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

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Pennsylvania?

When an injury lawyer takes on a workers’ compensation case, the lawyer will most likely charge a contingent fee. A contingent fee is calculated at the end of the case based on the outcome.  In Pennsylvania, a workers’ compensation lawyer can charge a contingent fee… read more

Are Lottery Winners Required to Reveal Their Identities?

Winners of the Pennsylvania lottery must fill out a claim form to receive their prizes. This claim form requires all lottery winners to reveal their identities. The Pennsylvania lottery commission reveals at least some identifying information about lottery winners to the public. And yet there… read more

Can a Totally Inexperienced Person Become a Federal Judge?

Because the United States Constitution does not list specific requirements for serving as a federal judge, an inexperienced person could, technically, become a federal judge. Most federal judges serve lifetime appointments. Therefore, it can be concerning to have inexperienced individuals serving on the federal bench…. read more

Secrets of Accident Claims Against GEICO REVEALED!

GEICO is one of the largest auto insurance providers in the United States. It provides almost 15% of all auto insurance policies across the country. This means that many accident victims will need to file a claim through GEICO each year.  However, GEICO does not… read more

What is the Difference Between Negligence and Negligence Per Se?

Most personal injury claims are based on negligence. Negligence is a legal term that means something similar to “carelessness.” In the event of an injury caused by another person, you must prove that person was negligent in order to receive compensation. “Negligence per se” is… read more

3 Elements of Standing to Sue

Pennsylvania courts are not open to anyone who has a grievance. To gain access to Pennsylvania courts for a lawsuit, you must first show that you have “standing to sue”. This is what gets you into court. You still have to win your case once… read more

Rear-End Collision Injuries and How You Can Recover

Imagine you’re driving along Lancaster’s highways when you are suddenly rear-ended in a car collision. You can suffer substantial damage, especially to your neck and spine. Taking the proper steps for recovery can help you regain full range of motion and free yourself from chronic… read more

What is MCS 90?

Most truck accident victims do not know what MCS 90 is or why truck drivers and trucking companies must have the MCS 90 endorsement. However, if you are involved in a truck accident in Wyomissing, MCS 90 could be important. An MCS 90 insurance endorsement… read more

What Does Yielding the Right of Way Mean in Pennsylvania?

Yielding to a driver who has the right of way helps prevent traffic accidents and citations. Whether it’s another car or a pedestrian, knowing when you can proceed and when you need to stop and let someone else go keeps everyone safe. Failure to yield… read more

What Is CTE?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the term doctors use to describe brain deterioration or damage after repeated head trauma.  Unlike other kinds of brain injuries, CTE can only be diagnosed during an autopsy. However, symptoms and indications of CTE can show up long before a… read more

Difference Between Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall Accidents

Thousands of workers and older individuals sustain injuries in falls each year. However, falls occur at any age and can result in traumatic injuries and wrongful deaths.  A person may fall from an elevated height or the same level. In either case, the result could… read more

What is Considered a “Reasonable Person” When it Comes to Negligence?

Negligence is the basis for most personal injury claims in Pennsylvania. Proving negligence requires you to show that the defendant (the party who caused your injury) failed to act as a “reasonable person.” However, how do you know what a “reasonable person” would do in… read more

What Does Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Insurance Cover?

If you have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses in Pennsylvania, knowing your rights, benefits, and filing requirements for workers’ compensation claims is crucial to receiving the money you deserve. Under Pennsylvania law, an employer is obligated to compensate an employee for most employment-related illnesses and… read more

What if I am Not Ready to Return to my Job after a Work Injury in Pennsylvania?

Accidents and injuries happen. Often, injuries can affect our job, forcing us to take time off, sometimes for extended periods. If you’ve sustained a work injury, Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws can help you manage the financial burden while taking time off.  Your goal should be… read more

Valsartan Lawsuit

Valsartan is medication doctors commonly prescribe to treat high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the FDA has identified that certain makers of this drug have failed to engage in safe manufacturing practices. This has resulted in some batches of Valsartan being contaminated with nitrosodimethylamine. Nitrosodimethylamine is a… read more

What Are the Odds of Dying in a Car Crash in Pennsylvania?

You can measure your odds of dying in a car accident in many different ways. The likelihood that you will die in a crash depends on many factors. Your odds also vary depending on whether you look at your lifetime odds or yearly odds. Here… read more

Allstate Worst Insurance Company For Consumers

Insurance plays an important role in a person’s life, especially after a car accident. At least, it should. Pennsylvania is technically a no-fault state in regard to car accidents. If you sustained losses due to an unexpected accident, your insurer should compensate you for those… read more

Attorneys Answer: When Do You Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in Pennsylvania?

After a car accident, you might be faced with a lot of chaos. In the midst of dealing with a damaged car, insurance companies, and the other drivers, it can be hard to know what to do. Whether your accident was mild or severe, you… read more

4 Reasons Why a Personal Injury Lawyer Will Not Take Your Case

If another party injures you due to negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. A personal injury lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim or lawsuit to this end. Injury lawyers will investigate your claim to gather… read more

What Exactly Can a Process Server Do to Serve Papers?

The role of the process server is essential in many legal proceedings. Process servers ensure that court papers are served in a timely and correct manner. Many types of legal situations require the use of a process server. For example, process servers are often used… read more

Should You Hire a Workers’ Comp Lawyer? 

According to the Insurance Journal, billions of dollars are paid out each year in workers’ comp for on-the-job injuries and workplace accidents.  There are many ways that employees can become injured on the job, including: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2021, workers’… read more

How Much Does a Lawyer Cost in Pennsylvania?

Hopefully, you will never be injured in an avoidable accident. However, everyone faces a risk of an accident, no matter how cautious they are.  Examples include the following: Being injured in such an accident will likely leave you with costly medical bills. You might also… read more