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In workers comp claims, jurisdiction matters

When it comes to workers compensation claims, each state maintains the law within their borders. But which law applies when a company is located in one state but the worker is injured in another? Which law applies when a project is owned by two states?

Such was the case with Zachary Kreschollek, who was injured in 2014 while working on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which is jointly owned and located between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Pennsylvanians impacted by personal injury need legal help

In Hermitage and across Pennsylvania, accidents happen every day. These can be motor vehicle accidents, injuries after the use of a dangerous product, and an accident on another person's property. There can be a range of injuries in the aftermath and even death. For people who have been impacted by these accidents in any way, they rarely understand the full scope of what they will be confronted with until much later. That can include medical costs, lost wages, loss of companionship and other problems. A legal filing is frequently the only viable strategy to recover sufficient compensation.

An auto accident is one of the most common ways in which a person will be injured and lose their lives unexpectedly. With the number of drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs, the roads are inherently dangerous. Other dangers include distracted drivers, drowsy drivers and reckless drivers. People can be in a crash as a driver, a bicyclist or a pedestrian. With a car crash, personal injury can range from brain trauma to spinal cord damage to broken bones and more.

Social Security disability and the five-step evaluation process

Residents of Hermitage who are injured, ill or have a condition that hinders of prevents their ability to hold a job should consider filing for Social Security disability benefits. Even those who do not believe they meet the criteria to be approved are often surprised when they go through the process. Before moving forward with the application, however, it is important to understand the basics. A significant part is the five-step evaluation process. The Social Security Administration will use these steps to decide on a case's viability. Knowing these is key for the applicant.

First, the SSA will ask if the claimant is working. For those who are working, their average earnings per month cannot surpass a certain amount. If it does, the person will not be classified as disabled. The amount - also called substantial gainful activity, or SGA, changes annually. For 2018, a person who is not blind can earn $1,180 monthly. If the person is blind, it is $1,970 per month. For those who are not working or the earnings are less than SGA, it moves onto step two, if the medical condition is severe.

Small construction companies seeing upped fatality rates

Small companies make up a significant portion of the construction industry. It is estimated that, in 2016, around nine out of every 10 construction companies in the U.S. had less than 20 employees. And a vast majority of these small firms had less than 10 workers. So, how small construction companies act regarding worker safety matters considerably.

Unfortunately, it appears that the likelihood of worker fatalities has been going up for small construction companies here in the U.S. in recent years. According to statistics from a Center for Construction Research and Training report, the worker fatality rate for construction firms with less than 20 workers rose 57 percent between 2008 and 2016.

Promoting Safety On Construction Sites

As a construction worker, you put your body on the line every time you go to work. You do your best to remain safe on the job. Every day you wear proper protection and stay diligent. After all, you have a family that depends on you.

While you try your best to be safe at work, accidents still happen. You wear your work boots, ear plugs and hard hat to prevent injury. You can still remain diligent in other ways to stay safe.

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