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January 2015 Archives

Injured workers can get disability benefits from feds and states

Workers with physical disabilities are part of the workforce in every state, including Pennsylvania. Some of those disabilities are long standing and do not prevent people from working. Sometimes, though, an individual can become disabled as a result of a workplace injury. If the disability prevents the worker from returning to the job even temporarily, he or she may be eligible for government benefits to live.

Helping injured construction workers in Pennsylvania

Scaffolding falls and collapses are, unfortunately, an all too common type of construction accident in Pennsylvania. These types of cases can be extremely complex, but getting the right information about the available options can help injured workers through the legal process.

Time is ticking! How much time is left to file your lawsuit?

In every state there are statutes in place which provide a time limit for filing a lawsuit.  These time limits (in legalese called "Statute of Limitation") vary from state to state, and they also vary depending on the type of legal claim you are trying to raise (i.e. personal injury, medical malpractice, contract disputes to name but a few).  The clock starts ticking for the statute of limitation on the date your legal claim arises or accrues.  If you are injured in a car accident, for example, the statute of limitations clock would start ticking on the date of the accident.  There are a few exceptions that will permit a longer statute of limitations period.  If you try to file a lawsuit beyond the statute of limitations your case will be dismissed!

Preventing forklift accidents in Pennsylvania workplaces

Residents of Pennsylvania may have noticed the use of industrial trucks on various worksites to move and transport materials. Forklifts, rider trucks and platform lift trucks are often seen in use throughout the state. Some workers who operate this machinery or work near it are injured every year due to unsafe work conditions.

Hittin' the Road with Friday & Cox--car trouble in Erie, 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.  

OSHA fines amusement park for summer safety violations

It is a primary responsibility of every employer to ensure that workers are safe while performing their jobs. This is true everywhere in the country, including Pennsylvania. When employers fail to meet this responsibility, they can be cited and fined by federal and state agencies that are charged with making sure workers are safe. This responsibility recently led the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to fine a Pennsylvania amusement park operator.

Insured Party Can Sue Insurance Company for Negligence

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided an interesting case involving an insured couple suing their insurance company over negligent handling of a claim under their homeowner's policy.  Typically, when a contract exists between two parties, one of the parties cannot sue the other party for negligently carrying out duties covered by the contract.  The theory is that the claim is one of breach of contract and not negligence (or tort). The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in Bruno v. Erie Insurance, however that one party to a contract will not be prevented from suing the other for negligence merely because a contract between the two parties existed.  

How does workers' compensation affect Social Security benefits?

Workers' compensation may be extended to all workers who are injured during the course of employment. Many employees may suffer severe workplace injuries that may render them paralyzed due to the gravity of the injury. An employee may even die due to the injuries suffered. Pennsylvania law dictates that all such employees who have suffered injuries either at the workplace or during the course of employment must be compensated by the employer under workers' compensation.

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