Sherri Dougherty represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters in Pennsylvania.
She appears before workers’ compensation judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board and Commonwealth Court. Her clients include manufacturing plants, staffing agencies, home healthcare agencies and hospitals. Sherri also provides counsel on potential claims, minimizing the costs of claims not in litigation and the settlement value of claims.
Sherri L. Dougherty
Successfully settled claim in a matter where a short-term employee claimed vague injury to the shoulder and neck. The carrier paid for some brief treatment to the shoulder, but denied the neck injury. The worker sought ongoing disability for a neck injury, including an aggravation of prior neck problems, for which the worker was already receiving Social Security Disability and Medicare benefits. After litigation, we were able to settle this claim with no admission of liability for a cervical spine injury. This saved the client extensive medical bills for the neck, including injections, office visits and medication, future indemnity and medical exposure and the need for a Medicare set-aside.
Defended a Workers’ Compensation Claim Petition for a truck driver trainee for a large international trucking company, who alleged he suffered a heart attack as a result of physical duties of the job. The case was defended on the position that there was no Pennsylvania jurisdiction as the claimant was an employee of another state, and was not injured in Pennsylvania, and that the heart attack was not causally related to his work duties as a truck driver. The WCJ found that claimant was not in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the heart attack, based on the testimony of claimant’s supervisor, who confirmed that claimant was not working when he had his heart attack. This Decision resulted in enormous savings to the carrier, since the claimant had his heart attack in 2010 and was seeking ongoing disability.
Successful in terminating the benefits of a worker who suffered a crush injury to her hand, and in defending a Review Petition to add reflex sympathetic dystrophy to the description of injury. The WCJ found the employee had fully recovered from a contusion to the hand, and that all other alleged injuries were unrelated. While employee did not miss any time from work, the employee received excessive treatment from a physiatrist, and Sherri was successful in obtaining over $75,000 in reimbursement from the Supersedes Fund.
- 07.26.16Presenter, “Going Beyond the Hand Held Camera: Effective Investigations in 2016,” Webinar
- 05.14.13Presenter at Judge's Round-table, "How to Improve the Mandatory Mediation Program"
Professional & Community Involvement
Society for Human Resource Management
Board Member- Legislative Issues, Delaware County Human Resources Association
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