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Who is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

It is frustrating when a medical condition prevents you from holding gainful employment in Pennsylvania. Your inability to work has a direct impact on your ability to support your family and pay for your most basic needs. If you are facing this difficult situation, you may find that you are eligible for certain benefits through the Social Security Administration.

The intent of Social Security disability benefits is to provide financial support and benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition, physical or mental. Simply having a serious medical condition is not enough to meet qualification requirements; if you believe that you could have a rightful claim to this type of financial support, you would be wise to learn more about eligibility requirements

"I Was Just In a Car Accident - What Do I Do Now?"

No one plans to be involved in a car accident. That's why they're called accidents. However, in the unfortunate event you are involved in a car accident or, worse yet, injured in a car accident, you should know and understand your Rights.

Seeking justice through a wrongful death lawsuit

Following the accident that took the life of your loved one, you likely felt grief like never before. Whether you received the news of your spouse's death at once or you sat by the hospital bed and watched until the suffering ended, the days that passed are probably a blur in your memory.

Perhaps only now are you beginning to realize the full extent of your loss. Whether the driver responsible for the accident was impaired, distracted or simply careless, the full weight of the injustice of the event may burden you. The driver continues in life, and you and your family are left to struggle without your loved one.

A hot take on preventing heat-related illnesses for employees

As the temperatures rise, so does the chance that workers will suffer due to heat-related illnesses. While a Pennsylvania employer cannot do anything to control the temperature outside, there is much than can be done to protect the well-being of employees who work outdoors or in hot, humid environments. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a list of guidelines to help prevent heat-related illnesses for workers. By implementing these and other safety measures, workers reduce their risk of suffering from illnesses and missing time away from their jobs. If you suffered because of a heat-related illness due to your job, you have a rightful claim to certain benefits.

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.

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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