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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

People get hurt at work.  A lot.  Perhaps the only thing more common than a strain injury at work is the tendency of insurance companies to dismiss very serious work injuries as "mere" sprain and strain.  Employers and thier insurers can almost always be counted on to call virtually everything a "strain" -- which they'll define as a minor muscle injury destined to heal very quickly.  For just a few examples seen in recent months in our own practice: A lumbar spine injury with MRI confirmed disc herniation and nerve root impingement is called a mere "low back strain"; a complete rotator cuff tear clearly warranting shoulder surgery is described by the employer and insurer as only a "shoulder strain".  This is a problem in that these attempts to understate a claimant's injury appear in formal documents employers and insurance carriers must file with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation which define (or limit) their obligations for even an acknowledged work injury.

Our take is rather different from that of the insurance companies and the employers.  We recognize that when someone strains part of their body, very serious harm can result.  This can include medical pathology well beyond mere "strain".  The "strain" is not the end-all diagnosis, as an insurer may claim in Bureau documents -- or in refusing to fund care for doctors who seek to recognize a broader injury. 

When we see that an injury has been defined as merely a "strain", we regard this as only a short-hand way to refer to the mechanism of an injury which may be far more significant, which may require substantial medical care, and which may create greater disability than an employer may want to recognize.  We encourage treating doctors to think the same way, and to treat the full scope of a claimant's injuries, taking the fight to the employer or insurance carrier when they try to falsely limit the rights of an injured worker under our care.

That said, even an injury that is truly limited to a "strain" can have lasting and significant impacts on an injured worker's ability to function in the workforce and on his or her need for medical care.  Myofascitis, for example, is a type of strain injury marked by inflamation and spasm in the muscles or fascia that may become chronic once triggered by a work injury.  this can require substantial and ongoing medical intervention, and may create long-term disability from employment. Strain injuries to the back or neck may lead to chronic symptoms and limitations, particularly in workers with underlying degenerative problems that may be triggered to be symptomatic after a work-related strain injury. Others may simply have a very difficult time recovering from a strain injury due to other health problems or the nature of their career work. 

If you have suffered a strain injury at work, or a broader injury that your employer or its workers compensation insurance carrier is referring to as a strain (or "sprain and strain") injury in workers compensation documentation, you need to protect your rights.  Speak with an experienced and savvy workers compensation specialist who can help you get your work injury recognized for all of its effects or otherwise act in your best interests to secure for you the full scope -- and full value -- of your rights in relation to your work injury.

Call attorney Tim Kennedy.  We can help you get the treatment you need, the medical support necessary to secure and advance your rights, and the leverage to secure full compensation for the effects of your work injury -- including a lump sum settlement compensating you for any long-term loss of earning power you may be facing as a result of living with a work injury.

Call us now at (484) 453-8144.  We would love to speak with you.
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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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