PSP Reports: What You Need to Know  

After any car accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important to notify the police, preferably immediately at the scene, by calling 911.  The responding officer will compile an official car accident report, which details the circumstances of the crash, the personal information of all drivers and passengers,… read more

When Can Neuropathy Can Be a Qualifying Condition for SSDI Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits provide income for disabled workers. It is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Qualifying conditions for Social Security disability include mental and physical impairments, which could include neuropathy. What Is Neuropathy?  Neuropathy is damage to… read more

Can You Get Social Security Disability for Anxiety in York, PA?

Most people think about physical conditions when they think about Social Security disability benefits. However, an emotional or mental impairment can significantly impact a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living and work. Therefore, many emotional and mental disabilities qualify for Social security disability. … read more

Can My Employer Withhold Social Security and Medicare Taxes From My Paycheck in Lebanon, PA?

Typically, federal law requires employers to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes from an employee’s paycheck. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), taxes paid under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) consist of: Social Security Taxes, which are comprised of disability, survivors, and old-age… read more

Choosing a Doctor in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Being injured on the job can be frightening. The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system provides insurance coverage for injured workers. You can receive medical treatment for injuries and benefits for loss of income. However, you must follow the rules for obtaining medical treatment to receive workers’… read more

Causes & Symptoms of Cephalohematoma

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that one out of every 33 babies born in the United States will suffer from a birth defect of some sort. This translates into 120,000 babies every year, or about one newborn every four-and-a-half minutes. … read more

Blunt Force Head Trauma — Cause and Effect

Most everyone has suffered a bump to the head. Perhaps yours came about from hitting your head on a low ceiling or an overhead shelf. Or maybe your child suffered a nasty blow to the head while playing football or soccer. These and similar injuries… read more

Car Accidents Caused by Brake Checking in Pennsylvania

While frustrating, some car accidents are out of a driver’s control. But many times, car accidents occur due to a driver’s wrongful or unnecessary actions.  Brake checking is one such wrongful act that puts drivers and others on the road at risk. If a driver… read more

What Is the Average Social Security Disability Payment in Pennsylvania?

If you cannot work due to a disability, you may be able to receive financial assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA is a federal agency, and Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD) is the state agency that works alongside the SSA to… read more

How Serious Does a Collision Have to Be for Airbags to Deploy?

Airbags are one of the many safety features motor vehicles have to protect occupants during a collision. In a car crash, the airbags deploy to protect passengers from slamming into the dashboard, steering wheel, doors, and windows. Airbags saved over 50,000 lives from 1987 through… read more

Christopher J. Marzzacco Listed among The Best Lawyers in America

Marzzacco Niven & Associates is pleased to announce that our owner Christopher J. Marzzacco was recently listed in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Attorney Marzzacco received recognition in the Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff’s category. Attorney Marzzacco has been listed in The Best Lawyers in… read more

Social Security Disability Benefits Pay Chart 2022 

If you cannot work and have a qualifying disability, you may be entitled to receive Social Security disability benefits. These benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in tandem with Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD).  You’ll initially send your application to the… read more

How Do I Appeal a Denial of My Social Security Disability Claim?

Was your Social Security Disability Claim recently denied? You aren’t alone. The Security Administration denies most Social Security Disability claims — around 65%. These claimants have to appeal their denial if they want to pursue Social Security benefits for their disability. You can increase your… read more

Can You Get Workers’ Compensation for Pain and Suffering?

No, you cannot get workers’ compensation benefits for pain and suffering. You can, however, get workers’ compensation benefits for certain psychological maladies that produce clear physical symptoms, such as PTSD. You must file a personal injury lawsuit if you want pain and suffering damages. Depending… read more

The Effects of Airbag Deployment In Your Car Accident Claim

Numerous factors could affect the outcome of your car accident claim. The assignment of fault for the cause of the car crash, the severity of your injuries, available insurance coverage, and the strength of your evidence are just a few of those factors. A factor… read more

Suffering a Ruptured Spleen in a Bike Accident Is Serious

Your lymphatic system includes an organ called the spleen. In a bicycle accident, abdominal trauma can rupture your spleen. A ruptured spleen can cause internal bleeding. It can also damage the spleen so severely that doctors need to remove it in a splenectomy. Here are… read more

We Proudly Announce That Attorney Jaqueline Lynette Carter Has Joined The Firm As An Associate

Attorney Lynette obtained her law degree from Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Prior to law school, Lynette worked for over six years at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building as a Research Analyst for the PA House of Representatives and as a Budget Analyst for the PA… read more

4 Types of Brain Injuries And 3 Levels of Severity

If you or a loved one have been in an accident and suffered a brain injury, you know that the after-effects can be life-changing and even catastrophic.  Depending on the type of brain injury and severity, the victim may not be able to work or… read more

Car Accident Reports in Pennsylvania

No one plans to be involved in a car accident. Therefore, most people are unprepared for what they must do after a car crash in Lancaster, PA. Fortunately, you can talk with a car accident lawyer who can help you with a personal injury claim…. read more

How Long Does it Take to Get A Personal Injury Settlement Check

Personal injury settlement checks are not processed until you reach a settlement with the insurance company or at-fault party. After that, it could take several weeks to receive your money for a personal injury claim.  Unfortunately, some personal injury cases take longer to settle. That… read more

Should You Call the Cops for a Fender Bender in Pennsylvania?

Over 100,000 traffic crashes were reported in Pennsylvania in 2020. On average, about 12 motor vehicle accidents occur every hour in the state. The economic loss caused by traffic accidents is estimated to be over $25.8 billion. Drivers must report traffic accidents to the police… read more

Who Is at Fault in a T-Bone Car Accident?

A T-bone car accident occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another, forming the shape of the letter “T.” These accidents often cause severe injuries – especially to the occupants in the vehicle impacted on the side – because most… read more

Personal Injury Settlement Breakdown: How Much Goes in My Pocket?

You’ve probably seen the headlines before: “John Doe Wins $10,000,000 in Truck Accident Claim.” But how much of that $10 million actually went into John Doe’s bank account? Below is an explanation of how things really work. The process includes some flexibility – you might… read more

IV Infiltration Can Cause Nerve Damage, Burns, or Amputation

People who receive intravenous catheter (IV) medicine, fluids, electrolytes, antibiotics, nutrition, or blood products rely on their doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to ensure that these life-saving medications are properly inserted and monitored.  However, people may move around in general or in their sleep,… read more

What Qualifies as Permanent Partial Disability for Workers’ Comp?

You could be eligible for worker’s compensation if you get injured at work. Worker’s compensation is a form of insurance. It pays employees in the form of wage replacement and medical benefits while they are injured. It is generally meant to be a short-term solution… read more

What to Expect at an Initial Legal Consultation

Most people will go through life without ever hiring a lawyer. But after a serious workplace accident, you might need a lawyer’s help to obtain workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages. Most workers’ compensation lawyers offer a free initial consultation to… read more

Super Lawyers Recognizes Three Attorneys at Marzzacco Niven & Associates

Marzzacco Niven & Associates is pleased to announce that three of our attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers for their outstanding representation of Pennsylvania clients.  Special congratulations go to co-founder Christopher J. Marzzacco for his sixth year in a row earning recognition from Super… read more

Can You Be Disqualified From Receiving Workers Compensation In Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees. Therefore, workers’ compensation covers most work-related injuries and illnesses. Employers who fail to provide workers’ comp insurance could face lawsuits from injured employees, state fines, and… read more

Steps to Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The workers’ compensation system is a replacement for personal injury lawsuits, and it applies to most work-related injuries and occupational illnesses.  Workers’ comp claims are typically no-fault, but you can only seek compensation for economic damages–medical expenses and lost earnings. You cannot claim damages for… read more

How to Write a Settlement Demand Letter

Injury victims resolve most personal injury claims via out-of-court settlement negotiations rather than litigation and trial. One of the first steps in securing a settlement is to send a settlement demand letter to the opposing party. The opposing party is the party who will pay… read more

How to File a Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Claim

Pennsylvania employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage in most cases. Failing to have workers’ comp coverage could result in criminal and civil penalties for an employer. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act governs workers’ comp claims filed within the state. Workers’ comp ensures… read more

Penalties for Failing to Provide Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws are clear. Most employers must purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees. Workers’ compensation is a: No-fault; Employer-financed; Insurance policy to protect employees from work-related illnesses and injuries.  Failing to provide workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania could result in criminal charges…. read more

How Much Does a Semi-Truck Weigh?

Semi-trucks are the true masters of the road. Their size makes them forces to be reckoned with. If you’ve ever wondered how much one weighs, you’re likely not alone in your curiosity. How much a big rig weighs depends on many factors, such as the… read more

Workers’ Comp Benefits After Termination in Pennsylvania

Millions of people suffer work-related injuries every year, even in sedentary jobs. Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system provides injured employees with compensation for their medical bills and lost earnings. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act governs workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania.  Normal Duration of Workers’ Compensation… read more

Many Accidents Can Cause Herniated Discs at C4/C5 or C5/C6. Here’s What You Need to Know

Herniated discs can cause life-altering injuries, including chronic back or neck pain and partial disability, and may even require surgery. Even without invasive spinal surgery, a herniated disc — caused by many kinds of accidents — can seriously impact your quality of life. Vehicle accidents,… read more

What is Res Ipsa Loquitur and How Does It Apply to My Personal Injury Case?

Most personal injury cases are based on negligence, which is a legal term that means something like “carelessness.” Res ipsa loquitur is a Latin term that literally means “the thing speaks for itself.” It is a legal concept that allows you to take a shortcut… read more

Delayed Concussion Symptoms

Concussion injuries are serious, and the aftereffects of these types of injuries can have lifelong consequences.  Did you know that a concussion is actually a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI)? The official medical diagnosis of a concussion is a “mild traumatic brain injury.” But… read more

Drug Testing for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Workers Compensation Act covers most employees working in the state. If a worker is injured on the job, they receive medical care and wage benefits. However, the law allows employers to deny workers’ compensation benefits if the employee’s use of alcohol or drugs caused… read more

Vehicle and Driver Requirements for Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania

Uber and Lyft have a checkered history when it comes to passenger safety. These companies have expressed reluctance to release their internal files documenting sexual assault allegations against their drivers.  And they often stand back after a car accident, waiting for the insurers for the… read more

Why Do Rear-End Collisions Happen and Who’s to Blame?

One minute you’re sitting at a stop sign, waiting to turn, and the next — Boom! — you’ve been struck from behind by another vehicle. Rear-end accidents can be scary and often have life-changing consequences for the victims. Facts About Rear-End Accidents Rear-end accidents are… read more

Nine Factors that Determine How Much to Expect from a Car Accident Settlement        

One of the most common questions a car accident lawyer hears is, “How much is my car accident settlement worth?” Each case is different, and many things factor into the total amount of your settlement.   1. Insurance Coverage The policies you and the other driver… read more

Is It Legal to Drive Barefoot in Pennsylvania?

Can you legally drive barefoot in Pennsylvania? This question contains two parts. Can a police officer cite you for driving barefoot in Pennsylvania? No, a police officer cannot cite you for driving barefoot because Pennsylvania does not prohibit barefoot driving. Second, can you suffer legal… read more

How to File a Car Accident Claim With Allstate

All drivers in Pennsylvania must maintain “financial responsibility” to drive a motor vehicle legally within the state. Most people purchase automobile insurance to satisfy the requirement. When you are injured in a car accident, you may file a car insurance claim to recover compensation for… read more

What Happens When You Are at Fault for a Car Accident in Harrisburg, PA?

When you cause a car accident in Harrisburg, PA, you may bear liability for some or all of the property damage and injuries you cause. Unfortunately, your liability will depend partly on the insurance coverage of the other drivers in the accident. Your liability will… read more

Marzzacco Niven & Associates Attorney Adam Crosier Presents Workers’ Compensation CLE at Widener University Commonwealth Law School

On April 6, 2022, Attorney Adam Crosier presented a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, PA. The course, which he co-presented with Harrisburg attorney Victoria Edwards, covered the current state of workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. The CLE discussed… read more

What Are the Causes and Effects of Brain Stem Injuries?

Brain stem injuries are incredibly harmful. They can have severe and lasting impacts on the lives of victims.   There are many common causes of this type of personal injury, and victims often face life-changing consequences. What Are Common Causes of Brain Stem Injuries? Each instance… read more

What is the Difference Between Express and Implied Consent under Pennsylvania law?

Many people have heard the phrases “express consent” and “implied consent” before. But do they really know what those terms mean? While these phrases might not be important in everyday life, they are very important when it comes to medical care and treatment.  As a… read more

Applying for Social Security Disability? Don’t Neglect Your Function Report! Here Are 5 Tips to Help You!

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) might seem like an intimidating process. You want to ensure that all of the correct paperwork is filled out and filed. Incorrect filing can delay the process and can potentially result in claim denial. If you are denied SSDI… read more

What Happens If I Don’t Show Up for Jury Duty in Pennsylvania?

Courts describe jury duty as a privilege of citizenship. As a juror, you help with the administration of court cases. You might get summoned for a criminal case, like a theft case, or a civil case, like a car accident case. Jurors act as finders… read more

How Does Workers’ Comp Pay for Lost Wages in Pennsylvania?

If you’re a Pennsylvania resident who was injured on the job, chances are you have worries about your health and finances. One of these concerns may be how you will continue to pay your bills if you are unable to work. A large part of… read more