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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.

New Workers' Compensation Ruling

A monumental new decision was recently issued by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has forever changed the way that injured workers are protected, and for the better. In Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area School District), No. 6 WAP 2016 and No. 7 WAP 2016, 6/20/2017, the Supreme Court declared Section 306(a.2) of the Workers' Compensation Act unconstitutional. Section 306(a.2) provided that, after paying for 104 weeks of total disability benefits, an employer could request that the claimant submit to an I.R.E., or an impairment rating evaluation, to determine the claimant's degree of impairment. If that degree of impairment is deemed to be less than 50 percent, then a claimant's amount of compensation would be reduced to 500 weeks. Because of this holding, no I.R.E. has any force in the state of Pennsylvania at present.

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