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Pennsylvania personal injury: Distracted commercial drivers

It is scary to see or drive near a commercial truck that is weaving in and out of its lane. Unfortunately, this is a common sight in Pennsylvania or elsewhere. Is this a sign that the driver is having a hard time controlling the truck or an indication that the driver simply is not paying attention? In either event, this can result in a wreck, causing an unsuspecting victim to suffer severe personal injury.

There are time limits for filing a workers' compensation claim

Injured on the job? If so, it is best to file for workers' compensation benefits as soon as possible. If one does not, one runs the risk of having benefits denied and having to pay for care and recovery completely out of pocket. As work injuries can be rather expensive to treat, especially if one becomes disabled in some way, losing out on any available relief is not something that Pennsylvania residents would want to have happen.

What to do if stopped by police

There may be occasions when you are the subject of a law enforcement investigation. This can occur if you are stopped in your car. It can occur as the result of an accusation being made by another. If you believe that you are the subject of a law enforcement investigation, there are certain steps that you should take to protect yourself.

What to do if you get hurt at work

Unfortunately, many people get hurt while working. This can happen whether you work in the trades, industry or an office environment. Teachers can get hurt. Nurses can get hurt. So, the information about what to do in the event of a work injury can be helpful to anyone. If you sustain a work-related injury, the first thing to do is to report the injury to your superior. You should be as detailed as possible in explaining how the injury happened. Your explanation about how the injury took place should be accurate and specific. Your employer should complete a form which formally notifies the Bureau of Workers Compensation that a work-related injury has occurred. The form used by your employer is called a first report of injury. You should get a copy of this form and make sure that the description of your injury and how it occurred is accurate. If you require medical attention, you will likely be required to seek that medical attention from a list of physicians created by your employer. These so called "panel physicians" will provide medical attention to you relating to your injury. You are required under the workers compensation laws to treat with panel physicians for the first 90 days following the date of an injury. After 90 days, you may treat with a physician of your choosing. When asked to explain how the injury occurred by physicians, be as accurate and detailed as possible. It is helpful if your medical records are consistent with your explanation as reflected by your employer's records. Therefore, you want your explanation of the circumstances surrounding your injury to be consistent from the time that it occurred throughout the time you receive medical care.

The dangers and criminal consequences of drunk driving

Pretty much everyone knows that driving while under the influence of alcohol is not the best thing to do. It puts one's own life in danger and places other lives at risk. However, simply knowing this has done little to deter drunk driving incidents in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

Pennsylvania car accidents: When rideshare passengers are injured

Pennsylvania, like most other states, has seen an increase in rideshare services over the last few years. While it can be a stress-free way to enjoy a night out or simply get from point A to point B, car accidents that involve rideshare vehicles are on the rise. If one is injured while a passenger in a rideshare car, can one seek compensation?

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