Seven Things to do in a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall accident

Thousands of people get hurt in slip and falls every year.  Often times these occur in places of business, such as grocery stores, retails stores, health care facilities and more.  The aftermath of these type of non-work related accidents can be overwhelming, worrisome, and costly.  Here, we provide you seven steps to take if you are a victim in a slip and fall accident.

  1. Get pictures.  I know, the last thing any person is concerned about when injured is taking pictures at the scene of the injury.   However, photos can be an important piece of evidence, as well as, an important tool for your attorney in evaluating the viability of your case.  If your slip and fall was the result of a defect, and you did not get pictures that day, return to the property and take pictures.
  2. Report the injury.  Many times, when a person slips and falls in a store, they are embarrassed.  They just get up, in pain, and go there way to try and get out of the store quickly.  Don’t do that.  Report the injury to the manager or property owner.  Property owners or managers must be made aware of the injury.  Report it.  Ask for an incident report after you report the injury.  Get the name of the manager or employee you spoke with to report the injury.  Get the name of any witnesses.
  3. Call Mooney & Associates.  Call us right away.  Call us at 717-200-HURT.  It is important that you contact us right away so we can guide you through the process and advise on what documents and forms to sign, and what not to.  Personal injury consultations with Mooney & Associates are FREE.  We will look at the circumstances and evaluate your case to determine if you have a viable case.  If so, you will be given a contingency fee agreement, which means, we do not get paid unless you get paid!
  4. Do not talk to Insurance Company.  Tall to Mooney & Associates first.  We can provide advice and guidance.  Recorded statements are meant to restrict and box you in.  Talk to us first.  Protect yourself.
  5. Treat.  Seems simple.  It is important when you are hurt in a slip and fall to seek medical treatment.  Follow your doctors treatment protocol.  Proper diagnosis is critical to getting your feeling better and recovered.  Keep notes and track your pain and treatment, it is critical for settlement evaluation.   Keep treatment information, like medical records, bills, insurance explanation of benefits forms, receipts, and more.
  6. Account for losses.  Keep an accounting of losses you incurred, such as deductibles paid, medical bills paid, prescriptions paid, and any other expenses you had to incur because of your accident.  Provide them to your attorney.
  7. Document changes.  Document changes you had to undergo, such as, things you have been restricted form doing, like hobbies, due to the injuries you suffered.  Document any wage loss you may have incurred due to the injuries.  Write it down, whatever you feel.  Keep a good injury and recovery journal.

Slip and falls are unfortunately too common.  Make your life and your case easier.  Follow these seven steps and protect yourself.

Mooney & Associates had 14 offices through South Central Pennsylvania.  That is for your convenience.  We bring our law firm close to you.  Simply call us at 717-200-HURT to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.

Mooney & Associates expands law firm ownership

The Ownership of a regional Central Pennsylvania law firm, Mooney & Associates, has expanded.  Founding Attorney John J. Mooney III has added Attorney Jason Imler of Hanover, Attorney George Swartz II of Hanover, and Attorney Mark Buterbaugh, of Shippensburg, as equal owners of the regional firm.

The law firm announced the expansion via a press release, as picked up here by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.

For purposes of this Blog, I am proud to be part of the new ownership group of Mooney & Associates.  We are looking forward to working together, collaboratively, to take this successful law firm to even new heights.  As for injured workers and disabled clients throughout the midstate and Northern Maryland, we will continue to strive to provide you excellent client service and effective legal representation.

Mooney & Associates operates 15 offices through Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland and offer General Practice and Personal Injury     Fully staffed office are in Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, York, Hanover, and Gettysburg.  Mooney & Associates also offers evening hours at our various office locations throughout the week.  For more information on the firm’s and it’s client services, visit us on the web at http://www.mooney4law.com.

 

Happy Easter from Mooney & Associates

Mooney & Associates wishes our employees, our clients, and those we do business with, a very Happy Easter.

We take pride in our representation of those in vulnerable situations due to injuries from work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and our clients who are disabled and need Social Security Disability.  We value our clients and hope they can enjoy the Easter holiday.

Franklin County PA booming with jobs

Franklin County, Pennsylvania has a booming economy.  The article from WHTM states the economy in Franklin County has added 1200 jobs in 12 months.

ABC27 News reported in the past how Cumberland County is the fastest growing county in the state. Franklin County is also seeing increased numbers and is sixth on the list.

You can see it with the construction along the Interstate 81 Corridor.  A new warehouse  facility is under construction in Cumberland County off the Exit 44 right near Carlisle.  In Franklin County, as we reported here, Atlas CopCo is adding 50 manufacturing jobs to Western Franklin County with a new facility near Fort Loudon.  That facility is under construction.  Development is occurring off Exit 24 in Shippensburg.  First was Procter & Gamble in Shippensburg with huge warehouse, but more development is under consideration.  A manufacturing facility is considering a site off Exit 24 with a possibility of two additional distribution centers off that exit being considered.

It’s a continued growth model in the area.

“We know we’re well positioned for growth,” said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation. “Four states, four counties, 40 miles. There’s a lot going on in the 81 corridor that is impacting our growth.”

In fact, 500 to 1,000 more jobs are expected to come to Franklin County this year.

“Success begets success,” Ross said.

More importantly, the job growth and development is having an impact in other sectors.

Ross said the manufacturing jobs are where most of the new jobs are, and those are attracting restaurants and shops to the area as well.

We’ve been seeing that off Exit 17 with the continued development of the newer Exit there.   That area has just added Chick Fila, a new Starbuck location, Five Guys, and more to come.

Atlas CopCo bringing 50 jobs to Franklin County

Atlas CopCo, a manufacturer for fracking parts, is consolidating operations from Texas and Utah and build a new plant in Fort Loudon, PA, on the western part of Franklin County.   Atlas CopCo already has a machine shop in Fort Loudon and plans to expand next to that location.  The Swedish based company plans to add 50 jobs at the new location.

The local project is estimated to cost $4.6 million with up to $2 million coming from a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan. The Franklin County Industrial Development Authority meets Monday to consider another low-interest loan of up to $3.5 million for the project.

FCADC already has approvals to construct a building next door to the Atlas Copco machining shop at 13278 Lincoln Way West. Construction is to begin in mid-April with completion by Dec. 1, according to Ross. The company will rent the building from FCADC.

Labor Market remains strong, jobless claims at 4 year low

The Labor Market continues to churn quite nicely, with initial jobless claims hovering at a four decade low.  The labor market strength is reaching full employment status.

Applications submitted to state agencies for unemployment benefits decreased by 5,000 to 271,000 in the week ended Nov. 14 from 276,000 in the previous period, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. The number of claims dipped to 255,000 in mid-July, the fewest since the 1970s.

Steady demand has encouraged employers to hold the line on firings as a tighter labor market makes it difficult to attract skilled workers. Employment has shown enough signs of strength to allow Federal Reserve policy makers to consider raising rates for the first time in almost a decade.

procter & gamble, Shippensburg

Shippensburg Proctor & Gamble warehouse

We are seeing that locally as well.  With the continual development of warehousing and distribution centers along the Interstate 81 corridor in Franklin and Cumberland counties, you are also seeing more and more temporary agency signs along roadways, posts on Facebook, and other avenues of advertising for labor.  Procter & Gamble and Georgia-Pacific in Shippensburg added a significant amount of employees to the labor market, causing shortage at other distributions center in Chambersburg, Shippensburg, and Carlisle areas.

Here is a new article published in the Carlisle Sentinel regarding Aerotek and their attempt to fill 900 jobs in this area.

One Hanover, Maryland-based staffing agency is looking to fill more than 900 job openings in fields such as logistics, health care, manufacturing, warehousing and call-centers throughout Carlisle, Harrisburg, Lewisberry and Shippensburg.  Aerotek is looking for candidates with a high school diploma or GED, with many positions offering hands-on and verbal training, the company said. Some positions offer an approximately 90-day contract-to-hire transition, with the opportunity to move up within the company.

“Central Pennsylvania’s job market is beginning to flourish as more companies turn to this area to handle their unprecedented growth and customer demand,” said Greg Long, director of operations at Aerotek’s Harrisburg base. “Companies are becoming more dynamic with how they adhere to their customer’s needs, and one of those major indicators is how quickly they are able to get their product to the customer.

 

Pennsylvania Workers Compensation and Holiday Parties

EventPhotoFull_holiday-partyWith the Holiday season rapidly approaching, it also means numerous Holiday parties, and that includes, Holiday parties through our place of employment.  Ultimately, you may hear of an employee getting injured while at a company Holiday party.  If an employee is injured at a company Holiday party, are they entitled to workers compensation benefits in Pennsylvania?

The answer to that question is — it depends.  These cases are often very fact sensitive and case law has identified factors to be considered in whether a work injury at a company party is compensable under the Act.

Under Pinn v. W.C.A.B., the Commonwealth Court identified three factors that could make a holiday party injury compensable.  Those factors are:

  1. Whether the Employer encouraged or made attendance mandatory;
  2. Whether the event further a special interest of the Employer, such as good will, morale, good relations, etc…;
  3. Whether the event helped maintain or improve skills of the employee

Likely, the first two factors would be those that would be at issue in a Holiday party injury.  They are very fact sensitive.

Essentially, the first factor involves attendance at the event and whether the employer requires attendance.  However, it is important to note, just because attendance wasn’t mandatory, that does not mean this factor can’t bet met.  There are also facts that could lead to a determination of whether the employer ‘encouraged’ attendance.  Again, these can be very fact sensitive cases, and just because one employee received workers compensation benefits when injured at a holiday event, doesn’t mean you will.  All cases are different and facts, no matter how slight, can change the outcome.

The second element may revolve around whether the employer meant the party to be a morale boost, foster good relationships with employees, etc . . . Again, this is very fact sensitive and the burden is on the employee to demonstrate that fact.

There are also other factors that can be complicated factors, such as alcohol.  These cases are rare, but they do occur.  One thing is clear, if you, a relative, or a friend were injured while at company sponsored Holiday party, call Mooney & Associates right away to evaluate whether entitlement to workers compensation benefits exists.  The consultations are always FREE and we can meet with you in anyone of our twelve convenient south central Pennsylvania offices.   Call us today at 1-877-632-4656 to speak with an Attorney or arrange for a FREE consultation.

 

Democrats sweep PA Supreme Court and other State Judicial Races

CommCtIt was a good night for Pennsylvania Democrats.  It was also a good night for Plaintiffs and Claimants.

After a record setting $16 million was spent on state judicial races, the Democrats swept three Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats, taking a 5-2 majority control, and likely ensuring control of the state’s high Court for the next decade.   Previously, the Republicans had control of the Supreme Court since 2010.  The record high spending on State Supreme Court seats set a national record.  Hard to believe?  No.  Why?  It has not been since the 1700’s, no that is not a misprint, the 1700’s, since three seats at a time, with no incumbent up for retention, but three completely open seats, was on the ballot at one time.  That is historic.

Pennsylvania’s highest Court has been plagued with scandal over the past five years.  These three seats were open due to corruption and the porn email scandal that is gripping Harrisburg.   The Supreme Court in Pennsylvania is a powerful body, affecting public policy from top to bottom.  Not only is it powerful in terms of policy, but it has a unique position to affect the electoral map, not just in the state, but nationally.  When it come to redistricting legislative districts, both state and congressional, if the GOP and the DEMS do not agree on a plan, then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appoints a five-person reapportionment commission to determine the map.  The Court is now controlled by the DEMS with a 5-2 majority.  The significance of that can’t be understated.  Winning seats on the PA Supreme Court were Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty and PA Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue.

The change in majority of the Court will likely also benefit Claimants and Plaintiffs, those aggrieved injured parties.  That’s a big deal from our perspective.

There was also one vacancy each on the Commonwealth Court and the Superior Court.  The Superior Court hears cases involving criminal and some civil appeals.  The Commonwealth Court hears only cases brought by or against the Commonwealth.  DEM Alice Dubow won the open seat on the Superior Court and DEM Michael Wojcik won the open seat on the Commonwealth Court.

 

 

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!

Today is a day to honor the hard working, dedicated workers of this great Commonwealth and nation.  As an Attorney that represents injured workers, I wish many employers got to know the many employees I have come to represent over the years.

image

Unfortunately, through my work, I too often see the opposite.  I see dedicated workers who suffer an unfortunate accident on the job that caused significant injury, pain, and go through significant physical, emotional, and financial pain.  Many times, these employees are top producing employees, but once they suffer a work injury, they suddenly become expendable and their hard work and dedication is quickly forgotten, as they are seen now as nothing more than a liability.  Employees don’t get up In the morning, hoping for an injury, so they can stay home collecting only a portion of their pay, while fighting pain and trying to stay current on their mortgages or rent.

Work injuries are often times devastating.  Besides the pain, many injured workers suffer great financial loss and become emotionally distraught.  It’s a fact.  The suffering goes well beyond physical pain, which is often times debilitating.  They suddenly find themselves ignored and treated differently by their employers and bosses.  It’s gut wrenching.

Today, lets remember that production, sales, and profits are all derived from workers.  Without workers, without dedicated employees, success and profits don’t exist.  Let’s remember labor today.  Let’s honor our work forces.  Happy and healthy work forces make for increased production that leads to larger profits and a better economy.

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

 

 

 

2014 was the best year in job growth since 1999

The December jobs report is out.  The US economy added 252,000 jobs in the month of December, lowering the national unemployment rate to an impressive 5.6% from 5.8%.  That capped off a strong year of job growth, the best year since 1999.

What has not increased is employer generosity.  Despite strong job growth, wage growth has not kept pace.

Yet the surge in new job creation and sinking unemployment still haven’t led to sustained increases in how much American workers get paid each hour, the key to putting the U.S. recovery on an ideal growth path.  Wages fell 5 cents, or 0.2%, to $24.57 an hour. And the gain over the past 12 months slowed to just 1.7%.

Wage gains have averaged 2% or slightly less since 2010, just two-third as fast as they normally grow. Economists predict a tightening labor market will spur higher wages but so far earnings haven’t budged much. The Federal Reserve in December cited a lack of clear evidence of rising wages as reason it may keep interest rates near zero for an extended period.