Pennsylvania workers may be interested to know that an appeals board has upheld a workers' compensation judge's decision finding in favor of a widow whose husband was killed in a workplace accident. The man's employer had appealed the judge's decision, saying his death was, in fact, a suicide. Under Pennsylvania law, the employer must prove the injury was self-inflicted.
When a Pennsylvania resident is faced with permanent disability, they often need assistance to financially make ends meet. Beginning the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits can be intimidating and confusing for many people. Social Security disability programs have a positive impact on the lives of those who are successfully accepted. Although many people are originally denied when they first claim, legal assistance may help achieve a more desired outcome.
A former law enforcement officer with the University of California who used tear gas on protestors settled a case against the school for $38,000 on Oct. 16. The workers' compensation lawsuit stemmed from an incident when the officer was recorded as he sprayed demonstrators in an on-campus protest in 2011. The 40-year-old man claimed that he went through a period of depression and anxiety after he received death threats following the release of a video of his actions.
Social Security Disability Insurance has helped many Pennsylvania residents gain income after they have lost the ability to work due to a disability. SSDI is a government-run program that many people still depend on, but concerns over the funding for the program has recently become a much discussed topic. In some cases, those discussing the issue have been questioned as to how accurate their information is. Nonetheless, reform concerning the distribution of SSDI may be on the horizon.
Many Pennsylvania residents might consider police officers and firefighters to have far more dangerous jobs than nurses, but this is a misconception, according to data from UL Workplace Health and Safety. The figures suggest that only wilderness occupations like logging and fishing are more dangerous than working in the U.S. health care system. More than 2 million work days were lost in 2011 due to workplace accidents in the health care industry, and nursing homes have the highest accident rates of all.
The mainstream media tend to paint a picture of thousands of people receiving Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) when their unemployment ran out during the recession. One United States Senator was quoted as saying that his office discovered that 25 percent of SSDI applications should never have been approved and another 20 percent debatable. In truth, SSDI is one of the most difficult forms of federal aid to receive.
A judge for the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court has overruled a company's preliminary objection to it being held liable in a workers' compensation case. A worker had originally filed a suit against JPC Group for an injury that he incurred in 2011 when he fell through the scaffolding at a construction site that he was working at. JPC Group then filed a joinder complaint naming Cornwells Construction Co. as being responsible for the man's injuries.
A Philadelphia man has filed a lawsuit after a workplace accident left him with a broken arm. The injury was sustained on April 30 while the man was operating a fork-lift truck at a distribution center in Philadelphia.
There are few things more frightening for someone than to receive the news that an injury or illness will prevent him or her from working. While unable to work, people still need to eat, receive medical care and pay basic living expenses. Those people in Pennsylvania who will need to miss more than 12 months of work and can prove they have worked enough years could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, the process is sometimes frustrating and time-consuming, as one man has recently learned.