June 2014 Archives

OSHA investigates deaths of Amazon workplace accidents

A widow and a breast cancer survivor who has two sons and four grandchildren recently died at an Amazon fulfillment center in Pennsylvania. She was operating a motorized pallet jack that crashed into some shelving, causing multiple blunt-force injuries. However, this incident is not the only death that has been reported in the warehouses of the immensely popular ecommerce company.

Amazon employee killed in Pennsylvania warehouse accident

Workplace accidents are extremely common across the entire United States. Sometimes, they occur when they are least expected. However, if a workplace accident does occur, it is the right of the worker to collect workers' compensation benefits in order to make it easier to live financially. If the worker unfortunately dies, the family also has the right to compensation. Authorities are investigating the death of a 52-year-old Amazon employee at a Pennsylvania warehouse on Sunday. The Harrisburg Area Occupational Safety and Health Administration office is investigating the workplace accident to piece the puzzle together.

Considerations for Taking and Beginning a Case

Ms. Niven has been chosen to do a 90-minute presentation for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. The topic is "Considerations for Taking and Beginning a Case," and she will be speaking to lawyers statewide. In developing material for the course, Ms. Niven advocated for attorneys accepting cases regardless of the dollar amount recovery that they may get. She suggests accepting cases if there is legal and medical support and not letting the dollar amount determine whether a case is accepted. This goes against the conventional view of most lawyers who may look at the amount of fees that the case can generate and let that determine whether they accept a case. Ms. Niven believes that all people who are injured should have competent legal representation, regardless of the size of their case.

How to Choose an Attorney

When you are injured or disabled and unable to work, it is very difficult to decide what to do. Frequently, you aren't feeling well, you have financial pressures, and the whole thing seems overwhelming. You may think that all lawyers are alike, but they are not. In deciding who to choose to handle your case, you might want to ask around since word of mouth is a good indicator of quality. Also, you need to consider the person's expertise. How many workers' compensation, or Social Security, or personal injury, or auto cases has the person done, what has their success rate been, and how promptly do they respond to their clients? Also, will the attorney pay for the costs, advance the costs but expect you to pay for them, or just have you pay for them up front? This is very important to determine because the costs of a case, specifically, the medical records, court reports, doctors' opinions via deposition of report, can all add up very quickly. Also, you should determine what the fees are that the attorney is going to charge. Most importantly, you should determine whether the attorney cares about you as a person or is only looking at you as a source of income. Whether the attorney is going to go the extra mile for you or push you out the door to get the quickest fee is the single most important aspect of the decision.

Workers involved in fatal road accident in Pennsylvania

Any traveler driving on roads has noticed road blocks or lanes closed for maintenance. The workers do their work in the designated areas with the belief that they will be safe. At the same time, every person who does roadway maintenance work understands that their job is dangerous.

Workplace injuries are not uncommon in Pennsylvania

Every state in America, including Pennsylvania, has laws relating to worker safety and the duty to maintain safe workplaces. Employers are expected to provide safe working conditions to their workers. If any safety hazard is present in the industry, the worker may report it to the employer, as well as federal and state authorities.

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