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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
Vocational interviews are arranged in PA Workers' Compensation cases when the insurance carrier feels they can stop or reduce their obligation to pay benefits to an injured worker by showing that the general labor market includes jobs the injured worker could do, without regard for whether employers in the real world would hire that disabled worker over other qualified candidates not living with an injury.

The interview allows the insurer's vocational consultant to gain information about the injured worker's education and work history, to identify "transferable skills." The defendant's vocational consultant will then prepare a "labor market survey" which will be used as evidence against the injured worker in litigation seeking to stop or reduce the wage loss benefits the injured worker receives for their injury. 

The injured worker can fight back, but the vocational interview must be taken very seriously. Although the Workers' Compensation Act generally requires that the injured worker submit to the vocational interview, the worker can and shoud have his or her attorney present.

Some insurance carriers use the threat of a vocational interview and a labor market survey to try to pressure unrepresented claimants to take low-end settlements (typically the only kind of settlement an insurance company ever offers to a claimant with no attorney). They may make it seem like the result of the labor market survey will be automatic. This is not the case, but you need a lawyer, fast.

When an insurance carrier is resorting to a vocational interview with plans for a labor market survey, it generally signals that the medical evidence in the case at least partly supports the claimant. That is, even sources under the control or influence of the insurance carrier are recognizing some degree of ongoing disability, or there would be no need for the vocational evidence.

There are many ways a skilled and experienced workers' compensation attorney can fight back when an insurance carrier is seeking to develop "vocational evidence" against you. If an insurance adjuster has threated they will use this tactic to reduce or stop your wage loss benefits, call us. If you have been scheduled for a vocational interview, call us. We will quickly determine whether or not you are required to go, under the specific circumstances of your claim, or whether the interview and proceedings to follow can properly be stalled or avoided. If you are compelled to participate, we can prepare you in advance and attend the interview at your side, to ensure that the scope of the interview is appropriately limited and that your rights are respected and preserved. We will guide you with specific advice to strengthen your claim against a labor market survey case and the litigation that is certain to follow, typically a Petition to Suspend or Modify your compensation. We will aggressively represent you, including by advancing all costs of litigation (such as doctors' deposition fees and court reporter transcript charges, etc.) and there will be no fee for our involvment unless we secure your rights to ongoing compensation benefits or a lump sum settlement on your terms.

If you have reached a point in your medical treatment or otherwise a status in your claim where a lump sum settlement makes sense to you, we will work to position your case in such a way that we have leverage to secure a large lump sum settlement that reflects your actual loss of wages that comes from any level of continuing disability in the workforce -- where even if you do become capable of returning to the working world, your earning power and ability to find and keep work will remain far weaker than if you had no injury. You need to be compensated for that loss.

After all, "labor market survey" hocus pocus aside, what real employer would hire someone with an ongoing work injury over someone who is entirely fit? That is the basic fiction of the labor market survey and the vocational interview. An injured worker is in an extremely compromised position even when they do become capable of light duty. Our philosphy is that the the disabled worker should be compensated for this -- with ongoing weekly benefits in the short term and with an appropriate lump sum settlement for injuries that are long-term.

Please call us today to discuss your claim: Tim Kennedy, 484-453-8144.
Philadelphia Suburbs:
90 S.Newtown Street Rd,
Newtown Square PA 19073
(610) 924-5667

1700 Market Street
Suite 1005
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 / 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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