Dorney Park cited by OSHA for Safe Worker Conditions

Dorney Park, an amusement park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for unsafe working conditions for employees.  More specifically, the citation resulted from the Park failing to protect workers from heat hazards and illness.  A June 9 investigation prompted by the teen's collapse near a food stand fryer revealed that Dorney Park's outdoor and food staff, the majority of whom are seasonally employed teenagers, were exposed to heat hazards during their summer employment,…

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Been denied Long Term Disability or had checks stopped?

Mooney & Associates handles a broad array of Personal Injury claims, including Workers Compensation, Social Security Disability, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall incidents, and Dog Bite cases.  Often times, we are dealing with clients who are also applying for or are currently on Long Term Disability Insurance.  These insurance companies are no different than auto insurance and workers compensation carriers.  They will use every avenue they can to save money and threaten your benefits. It's never too early to…

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Dog bite at work is within Course and Scope of Employment

One of the critical elements of proving a Claim Petition in Pennsylvania Workers Compensation is whether the injury occurred in the course and scope of  employment.   The course and scope element has been heavily litigated over the years and the rules are a bit clearer today.  However, at times, course and scope issues still arise. Recently the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court addressed the course and scope issue on a dig bite incident that occurred at work.  The facts are quite…

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Warehouse growth in Franklin and Cumberland County is a blessing and a curse

The Greencastle, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, and Carlisle areas have been booming with large warehouse development.  The growth is obviously related to Interstate 81, a  corridor that has become truck heavy in carrying good both north and south.  The good part of the warehousing boom is --- the jobs.  The bad part of the warehousing boom --- the jobs. The warehousing boom has certainly lowered unemployment rates in South Central Pennsylvania.  The most recent data indicates Franklin County with a 5.2% unemployment…

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Veteran discount for Pennsylvania Workers Compensation

Mooney & Associates is proud and grateful for the service our military veterans have provided to this great Nation.  Our law firm offers military veterans an array of discounts on legal services when using our law firm.  It is our way of showing appreciation for their service. If you are a military veteran and are hurt on the job, we will offer a discounted fee on workers compensation cases.  The discount can save a veteran hundreds or thousands of dollars.…

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Central Pennsylvania Get Out To VOTE!

It is that time of year.  Fall.  Autumn.  Color change. More importantly, however, it is Election Day!   The right to vote is one of the most critical rights afforded to the American people (sort of ...).   The US Constitution does not explicitly provide any right to vote, but instead, delegates voting power to the States.  The Constitution itself discusses the inherent right throughout the document, but, the fact is, it does not explicitly spell out that the American…

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Harrisburg adds new Workers Comp Judge

Harrisburg's workers compensation adjudication office will add a new Judge, beginning on Monday.  Attorney Leah Lewis has been appointed a new Workers Compensation Judge. Attorney Lewis spent five years between two defense firms representing employers and insurance carrier in workers compensation defense.  Most recently, Lewis spent the past two years working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Counsel. We welcome Attorney Lewis tot he Workers Compensation bench.

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Social Security Benefits to increase by 1.7%

Older and disabled Americans will see a 1.7% cost of living adjustment for their benefits for the year 2015.   The 1.7% increase marks the third consecutive year that the COLA for social security beneficiaries is held under 2%. The government announced the benefit increase today.  The increase is based on the latest measure of consumer prices.  The Social Security Act provides for increases and those increases should be based on on inflation, mainly the Consumer Price Index. Social Security…

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NEWS: PA Justice Seamus McCaffery Suspended over Porn Email Allegations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery over the allegations rising from the widening porn email scandal gripping Harrisburg.  In the Order by the seven remaining justices, the case will be forwarded to the Judicial Conduct Board to determine if formal misconduct charges should be filed against Justice McCaffery.   Justice McCaffery has been involved in a recent war of words with Chief Justice Ronald Castille.  Castille released the following statement regarding McCaffery's suspension.  "In my two decades…

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Amazon hires 80K season workers

The Christmas season is upon us, in terms of retail.  Amazon.com is in the process of hiring 80,000 season workers at its distribution centers across the country.  Locally, Amazon.com has a large distribution center located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania off Exit 44 of Interstate 81 and Lewisberry, Pennsylvania.   Retailers, including Amazon.com, are expecting an uptick in holiday sales in comparison to last year. The pace of hiring at a retailer can serve as an indicator of expectations for the holiday…

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