the minimum possible staff, so that no one is remotely available to help an injured worker struggling to work with restrictions.  In the real world, co-workers be  simply unwilling to take up the slack for a worker forced back too soon after a work injury.  This is a recipe made to punish the worker for having the work injury.  We see many variations on this theme.  We can help you handle it in the best way possible to advance your rights.

Even when true "light duty" is made available, nursing homes and hospitals are notorious for putting the worker in harms way, regardless of work-related medical restrictions.  They may assign you duties that the immediate demands of patients, even while formally assigning only light duty tasks not involving patient care.  Often, the employer's goal is only to make the light duty look good on paper, so as to avoid recognizing a wage loss claim following a work injury, regardless of pain or difficulty the worker may suffer and actively discounting other safety concerns. 

We have seen such employers use other very aggressive bullying tactics, as well.  They may threaten to alter the injured worker's shift hours or other work assignments, or make other threats about the injured workers' work status, to pressure the worker to push for a "full duty" release from their doctor.  Sometimes the employer will even promise to give the worker "informal" light duty, perhaps on a preferred shift, if the worker will only get from their doctor a release to full duty.  BEWARE.  When a supervisor proposes this, the intention is to harm your rights, and the next step after getting a full duty release to document a "full recovery" will often be the loss of your job on some false pretense, right along with the loss of your workers' compensation rights for an injury that may be ongoing.

A skilled and aggressive workers compensation lawyer can give you help and advice to turn the tables on your employer when your  employer tries to step on your rights.

Certified workers compensation specialist Tim Kennedy is a tough and experienced attorney who is familiar with all of the ploys used by nursing home and hospital employers.  He knows how to counter those ploys and even how to exploit them to the benefit of his clients.  YOUR WORK INJURY GIVES YOU RIGHTS!  Call Tim Kennedy to discuss your case, immediately.  (484) 453-8144.
Philadelphia Suburbs:
90 S.Newtown Street Rd,
Newtown Square PA 19073
(610) 924-5667

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Philadelphia PA 19103
(215) 559-5003


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 and my unfortunate circumstances 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 services!

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, appreciate 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.
                - Workers Compensation Client

Mr. Kennedy was most informed concerning how to handle my workmans comp claim. Also, his staff was excellent in keeping me informed of negotiations. I can not say enough about Mr. Kennedy and his staff !!!
                  -Marvin (Workers Compensation Client)

When hiring a lawyer you need to be sure that they are knowledgeable,trustworthy,responsive and most of all have very strong confidence in their abilities to fight for your rights. Mr. Kennedy is one of the most confident people i know. He is determined and aggressive. I guess i can also say he is feared by others. Mr. Kennedy made me feel as we were friends by always keeping me informed and also asking me for my input as well as cared for my opinion. He told me that he would have no problem getting me the amount that i felt i deserved. He then said i will do better than that were gonna go high and mabey hit a homerun. When he called me with news of the final judgement i was shocked he said i not only hit a homerun for you, it was a grandslam. His work is so impressive he can be considered to be the best in PA.
                  -Jake (Workers Compensation Client)

Mr. Kennedy goes above and beyond to answer all questions and concerns and does so in an easy to understand manner. He worked very hard on my case as I'm sure he does on all of his cases. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case and would not hesitate to refer him to someone in need of his services. Thank you, Mr. Kennedy.
                   -Maria (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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