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Francis X. Wickersham

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620 Freedom Business Center
Suite 300
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 354-8263
(610) 354-8299 - Fax
fxwickersham@mdwcg.com

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.

Representative 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)) 

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Pot For Pain, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 25, 2018

  • In a Pickle: The Implications of Protz, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017

  • Defense Counsel Wish List, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2016

  • Aging Gracefully? The Senior Workforce and Impacts on Workers' Compensation, CLM Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016

  • 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 

Published Works

  • "Pot for Pain: A Cannabis Conundrum in the Courts," CLM Magazine, September 2018

  • "Much Anticipated Protz Decision Comes Down," Philadelphia Bar Reporter, September 2017

  • "Protz: Problems for Practitioners and Politicians," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 22, 2017

  • "State of Confusion: Duffey v. WCAB and Pennsylvania’s Impaired Impairment Rating System," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017

  • "Aging Gracefully? The Impact of a Senior Workforce on Workers' Compensation," Workers' Compensation, page 28. August/September 2016

  • "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

  • Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2010-present

  • "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 

  • "Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Update," Counterpoint, newsletter of the PA Defense Institute, June 2002-present

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D., 1989)

    Delaware Law Forum, staff writer, member of editorial board

  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA (B.A., 1986)

Pages

Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The claimant worked as a union carpenter for the employer, who had a permanent job site located within an oil refinery in the state of Delaware. While working at the employer’s Delaware facility, the claimant was injured. The employer accepted..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The employer accepted liability for work injuries the claimant suffered in a vehicular accident but later learned he was intoxicated and had been charged with driving under the influence. The employer unilaterally stopped paying the claimant’s..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
What's Hot in Worker's Comp July 1, 2019
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
In reviewing the evidence, the workers’ compensation judge found that: (1) the claimant established being engaged in firefighting activities for more than four years; (2) prior to his cancer diagnosis, he did not show any signs of cancer; (3)..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The claimant suffered injuries while taking care of her employer, a woman suffering from mild dementia. After the claimant filed a claim petition, the employer filed its answer, alleging that the claimant was precluded from benefits under the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The employer had denied payment of compound pain creams that were dispensed to the claimant by Armour Pharmacy. The pharmacy then filed three fee reviews. The Bureau’s Medical Fee Review Section ordered payment, and the employer filed requests..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
What's Hot in Worker's Comp June 1, 2019
What's Hot in Worker's Comp May 1, 2019
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The employer was a subcontractor for the Delaware River Port Authority. The claimant, a Philadelphia resident, was hired out of his local union hall. On the date of the injury, the claimant had been working on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that the trial court properly sustained the preliminary objections filed by the tortfeasors. The court said its Domtar Paper decision does not support the proposition that an employer or workers’..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...

Pages

October 2, 2018
Class Action & The Marshall Dennehey Horns, the in-house rock-and-roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will compete at the 3rd Annual Law Rocks Philadelphia event on October 18 at the World Café Live to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Law Rocks is a...
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...
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...
Conference May 19, 2016
Michele Punturi and Frank Wickersham, shareholders and members of the firm's Workers' Compensation Department, are presenting at CLM Atlanta. This program offers sessions in four tracks: workers' compensation, insurance fraud, product...

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1989)
  • Villanova University (B.A., 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1989

Associations & Memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1992

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