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Co-parenting: could it be right for your family?

Divorce brings significant changes for every member of the family, but some of these changes can be particularly challenging for children. In order to minimize the impact that the end of a marriage can have on the youngest people in the home, some Pennsylvania parents choose to share custody through a co-parenting agreement.

Beware of these common workplace accidents

When you go to work each day, you most likely expect to meet with some sort of challenge throughout the course of your duties. After all, every work day can't be perfect. You're probably like thousands of other Pennsylvania workers who have some good days, some bad, and some you'd rather forget altogether.

Even though you know a workplace utopia doesn't exist, you at least have the right to reasonably assume that when you show up for work and carry out your assignments that your work environment will be relatively safe, meaning your employer has taken all necessary steps to keep it so.

Wrongful death claim basics in Pennsylvania

People die in accidents every year, and in some cases, those accidents are highly preventable. When these accidents move into the realm of carelessness and negligence, it may be possible to bring a wrongful death claim against the person or company that caused the accident. In order to understand whether you might have a case for wrongful death it is important to talk to an attorney who has experience in that area. However, gaining knowledge of your own can help you understand the aspects of a wrongful death claim, which can help you start processing what happened and choose the best course of action for the future.

What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit brought about as a result of the death of a person. This death is generally due to the legal fault of another person. In some cases, the legal fault may belong to a company that created a faulty product or performed another type of negligent action, as opposed to a specific person who directly or indirectly caused a death. Medical malpractice, product liability, car accidents and both intentional and unintentional (negligent) actions of many different types can all be used as grounds to make a wrongful death claim.

Appealing a workers' compensation denial in Pennsylvania

You have worked for your employer for almost a decade as a warehouseman and injured your back. However, the State denied your claim for Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, what can you do? You can file an appeal with the help of an employment attorney experienced in handling these kinds of complicated matters and assert your right to compensation for your job-related injuries.

Why are claims denied?

There are a number of reasons for an initial claim to be denied and they include:

  1. A doctor for workers' compensation finds and reports that your injuries are not consistent with the original accident report
  2. There were no witnesses to your accident
  3. You did not complete an accident report to your employer within 120 days after the accident happened
  4. You failed to sign medical authorizations or did not give a statement to the insurance company
  5. Alcohol or drugs were found in you at the time of the accident

Six critical steps to take if you are injured on the job

Involvement in a workplace accident can be stressful for many reasons. First and foremost, your health and safety is and should be the biggest concern. Suffering from pain can make it even more difficult to think clearly and take the appropriate steps when an accident occurs at work. It is also stressful to fear that an injury may impact your livelihood and negatively impact your family in the future.

For these reasons there are certain steps an employee should take immediately if hurt on the job. Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act gives employees injured while working certain rights and protections. In order to preserve your rights, it is wise to take these initial steps as soon as possible after a workplace accident.

Motorcyclists don't need to suffer alone after an accident

Motorcyclists in Pennsylvania sometimes get a bad reputation. People buy into the pop-culture image of the motorcycle gangs. People think about motorcyclists and think of lawbreaking, speeding, reckless and out-of-control riders. However, the reality is very different from this image. Most motorcyclists follow traffic rules and are just trying to safely enjoy an activity they love. Many people rely on motorcycles as their sole form of transportation. They use these bikes to move from one place to another and just want to get to their destination safely.

Despite the pop-culture stereotype, it is actually other drivers that are dangerous and reckless toward motorcyclists, in many cases. Often, motorcyclists are put at risk because these drivers fail to take proper precautions to watch for motorcycles on the road. It can be difficult see a motorcycle if a driver is otherwise distracted, under the influence or breaking traffic laws.

Motorcycle awareness on Pennsylvania roads

Pennsylvania drivers are used to seeing cars and trucks on the roadways. There so many of these types of vehicles that it can be difficult for drivers to forget about them. However, the same is not true for motorcycles.

Motorcycles make up a very small portion of traffic on Pennsylvania's roads. Additionally, these vehicles are so small that they are easily missed. These two factors combined make it easy for drivers to forget about motorcycles on the streets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers do not anticipate the presence of motorcycles in most situations. This can be dangerous for motorcyclists.

What happens if your car accident involves a government vehicle?

A lot of different people use Pennsylvania's roadways each and every day. Many are private citizens and others may be governmental workers. These workers may cause a car accident just like any other driver. When a government vehicle is responsible for causing a crash, car accident victims may not understand their legal rights.

When an individual is involved in a car accident, that person may have the right to take legal action against any negligent party. The negligent party is responsible for damages related to the accident. These accident damages can include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs from the accident.

Several people injured in 2 vehicle car accident

Parents throughout Pennsylvania trust that school buses will take their children to school and back home again safely. In many cases, school buses are the safest form of transportation for children. However, school buses are not immune to car accidents. When an accident occurs between a school bus and another vehicle, the results can be very serious.

Recently, in Lebanon County, a school bus accident occurred. According to reports, the crash occurred in north Londonderry Township near the intersection of Gravel Hill Road and Bindnagles Road at around 7:10 a.m.

Outdoor dangers leading to slip-and-fall accidents

Pennsylvania residents may be spending more time indoors during the winter. However, even on the coldest of days, people often need to travel from their homes to public places. Most people don't expect anything inherently dangerous when simply leaving their homes. However, Pennsylvanians need to be aware of the many dangers that they can face while outside. In particular, people need to be aware of potential dangers immediately outside of public spaces.

Particularly in the winter, snow and ice can create hazardous property conditions. A buildup of snow and ice can result in a slip and fall accident. This accident can leave an individual with serious injuries. In general, property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice that occurs as a result of of some aspect of the property that creates a hazard other than what would occur naturally. For example, if a stopped up roof gutter causes ice to form on a sidewalk after water drips from a roof, the property owner may be held responsible if someone slips on the ice.

Commonwealth v. Candice Steinbacher – Motion for Judgement Acquittal Granted

Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecution was granted by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, after Attorney Kyle Rude argues that the Commonwealth could not prove Ms. Steinbacher was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Ms. Steinbacher was arrested after Williamsport City Police believed she switched seats with her boyfriend in order to avoid an arrest for DUI.

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