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November 2014 Archives

Workers die at DuPont plant trying to help colleagues

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance given to employees when an employee suffers an injury during the course of authorized work. Pennsylvania law dictates that any employee who suffers an injury due to his work or negligence of the employer is entitled to worker's compensation.

Pa Supreme Court Says Governmental Damages Caps are Constitutional

As a follow up to my previous post on governmental statutory damages caps, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that such caps on awards against governmental entities are constitutional.  This tragic case involved a 14 year old student who lost her leg from an injury caused by the negligence of a school bus driver.  The student was standing on a side walk with other students when the school bus driver accidently pressed the gas pedal instead of the break.  The bus jumped the curb striking the student, crushing her leg and pelvis.  At trial she was awarded $14 million dollars by the jury for her injuries but the verdict was molded (or reduced) to $500,000 which is the statutory cap placed on damages against governmental entities in Pennsylvania.  

How to prevent workplace accidents in Pennsylvania


Many industries throughout Pennsylvania use a lot of industrial power tools for production. Forklifts are one of the most common tools used across Pennsylvania and the entire United States. Power tools can cause severe injuries. Many initiatives have been taken by the government to spread awareness about forklift injuries.

Campaign to prevent PA construction worker accidents underway


The Pennsylvania construction workplace environment may be most vulnerable to work-related injuries. Many workers are injured on construction sites, and all workers have a legal right to claim injury benefits and compensation from their employer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has initiated an awareness campaign to help employers gain knowledge on how to make construction sites safer for employees.

Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox--A Visit with Mental Health Professionals in DuBois, PA

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.

The Difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two federally created programs that help provide individuals with the income they need to support themselves and their families. Sadly, a large percentage of the people that apply for benefits through these two programs are often denied benefits.  Currently in Pennsylvania approximately 60% of initial claims for SSD or SSI are denied.  It also takes quite a bit of time for the claims to be processed.  In Pennsylvania the average case processing time (the time from the date a hearing is first reuqested to the date of the final decision) is approximatley 438 days!  There are certain exceptions to the case processing time, certain dire needs situations and persons with certain disabilities will be automatically awarded benefits pending a formal decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

How a lawyer can help in a workers' compensation case


Worker's compensation is a form of insurance benefit that is available for the employees of an organization in case they sustain an injury during the course of authorized work. Friday & Cox LLC has specialized in worker's compensation for over 75 years and has helped many employees obtain proper compensation.

How is the government helping to keep miners safe?


Mines are often dangerous places to work. With Pennsylvania miners being vulnerable to accidents in its dark cavernous mines, many safety regulations have been prescribed by the state to reduce accidents. State government authorities also ask the public to send in suggestions for increasing mine safety to ensure that mines are safe for workers and to prevent industrial accidents.

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