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Pittsburgh Steelers Ordered to Pay Injured Ex-Center Workers’ Compensation

Every employer in Pennsylvania is required to carry an insurance policy that provides workers’ compensation benefits for employees injured in the course of their job — and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fabled pro football franchise, is no exception, as a 2015 decision in favor of the team’s former center, Chukky Okobi, shows. While playing for the… Read More »

Tour Guide Who Survived Fatal Bus Crash Settles with Tractor-Trailer Company for $5.25 Million

Because of their sheer size and weight, loaded tractor-trailers can inflict catastrophic harm to passengers of other vehicles they crash into — even when those passengers are in vehicles significantly larger than cars, such as buses. In 2015, a tour bus carrying 14 Italian tourists traveling across Pennsylvania north to Niagara Falls on Interstate 380… Read More »

Lawsuit Claims Kennywood Amusement Park Ride Gave Rider Eye-Eating Parasite Infection

The Raging Rapids ride at Kennywood Amusement Park is a popular Pittsburgh attraction offering the thrill of whitewater-rafting close to home. It is expected that anyone adventurous enough to get into a Raging Rapids raft will get wet, possibly even completely drenched. For Robert Trostle of Squirrel Hill, however, the raging waters did more than… 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 »

Workers’ Compensation Be Aware of Your Rights!

Workers’ Compensation is a benefit that is dictated by state law. All employees in the state of Pennsylvania are required to cover their employees under work comp. These benefits are mandated by state law and are not optional. Any injury in the course and scope of employment is covered by work comp wage loss and… Read More »

Family Awarded $5 Million for Dad’s Death Following Hip Replacement Surgery

When more than one hospital is involved and more than one doctor has provided treatment, a medical malpractice lawsuit can become quite complicated. One particularly complicated — and tragic — case involved a 57-year-old Mercer County man, who was first treated in an emergency room and then underwent surgery for a broken hip but whose… Read More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Eliminates Premature Terminations for Workers’ Comp Benefits

Last summer, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania set a precedent when it struck down a key part of the state’s workers’ compensation law that had been in effect for more than 20 years. By ruling in favor of Mary Ann Protz, a 54-year-old Westmoreland County woman who had injured her knee in a slip and… Read More »

One Missed Step During a Pittsburgh Gallbladder Surgery Results in $2 Million Malpractice Award

Any surgery carries risks, but patients have a right to expect that the medical professionals operating on them will act according to a certain recognized standard of care that minimizes those risks. Unfortunately for Denise Westwood of Pittsburgh, who underwent surgery to remove her gallbladder, a fairly common procedure led to ongoing complications, and she… Read More »

Tractor-Trailer Company Settles with Family for $26.1 Million in Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Suit

When an individual is involved in an accident and has an extended family, a settlement or award can be awarded to family members.  That amount can then be distributed between all the surviving members for the sustained injuries and wrongful death that occurred. In what may be one of the largest multi-survivor wrongful death and… Read More »

Aviation Employer Fights Workers’ Comp Claim by Alleging Employee Did Not Lose Her Leg on the Job

Employers sometimes go to great lengths to deny a workers’ compensation claim, and one tactic they may use is to assert that the employee was not actually “on the job” when the injury occurred. That tactic was tried recently, although unsuccessfully, by Starr Aviation, based at the Pittsburgh International Airport, when one of the company’s employees… Read More »