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July 2014 Archives

On the job accident injures farm worker in Pennsylvania


Any worker in Pennsylvania would agree that an accident on the job can pose some extremely difficult challenges for the worker and their family. A work accident can not only lead to some serious pain and suffering, but also result in significant financial losses arising from medical expenses and loss of wages. In such situations, it is usually workers' compensation benefits that provide some relief.

Hittin' the Road: Speaking at Continuing Legal Education Seminars

In representing our clients, we travel around Western Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie to Smethport to Bellefonte to Bedford 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.

Inadequate Label Warnings Leads to Large Verdict

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a $10 million dollar verdict against the makers of Children's Motrin for failure to adequately warn consumers of the risks of taking the drug.  The jury did not find that the product was negligently designed, the verdict goes directly to the warnings contained on the product's packinging and labeling namely not listing the symptoms of "skin reddening", "rash",  and "blisters".

Safety can prevent construction accidents in Pennsylvania


Most Pennsylvanians would agree that construction is one of the most inherently dangerous jobs a worker could do. Every year, numerous construction site accidents in Pennsylvania are reported. Many of these accidents often result in serious injuries and in some cases, death. Two such incidents happened about one month ago in Pittsburgh where seven construction workers were injured after scaffolding collapses.

Berks County Court Awards $18 Million in Bad Faith Case

An insurance company has a duty to act in good faith and fair dealing in both the defense and indemnity of third party claims (claims of others against you, as an insured) as well as a duty to pay for first party claims (your claims against others).  When the insurance company fails to live up to these duties when a valid claim exists, then a case of bad faith may exist.  

OSHA aims to guard temporary labor force from workplace injuries


Pennsylvania residents should be aware that in 2012, an astounding 4,383 workers lost their lives at their workplace. Interestingly, 708 of those fatalities, 16%, involved a temporary worker. In a time when the percentage of temporary workers is steadily on the rise, this is one major concern that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) plans to address in 2014.

Worker injured in flash fire at chemical plant in Pennsylvania


One of the fundamental responsibilities of an organization is to ensure the safety and security of its workers when they are on the premises of the company. Sadly, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, occasional reports of an industrial accident occur. In some of these incidents, the employer cannot be blamed; but there are often cases when a negligent employer is liable for an on-the-job injury.

Fear of termination slows recovery of injured workers


When a worker in Pennsylvania suffers from any injury at work, the law allows for the injured worker to collect workers' compensation from the employer. Such compensation can cover wages lost while the worker is recovering from injuries and it can also be used for meeting medical expenses incurred due to the workplace injury.

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