News About the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC
Havertown Lawyer Daniel J. Siegel Receives Pennsylvania Bar Association Clarity Award
HARRISBURG (April 20, 2022) – The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Plain English Committee will present its 2022 Clarity Award to Daniel J. Siegel, owner of Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel LLC, Havertown, at an awards luncheon during the PBA Annual Meeting, May 11-13 in Hershey.
The award was created by the committee to recognize “those who have done the most to foster plain English in the legal field.” The committee’s mission is to reward and encourage efforts to improve access to the law by demystifying legal language and to enable lawyers to better counsel clients and increase respect for the legal profession by removing the barriers of legalese.
For more than 30 years, Siegel has focused his practice on workers’ compensation, personal injury and Social Security disability claims, handling cases from major mass torts to small claims matters. He also assists families with estate planning, such as wills, living wills and powers of attorney. In addition, Siegel often serves as a silent second chair for other attorneys through various phases of trial and as an appellate counsel in state and federal courts.
A frequent speaker and author, Siegel has presented at more than 400 events, written more than 250 articles and published 14 books on legal topics. Examples of his use of “plain English” can be found in his writing that aims to be clear and succinct and to avoid legalese. He often uses drawings, tables, bulleted lists, footnoted citations and other attributes to make his legal documents more understandable for his audiences.
Siegel’s nominator said: “He wants his audience to see what matters or understand it without having to read tons of material. He often says no one reads legal documents because they are dense; they read novels, so write like it’s a novel.”
Active in the PBA, Siegel serves as chair of the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, member of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee and member of the Plain English Committee. His other professional interests include serving as chair of the American Bar Association Law Practice Division’s Professional Development Board, member of the Delaware County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Professional Guidance Committee.
His accolades include being named Best Lawyers 2022 Workers’ Compensation Law—Claimants “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Business Journal—Best of the Bar and Delaware County Daily Times—Best Personal Injury Firm in Delaware County.
Siegel holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice, professional excellence and respect of the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.
Pa. Commonwealth Court Orders Revisions To Workers’ Compensation Utilization Process To Assure That All Impacted Entities Are Given A Due Process Right to Participate – Another Appellate Victory for Attorneys Daniel J. Siegel and Christa Frank High
In a decision requiring the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to revise the entire Utilization Review process, the Commonwealth Court on December 12th ruled that entities such as pharmacies, testing facilities, etc. cannot be barred from payment without being provided notice and a right to participate:
… we hold that for UR procedures occurring after the date of this opinion where an employer, insurer, or an employee requests UR, a provider which is not a “health care provider” as defined in the Act, such as a pharmacy, testing facility or provider of medical supplies, must be afforded notice and an opportunity to establish a right to intervene under the usual standards for allowing intervention. Although this Court may not usurp the powers of the General Assembly and exceed the parameters of legislation pertaining to medical cost containment, it bears repeating that the polestar of Armour I is that the Act must be construed in accordance with due process of law.
A Huge Victory for a Small Firm Against an Insurance Goliath, Court Dismisses as Meritless All Claims Against Doctors, Pharmacies and Others
Insurance companies know that we will fight every case, in this case they learned that if they bring a meritless lawsuit, we will defend our clients until the case is dismissed.
In the case, Liberty Mutual v. 700 Pharmacy, insurance conglomerate Liberty Mutual Group filed a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages against numerous physicians, pharmacists, pharmacies, and lay persons, alleging that they engaged in a fraudulent conspiracy to prescribe and dispense compounded pain creams. In reality, the insurance company was upset that these creams – a safe alternative to deadly and addictive opioids – were so expensive. We successfully refuted Liberty Mutual’s allegations, and as a result of the motion to dismiss that we filed, the court dismissed all of the insurance company’s claims, upholding the legality of our clients’ business model, and finding that our clients used appropriate prescribing procedures and did not inflate the pricing of the medications.
Small firms don’t handle multi-million dollar litigation like this. Despite being a small firm, our clients’ trust was well-placed and resulted in an important victory. Click here to read the opinion.
Another Commonwealth Court Victory By Attorney Dan Siegel Affirms That Medical Providers Have a Right to Payment Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act
The Commonwealth Court has affirmed on August 7, 2020 that insurance companies and their attorneys may not take actions that prevent medical providers from being paid for care for injured workers. The decision, in Workers First Pharmacy Services, LLC v. Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fee Review Hearing Office (Cincinnati Insurance Co.), disallowed a procedure used by an insurer and its counsel intended to prevent a pharmacy not only from being paid, but also from having a hearing about its right to payment. “I am proud that this case, and others my office has handled, have expanded the rights of every medical professional in Pennsylvania. My firm’s recent cases have extended the rights of more injured persons and their medical providers than any other firm’s,” said Siegel, founder of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC. He also credited attorneys Christa Frank High and Nicole A. Kratzer, who also handled the case. Click here to read the decision authored by President Judge Leavitt.
Attorney Dan Siegel Named “Best of the Bar”
The Philadelphia Business Journal has named Attorney Daniel J. Siegel a “Best of the Bar” Honoree in the area of Plaintiff Personal Injury. In addition to having great success with individual workers’ compensation and personal injury matters, Dan is being honored because of his numerous appellate victories over the past year, cases that have dramatically expanded the rights of injured workers and others.
Dan will receive his Award at a ceremony on Thursday, October 25th. He is one of only three personal injury attorneys being honored, and the only appellate lawyer being honored in this category.