Warmer Weather Means Increased Pedestrian Traffic

With the warmer weather upon us and temperatures are on the rise, so is the increase of automobile-pedestrian accidents. These types of accidents are due to distracted drivers and pedestrians who are not alert to their surroundings.  Auto-pedestrian incidents usually result in life altering injuries, even death.     The most important factor for both drivers […]

Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage in the Employment Context

A recent opinion issued by Judge Ramy I. Djerassi of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas could paves way for injured workers to obtain underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits in the third party context. In Bielac v. American International Group, Inc., 2016 WL 7157620 (C.P. Phila. Dec. 2016), Plaintiff, John Bielac, an employee of Verizon, was […]

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 […]

The Call to Jury Duty

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. Constitution of United States of […]

Road Rage

Aggressive driving has been a problem on our roadways for quite some time.  Unfortunately, road rage is rapidly becoming worse with an increasing number in fatalities.  We are all guilty of this at some point in our driving career but, how we handle ourselves when faced with an aggressive driver, is key in diffusing a […]

Stacking Uninsured/Underinsured Insurance Coverage

The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (“PMVFRL”) mandates insurance companies offer stacking to their insureds. When an individual has more than one vehicle on an insurance policy and stacking is selected, the limits per vehicle are added together. Suppose a mother and father, Pat and Cathy, have a motor vehicle insurance policy insuring their […]

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 […]

Staying Safe for the Holidays

Now that the holiday season is upon us, the volume of traffic involving travel and shopping increases tremendously.  While the holidays are an exciting time, it is important to stay safe this holiday season. Whether you are hosting or attending a holiday party, it is important to make sure you remain responsible.  While you want […]

Workers Compensation Subrogation Rights In a Personal Injury Action

When a person is injured in a motor vehicle collision while performing his or her work duties a workers compensation claim arises.  Many injured workers do not realize that a potential personal injury action also arises.  The injured worker is entitled to workers’ compensation wage benefits and medical benefits from the employer’s workers compensation insurance […]