Francis X. Wickersham: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Francis X. Wickersham

Francis X. Wickersham is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. His practice is devoted solely to defending employers in Pennsylvania workers' compensation claims.
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King Of Prussia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone(610) 354-8263

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  • Workers' Compensation
     
    University Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.A., 1986
     
    Law SchoolWidener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., 1989
     
    Admitted1989, Pennsylvania; 1990, New Jersey
     
    Memberships 

    Associations & Memberships

    •Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    •Montgomery County Bar Association
    •Pennsylvania Bar Association

     
    Biography

    As a member of the Workers' Compensation Department, Frank has devoted his practice to representing employers from many different industries in a variety of Pennsylvania workers' compensation claims. He has successfully defended construction companies, food service companies, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, retail stores and supermarkets in cases involving hearing loss due to exposure, occupational noise, psychiatric injuries from abnormal working conditions, injuries from contact with toxic chemicals in the workplace and fatalities.

    Frank's articles on important Pennsylvania workers' compensation cases frequently appear in well-known employer publications, such as the A.M. Best Insurance Digest, Counterpoint and the Pennsylvania Self Insurers' Association newsletter. He is a writer and editor of the firm's What's Hot In Workers' Comp, a monthly update on significant developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law. Frank has also given numerous presentations and seminars on critical developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law to various employer and insurance industry groups, as well as to his colleagues.

    In 1986, Frank received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He attended the Widener University School of Law and obtained his juris doctor in 1989.

    Frank is an active member of the workers' compensation sections of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar associations. He also has a long association with the Upper Merion Lacrosse Club as a member of the board, as well as with the King of Prussia Soccer Club, where he has served as a soccer coach for many years.

    Year Joined Organization

    1992

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    Doped Up: Implications of Compound Medications, Generic Drugs and Medical Marijuana, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015

    Marijuana in Workers' Compensation - Medical and Legal Challenges, CLM 2015 Medical Legal Summit, Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 2015

    Medicare Liens and Set-Asides and Workers' Compensation Liens, Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, October 18, 2014

    Behind the Robe: An Interview With the Judges, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013

    •Career Day, Upper Merion Middle School, 2011

    Case Law Update, Broadspire and Glaxosmithkline, 2010

    Navigating the Workers' Compensation Court Room, Berkley Midatlantic Group, 2010

    How to Distinguish Between ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Actions, Wegmans, 2009

    Record Retention and E-Discovery, The Addis Group, 2009

    Legal Updates: A Survival Guide, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, 2008

    Impact of New Vocational Regulations on Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claims Handling, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, 2007

    Impact of New Vocational Regulations on Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claims Handling, Cambridge Integrated Services, 2007

    The Do's and Don'ts of Utilization Reviews, Montgomery Bar Association, 2007

    •Career Day, Upper Merion Middle School, 2005

    •Law Day, Caley Elementary School, 2002

    •Law Day, Caley Elementary School, 2001

    Ethical Considerations in Workers' Compensation, Montgomery Bar Association, 2000

    Interplay Between Workers' Compensation and Liability, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, 1999

    Act 57 and its Impact On Workers' Compensation Litigation, Pottstown Hospital, February 1998

    News

    Class Action Band is Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

    August 16, 2013

    Class Action, the in-house rock and roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will perform in the final round of the 13th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands competition, to take place September 28th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. After...

    Events

    CLM 2015 Medical Legal Summit
    Conference • Jun 3, 2015

    Frank Wickersham, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is presenting at the CLM 2015 Medical Legal Summit. Marijuana in Workers' Compensation - Medical and Legal Challenges, will provide an overview of marijuana...

    Publications

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp, Vol. 19, No. 12, December 2015

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp • December 24, 2015

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp, Vol. 19, No. 11, November 2015

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp • November 16, 2015

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp, Vol. 19, No. 10, October 2015

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp • October 20, 2015

    An IRE that considers a claimant's work injury as it is defined and exists at the time the IRE is performed is valid notwithstanding an after-the-fact expansion of the injury.

    Law Alerts • October 5, 2015

    The Commonwealth Court rejected the claimant's argument that, because he challenged the IRE within the initial 60-day appeal period, he could contest the IRE as being invalid based on the fact that the description used by the IRE physician did..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

    Claim Petition filed against Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund not barred because claimant files civil action against uninsured employer for protection against running of the statute of limitations in civil case.

    Law Alerts • October 2, 2015

    The issue considered by the Commonwealth Court was whether a Claim Petition against the Uninsured Employer's Guaranty Fund was barred by 305 (d) of the Act where, after learning that an employer is uninsured, a claimant preserves a..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

    An employer does not violate the Act by paying the claimant simple interest, instead of compound interest, on a back award of compensation benefits.

    Law Alerts • October 2, 2015

    The claimant's work-related injury was acknowledged by the employer via a Notice of Compensation Payable in 1998. The Workers' Compensation Judge reinstated benefits as of November 21, 2002, and the employer paid the claimant $117, 278.74..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

    When parties cannot agree on IRE physician: date insurer requests physician be designated to perform IRE is determinative date of whether IRE request is timely under 306 (a.2)(1).

    Law Alerts • October 2, 2015

    The Appeal Board found that, in order for an IRE request to be timely under 306 (a.2)(1) of the Act, the insurer must file both the IRE request and the IRE appointment forms within 60 days of the expiration of the claimant's receipt of..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

    An employer is not required to first seek an agreement from a claimant on an IRE physician before filing a request with the Bureau to designate an IRE physician.

    Law Alerts • October 2, 2015

    Ten years after the claimant's work-related injury, the employer filed a request with the Bureau to designate a physician to perform an IRE under 306 (a.2) of the Act. The claimant objected to the Bureau-designated IRE physician, arguing..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

    Supreme Court holds: employer not obligated to issue Notice of Ability to Return to Work before offering alternative employment when injured employee has not yet filed claim petition and not yet proven entitlement to benefits.

    Law Alerts • October 2, 2015

    A Workers' Compensation Judge granted the claimant's claim petition and awarded benefits; but, benefits were limited to a closed period. Te Judge suspended her benefits, finding there was work available she was capable of performing. The..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

    Special Workers Compensation Alert - IREs - A Divided Court Changes the Landscape

    Whats Hot in Workers Comp • September 23, 2015

     
    Reported CasesRepresentative Cases: School District of Philadelphia v. WCAB (Hennegan), 751 A.2d 729 (Pa. Cmmwlth. 2000); McKinney v. WCAB (Decision Data), 752 A.2d 928 (Pa. Cmmwlth. 2000) (rev. per cuiam, 770 A.2d 326 (Pa. 2001)) Published Works: Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Update, Counterpoint, newsletter of the PA Defense Institute, June 2002 to present; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Carves Out Exception to Exclude Remedy Provisions of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act For Late Manifesting Occupational Disease Claims, ABA TIPS Workers' Compensation And Employers' Liability Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2014; Legal Updates, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Newsletter, 2009-present; Ask an Expert, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Newsletter, January 2009; Digest of Insurance Law, Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, 2007-present; Special Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law Alerts, 2006-present; Critical Case Summaries, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Newsletter, 2006-2008; What's Hot in Workers' Comp, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Department newsletter, 2002-present; Decisions Impact Workers' Comp Benefits: Court Focuses on Release Agreement, Length of Employment, The Legal Intelligencer, March 2001; Independent Contractor or Employee: Supreme Court Rolls Over Controversial Commonwealth Court Decision Holding That Federal and State Motor Carrier Regulations Require Finding of Employment, Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2001; Lykins: The Supreme Court Eliminates Unemployment Compensation Credit for pre-Act 44 Injuries, Counterpoint, January 1999; Act 44 and Pre-Amendment Injuries: Banic Breaks the Mold, PSIA Workers' Compensation Newsletter, March 1996
     
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    Use of the 5th and 6th Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act is Unconstitutional. IREs Performed under Section 306(a.2) of the Act Must Use the 4th Edition of the AMA Guides.
    Francis X. Wickersham, January 27, 2016
    The employer’s physician performing the IRE used the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (Guides), the most recent version at the time. The employer filed a modification petition seeking to convert the claimant to partial disability status, which was...

    IREs - A Divided Court Changes The Landscape
    Francis X. Wickersham, September 28, 2015
    A divided Commonwealth Court holds that use of the 5th and 6th Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is unconstitutional and, therefore, IREs performed under §306 (a.2) must use the 4th Edition Guides

    New Mexico Court of Appeals Leads the Nation in Approving Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation Cases
    Francis X. Wickersham, March 18, 2015
    On January 13, 2015, the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued an opinion finding medical marijuana to be reasonable and necessary medical care for a workers’ compensation claimant. This opinion follows a decision issued by the same court on May 19, 2014, ruling that medical marijuana was...


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    Francis X. Wickersham

    620 Freedom Business Center, Suite 300
    King Of PrussiaPA 19406




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