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September 2014 Archives

Who can be held liable in a car-pedestrian accident?

The question of who is at fault in a car-pedestrian accident is not always clear cut. There are a number of factors involved, including where the accident occurred, what traffic levels were like (i.e. clear traffic or bumper to bumper) and whether either the driver or the pedestrian were under the influence of alcohol, to name a few.

Contact with electrical wires kills 1 roofer, injures another

A construction accident killed one Pennsylvania roofer and left another seriously injured. The men, who were working for a private roofing company, were putting an aluminum ladder up against a home when it touched power lines. Both men were electrocuted, and the 55-year-old worker died at the scene. The second man survived the shock; EMS workers transported him to the hospital by air ambulance for treatment.

How to deal with fall driving hazards

In a past post, we highlighted the hazards that can come about on Pennsylvania roads during Labor Day weekend. Essentially, the swath of traffic could lead to accidents and that drivers had to adjust. Now that fall has arrived, drivers must brace for a new set of hazards that are common for this time of year.

GM to recall more than 200,000 cars due to brake problem

In a prior post, we highlighted the fact that there have been more recalls so far in 2014 than there had been for the entire year of 2013. It appears that the recalls will keep coming; especially from General Motors, who promised a revamped effort to root out and address defects.

Who is covered under Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act?

One of the most significant concerns a worker may face if an on-the-job injury occurs is whether the incident is covered by workers' compensation insurance. In Pennsylvania, a majority workers are covered, even those who are employed part-time or in seasonal positions.

Understanding the workplace safety rights of federal employees

Pennsylvania federal employees may be interested in some information about their rights regarding workplace safety. Federal law grants these rights and sets specific requirements for federal agencies.

Kia Soul upgraded to IIHS Top Pick

Korean automaker Kia has gone to great lengths to promote its brand in America. Its commercials featuring break-dancing hamsters and hip-hop music is ostensibly directed towards younger, first time car buyers. The same could be said with the series of commercials featuring Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

Insights on how to handle liability issues with driverless cars

The newest offerings from Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, BMW and other luxury automakers will include some of the elements that will eventually be autonomous vehicles. These cars are not expected to hit the road until the end of the decade at the earliest, but the introduction of this technology brings a host of new legal issues that have yet to be addressed.

How workers' compensation in Pennsylvania works

Workers' compensation protects individuals who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act provides for medical expenses, wage-loss compensation and other such expenses. Businesses are required to carry workers' compensation insurance or to be self-insured. Nearly all workers in the state of Pennsylvania are covered. If an employer does not have insurance, there is an Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund to ensure that workers are compensated.

Five tips to keep young drivers safe

With the new school year beginning, it is less likely that teen drivers will be driving on week nights. However, some teens will still keep their jobs and even go out with their friends on the weekend. Additionally, there will be new drivers who will get their licenses this fall, which adds an another dimension of hazards and danger on the roads.

Construction accident information

A construction accident can result in serious health and financial implications for a Pennsylvania worker, especially if the incident results in a lengthy recovery time without the ability to work. While workers' compensation is an important benefit for addressing issues such as medical treatment and lost wages, there may be other sources of compensation for you to consider based on the facts of a case. In an incident that results in a permanent disability, for example, Social Security Disability Insurance might be available. If negligent activities of a third party contributed to a construction accident, it might be appropriate to file a personal injury claim as well.

Will cars start watching drivers in order to prevent accidents?

It is only a matter of time until the holiday commercials come about where automakers will announce special offers for 2015 model year vehicles. When they come, it is reasonable to think that they will tout the newest safety advancements, including lane integrity warning systems, blind spot warnings, and automatic braking systems. All three are based on radar and tiny cameras that can scan the entire area around the vehicle so that a driver can be alerted to hazards he or she may not see.

Answering questions about concussions in football

It’s an annual tradition like no other. September in Pennsylvania means that football season is back once again. This means that high school teams across state, college teams, even the Steelers and Eagles will once again be delighting fans and making memories. While the action is thrilling, there are definite risks to playing the sport. In recent years, concussions (or at least the prevention of them) have become much more of a focus. However, the fear of concussion related injuries and long-term damage has led to a number of myths.

Who may be liable for a construction injury?

Accidents at construction sites in Pennsylvania often give rise to legal action, such as a personal injury lawsuit. An objective of such a lawsuit is to determine who might be liable for the workplace accident. Depending on the accident, there may potentially be several parties who in the final analysis bear responsibility, including the construction site owner, contractors, sub-contractors, general contractors, equipment manufacturers, architects, engineers and insurers.

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