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Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Law Blog

How to avoid collisions with deer this hunting season

Fall isn't just the season for deer hunting; it's the season for deer-hitting, too. Traffic collisions with deer peak during October, November and December. These months coincide with the animals' mating season.

Drivers in Pennsylvania should be particularly cautious. In 2016, our state had the third-highest rate of collisions with deer nationwide, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It's not clear why.

What to do when you're the victim of a hit-and-run

It's a busy Monday morning, and you're already running late to work when you hit yet another red light. You stop; the car behind you doesn't. The next thing you know, you've skidded to a stop in the middle of the intersection, your airbag has exploded, there's shattered glass everywhere, and – worst of all – the vehicle that hit you is nowhere to be found.

Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, but hit-and-runs still happen. If you're unfortunate enough to have been the victim, here are a few things you should do to protect yourself – and your rights – going forward:

Should my teen wait to get a license?

A teenager’s sweet sixteen is such a momentous event that MTV has an entire series devoted to airing a young person’s party celebrating the occasion. While most teens don’t experience such extravagance, all of them become eligible for one major milestone: a driver’s license.

You may remember that feeling yourself – freedom to go wherever you please, on your own schedule and with whomever you choose – and perhaps that’s what is most terrifying: you remember how you drove as a teen. This may give you the urge to convince them to hold off getting a license.

Netflix documentary shed lights on defective medical devices

It's not exactly binge-watching material, but next time you're browsing through Netflix, you might come across "The Bleeding Edge." The recently added documentary dives into the dark side of the medical industry. It explores loopholes companies apparently pass through when gaining FDA approval. Multiple women take the spotlight, sharing horrific stories about defective birth control devices as well as the pain, bleeding and even hysterectomies that resulted.

Can I receive workers' compensation for my psychological illness?

Some job requirements include stressful tasks. Perhaps after years of working, you begin to experience drastic symptoms related to your deteriorating mental health, and you believe that your worsening mental state is a direct result of your workplace.

The state of Pennsylvania works to compensate those who experience mental health disorders caused by their work environment through workers' compensation claims. Although difficult to prove mental health issues in some cases, hiring an experienced workers' compensation attorney may help you see the possible outcomes of your case. Know that if serious psychological problems affect you due to the day-to-day tasks of your position, a court may award you monetary benefits for your mental suffering.

"Ghost bikes" highlight the prevalence of deadly accidents

Drivers across the country may soon start seeing more "ghost bikes" – bicycles painted all white and placed at the scene of fatal accidents to commemorate fallen cyclists. The memorials have taken on global significance since their grassroots beginnings more than 15 years ago. They help humanize cyclists while serving as a somber reminder to share the road.

Despite advances in cycling infrastructure – and far-reaching educational campaigns aimed at improving awareness among drivers – cycling deaths are all too prevalent. In 2016 alone, 840 cyclists were killed across the United States. That averages out to more than two per day.

As the need for nurses increases, the profession's appeal declines

Nurses face daily battles to keep up with the demand for their services. Today, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than any other time in U.S. history. By 2030, there will be an estimated 70 million people over the age of 65. Of that population, many will have multiple chronic health conditions, according to Vice News.

While the demand for nursing is only increasing, the struggling healthcare system is driving down the professions appeal. Policy changes and increasing physical demands are two of the leading causes for the reduced appeal.

Technology created distracted driving. Now it might end it.

Today's new drivers have had smartphones for close to six years by the time they earn their driver's license. Cellphones are so significant in their lives that they're spending an average of nine hours a day staring at screens. When you look at the rates of distracted driving and see that over half of all U.S. drivers use their cell phones while driving at least once a day, you wonder, will your teen be in the minority or the majority?

Thankfully, affordable technology is here that can put some of your worries aside. As you've likely seen or heard in car ads, many vehicles come with some variation of teen driver software. Don't have a car with the software? There are fantastic apps for a relatively small purchase price.

How bicycle accidents happen: 5 common scenarios

As every seasoned cyclist knows, riding comes with risks. Poor road conditions, slick pavement, potholes and even pedestrians can present hazards. But the biggest risk, by far, comes from motorists.

Drivers are quick to blame cyclists when accidents occur. The reality, however, is that drivers are the culprits far more often.

Avoiding work injury requires knowing potential hazards

Harrisburg's top employers are the state and federal governments. But from a historical perspective, the region is known as a major logistics hub. As products ship from east to west, north to south, they often make stops here. Warehousing and storage facilities abound.

Those with experience in workers' compensation filings know that workplace injuries can happen in any setting. It doesn't matter if your ensconced in an office or on the front lines of industry, risks exist. Injuries may vary in severity depending on the job, but none should be taken lightly.

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