Employee misclassification is a growing problem in the U.S.

A college professor who focuses on labor studies says that sweeping changes in the U.S. workforce are leading to widening inequality and job insecurity. The changes, called contingent employment, involve increasing numbers of workers who are not on the payroll in standard jobs. Instead, they are temps, part-timers or contract workers. An estimated 42.6 million… Read more


Web technology helps parents in rural areas understand ABA

Autism affects children across the country and in many different areas of Pennsylvania. When you live in a big city like Philadelphia, however, it is easy to forget that where you live affects the treatment options that are available to you. Many people in Pennsylvania live in rural areas that are not equipped to provide… Read more


Gas industry truck drivers are injured in three-vehicle pileup

Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry brings an increased number of workers in hazardous occupations. Workers on drilling rigs routinely work on heavy machinery and equipment and in other dangerous situations. The dangers do not end on the rig, however. Truck drivers associated with the Marcellus Shale formation are at risk of serious injury in truck… Read more


What Employers Can Learn from SeaWorld’s Killer Whale Case

Certain occupations, from construction workers to policemen, come with a certain amount of risk. That’s why it’s sometimes difficult to win worker’s compensation suits. The employer uses the inherent dangers of the job as a defense. After all, the risk is considered part of “normal working conditions” accepted by the employee. But a federal appeals… Read more


New technology helps non-verbal boy speak with his eyes

There are people working across the globe at all hours of the day to find cures for debilitating conditions or come up with new tools to help those who live with disabilities be able to participate more fully in life. Products like the wheelchair and prosthetic limbs have completely changed our concept of what is… Read more

Press releases

4/15/14 – Al Carlson Guest Lectures Villanova Law Class

April 15, 2014 (Philadelphia, PA) Partner Alfred J. Carlson of the Workers’ Compensation, Social Security/Long Term Disability and Veterans Benefits law firm of Martin Law recently served as a guest lecturer to the Workers’ Compensation Class of Villanova Law School professor Hon. Todd B. Seelig. In his April 8th talk, Carlson focused on the subject… Read more


Company: Fatal Pennsylvania oven explosion caused by human error

Human error was to blame for an explosion that killed one worker and seriously injured another in Pennsylvania this year, according to the results of a company investigation released earlier this month. The accident happened when an industrial oven exploded one morning in January at the St. Marys, Pennsylvania, site of an international manufacturing company…. Read more


The Pennsylvania Turnpike has a message for drivers: slow down.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is asking drivers to slow down and help keep workers safe. The message comes during National Work-Zone Awareness Week, when road safety officials nationwide raise attention for worker safety on the nation’s highways. In Pennsylvania, worker safety is receiving increased attention as turnpike officials gear up for $1.3 billion worth of construction… Read more


Cell tower industry under scrutiny after worker accidents

The number of workers who climb cell phone towers in the U.S. is fairly small, with about 10,000 workers, yet it has been called the most dangerous job in the nation. After a spate of serious or fatal worker accidents starting in 2013, news organizations reported this week that the government is changing how it… Read more