Our firm was notified yesterday that our own Peter D. Friday, Esquire was selected to the 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 100 list! If you are not familiar with Super Lawyers it is a rating service that ranks attorneys in over 70 different practice areas. The selection process includes independent research, peer evaluations, and peer nominations.
The instructions for appealing a workers' compensation decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry are like many instructions for the government. Ostensibly to help, they often serve to hinder. Designed to be clear, they can instead be cluttered with legalese, acronyms, codes and awkward wording.
Fortunately, workers' compensation attorneys do understand legalese and do know how to decipher the bureaucratic maze of paperwork, requirements and deadlines. Best of all, they understand how to protect the rights of an injured worker who needs and deserves workers' comp benefits.
In representing our clients, we travel around Western Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie to Smethport to Bellefont to Bradford and beyond on a daily basis. While driving around, I (Paul G. Mayer, Jr.) try to take a minute every once and awhile to appreciate the beautiful scenery and interesting people of our Commonwealth. In "Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox", I'll give you the highlights. Hope you enjoy it.
A federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania decided that a municipality will not be held liable for the death of a student who was killed by a vehicle as he crossed a road to reach his bus stop. In the case of Estate of Viola v. Township of Bensalem, a student was killed when he attempted to cross a busy intersection to wait for his school bus. At the time of the accident the intersection's predestrian crossing signal button was broken. Unfortunatley, the intersection was not manned with a crossing guard at the hour of the death.
Arriving safely at your summer vacation spot is essential. Before hitting the road keep in mind that highway driving is full of hazards, one of which is the semi truck. These vehicles operate differently than regular passenger vehicles, a fact that must be remembered when sharing the road with these beasts.
A manufacturer of ventilation, duct and fire safety products in Montgomeryville, PA has repeatedly been cited, warned and fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about exposing workers to a wide variety of hazards.
All of OSHA's efforts since 2000 have been to no avail, the federal agency said recently. That's why it lowered the boom on the safety products maker that maintains an unsafe workplace, it said, issuing a fine of $822,000.
A reservaton of rights notice is a letter sent by the insurance company to its insureds (those covered under the policy) acknowledging that the insurance company is aware of the claim and are investigating it. The letter explains that all or part of the claim may be denied coverage for various reasons (it "reserves" the insurance company's right to later deny coverage). All insureds should receive timely notice of this potential denial of coverage so he or she can adequately protect his or her interests.
David Letterman has long made a living cracking jokes, doing interviews with celebrities and reading off a Top Ten list every night. We're not going to emulate the master of sarcasm and wit, but we are going to take a look at a list of the top preventable workplace accidents.
Workplace injuries are far too common, often requiring the injured worker to take time to recuperate, and often necessitating applying for Pennsylvania workers' compensation benefits at one of the offices in Pittsburgh, Erie and elsewhere.
If you drive about 300 miles east of Pittsburgh, you will come to Bensalem Township, right on the border of Philadelphia. A recent traffic accident there on the Pennsylvania Turnpike killed a driver and also injured three workers in a construction zone.
The workers were picking up traffic cones at about 5:30 in the morning so that a highway lane could be reopened. Two of the workers were immediately hospitalized, with one flown by helicopter to Temple University Hospital. The third worker was reportedly merely bruised in the fatal accident.
Three hundred miles east of Pittsburgh is a large, rural public school district that is nestled among the majestic vistas offered by the Pocono Mountains. A worker there recently prevailed in a workers' compensation dispute with the school district that was hoping to avoid paying a substantial portion of his benefits.
The man had fallen on ice at work and injured his hand, and the Pocono Mountain School District hoped it would not have to pay him full workers' comp benefits because he was just says away from retiring on Social Security before the workplace accident occurred.