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A. Judd Woytek

Shareholder
4905 West Tilghman Street
Suite 300
Allentown, PA 18104
(484) 895-2307
(484) 895-2303 - Fax
ajwoytek@mdwcg.com

Judd is a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department. He also concentrates his practice in defending federal black lung claims on behalf of coal companies and insurance carriers.

Judd has represented school districts and intermediate units in Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Monroe and Carbon counties; a large construction/road paving business; nursing homes and assisted living facilities; a large electronics and home entertainment retailer; a large supermarket chain; a large dairy processing company; a large truck tire service; a large dollar store retailer and numerous coal mine operations throughout the eastern part of Pennsylvania.

Judd is a 1992 graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He received his juris doctor in 1995 from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, graduating cum laude. He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defeated a claim where the claimant was alleging that his degenerative disc disease in his cervical and lumbar spine was caused by his years of employment as a lineman for a cable services company. 

  • Prevailed in several cases for a meat packing company by proving that the claimants' alleged repetitive stress injuries to the upper extremities (shoulder injuries, carpal tunnel, etc.) were not caused by their employment. 

  • Successfully defended numerous federal black lung claims filed by miners, even when the miner was able to prove an extensive coal mine employment history and significant exposure to coal dust, and widows' claims when the miners had been awarded lifetime benefits, but the widows were unable to prove that coal workers' pneumoconiosis caused or significantly contributed to the miners' death.

  • Successfully defended a claim in which claimant was seriously injured in an automobile accident on her way to work by convincing the judge and Appeal Board that the facts of the case did not meet the criteria for exclusion from the coming and going rule. 

  • Successfully defended multiple claims where claimant was working under restrictions but was fired by the employer. Successfully argued to several Workers' Compensation Judges that the claimant was fired for cause and for reasons unrelated to the work injury and that benefits should not be awarded or reinstated.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Return to Work: Perfecting Job Offers and the Revival of the Labor Market Survey, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 18 and 25, 2018

  • Ingredients for Successfully Defending Claims for Work Injuries at Home, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017

  • Course and Scope, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminars, October 19 and 27, 2016

  • Cover Your Bases: A WCAIS Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015

  • The Basics of WCAIS, client seminar, Parsippany, New Jersey, November 21, 2014

  • Social Media Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, November 6, 2014

  • Workers' Compensation: What's the Best Case, The Seltzer Group Workers' Compensation Seminar, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, December 6, 2012

  • How To Control Your Claim, The Seltzer Group Workers' Compensation Seminar, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, December 7, 2011

  • Workers' Compensation Hearings: Techniques & Strategies for Success, National Business Institute, Allentown, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2008 

  • Advanced Workers' Compensation in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 2003, 2004 (speaker and course planner) 

  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law Seminar, Top 20 Cases of 2001 & 2002, Professional Education Systems Institute, Pittsburgh, 2002 

  • Workers' Compensation Update Lecture, Institute of Management Accountants, Lehigh Valley Chapter, Holiday Inn Bethlehem, 1998 

Publications

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D., 1995)

    Honors: cum laude

  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA (B.A., 1992)

    Major: English 

Defense Digest Article June 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018 By A. Judd Woytek, Esq.* Key Points: Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Judges have split on the issue of how to handle reinstatement petitions in light of Protz. The Workers..., The epitaph reads: “Here lies the IRE. June 23, 1996-June 20, 2017. Killed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Mary Ann Protz. Rest in Peace.” In June 1996, the Pennsylvania Legislature made sweeping changes to the Pennsylvania...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 2, June 2018. Defense Digest 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...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2014
By A. Judd Woytek, Esq.* Key Points: “Abnormal working condition” requirement distinguishes a compensable psychic injury claim from a non-compensable claim when the claimant has only a subjective reaction to a normal working..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014 Defense Digest 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 provide...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2014
By A. Judd Woytek* Key Points: The new health care law has taken casualty insurance carriers back to the past. The new health care law has removed some of the 1981 restrictions to Black Lung Act benefits and reopened claims that workers...
Articles December 4, 2013
This article was first published in the December 4, 2013, online edition of Carrier Management magazine.
May 11, 2018
We successfully defended a fatal claim petition filed by the widow of a coal miner who had been awarded benefits for totally disabling coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in 1984. Despite the fact the miner had been collecting temporary total...
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a favorable decision and order denying benefits in a Federal Black Lung claim that had been pending since 2003. ​This matter was most recently before an Administrative Law Judge on a remand from the Benefits Review Board on the sole issue...
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a claim for Federal Black Lung benefits filed by a coal miner with over 10 years of employment in the coal mining industry. ​The miner had been awarded benefits by the Administrative Law Judge, but the defense successfully...
Apr 21, 2016
Successfully argued that a miner’s widow was not entitled to survivor’s benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The miner had not successfully obtained benefits during his lifetime, but the widow alleged that his death at 102 years...

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
  • Ursinus College (B.A., 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Associations & Memberships

  • Bar Association of Lehigh County, Workers' Compensation Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 1997

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