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 […]

The Interplay Between Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits

It’s possible for an individual to receive Social Security disability benefits and Workers’ Compensation benefits at the same time. Disability benefit payments from private pensions or insurance benefits do not affect Social Security benefits. However, when an injured worker receives workers compensation benefits in addition to Social Security disability benefits, it may reduce the Social […]

What is a Deposition?

A deposition is part of the “Discovery” process in a lawsuit.  The purpose of depositions in some cases is to assist the attorney in finding out what a witness may know about the case as well as allowing the client to tell their version of what took place. Depositions allow all facts of the case […]

Why have a Will?

A Will is a legal document which puts in writing what you want to have happen to your property upon your death.  In Pennsylvania, if at the time of your death, you do not have a Will, any property you own in your name alone, after payment of all taxes and debts, will be distributed […]

Social Security Benefits For Children

A family can run into emotional and financial difficulties if a primary income earner becomes disabled or unexpectedly passes away. These extremely unfortunate circumstances can have a negative impact on your child or children. Many children are eligible to receive benefits to help provide for the necessities of life.  Millions of children receive benefits from […]

WHAT IS A SUBPOENA?

A subpoena duces tecum is a document used to obtain information in a civil or criminal case.   Presently this type of subpoena is commonly called a “Subpoena to Produce Documents or Things for Discovery”.  A subpoena is also used in Workers’ Compensation cases for the same purpose.  In a Workers’ Compensation case, a subpoena is […]

The Workers’ Compensation Independent Medical Exam – There’s Nothing Independent About It!

Last month my workers’ compensation topic focused on treating with your own doctor after a work injury.  This month we’re going to talk about doctors again but with a different twist.  I’m talking about the “independent” medical examiner.  Who is he and what is his role in your workers’ compensation case? Section 314 of the […]