Valerie H. Lieberman
A Member of Burns White, Valerie H. Lieberman has been practicing in the area of Workers’ Compensation for more than 20 years. She represents insurance companies, self-insured employers, and uninsured employers from a variety of industries and strives to find solutions that will reduce a client’s workers’ compensation exposure.
Ms. Lieberman also manages the administration of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation team in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, providing support to new associates and implementing internal guidelines to manage case files.
Areas of Law
- Workers’ Compensation
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 1993)
- Arcadia University (B.A., political science, 1991)
- New Jersey
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Council, Treasurer, 2018-2019
- Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Council, representative, 2012-2015
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Workers’ Compensation Section, past chair 2006
- On behalf of a national healthcare company, successfully proved that the claimant was working and therefore not entitled to receive ongoing benefits. Assisted the Pennsylvania State Attorney General secure a fraud conviction against the claimant under the Workers’ Compensation Act – Fraud Provisions.
- Successfully defended a motion for temporary benefits sought by a petitioner who was terminated for cause from his New Jersey employer. In New Jersey, if an employee is terminated for cause after he returns to full duty work, the employee is not entitled to wage loss benefits.
- Settled claims on behalf of a supermarket chain. Cashier filed a petition alleging that she slipped and fell injuring her knee. Before the claim was reported, the claimant was terminated for misappropriation of funds. However, she had a separate accepted claim based on an injury that happened prior to her termination. Burns White successfully negotiated a workers’ compensation settlement for the disputed claim and was able to include a compensable workers’ compensation claim in the settlement without the client incurring additional settlement exposure.
- Successfully prosecuted petition to terminate a claimant’s benefits and claimant’s petition to expand the description of injury. Claimant was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The claimant filed a petition to expand the description to include alleged psychological injuries. Upon examination and review of the medical records, the workers’ compensation judge determined that the claimant did not suffer psychological injuries and had fully recovered from the accident.
- Settled a contested claim involving multiple fact witnesses for less than $5,000. The employee was hit in the head by another employee while at his place of employment. Burns White argued that his injuries were not as extensive as claimed thereby limiting the employer’s wage and medical exposure.
- Successfully established before the workers’ compensation judge that the employer and insurance carrier were entitled to suspension of wage loss benefits because the claimant returned to work without any loss of earnings.
- Selected for inclusion on the 2012-2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® lists
- Selected for inclusion on the 2013 New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers list
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
- Workers’ Compensation 101, Acuity Insurance Company, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; May 17, 2018
- Workers’ Compensation 101, Panelist, Patriot Risk Services, Lake Mary Florida; March 7, 2018
- Specific Loss, Hearing Loss and Facial Disfigurement, Panelist, UPMC; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; January 26, 2018
- Workers’ Compensation Offsets, Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Fall Meeting; Hershey, PA; September 2013