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March 2013 Archives

Home nurse wins benefits for workplace slip-and-fall accident

In a recent workers' compensation appeal, an Indiana court held that a home healthcare nurse was entitled to benefits after a work-related slip-and-fall accident that occurred on the sidewalk outside of a patient's home. Her employer had denied the accident could be considered work-related because she was at no greater risk of a sidewalk slip and fall than the general public, so it shouldn't be considered the fault of the employer.

Social Security Disability

There are two types of Social Security Disability through the Social Security Administration. The first is Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB or SSD) most often referred to as Social Security Disability. The second is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). They both have the same medical requirements, but they have different financial requirements.

Childhood cancer linked to chronic fatigue syndrome

Too many Pennsylvania residents understand how emotionally and financially challenging a cancer diagnosis can be -- particularly if the illness affects a child. Although successfully completing treatment is definitely a relief, many readers may be interested to know that juvenile cancer and its treatment has been correlated with chronic fatigue, another debilitating medical condition.

Magazine names the best and worst health & safety actors of 2012

With a nod to the academy awards, Occupational Health & Safety magazine recently listed its 2013 Best and Worst Actor awards in the area of environmental health and safety area. The group took into account positive actions in the area of workplace safety and in general safety performance, as well as any toxic torts or major workplace accidents the companies involved were responsible for.

Reducing workplace injuries through personal protection equipment

We all know how important it is to reduce injuries to workers. After all, they impact the worker's health and safety, ability to work and finances -- and they also hurt employee morale, the company's bottom line and, in serious cases, the organization's standing in the community.

Supplemental Security Income impacted by inflation proposal

Over the last several months, federal lawmakers have been debating ways to solve the federal budget deficit. One measure that has received serious discussion is tying all federal benefits -- including Supplemental Security Income and Social Security disability -- to the chained consumer price index, or chained CPI. This is a measure of inflation that would be used to set increases in benefits for cost-of-living adjustments, which impacts many Pennsylvania families.

Good Samaritan hurt on the way to a meeting: Workplace accident?

When one Pennsylvania insurance claims adjustor was headed out to an appointment one day, she encountered a traffic accident. The driver of a pickup truck full of aluminum siding apparently hadn't secured the load very well, and when the truck came to a stop, the siding slid out the back and was flung all over the road. The insurance adjuster stopped and offered to help clean up the mess.

Pennsylvania family struggles with disabilities

Even the most financially secure and prepared families can be taken off guard by unexpected medical issues. When suddenly unable to work due to an injury or illness, family savings may dry up and making ends meet from month to month may become challenging. This has been the experience for one Pennsylvania family. Now, they collect Social Security disability insurance in order to meet their regular expenses.

Airport security lines adapt for travelers with disabilities

For many people, going through airport security lines is hardly an enjoyable experience. It often involves waiting in long lines and all of the required actions can be stressful. However, this process might be even more uncomfortable and frustrating for a person with a disability. For instance, a person navigating airport security lines in a wheelchair may encounter difficulties with metal detectors.

Study: job-related traffic crashes cause the most costly injuries

When we think of someone having a workers' compensation claim, the picture that springs to mind is often that of an injured construction worker. If the idea of an injured office worker comes to mind, we probably think of someone with carpal tunnel syndrome. But work-related traffic accidents affect people ranging from office workers and nurses to construction and industrial workers alike -- and a new report shows that on-the job car wrecks are typically the most serious of all non-fatal workers' comp claims.

Pennsylvania workers' comp denies benefits to common-law widow

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board recently upheld a decision that denied a woman's claim for death benefits after her husband's death because it determined that her common-law marriage the couple entered into in Mexico does not meet the definition of a legal marriage in either Mexico or in Pennsylvania. The Appeal Board also rejected an appeal for survivors' benefits for the man's two minor children because their claim was filed too late.

OSHA cites Export company $41,300 after worker crushed to death

Last August, a worker at Export Fuel Co. in Export was crushed to death by a pavement roller. Now, after an investigation of the company's safety practices after the fatal accident, OSHA has cited the company for 18 serious safety violations and proposed a fine of $41,300.

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