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How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

If you have been injured due to negligence by a healthcare provider, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. But how do you start? Although any private citizen can file a lawsuit without legal representation, a claim of medical malpractice is complex and requires a substantial body of evidence. Your first step should… Read More »

What Is a Property Owner’s Responsibility in Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents?

Premises liability law imposes a duty on a property owner to act in a reasonable manner to discover and remedy dangerous hidden conditions that could cause harm to someone who lawfully enters the property. Let’s break that sentence down. Reasonable — A property owner is only responsible for accidents that happen because he is unreasonable,… Read More »

When Is “Failure to Thrive” a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

If you have an elder loved one who simply “hasn’t been the same” since entering a nursing home, there could be many factors at play. The loss of independence and the increasing infirmity of old age can cause elders to feel despondent, at least while they are adjusting to their new surroundings. However, when you… Read More »

What You Need to Know About Bicycle Helmet Laws in PA

Under Pennsylvania law, every child under the age of 12 must wear a helmet while operating a bike or riding as a passenger in a restraining seat or trailer. The fine for failing to wear a helmet is $25, but may be waived if the offending rider buys a helmet. The helmet must be a… Read More »

Employers Violate Work Comp Act

Did you know that for EVERY reported Work Comp Injury an injured worker, by law, should receive a state approved form indicating whether the claim is accepted or denied from their Employer? More and more Employers fail to issue this form which is called a Notice of Workers’ Compensation Payable or a Notice of Workers’… Read More »

What Are the Differences Between SSD and SSI?

The Social Security Administration oversees two different benefit programs for which disabled Americans might qualify: Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Here’s how each works: Social Security disability insurance — As the name implies, SSD (or SSDI) is an insurance policy in the event you become disabled. You pay into the program through… Read More »

What You Should Know About Appealing an SSD Ruling

If the Social Security Administration denies your application for Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSD), you have 60 days to appeal the ruling. However, you shouldn’t expect much guidance from the SSA about how to rework your application to make it acceptable. In most cases, it will be up to you to intuit why your… Read More »

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Pennsylvania?

Wrongful death occurs when a “wrongful,” but not necessarily criminal, act or omission leads to a person’s death. If you lost a loved one because of negligence, recklessness or deliberate violence, you may have standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Pennsylvania law says that a wrongful death action can only be brought by a… Read More »

What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations is the law that sets time limits for people in various situations to take legal action. Parties who fail to take legal action within the statutory period lose their right to sue forever. Each state has its own statute of limitations for causes of action that take place within its boundaries…. Read More »

What Is a Workers’ Compensation Utilization Review?

Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law allows an insurance company, an employer or an injured worker to request a utilization review (UR), if they suspect that a course of medical treatment is not reasonable or necessary. The process begins when an interested party files a UR request. The case is assigned to a utilization review organization (URO),… Read More »