Ashley S. Eldridge

Associate

Ashley is a member of the Workers' Compensation Department and concentrates her practice on the defense of workers' compensation claims. Throughout her career, Ashley has successfully defended a diverse field of employers, including a national communications company and a national banking corporation, along with various companies in the manufacturing, food production, transportation, construction, non-profit and retail industries. Her experience also includes representation of self-insured and TPA clients.

Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was an interscholastic athlete and member of the swimming and diving team. She received her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law and while there, participated in the Moot Court Honor Society, Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and the Environmental Law Clinic. Ashley also had the opportunity to study international law at the Université de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. During her time abroad, Ashley interned at the World Health Organization where she researched international legislation regarding the regulation and use of opioid medications.

Ashley is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania.

Significant Representative Matters

Ashley successfully defended a national transportation company in a case that presented complex legal issues on employment relationship and liability. In this case, the claimant filed separate Claim Petitions against two companies, their respective carriers, and the UEGF. The claimant and the co-defendant attempted to convince the Judge that our client to be liable, although Ashley successfully proved that the other defendant was the legal employer and liable for purposes of workers’ compensation. On appeal, the determination was upheld, affirming that our client was not the employer in this matter.

Ashley successfully defended a Claim and Penalty Petition for a repetitive stress injury which allegedly occurred while the claimant was working at a large manufacturing facility. Although the claimant attempted to establish her duties as repetitive and physical, Ashley presented convincing fact witness testimony which included a live demonstration of the pre-injury duties to demonstrate how little exertion was required. This made a lasting impression on the Judge, who denied the Claim and Penalty Petitions.

Ashley successfully defended a national transportation company in a case that presented complex legal issues on employment relationship and liability. In this case, the claimant filed separate Claim Petitions against two companies, their respective carriers, and the UEGF. The claimant and the co-defendant attempted to convince the Judge that our client to be liable, although Ashley successfully proved that the other defendant was the legal employer and liable for purposes of workers’ compensation. On appeal, the determination was upheld, affirming that our client was not the employer in this matter.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Identifying Fraudulent Workers' Compensation Claims, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 24, 2019

The Interplay Between Traumatic Brain Injuries and Fraud in Workers' Compensation, Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, April 24, 2019

Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation 2019: Handling UEGF Claims After Act 132, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 9, 2019

Published Works

“Applying Baxter or Little: Examining the Burden of Proving a Full Recovery in the Context of a Pre-existing Condition,” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019

"Clarifying the Burden in a Section 108(r) Occupational Disease Claim: The Impact of Sladek and Hutz," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016

"You Have The Right to An Attorney But Not Additional Time: Examining the Role of An Unrepresented Claimant in the Workers’ Compensation Proceeding," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015

Admissions
Pennsylvania
2012
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
Université de Lausanne (2010)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A., summa cum laude, 2009)
Honors & awards
Golden Gavel Award, Westfield Insurance
February 2019
Associations & memberships
American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Philadelphia Bar Association
Year joined
2014