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Thomas Harper Joins the Firm!

Thomas Harper Head Shot.jpgCohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo (CFAR Law) is excited to announce the addition of Thomas Harper to their firm. Thomas, who is a former Army JAG Corps Attorney, will join the firm and will handle Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases.

When is a workers’ compensation claim denied?

The aftermath of a work-related injury can be painful, stressful and confusing as you figure out where to start or who to talk to about your situation. In order to protect your rights as an employee, you should be aware of the many potential reasons your claim could be denied.

Some of the most common reasons for claim denial include:

  • Not reporting an injury right away.If you don’t notify your employer of an injury within the specified time limit in your state, you can lose to compensation. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, “[Unless] an employee gives notice to the employer within 21 days of the injury, no compensation is due…”

Prepare For Long Waits For An SSDI Decision

The wait for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is longer than ever. According to reporting by the Washington Post, the number of people who have died while waiting for a SSDI decision increased 15 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 8,699 deaths to 10,002. Waiting is hard, and it seems that for those waiting for the lifeline of SSDI benefits, it just got a lot harder.

Why does it take so long?

Beware Of Thanksgiving Driving

As the holiday season approaches, it's important that your family stay safe so you can celebrate together. Unfortunately, the holidays are one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Many people travel by car to see loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday, which comes at a time when the weather is turning cold and road conditions may be more treacherous. The holidays are also a time when people celebrate by drinking alcohol. And unfortunately, some of those drivers end up on the road and cause accidents.

According to 2016 data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, In Lehigh County there were 445 crashes in November, compared to an average rate of 414.25 crashes per month that year.   That's a 7.5 percent increase in traffic crashes for the month of November. While not every accident can be prevented, the important thing is to take extra precautions when driving during the Thanksgiving holiday; especially if you are driving at night, in inclement weather or in heavy traffic.

Peril In A Parking Structure

Roads aren't the only place where car accidents can occur. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bikers can be injured from accidents that take place in parking structures as well. While vehicles in parking structures generally are not moving at high speeds the way they do on highways, the impact of parking lot collisions can still be substantial, and cars and people alike can sustain damage, too. People have even had freak accidents resulting in severe injuries in parking structures when their cars plunged off of an upper level, crashing to the ground below.

Most parking structure accidents are not this severe, however, and involve collisions between cars vying for space in close quarters. Determining fault in such accidents depends on two factors:

New Tech Takes To The Road To Enforce Safer Driving

With drowsy and/or distracted driving continuing to be major contributors to roadway accidents each year, some tech manufacturers have turned their sights to making tools that help drivers stay safe on the road. Here are two of the new technologies that are aimed at improving safety on the road.

Textalyzer. This is a device that would be used by police to determine if someone who was involved in an accident had been texting, surfing the internet or using their phone in another way before the accident. The device is not yet available, however, and some have raised privacy concerns about its use. The device does not, however, read the content of your communications, but would simply determine if your phone had been in use before the crash.

LGBT Discrimination Cases

Now LGBT supporters are seeking to see the same rights extended to existing civil rights law so that gay employees are protected from discrimination by their employer. They are hoping that the Supreme Court Justices will be the ones to finally make a ruling on this issue in their favor.

Back-To-School Bus Safety

Summer is starting to wind down, and if your child will be taking a bus to school in the fall, it's worth reminding them how to stay safe getting to and from school. While it's notable that school buses do not (unless they are of the smaller variety) have seat belts, most school bus-related accidents happen when children are getting on and off the bus.

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