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Richard Alan Jaffe

Richard Alan Jaffe

Aggressively fighting for injured workers for 30+ years
  • Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability/SSI
  • New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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One of Philadelphia’s best known and well respected Workers’ Compensation attorneys, Richard A. Jaffe has been representing injured workers and other disabled individuals for over 30 years. He concentrates his practice on Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane Law School, he is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He started the firm in 1994 and since then has aggressively fought for the rights of the injured worker in hundreds of cases in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. He is an active member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of PaAJ, is a Sustaining Member of NOSSCR, and is on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group for 2005 - 2017. Effective May 1, 2013 Richard is Certified as a Specialist in the Practice of Workers Compensation Law by the PA Bar Association's Section on Workers Compensation as Authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Richard has been named to the PA Super Lawyer list 12 years in a row between 2006-2017. Effective May 1, 2013 Richard was Certified as a Specialist in the Practice of Workers Compensation Law by the PA Bar Association's Section on Workers Compensation as Authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 - 2017 in the fields of Workers Compensation.

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Social Security Disability/SSI
Additional Practice Areas
  • Public Benefits
  • Car Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    Workers Compensation Cases : 20 % Social Security : 25% or $6000 which ever is less
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner / Memeber
Law Offices of Richard A Jaffe, LLC
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Associate
Margolis Edlestein
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Education
Tulane University School of Law
J.D. / Law (1985)
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University of Pennsylvania
B.A. / Major: Sociology ; Minor : Psychology (1981)
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Awards
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 - 2017 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
Current
PA Bar Association's Section on Workers Compensation as Authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Current
Certifications
Certified as a Specialist in the Practice of Workers Compensation Law
PA Bar Association's Section on Workers Compensation as Authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Website
PhillyWorkInjury.com
Blog
PhillyWorkInjury.com Blog
Legal Answers
28 Questions Answered

Q. Employer call the police after I pick up a paper he tried to make me sign refusal of additional medical treatment
A: Again, sir, I am sorry to hear about the problems that you are having with regards to an alleged work-related injury, however, it is unclear from your question as to what has occurred, and what remedy you are seeking. I once again urge you to contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law to schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss your rights and remedies.
Q. Work injury on 27 March 17 didn't believe me was asking to sign paper didn't sign it pick up left office police was
A: I am sorry to hear about the alleged work-related injury occurring on March 27, 2017, however, your question is unintelligible and therefore, I am unable to respond. If you have a Workers Compensation Claim and your Employer has Denied same it is my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law to schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss your rights and remedies. The Initial Consultation will be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. hurt knee 6/16 and returned to work 1/17, hurt neck 5/17. comp ins comp says my payments will be less this time. legal?
A: I am sorry to hear that you have sustained not only one but now to work-related injuries in the past year. There is case law that would hold that your initial injury and its Average Weekly Wage may apply to the 2nd injury so that you can "maximize" your entitlement to Workers Compensation Benefits by combining your pre-injury wages from the 1st injury. What your Employer and its Workers Compensation Carrier are doing are contrary to the cases that have interpreted Section 309 of the Pennsylvania workers Compensation Act, as amended which address your very situation. It is my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law for an initial consultation. The initial consultation would be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis. Please feel free to contact my Office or any other Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law closer to your home.
Q. Can I sue my ex employer, they fired me days after my accident but call me back next day.
A: I am sorry to hear about all the trouble that you are having as result of your work-related injury. It is somewhat unclear as to what transpired, as well as what type of Benefits you are seeking; i.e. Workers Compensation Benefits and/or Unemployment Compensation Benefits. It is my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Law to discuss your case in greater detail and determine what type of rights and remedies you may have. Please note the initial Consultation will be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis. If you are seeking Unemployment Compensation Benefits, most Attorneys will charge either an hourly rate or flat fee.
Q. My doctor put me on permanent restrictions . Job is working me out of those restrictions what can I do.
A: I am sorry to hear that your Employer is not abiding by the restrictions placed upon you by your Treating physician. Assuming that your Workers Compensation Claim has been accepted, your Employer should either be accommodating your restrictions or putting you back out on Workers Compensation. It is my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law to discuss your rights and remedies. It may be necessary to file several Petitions with the Bureau of Workers Compensation in order to protect your rights. Please note that the Initial Consultation will be free and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. Do workers comp payments come monthly or in a bigger amount all at once?
A: Workers Compensation Benefits in the State of Pennsylvania are to be paid at regular intervals, in the same fashion in which you are paid, prior to your injury. For example, if you were paid weekly, you should receive a weekly Workers Compensation Check, and if you are paid by-weekly, your Workers Compensation Check should come at the same interval. Please note that this does not ensure that you receive your Workers Compensation Check on the same date as your payday, when you are working, but applies to the frequency of payments. If you were to Settle your Workers Compensation Claim, you would typically received a lump sum payment, however, some Workers Compensation Carriers insist upon Settlements via an Annuity which would typically be paid at the same frequency as noted above. You have any further questions or concerns with respect to your Workers Compensation Claim, it is my suggestion that you seek and Initial Consultation with an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law. Said Consultation would be Free of Charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. Can I relocate to another state if I am still receiving payments and medical benefits from an injury dated 10/12/1998?
A: This question would best be posed to and Attorney who handles New York Workers Compensation, rather than an Attorney who handles Pennsylvania Workers Compensation as each state's Workers Compensation laws are different. Typically, when a client of mine inquires as to whether, or not, they can move out of state while receiving Workers Compensation Benefits from the State of Pennsylvania I advised them that there is no prohibition to same, however, many of my clients have had difficulty securing medical treatment as many other states do not accept "out-of-state" Workers Compensation Insurance. Based upon your question, I assume you have on into the same difficulty in the State of Pennsylvania when attempting to rely upon your "out-of-state" New York Workers Compensation. Again, thank you for your inquiry, however, I believe this would best be posed either to your prior Attorney and/or an Attorney who handles Workers Compensation cases in the State of New York.
Q. on workers comp in pa . i want to jobs .what do i need to know
A: Pennsylvania is a "wage loss" state and as such, if you are unable to perform your pre-injury job and find alternative employment in a less strenuous position you will be effecting the "value" of your case depending upon your current earning capacity. For instance, if you were earning $750 per week in your pre-injury capacity and accepted a lighter duty position in an alternative trade earning $500 per week you would then be entitled to Partial Disability Benefits based upon your $250 per week loss of earnings, if your Claim were found compensable. Before taking any steps to find alternative employment, it is my recommendation that you consult with an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Law to discuss your rights and remedies and whether, or not, it would be prudent to seek out alternative employment while your cases pending. In addition, it is most important that any alternative employment be approved by your treating physician as excepting a position beyond your restrictions may further limit the extent of your Claim.
Q. Judge ordered back benefits to be paid by insurer and reasonable medical treatment. Its been 41 days without a check.
A: I am sorry to hear the problems that you are having with your Workers Compensation Claim. As you are represented by Counsel, these questions are better opposed to your Attorney. Under Section 406.1 (a) of the Act, the Workers Compensation Carrier is required to make payments within 21 days of the acceptance of your Claim. I believe that said Section also applies to Judicial Decisions. If payment has not yet been made, your Attorney should proceed with the filing of a Petition for Penalties and can also place both the Employer and its Workers Compensation Carrier on notice of a Default Judgment in accordance with Section 428 of the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Act, as amended. I find this latter "threat" typically prompts payment promptly thereafter. The issue of payment of medical bills and/or "pre-authorization" for your surgery is a separate issue, and may require the filing of a prospective Request for Utilization Review and/your Petition to Review Medical Treatment and/or Billing. Please discuss these issues with your Attorney, and if not satisfied, you are always free to locate alternative counsel.
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