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Three construction workers injured in King of Prussia mall accident

Three construction workers were hospitalized recently when a live electrical cable was cut during an expansion project at a King of Prussia mall. One of the workers was listed in critical condition while a second man was hospitalized for treatment of injuries. The third worker was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Unfortunately, serious injuries are commonplace on construction sites. Typically, the scope of work dictates how many workers and the types of contractors involved at the same time. Whether you are working on the high steel, pouring concrete or rerouting electrical cables, catastrophic injury is a very real possibility.

Earth Day: The George and Miriam Martin Foundation

Happy Earth Day!

Did you know that George Martin is an environmentalist at heart?

Pictured below are Martin Law attorneys at Sanibel Island in November 2014 visiting the Walkway into the Wilds built by the George and Miriam Martin Foundation. 

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What About Workers' Comp In Pennsylvania?

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At a time when more than 60 percent of states have decreased workers' compensation benefits or made it harder to obtain such benefits, Pennsylvania has remained constant and protected the rights of injured workers. Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that ProPublica says has not passed major workers' comp reform; unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has not changed its laws to set arbitrary time limits on temporary wage benefits, expand the use of outside medical reviewers or increase the instances of denying claims based on pre-existing conditions.


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With tax filing deadlines quickly approaching, Martin Law has received many inquiries asking if workers' compensation benefits are taxable. Is it different at the state and federal levels? In the video below I address your concerns including whether these benefits are considered earned income and are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers' compensation act or statute.

The Human Cost Of Workers' Comp Reform

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Earlier this month, we looked at two articles in ProPublica's and NPR's ongoing series about the dismantling of workers' compensation in the United States. As advocates for injured workers, including those harmed in the workplace, we are greatly interested in these articles and believe that it is important for everyone to know about the changes to workers' comp systems across the nation.

This article provides an overview of ProPublica's most recent entry in its series, titled The Fallout of Workers' Comp 'Reforms': 5 Tales of Harmand offers a list of resources where you can learn more about this issue.

The Safe Guys

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"The lawyers at Martin Law love their work, helping protect the rights of injured and disabled workers..." So begins the newest entry in our Safe Guys series of videos.

The video features Martin Law attorneys George Martin, Joe Huttemann and Matt Wilson. As dramatic music plays in the background, the video shows them working to prevent injuries:

Workers' Compensation Under Fire

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When you are injured, workers' compensation is supposed to be there to protect you and help you provide for your family. But who protects our workers' compensation system? In the past decade, more than 30 states have passed legislation that makes it more difficult to obtain workers' comp benefits or reduces the amount of benefits you can receive.

A recent series of articles by ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR) explores the ways that the workers' compensation system has been attacked. As a part of its analysis, this group conducted in-depth research into the wild variations of disability awards, the ways in which states have reduced workers' comp funding, state-by-state trends over the past decade, and many other aspects of the worker's comp system. What they found were cuts that have "gone so deep in some states that judges who hear workers' comp cases, top defense attorneys for companies and even the father of the modern workers' comp system say they are inhumane."

Nail Salons And Workplace Illness: Protect Yourself

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Every day, manicurists, pedicurists and other salon professionals are exposed to a variety of dangerous - yet often overlooked - workplace hazards. Some of these hazards pose an immediate risk, while other can cause long-term damage that builds up over time. Being exposed to chemicals and toxic fumes, coming into contact with biological hazards (such as diseases carried by clients), and straining for hours in uncomfortable physical positions can lead to a wide array of illnesses and injury, including:

Winter Hazards And Cold Weather: What Workers Need To Know

Now that winter has returned in full force and Pennsylvania - along with much of the East Coast - is experiencing a seemingly non-stop series of storms, we felt it was time to revisit the important topic of winter workplace safety.

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Winter Safety Basics

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides an extensive overview of how to prevent injuries and illness during winter weather. Should an injury or illness arise, whether in the workplace or not, this site also offers tips on steps that you should take.

Need Information About Workers' Comp in Pennsylvania? This List is Perfect For You.

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At Martin Law, we offer a wide range of resources to those with questions about workers' compensation. This includes free consultations, where you can receive answers directly from experienced workers' comp attorneys.

If you would like to get more information before contacting us, please review the resources listed below and look at other parts of our blog that are relevant to your situation. When you are finished, we encourage you to let us know if you still have any and we will gladly set up time to meet with you.