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November 6, 2020
How Coronavirus is Affecting Workplace Safety

How Coronavirus is Affecting Workplace Safety

COVID-19 has forced employers to rethink workplace safety. While precautions have traditionally focused on physical injuries, as employees return to work amid the pandemic, employers must implement new safety measures, according to a recent report. The report cited statistics from the Bureau of Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, saying COVID must now be added […]

New PA Bill Would Protect Tow Truck Drivers, First Responders

New PA Bill Would Protect Tow Truck Drivers, First Responders

A proposed bill in the Pennsylvania General Assembly will mean increased fines for drivers not complying with the commonwealth’s law on cautionary driving near accidents. The current “steer clear” law requires that drivers approaching accident scenes on state highways either slow down or move over by one lane to protect first responders. However, increased crash […]

New Data: PA Roundabouts Reduce Crashes

New Data: PA Roundabouts Reduce Crashes

In several Pennsylvania locations with roundabouts, the average numbers of fatalities and crashes dropped 100% and 21% respectively over a 20-year period, according to recent data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). PennDOT’s data was based on police-submitted crash reports from 2000-2019. The data also showed, however, that by 2019 property damage-only accidents were […]

“Slip and fall:” When is it an accident, and when is someone at fault?

“Slip and fall:” When is it an accident, and when is someone at fault?

After a slip-and-fall accident, sometimes the thought is “Clumsy me.” Sometimes, however, it is important to ask if the accident could have been avoided with a little extra care on the part of the property owner. While it is normal for things to fall or spill onto the ground, that should never serve as an […]

October 12, 2020
New Data on Youth Fatalities in Auto Accidents

New Data on Youth Fatalities in Auto Accidents

Sadly, more than 70,000 Americans under the age of 19 died in automobile accidents between 2004 and 2018 in a recent study on the latest available data. Of those numbers, 84% were in the driver or passenger seat. Where are these accidents most common and why? States with the most child and teen fatalities (per […]

October 8, 2020
When a Work Injury Isn’t Just Workers’ Compensation

When a Work Injury Isn’t Just Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect both the employer and employee if a worker is injured on the job. While the laws vary from state to state, they are meant to ensure that workers receive compensation for when they are hurt in a workplace accident or setting, and that companies are subject only to […]

September 30, 2020
What is the worst month for traffic fatalities? This one.

What is the worst month for traffic fatalities? This one.

September is the deadliest month for traffic fatalities and October is a close second, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. The article reviewed two independent studies that found late summer/early fall to be the riskiest for US traffic deaths, and late winter/early spring to be the least dangerous time to be […]

September 25, 2020
Did Coronavirus Delay Cancer Diagnoses in Pennsylvania?

Did Coronavirus Delay Cancer Diagnoses in Pennsylvania?

Diagnoses of some common types of cancer dropped in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer. As health systems restricted most nonurgent medical services in the early months of the pandemic, screenings dropped as much as 96%. This analysis came from a study by Quest Diagnostics. […]

September 22, 2020
5 Things to Remember When Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

5 Things to Remember When Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

When someone’s negligence has caused you injury, the best outcome, of course, is to receive fair compensation for your losses. But what factors should you consider to avoid a less-than-fair settlement, or denial of the claim entirely? A recent article in the South Florida Reporter shares some actions that can help your case. Document the […]

Municipal Liability – Sovereign Immunity – Governmental Immunity – When You Can Sue the City and for What

Municipal Liability – Sovereign Immunity – Governmental Immunity – When You Can Sue the City and for What

In Pennsylvania, the law limits when you can sue the state or a municipality, including the City of Philadelphia. The concept of “sovereign immunity” provides a defense for both the state, or Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and municipal governments, unless a statutory exception applies. The exceptions to the state’s immunity are detailed at 42 Pa.C.S. § […]