Attorneys to educate physicians on the law to help more patients during the Pennsylvania Pain Society Annual Meeting

Pond Lehocky Giordano founding partner, Jerry M. Lehocky, will join Michael J. Parker, the head of firm’s long-term disability department, to teach courses as part of the “Law School for Physicians” workshop during the Pennsylvania Pain Society Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 7.  

In his class, “Covid-19 – Workers’ Compensation and the injured Worker”, Lehocky will discuss the impact that the pandemic has on patients and their workers’ compensation cases, the changes seen in the legal world with the use of technology, and what would classify a workers’ compensation case that was a result from the coronavirus. 

Parker’s portion of the workshop, “What Happens When Your Pain Patient Becomes Permanently Disabled: Navigating Disability and Social Security Compensation Claims, will touch on Social Security and long-term disability claims. Attendees will learn the standards for both kinds of claims, the process for them, and how pain specialists can assist their patients with their claims.  

Attendees can register and learn more on the Pennsylvania Pain Society Annual Meeting website    

Lehocky is a partner at Pond Lehocky. He has concentrated on workers’ compensation and Social Security since being admitted to practice in 1985. Initially, he represented employers and insurance companies but began exclusively representing claimants in 1991. 

Lehocky previously served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section, advising several Pennsylvania governors and state legislators on workers’ compensation issues.He co-authored the 2006 law creating the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund, which provides workers’ compensation benefits to those with uninsured employers. It was the first piece of workers’ compensation legislation favorable to injured workers in more than 30 years. Mr. Lehocky currently serves on the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s Board of Governors, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s board and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  

Parker has focused his practice on advocating for the disabled for almost fifteen years. He is a board-certified Social Security Disability Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, an American Bar Association accredited organization. In January of 2018, Parker spearheaded the formation of our Pond Lehocky Long-Term Disability Department. Parker has taken his passion for representing disabled individual and applied to helping disabled individuals who are wrongfully denied insurance benefits. He is very involved in the legal community and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association, the Pike County Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001 and went on to receive his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 2004.   


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