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Richard Alan Jaffe

Richard Alan Jaffe

Aggressively fighting for injured workers for 30+ years
  • Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability
  • New Jersey, Pennsylvania
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Summary

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 32 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 - 2018. 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 2006-2018. 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 - 2019 in the fields of Workers Compensation. The Law Offices of Richard A Jaffe, LLC has also been recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in the USA for Workers Compensation in 2016-2018 as seen in U S News and World Reports.

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
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. (1985) | Law
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University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1981) | Major: Sociology ; Minor : Psychology
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Awards
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
Richard was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the fields of Workers Compensation
Best Lawyers in America
PA Super Lawyer List
Super Lawyers
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
64 Questions Answered

Q. Why did the workmans adjuster got replaced with a lawyer.thank you
A: I assume this is a follow up to your previous question. As the others have responded, the Workers Compensation carrier has either initiated litigation or is responding to a Petition filed by your Lawyer. As before it is my recommendation that you speak with your Attorney as the individual that would best be able to answer your questions is the Attorney currently representing you. If you are not happy with the status of your Litigation, or your current Attorney, you are certainly free to seek counsel elsewhere. If so, it would be my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Law. Otherwise, it is my recommendation that you immediately contact your Attorney to find out the status of your case and hopefully he/she can address all of your concerns.
Q. my dr told me to be off and they are dyeing my work comp I can not return till I PT what do I need to do to fight this
A: I am sorry to hear about the problems that you are having with your Workers Compensation Claim. Given the fact that you have been advised by the Workers Compensation Carrier that they will be denying your Claim, 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, at which time you will be able to determine your rights and remedies. More than likely, a Claim Petition will need to be filed on your behalf. Please note the consultation with an Attorney will more than likely be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your Case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. Please if you can let me know now that its taken so long what can i do to further .
A: I am very sorry to hear about your work injury and the difficulty that you have been having since that time, however, as you are apparently represented by an Attorney and are already involved in litigation, the individual that would best be able to answer your questions is the Attorney currently representing you. If you are not happy with the status of your Litigation, or your current Attorney, you are certainly free to seek counsel elsewhere. If so, it would be my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Law. Otherwise, it is my recommendation that you immediately contact your Attorney to find out the status of your case and hopefully he/she can address all of your concerns.
Q. PA workers compensation headache
A: Based upon your fact pattern, you may have sustained an aggravation of your pre-existing lower back injury which constitutes a “new” injury for the purposes of Worker’s Compensation. Obviously, there would be issues to decide whether, or not, this is a “new” injury or a “recurrence “Of the case that you settled two years ago. It is my recommendation that you immediately contact an Attorney Who is a Board Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers comp compensation Law to discuss your rights and remedies. The initial consultation would be free of charge and most Attonreys accept cases on a Contingent Fee Basis
Q. If I already had a bad back, but then it got aggravated at work, am I still able to get workers comp?
A: Yes, and aggravation of a pre-existing condition could be considered a work-related injury if it occurred while in the course and scope of your employment, and prevents you from continued Employment. 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. In most instances the initial consultation will be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. Can I file a successful workers' compensation claim for a car accident that occurred in our company parking lot?
A: Unfortunately, without additional information is impossible to answer your question. Parking lot cases are fact specific and some injuries occurring in the "company parking lot" are compensable and others are not. In light of the above, it is my recommendation that you promptly contact an Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Law to discuss the facts surrounding your car accident in the "company parking lot" to determine whether, or not, you do have a valid Claim for Workers Compensation Benefits. The initial consultation would be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. I injured my back at work and was placed on light duty then sent to a spinal specialist who stated my injury may take
A: You are able to utilize FMLA Benefits in conjunction with Workers Compensation Benefits for the initial 12 weeks of your period of Disability. If you are able to return to work within the 12 week period of time your Employer is required to provide you with similar employment to your pre-injury job. If it is your work-related injury which is causing you to be disabled, you would be entitled to wage loss benefits, rather than just a Leave of Absence. 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. The initial consultation would be free of charge and most Attorneys will accept your Case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. When on workmans comp how do they calculate the wages paid? Is it current wages or last years wages.
A: An injured worker's Average Weekly Wage is calculated pursuant to Section 309 of the Act. If you an hourly employee and have been employed with the same Employer for 52 weeks, or more, prior to your injury, your most recent 52 weeks of earnings were broken into 13 week "quarters" and the average of the highest 3 will be utilized for your Average Weekly Wage. If employed less than a full year, the last . 13, 26, or 39 weeks are used to calculate the appropriate Average Weekly Wage. If employed less than 13 weeks, one looks at the Expectations of your wages as you have not worked long enough to properly calculate your Average Weekly Wage. If you have recently received a promotion prior to your injury, more than likely your prior Wages will be significantly reducing your current earnings. If, however, you are salaried, as opposed to an hourly employee, one could argue that it is your salary, and not do the above-noted calculations. 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. The initial consultation would be Free of Charge and most Attorneys will accept your case on a Contingent Fee Basis.
Q. Is there a specific form and approach method that must be used by an employer when they want to bring an employee back?
A: If you are currently represented by counsel, it is my recommendation that you discuss these issues with your Attorney as he/she may be in a better position to address your concerns. With that stated, assuming that your Workers Compensation Claim has been accepted with the issuance of a Notice of Compensation Payable, once the Workers Compensation Carrier is in possession of medical evidence showing a change in your physical condition and ability to return to work, they are required, by law, to provide you with a Notice of Ability to Return to Work in accordance with Section 306 (b) (3) of the Act. Said Form can be sent contemporaneously with a written offer of employment, or it may be sent initially with the written offer of employment to follow shortly thereafter. In the absence of the Notice of Ability to Return to Work, the job offer cannot form the basis of a Petition for Suspension/Modification. There are also specific that must be placed into the written Offer of Employment, however, again this is something that you should discuss with your Attorney. In the event that you are not satisfied with your current representation, you are certainly free to contact another Attorney who is a Certified Specialist in Pennsylvania workers Compensation Law for an initial consultation.
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