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October 2015 Archives

Motor vehicle accidents and pedestrians: a dangerous problem

There are many reasons why a Pennsylvania resident would choose to travel by foot. Whether it is for necessity, convenience, exercise or recreation, pedestrians have the right to expect that drivers will safely share the road. Sadly, many drivers choose to engage in risky or negligent behavior, causing motor vehicle accidents that inflict serious physical and emotional harm.

Distracted driving: an increased chance of a car accident

The dangers of texting and driving are well-documented, but this dangerous behavior continues to be a problem in Pennsylvania and across the country. One reason that this behavior is so dangerous is that it involves all three types of distraction: cognitive, manual and visual. Drivers who text behind the wheel have an increased chance of causing a car accident, inflicting harm on themselves and others. 

Protecting injured workers in the oil and gas industries

Gas drilling is an important industry in Pennsylvania, but it is an occupation that can pose certain hazards for workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined safety standards for drill sites and employers. However, many sites have gone without an inspection for an extended period of time, while others have never been inspected. Without regular inspections, it is possible that safety could be unnecessarily compromised, and injured workers may not know where to turn.

Jogger hurt in drunk driving car accident

Drunk driving is a danger to all drivers and passengers on Pennsylvania roads, but it also poses a unique risk to pedestrians, cyclists and joggers. A recent drunk driving car accident resulted in the serious injury of a jogger, underscoring the danger of this irresponsible and inexcusable action. When Pennsylvania residents are harmed because of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, legal options may be available to the victims or the victim's family.

What are the options for victims of truck accidents?

The large steel frame of a semi truck can cause serious harm to a smaller vehicle. The damage from truck accidents is often quite catastrophic, frequently inflicting harm on innocent drivers and passengers. When Pennsylvania residents believe that they or loved ones needlessly suffered because of the actions or negligence of trucking companies or drivers, they have the option to determine which legal options may be available.

Secure the benefits you need with the help of an SSDI lawyer

Pennsylvania readers who have sought Social Security benefits know how difficult it is obtain what is needed and deserved. In order to secure Social Security Disability benefits, the applicant must prove that he or she is suffering from a legitimate physical or mental disability. The SSDI system is complex, and many claims are initially denied. However, a person does have the option to continue to seek benefits through appeals.

Pedestrian vs. car accident kills 1, injures 2 others

There are certain procedures that are usually followed by Pennsylvania law enforcement officials and prosecutors after a fatal car accident. First, a toxicology sample from the driver or drivers must be taken and analyzed. Then, the information gathered by police regarding the car accident is given to prosecutors to determine whether any criminal charges are appropriate.

Preventing workplace injuries by protecting employee from heat

While fall does bring cooler temperatures, it does not mean that employers do not have to take measures to protect workers from heat exposure. Seasonal changes do not eliminate the need for employers to follow safety standards because workplace injuries related to heat exposure can happen during any time of the year. A Pennsylvania employer was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing employees to unnecessary harm.

Safety violations common source of many workplace injuries

Pennsylvania workers know that proper training and the use of safety equipment are two of the main ways to avoid workplace accidents. Another key to workplace safety is preventing safety violations, a responsibility that lies with managers, employers and supervisors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a list of common safety violations, which are some of the common reasons for workplace injuries.

Was your application for SSDI benefits denied?

Being unable to work due to a chronic mental or physical illness or permanent disability can be stressful. Many Pennsylvania residents living under these circumstances apply for Social Security Disability benefits only to be told that their claims were denied. What many of those individuals do not realize is that the majority of applications for SSDI benefits are initially denied.