The Importance of Medical Treatment

When you are injured or sick, your health and feeling better is always the first concern.  You must comply with your healthcare providers’ instructions and recommendations.  Likewise, when your injury or health concern is involved in a lawsuit, Workers’ Compensation claim or a Social Security Disability claim, the key component to being successful with your […]


Lawrence County Judge John Hodge recently allowed a negligence and wrongful death claim to proceed against two men who were texting a driver as she crashed into a motorcyclist causing fatal injuries. In his decision of March, 2016, Judge Hodge cited the Restatement (Second) of Torts, which provides a third party can be held another […]

Injured on the Job: Report Immediately

Under Pennsylvania law an injured worker has 120 days to notify their employer of an on-the-job injury. Many times reporting timeliness is a non-issue.  I’m referring to those unfortunate incidents where workers are immediately injured and disabled by heavy equipment accidents, falling objects, or even work related car crashes.  But what about those injuries that […]

Filing for Social Security

As a paralegal, I have assisted in the preparation and implementation of various forms of legal proceedings.  After substantial involvement in diverse legal matters and acquiring relevant knowledge of specific processes, I personally believe our Pennsylvania Social Security System engenders a very complicated, confusing and time-consuming process for applicants. The complication begins when the disabled […]

Full Tort V. Limited Tort Motor Vehicle Insurance

The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (“MVFRL”) requires insurance companies to provide consumers with the option of purchasing full tort or limited tort motor vehicle insurance.  Of these two options, limited tort is the less expensive alternative.  However, many consumers are not completely aware of the ramifications of selecting the limited tort option.  When […]

Consider the Deposition of the UM/UIM Professional Claims Handler in Koken-Style Litigation

Since late 2005, the Insurance Commissioner no longer has authority to require mandatory arbitration of UM and UIM claims in Pennsylvania. Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania v. Koken, 899 A.2d 550 (Pa. 2005). Post Koken, many insurers modified their automobile policies and eliminated the Pennsylvania arbitration clause. That significant change has raised many opportunities and challenges […]