Six Steps You Should Take Immediately Following a Workplace Accident in Pennsylvania

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 2.2 million workplace injuries in 2021, an increase of 6.3% over 2020. Slip and fall accidents, for example, are one of the most commonly reported workplace injuries.  The Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system provides… read more

Can You Get SSDI for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

A worker may sustain an injury in an accident or develop a health condition that makes it impossible to work. If you cannot work because of a disability, you might qualify for disability benefits.  Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, pays benefits to individuals who… read more

How Long Does It Take to Get a Decision About Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a lifeline for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, the process of receiving approval and subsequent disability payments can be time-consuming and challenging.  Delays in receiving approvals aren’t only common, but many times, they’re expected. However, with the help of a… read more

Can My Christmas Lights Start a Fire?

With the upcoming holiday season, you may be taking your string lights out to hang on your trees or outdoor spaces. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in almost half of home Christmas tree fires.”  Further,… read more

How Social Media Can Affect Your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Case

Using social media during a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case could negatively impact your benefits. What you believe is private information could be used against you to deny or dispute your claim. The best way to avoid problems is to stop using social media until you… read more

Consequences of Using Your Cell Phone While Driving in Pennsylvania 

When you are sitting at a red light or suddenly hear a ping while driving, it can be tempting to answer your phone’s notifications. However, the potential consequences of using your cell phone while driving in Pennsylvania are substantial.  Distracted driving – such as looking… read more

Marzzacco Niven & Associates Reaches Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” for 2023!

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® recently announced the 2023 Edition of “Best Law Firms” rankings, which recognize the most elite firms across the country. Marzzacco Niven & Associates was designated a Tier 1 law firm in the Harrisburg Region for Plaintiffs’ Personal… read more

Has Your Mirena IUD Moved?

The Mirena IUD (intrauterine device) is an extremely popular form of birth control for women. Because it works well (over 99% effectiveness) and can last up to seven years, it is prescribed frequently by doctors.  While the Mirena IUD can be a great option for… read more

Are Lane Splitting & Lane Filtering Legal in Pennsylvania?

One of the joys of riding a motorcycle is being able to more easily maneuver in traffic. One state has passed laws that allow “lane splitting” and “lane filtering,” but has Pennsylvania? The short answer is no, it has not. The lawyers at Marzzacco Niven… read more

Marzzacco Niven & Associates’ Adam Crosier Moderates Legal Seminar

On October 25, 2022, Attorney Adam N. Crosier had the opportunity to moderate a Continuing Legal Education seminar on behalf of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section in Harrisburg, PA. It included a panel of workers’ compensation judges with whom he regularly practices… read more

Is It Possible To Get Out of Jury Duty?

For some people, learning that they have been selected for jury duty is about as exciting as winning a no-expense-paid vacation to the DMV.  Depending on the type of trial and whether you’ve been summoned for a trial jury or a grand jury, jury service… read more

Social Security Disability Average Monthly Payments in Pennsylvania

You might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if you cannot work. Two federal programs pay monthly benefits to disabled individuals who cannot work.  The first program is designed for individuals who worked and paid into the Social Security Fund through self-employment taxes and/or… read more

Attorney Adam N. Crosier Presents At the 2022 PBA Workers’ Compensation Fall Section Meeting

Marzzacco Niven & Associates is proud to announce that on October 13, 2022, Attorney Adam N. Crosier presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Fall Section Meeting in Hershey, PA. He was joined by a fellow attorney and a workers’ compensation judge.  Attorney Crosier… read more

Jacqueline “Lynette” Carter Joins Minority Bar Committee

Marzzacco Niven & Associates is thrilled to announce that firm attorney Jacqueline “Lynette” Carter has joined the Minority Bar Committee (MBC) Leadership Team. The Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) works to ensure full and equal protection of minorities in the PBA… read more

Facts About Road Rash

Car, motorcycle, or truck accidents — any of these could result in painful road rash. Road rash is a common injury experienced after a collision. It requires immediate care, as it could lead to serious complications and have life-changing consequences.  After suffering road rash, do… read more

Can You Still Work While on Social Security Disability?

Individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits can work while receiving monthly disability payments. The rules allow you to earn a small amount of income while you continue to receive disability benefits. However, the rules differ for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income… read more

Types of Commercial Driver’s Licenses

If you operate a commercial vehicle that carries any kind of heavy, oversized, or hazardous material in the United States, you’re required by law to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Anyone driving a bus, truck, or passenger-carrying vehicle must have a valid CDL. Fortunately,… read more

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