Social Security Disability – New Rules on Program Uniformity That May Impact Your Case

Effective January 17, 2017 the Social Security Administration issued a Final Rule bringing several important and significant changes to the way disability claims are decided at the hearing and Appeals Council levels.  While the rule became effective on January 17, 2017, the rule itself directs that compliance is not required until May 1, 2017.   We […]

Injuries that develop over time are worthy of workers’ compensation benefits too

Injuries that develop from work related activities over the course of time are compensable injuries under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.  These injuries are commonly referred to as a “repetitive use claims” (e.g. carpal tunnel from repetitive upper extremity work duties, low back pain caused by breakdown of the spinal structures due to repetitive exertional […]

Injured at the Office Holiday Party – Is it Possible that I am covered by workers’ comp?

The short answer is yes, it is possible.  Employees injured within the “course and scope” of their employment relationship are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.  Employees suffering injury or death attending a social event, such as a holiday party, have been found by the Pennsylvania Courts to fall under the protections of the workers’ compensation […]

Increase in Trucking Accidents Due to Language Barriers

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers must understand the English language. Language barriers present significant risks in trucking collisions. Consider the importance of the challenges presented just by reading road signs. The rules governing truck drivers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, specifically state that operators of commercial vehicles must be able to […]