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    Exercises to Help Prevent Shoulder Injuries at Work

    Last updated 16 hours ago

    Heavy lifting, repetitive movement, and hunching over a desk can all lead to back problems. Unfortunately, many occupations, from nursing to construction, require you to engage in tasks that strain your back and shoulders. Even performing routine office work, like typing and lifting, can lead to sharp, stabbing pains that make it difficult for you to perform your job tasks.

    Even if you don’t yet experience back pain, it’s a good idea to start doing exercises that strengthen your upper body. In this video, a physical therapist walks you through a phisioball exercise, which helps open up your shoulder blades and upper back. He also shows how to safely position your hips and shoulders to protect your lower body.

    If you suffer a work injury, Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule an appointment with a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer, call (215) 223-6718.

    Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    While some beneficiaries don’t have to pay taxes on their benefits, other people do need to pay taxes on a portion of their Social Security benefits. One way to determine whether or not your Social Security benefits are taxable is by contacting the IRS or speaking with a Social Security lawyer. In the meantime, here is a brief overview for determining how Social Security benefits affect your taxes.

    Source of income in 2013
    If you received your Social Security benefits in 2013, then you should have received a Form SSA-1099 and a Social Security Benefit Statement, which shows your benefit amount. Your benefits might not be taxable if they were your only income source in 2013. However, you may still need to file a federal income tax return, even if you don’t owe taxes on this source of income. If you do have other sources of income, then you may owe taxes on a portion of your benefits. 

    Income and filing status
    Whether or not you have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits depends on your income and filing status. One of the easiest ways to assess your tax requirements is by using the IRS Free File to prepare and file your tax return electronically. If your income is less than $58,000 or less, then you can use Free File tax software. This software will help you determine your taxable benefits. However, if you earned more than $58,000, then you can use the Free File Fillable Forms, which are available at

    Comparison to other income
    Adding one-half of your Social Security benefits to all you other income, including tax-exempt interest is a quick way of assessing your benefits. Next, you can compare this total to the base amounts for your filing status.

    Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo offers a free consultation to discuss your Social Security benefits. Our firm has devoted more than 76 years helping injured workers receive the benefits they are entitled. You can reach one of our Philadelphia Social Security lawyers by calling (215) 223-6718.

    Requesting Non-Public Records in a Workers' Compensation Case

    Last updated 7 days ago

    In order for the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Bureau to honor your request for non-public records, you need to be a party in the case or a workers’ compensation attorney entering an appearance on behalf of the party in the case. However, a request can include a signed and dated authorization release from the claimant, which is valid if submitted within 60 days. You can also request non-public records by submitting a subpoena.

    If you are requesting non-public records, remember to include the claimant’s name, social security number, injury dates, and party representation. You should mail your request to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which is located at 1171 South Cameron Street, Room 109, Harrisburg, PA. You can also fax your request to (717) 783-6365. If you would like these records certified, you can simply note that in your request. However, certified copies of decisions will only be forwarded by U.S. mail.

    Call (215) 223-6718 to schedule a free consultation with Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo. Our firm is made up of experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers who genuinely care about achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

    A Look at Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Automation and Integration System

    Last updated 12 days ago

    On September 17, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry implemented Release one of the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System. This web-based information system integrates the processes of the Worker’s Compensation Appeal Board, the Bureau of Worker’ Compensation as well as the Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication. Using the new integration system, claimants can file appeals, petitions, and documents online with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board.

    Electronic access to workers’ compensation information
    Once the system went live, the workers’ compensation community gained electronic access to workers’ compensation information. This includes adjudication, claims, and healthcare information. Using the online system, workers’ compensation parties are now able to file petition, answer briefs and documents, as well as correspond with the Office of Adjudication and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. In addition, claimants can use the automated system to monitor their individual claims.

    Updated features with Release 2
    While the first version of the Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System was implemented in September 2012, the second release was in September 2013. With the updated version, claimants could access common electronic case files for BWC, WCOA, and WCAB. In addition, they could electronically file First Reports of Injury and Subsequent Reports of Injury with the Electronic Data Interchange. The second release also allowed for electronic correspondence and decisions.

    Use of WCAIS and its features
    In order for someone to access all of the features the WCAIS has to offer, he or she needs to register with the system. Workers’ compensation attorneys can register in a two-step process: presenting their Pennsylvania Supreme Court identification card to the field office and visiting the WCAIS homepage to set up a new user account. Once a workers’ compensation attorney completes these steps, he or she will receive a unique Keystone ID.

    For more information about Philadelphia workers’ compensation law, contact Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo at (215) 223-6718. Our firm has been serving injured Pennsylvania workers since 1963. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report has rated us a tier-one law firm in Pennsylvania since 2010.

    Understanding Your Right to Representation When Appealing a Social Security Claim

    Last updated 14 days ago

    When filing a Social Security disability claim, you can handle your own appeal or you can choose a lawyer, friend, or other person to help you. If you choose help, then you appoint someone to be your “representative.” Though you can choose outside representation, you can’t appoint someone who has been suspended or disqualified from representing others before the Social Security Administration.

    To ensure your appeals process is handled correctly, it’s a good idea to appoint an experienced Social Security lawyer as your representative. Once you’ve chosen a representative, you will need to complete a SSA-1696 or send a written statement that names your representative. Before your representative can charge or collect a fee from you, he or she will need to first get written approval from Social Security. However, your representative is able to accept money from you in advance, as long as the payment is held in a trust or escrow account. It is both you and your representative’s responsibility for providing the SSA with accurate information in your application.

    The Philadelphia Social Security lawyers of Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo have been serving injured workers since 1963. To learn more about our services, please call (215) 223-6718.

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