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September 2012 Archives

Bank of America discriminated against disabled loan applicants

A person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance likely has a hard time earning income and probably deals with medical issues as well as stress caused by living with a disability every day. For these people to learn that a bank discriminated against them because of their SSDI status when they applied for a mortgage loan would be even more stressful and frustrating.

Misconduct discharge could disqualify from workers' compensation

In a recent case, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board reversed a judge's decision in regards to workplace misconduct and workers' compensation. A driver's discharge, which resulted from a violation of his company's weapons policy, did not necessitate his benefits being suspended.

Construction worker killed after site accident

A 19-year-old construction worker from West Berlin, New Jersey was killed after an accident earlier this month in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A concrete barrier, weighing 2,000 pounds, fell on him at the construction site. The man died of blunt force trauma, which was ruled accidental by the Lehigh County Coroner's office.

Injured single mother denied Social Security Disability benefits

Many Pennsylvanians can likely relate to the experiences of a Nevada woman who has been denied Social Security Disability benefits. The single mother suffered severe injuries in a traumatic car accident last year. Her injuries include broken ribs, internal bleeding and a broken pelvis. In addition, doctors had to reattach one foot that was torn off in the accident.

Workplace elevator incident results in $13 million award

A jury has awarded a woman $13 million following a harrowing elevator ride. The woman was injured in a high rise, where she experienced a number of falls in the elevator between the 23rd floor and the basement. She has suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and depression since the incident, when she sustained partial paralysis of her left leg, which left her wheelchair bound for some years.

Pennsylvania deaf and mute man held hostage for SSDI

Having a disability can make various aspects of life challenging. Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) can provide relief to those who have difficulty earning enough money to live due to a disability.

Former employee sues Goodwill for back pay, medical costs

An Ohio woman was terminated by Goodwill, a company that totes its "jobs, training and placement services for people with barriers to employment" on its website, after her medical condition became a problem for the company. She revealed her diagnoses of a relapsing/remitting course of multiple sclerosis in her initial job interview, but when her condition began to affect her work after two years with Goodwill, the company cut her loose.

NFL tackles tough workers' compensation issues

Judges have recently made sports headlines when they decided to begin upholding the rights of National Football League players to receive workers' compensation benefits. Though our society usually associates workers' compensation with injured construction workers, factory employees and other hard laborers, nearly every American worker is entitled to file and receive these benefits under circumstances.

Pennsylvania company cited by OSHA, total fines $140,000

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Pennsylvania business with $140,000 in total fines, due to 21 health and safety violations. The inspection occurred in a response to a complaint of the hazards.

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