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Losing a loved one in a work-related traffic crash

There are various job-related risks that workers face in many fields, but some are especially dangerous. For example, those who work with dangerous machinery or regularly find themselves on the road may have a particularly high chance of becoming hurt or losing their life in an accident. Those who drive large trucks, delivery trucks and taxis face the risk of passing away in a traffic crash on a daily basis. Sadly, these accidents take place too frequently and can sometimes prove fatal.

If you have recently lost someone you love due to a job-related traffic accident, the emotional pain you are experiencing may be unbearable. You may be devastated by the accident as well as the knowledge that is was entirely preventable. For example, some other driver’s careless behavior may have caused the crash, such as ignoring the speed limit or driving drunk. Not only can the emotional side of this loss be very difficult, but you may also be going through financial problems. From funeral costs to losing your family’s primary source of income, the financial side of fatal crashes can be extremely challenging.

How is disability determined?

If you’re pursuing benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you probably have questions about how your claim is determined. There are a number of factors that go into the SSA’s decision-making process and having a greater understanding of these factors will only improve your chances of success. In this case, SSA offers the following information to ensure applicants are fully aware of the process.

Work criteria

A cancer diagnosis may qualify you for SSD

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for Pennsylvania families. If you have cancer, you may decide for Social Security Disability benefits to help with expenses. At Steppacher Law, we help clients navigate the complex disability claims process.

The Cancer Support Community reports that your eligibility for SSD depends on the form and stage of cancer. While some individuals qualify for benefits with a cancer diagnosis, the Social Security Administration may require proof provided in the form of physicians' notes or biopsy reports. The SSA uses a medical guide called the Blue Book, available online, to determine eligibility. Hard to treat or aggressive forms of cancer may automatically qualify you for disability benefits, such as the following:

  • Pancreatic and liver
  • Brain
  • Esophageal
  • Thyroid
  • Inflammatory breast
  • Any small-cell form

Car seats, safety belts and your family

While riding in a car is one of the safest modes of transportation in the U.S., it is also one of the leading causes of personal injury and death. Fortunately, many of those injuries can be prevented with proper car seat and seat belt usage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the four stages of car seat/seat belt usage led to a decrease in the rate of children with fatal or incapacitating injuries by 17 percent

What is workers' compensation?

If you accept a job in Pennsylvania, there are many things that you should expect from your employer. One of these things is the knowledge that you will be granted access to appropriate health care or other benefits if you are hurt while at work. These things are granted to you via laws in place that created the state's workers' compensation program.

As explained by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, a person may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits even if any accident was caused by their own negligence because the program is a no-fault system. Additionally, your ability to claim workers' compensation begins the moment you start working for the company as there is no wait period for eligibility to begin. If you had a condition or injury before you started working for your employer and that condition or injury becomes worse due to the nature of your job, you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits for that.

Can you get workers’ comp after an accident in a company car?

Let’s say that your job requires you to drive a company car. Most days, you have no issues driving the vehicle; you drive from location to location with no problems. But one day, you are involved in a car accident. You suffer an injury, and now you wonder whether you can file a workers’ compensation claim. This depends on a variety of circumstances.

Who is liable: Employer, or employee?

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