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What should you know about workers' compensation?

Millions of workers throughout the country, including in Pennsylvania, are employed in positions that come with an inherent level of risk each day on the job. Industrial and construction workers, for example, are seemingly more prone to suffer injuries in accidents that occur on-the-job. Public safety workers are oftentimes in the line of danger as well. When individuals are injured at work, the results can be hard to face alone. So, what should our readers in Pennsylvania know about workers' compensation?

For starters, it is important to understand that nearly every employee in Pennsylvania is likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits under certain circumstances, although there are some exceptions. For the most part, if you suffered an injury or contract an illness due to on-the-job responsibilities, you are likely eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

Labor Day report demonstrates holiday driving dangers

Labor Day weekend marks a special occasion for many Pennsylvania residents. Most workers get a free day off on Monday and use it to host a backyard barbecue or travel to an out-of-state friend or family member’s house. It is also some of the last days of summer vacation before children head back to school, so they want to make their last weekend memorable before the kids head back to study.

Unfortunately for some residents, it was their last weekend alive. As many companies in the nation celebrate Labor Day, thousands of families that travel on the road risk of getting in a car accident. A recent report from the Pennsylvania state police shows how just getting one day off can put so many motorists in peril.

Know your options in a personal injury lawsuit

Being in an accident can be frightening for any Pennsylvania resident, but the days, weeks, months and even years afterward can be difficult as well when the accident victim suffers a significant injury. Whether it was a car accident, a workplace accident or an accident caused by a defective product, among many other causes, a personal injury can seriously disrupt a person's life.

The law provides an option for those who have been injured in an accident due to another party's negligence. A personal injury lawsuit could help the accident victim seek financial compensation from the party who caused the accident. For instance, in a car accident, the lawsuit would likely be filed against the other driver. Or, in a workplace accident, perhaps the defendant would be the person's employer. One of the first steps in any personal injury lawsuit is to identify the true party at fault.

Safety Net

Several weeks ago, I published a blog article, "An Ounce of Prevention." The primary goal of the article was to encourage people to view automobile insurance differently. Not out of fear of being sued as big insurance would have them think, but from the perspective of prevention. In the legal sense, prevention occurs when you purchase the proper automobile insurance coverages to protect you and your family if injured by the negligence of another driver or, perhaps worse case scenario, the negligence of an uninsured or underinsured driver. I think of insurance in this context as providing a safety net. 

As teens head to school, they should avoid distracted driving

Young people from kindergarten-age to college-age have been heading back to school in recent weeks. While most are probably lamenting the end of summer, it can be an exciting time as well. But, with the end of summer vacation, that means that many more younger drivers, especially teenage drivers, are going to be on the roads again. High schoolers and college students alike should remember to avoid using their cellphones or engaging in any other distracting conduct while driving.

A recent report noted that it seems like cellphones are the top distraction for young drivers. Well, cellphones may even be the main distraction for all drivers these days, as the number of Americans who own "smartphones" has skyrocketed in recent years. The recent report stressed the main thing that drivers should be sure of when it comes to operating a motor vehicle: paying attention.

Head-on collision in Pennsylvania results in two deaths

We all know that head-on collisions occur sometimes, but no one probably expects to hear about a head-on collision occurring on an interstate highway. But, according to a recent report, that is exactly what happened in Pennsylvania on July 29 and the results were deadly.

The reports indicate that a vehicle was being driven the wrong way by a man from Philadelphia in the northbound lanes of I-95 on the morning of July 29. Another vehicle approached heading the correct direction - northbound - as the Philadelphia man's vehicle proceeded southbound. The two vehicles collided head-on.

Injured in a car accident? Your negligence may lower your payout

Injuries sustained in a car accident may prove lift-altering. You may be unable to work and incapable of providing for your family—all due to the inattention of another driver.

But what if you also failed to make a complete stop at the stop sign, ignored the red light or chose not to follow speed regulations? In Pennsylvania, a court may cite your own negligence in a personal injury case. It proves essential to consistently pay attention while driving to receive full compensation in a devastating accident.

An Ounce of Prevention

Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" How many times did your mother warn you with that very statement? Of course, she was talking about your health - eating well, getting enough rest, perhaps using sun screen, and avoiding junk food. If modern medicine has taught us anything, it has taught us that Mom and Ben were right.

When people call an attorney, they believe they may have a serious legal problem. Usually, when clients come to visit us, it is when they are faced with a perceived or real legal crises. People don't think about prevention when it comes to lawyers and legal advice. If I might borrow from Mick Jagger, "Old habits die hard."

Temps don’t have to be scorching for workers to face heat risks

Among the dangers outdoor workers can face during the summer are heat stroke risks. Heat stroke can have major impacts on workers. It could leave them needing significant medical care and having to take time away from work. Significant workers’ comp issues can come up for workers in connection to these effects.

Heat stroke can even have the potential to take workers’ lives.

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