Pennsylvania Personal Injury Resources
Pennsylvania personal injury attorney Brian Corcoran of Brian C. Corcoran Law Offices in Kingston is pleased to provide the following links to useful resources for people seeking information on personal injury, social security disability and workers’ compensation in northeastern Pennsylvania. We hope these resources are helpful to you in connecting with the services you need. If you need legal assistance in recovering compensation or benefits arising out of a workplace accident, car accident or other personal injury, please contact Brian C. Corcoran Law Offices for a free consultation with a caring and experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney.
Personal Injury Resources
For the latest information on recalls of consumer products or complaints about unsafe products and general product safety information, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Recalls of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices can be found at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also, Recalls.gov is a centralized location for all types of safety recalls. This website allows you sign up for text or email alerts as new recalls are announced.
To report nursing home abuse or neglect, call the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505 or report elder abuse online through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. You may also want to contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
Some excellent information on safe driving can be found at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Distraction.gov is an official U.S. government website providing information on texting while driving, cell phone use while driving and other types of distracted driving. For information regarding driver’s licenses, Pennsylvania driving laws and regulations, and legislation affecting drivers and vehicles in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, or view the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.
For trucking accidents, it is helpful to review Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. If a driver violated rules regarding maximum hours of service, or if the trucking company failed to adhere to required maintenance and inspection routines, this may be evidence of negligence and liability. Trucking company safety data can be accessed online through the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System.
Social Security Disability Resources
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the agency in charge of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplementary Security Income (SSI) payments. Using a checklist here will make sure you gather all the appropriate documents for your application. You can also use several different calculators to estimate disability benefits, as well as survivor benefits, retirement benefits, life expectancy and other important aspects of SSD.
If your application for benefits is denied, you may have several different options to appeal available to you, including a Request for Reconsideration, Administrative Hearing, Appeals Council Review, or a hearing in U.S. District Court.
Other important Social Security resources include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for disabled children and adults and certain older individuals with limited means, as well as Medicare. Qualifying disabilities for SSI may be different for children and adults.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination is a division of the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) which assists SSA in determining whether applicants for Social Security Disability benefits have a disability under the Social Security law. L&I also offers many other resources for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities.
Other important state agencies for persons with disabilities include the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Aging. At the federal level, the Americans with Disabilities Act addresses issues related to employment, housing and public access for persons with disabilities and their right to be free from discrimination.
Workers’ Compensation Resources
The law regarding the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation can be found under Part VII of the Pennsylvania Code. Individual sections cover general provisions as well as specific provisions dealing with health care, health and safety, occupational disease, and more.
Originally established in 1913 to inspect the working conditions in factories around the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today administers unemployment benefits, provides vocational rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities, and oversees the administration of workers’ compensation benefits to individuals with job-related injuries. L&I also enforces various laws and safety standards in the workplace. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation can be reached from here.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards for workplace health and safety.