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Big Changes On The Way To PA Workers' Comp?

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The case of Saladworks, LLC v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board threatens to shake up Pennsylvania's workers' compensation system.

If successful, the plaintiffs could spur a decision that leaves franchisor's liable as a statutory employer for injuries sustained by the employees of franchisees. This would open the door to workers' compensation benefits to thousands of service industry and retail workers, including fast food and restaurant workers. 

Is Your Boss Really Looking Out For You?

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"I'm so sorry you got hurt. Take all the time you need. We'll take care of you."

Your boss may say all the right things after you suffer an injury, but are they winking internally when they say it?

You may have the greatest boss in the world; someone who truly cares about you and your family's wellbeing. However, there is no way to know for sure.

So, what should you do after a work-related injury?

The smart thing is to understand your rights and do everything by the book to make sure that you get the resources you need regardless of who you work for. This is where the help of a proven workers' compensation attorney can make all the difference.

Childbirth: Advancements Have Not Eliminated Risk

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Childbirth in America has undergone many changes in the last 100-150 years. These changes include the approach to pain management, the expectations that women and their partners have about the birthing process, and the costs associated with childbirth.

One thing has remained the same: the desire for the end result to be a healthy mother and a healthy child, as well as the risk of a less desirable outcome. 

Talcum Powder: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

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What you don't know can definitely hurt you, especially when the harm is located within your own home.

Did you know that talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer as far back as 1971? 

Shocked?

The reason you are just finding this out is that Johnson & Johnson - the maker of the talcum-based "Shower-to-Shower" product - has denied the link established in a detailed 1971 report.

Their sentiment remains the same today, despite a 2013 jury trial that finally held them accountable for their willful negligence.

What's Your Mesothelioma Risk?

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What do you envision when you hear terms such as "asbestos", "mesothelioma" and "occupational illness"? Chances are you picture a grizzled veteran of the factory, quickly approaching a retirement that will be ruined by a catastrophic diagnosis of an incurable illness. 

Throughout the decades since mesothelioma reared its ugly head this description has fit many of the cases, but not all. No profession is completely immune from the dangers posed by asbestos and other dangerous substances, so it is important to be aware of the risk factors and signs of the disease.

Attorneys Thomas Smith and Rhett Cherkin earn workers' compensation certification

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Smith and Rhett Cherkin have been certified as specialists in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers' Compensation Law Section. Smith and Cherkin join attorneys Daniel Bricmont and Fred Soilis as certified workers' comp specialists.

How likely is a misdiagnosis?

A misdiagnosis can be devastating on many levels. Emotionally, it can be a roller coaster. Imagine being told that you don't have cancer, which is elating news, only to find out later that you've had it all along. From a medical standpoint, it can also be hugely problematic. For instance, if your cancer treatments are delayed by a year because your doctor didn't think there was a problem, an easily treatable condition could become fatal.

So, what is the likelihood that this will happen to you? Though every case is different, statistics show that about 15 percent of medial issues are not diagnosed properly the first time.

Can you refuse to do a dangerous job?

If your employer gives you a job to do and you feel like the conditions are too hazardous, so you're afraid for your safety, you can refuse to do the job. However, experts advise you not to do this unless four very crucial conditions have been satisfied. These conditions are as follows:

-- You went to your employer, mentioned the danger, and asked for changes to be made so that the job could be done safely, but your employer refused to make the changes or failed to make them.

4.5 million pounds of Pilgrim's Pride chicken recalled

When a consumer makes a purchase, he or she expects the product to be able to be used as intended without experiencing any illness or injury. When injury or illness does occur because of an unsafe or defective product, that person may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the item, as well as other defendants. Claims might include those for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more.

In order to prevent illness or injury, one company is recalling a massive amount of fully cooked chicken products -- 4.5 million pounds. The products are sold under the brand names of Pierce, Gold Kist Farms and Sweet Georgia. These products include chicken patties, whole-grain breaded chicken nuggets, chicken breakfast patties, popcorn-style chicken varieties and chicken tenderloins. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the chicken products could contain "extraneous materials." The materials might be wood, plastic, metal and rubber.

Common handgun malfunctions

Whether you're new to shooting, perhaps buying your first gun, or someone who has been shooting for decades, it's important to know about handgun malfunctions. Some of them can be very dangerous if not handled properly. Four of the most common include:

1. A hang fire. This is when you pull the trigger and the gun doesn't go off. There could be a delay due to a defect with the primer or the main charge, and the gun could go off 30 to 60 seconds after pulling the trigger. Naturally, this is very dangerous if you've accidentally pointed the gun anywhere but at the target in that time.

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