Ross Ventre concentrates his practice on defending insurance carriers and third-party administrators in workers' compensation matters.
He has defended clients in various industries including manufacturing and distribution, home healthcare, insurance and transportation industries, among others. In his practice, he represents a wide array of clients from national corporations to small, locally-owned businesses.
Ross is a former financial adviser for a global insurance firm and maintains a Pennsylvania insurance producer license.
In 2015, he was recognized by the publisher of the Pennsylvania edition of Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star," an honor given to the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth.
Ross J. Ventre II
Received a favorable decision when the Workers’ Compensation Judge denied and dismissed claim and penalty petitions filed by the employee and found in favor of the employer on all issues, which included rejection that the employee sustained a compensable injury, or that he provided timely notice within 120 days. It was also accepted that the employee was terminated for cause. The WCJ rejected the employee’s testimony in its entirety, citing various key inconsistencies. He also accepted the testimony from two employer fact witnesses as credible. As a result of this decision, the employer experienced a sizable cost savings of over $57,000 which could have been awarded through the decision. Ongoing liability for medical and indemnity benefits for an alleged work injury which included sprain/strain of his bilateral shoulders and elbows, aggravation of degenerative joint disease of his bilateral shoulder and right wrist, and right shoulder rotator cuff tear, was also avoided.
Obtained favorable decision from Workers’ Compensation Judge who granted the defendant’s termination petition and also denied and dismissed the employee’s attempt at expanding the scope of the work injury. The WC honed in on discrepancies in the employee’s testimony with respect to pre-injury status, which conflicted with pre-injury records obtained during litigation. As a result, our client, a trucking company, will experience a tremendous cost savings, which would exceed six figures over the life of the claim. Not only were benefits terminated, but the defendant avoids costs associated with the various surgeries the employee underwent. The company can obtain Supersedeas Fund reimbursement for over $17,000 in wage loss benefits in addition to the medical benefits.
Received a favorable result in an IRE case where the Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) accepted our argument and determined that the employer established its burden of proof relative to the IRE based modification petition, and modified the employee’s benefits to partial disability status effective 8/11/15. The WCJ reviewed the evidence of record and found the IRE doctor’s testimony to be credible relative to the employee’s whole person impairment under both the 4th and 6th Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Because the employee had been determined to have reached MMI and had less than 50 percent whole person impairment, his wage loss benefits have been capped at 500 weeks.
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