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Were you involved in an accident in a company car?

There are many benefits of driving a company vehicle. You don't have to pay for gas or maintenance, there are no concerns about the number of miles you drive, and wear and tear doesn't bother you.

If you're involved in an accident in a company car, there are steps you can take to protect your legal rights in Pennsylvania and obtain the compensation you deserve.

Don't let a workers' compensation denial get you down

An on-the-job injury can change your life in an instant. While you're facing many challenges, the opportunity to obtain workers' compensation benefits can help stabilize your finances during this difficult time.

Unfortunately, filing a claim for benefits doesn't necessarily result in an approval. It's possible you could receive a denial letter, which puts you in a difficult spot.

Safety tips for office workers

Working in an office may appear safe, comfortable and mundane. You probably do not think of your workplace as hazardous like you would a construction site or factory. However, office spaces have their own risks of occupational injuries

Just because you do not work in a highly dangerous environment does not mean you cannot get hurt. It is vital to prioritize your safety as an office worker. Here are a few guidelines for you to follow to avoid hazards and prevent accidents at your job.

Estate planning can save family turmoil in many ways

Perhaps you think you are too young to consider creating an estate plan. Perhaps there are other obstacles that have prevented you from moving ahead on this effort.

However, this is the time to get your affairs in order to prevent family feuds, uncertainty, misdirection of assets and other consequences of failure to act.

Can you get workers' comp for a car accident?

Car accidents occur under a number of different circumstances every day. In 2017, an average of 351 car crashes occurred every single day in Pennsylvania. Many of these collisions occurred while people were on the way to work. 

When people drive to, from or during work, they may wonder if workers' comp will cover damages incurred. This area of the law can be tricky, but there are cases where a car accident does receive coverage under workers' comp

Is your construction accident eligible for a third-party claim?

The construction industry is unsurprisingly dangerous to work in, with one of the highest fatality rates. If you are new to the industry, your risk of getting into an accident is greatest your first year on the job, shares Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, and falls tend to be the leading cause of death.

Whenever you get hurt at work, you can file for workers' compensation, even if you are at fault for the accident. However, what if neither you nor your employer was responsible? You can still qualify for workers' compensation if the injury is from work, and you can sue the party responsible for the accident. In construction, other parties commonly at fault include manufacturers, contractors and motorists.

When you don't want long-term care to deplete your assets

Your grandparents lived well into their nineties, and so did your parents, and as a healthy senior, you have expectations to do the same. Your children may not be in the best position to take care of you, though, and you do not want to be a burden if you suffer mobility or other health issues that run in your family. On the other hand, if you need long-term care once you reach your early eighties, it may take all your assets to cover your expenses for a decade. 

Medicaid does cover many of the costs of living in a nursing home, but there is a maximum amount of assets and income allowable. As long as you make more than that amount, you will have to pay for your expenses yourself. Fortunately, you have estate planning options that will not deplete your family's inheritance.

3 key ways to respond after a car accident in the Keystone State

With driving such a prevalent part of everyday life, chances of getting into an accident are very real. In 2016, about 15 motor vehicle collisions happened every hour according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. These crashes involved 1 out of every 43 Pennsylvanians, with 1 out of every 154 people sustaining injuries.

The data only includes accidents that people reported, so the numbers may be even higher. Despite the risk, most drivers do not think twice before hitting the road.

Should you take a settlement after an accident with injuries?

When a serious motor vehicle accident happens, responsibility often falls on the victim's family members to settle financial matters. Responsibilities can include paying for medical treatment, coordinating vehicle repairs and speaking with the insurance company. Between juggling these tasks, they might get a difficult offer to refuse.

After a serious accident, the insurance company may call and offer a settlement. It is in their best interest to settle matters quickly with a low ball offer. Between growing medical bills and missed wages at work, a settlement will look very appealing. So how can someone in this situation know that the settlement is fair?


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