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Leonard Sciolla $20.5 million Recovery for Paralyzed Philadelphia Sheriff Also Prompts Request to American National Standards Institute for Improved Safety Inspection

Attorneys Michael Tinari and Christopher Fleming, Partners in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP, recently won a $20.5 million recovery for a client against one of the largest elevator corporations in the world. The client, a sergeant in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s office, was paralyzed in a 2016 elevator crash Read More

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Leonard Sciolla Attorneys Win $20.5 Million Recovery For Paralyzed Philadelphia Sheriff Deputy

Attorneys Michael Tinari and Christopher Fleming, Partners in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP, won a $20.5 million recovery for a client against the largest elevator corporations in the world. The client, a sergeant in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s office, was paralyzed in a 2016 elevator crash inside the Criminal Read More

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Landmark ruling for firefighters suffering cancer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling that lessens the burden of proof for a firefighter when making a cancer-related workers’ compensation claim. “The brave men and women who serve as firefighters are placed in danger on a daily basis in their efforts to help others. By its very nature, the occupation of firefighting exposes Read More

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Fall Prevention on the Job

According to OSHA, falls are the number one cause of accidents in the construction industry today. In 2015, falls were the leading cause of construction job fatalities. Employees who are elevated more than six feet from the next level are at a high risk for serious injury or death. In an effort to combat fall Read More

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Dealing with Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Insurance Audits

Construction companies and other businesses doing work in Pennsylvania are generally required to maintain workers compensation insurance coverage for their employees.  This coverage may be obtained either through a private insurance company or, in some instances, through the State Workers Insurance Fund (SWIF). Most companies are aware that they must carry workers compensation insurance for Read More

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Employer Obiligations Under OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the main federal agency charged with making sure employers provide their workers with a safe workplace. In keeping with that obligation, OSHA requires employers to post a particular form on-site which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses at the company which were logged during the preceding year. Employers are required Read More

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Dangers of Daylight Saving Time

Those tired, sluggish feelings experienced when bodies adjust to daylight saving time also comes with increases in two things: motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries. University of Colorado at Boulder researchers studied the period after daylight saving over a 10 year span and found that there is a 6.3% increase in fatal crashes in the week following Read More

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Court Ruling Allows Intoxicated Mechanic to Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The New Jersey appellate court recently upheld a judge’s decision allowing an injured mechanic to receive workers’ compensation benefits despite the fact that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The employee’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal level of intoxication when a heavy lift fell on him. Generally, if Read More

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Compensation for Work-Related Injury, Illness, Disability or Death

Employees who suffer from a work related injury, illness, disability or death are entitled to compensation from their employer under the Workers’ Compensation Act (“WCA”). Typically, these benefits include payments for lost wages and medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury. The test for what constitutes a work-related injury in Pennsylvania is more Read More

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Sleep Deprivation and Workplace Injuries

Sleep deprivation is a major cause of workplace injuries. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived workers are 70% more likely to be involved in a work accident. Lack of sleep slows reaction time and decreases attention, alertness and motivation. Shift workers (workers who provide services 24/7) are more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation because of Read More

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