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How To Protect Your Business From A Premises Liability Suit

Slip & Fall Injury LawyersPremises liability is a concern for small restaurants to large hospitality organizations. If a patron is injured on business property, they may have a negligence case against the business owner.

At Hagelgans & Veronis, we get lots of questions from business leaders in the hospitality industry. Below, we share insight and explore several ways you can keep your premises safe and avoid expensive litigation. Continue reading “How To Protect Your Business From A Premises Liability Suit”

I Was Injured, Can I Sue My Employer?

Employment Law: Can You Sue Your EmployerIn Pennsylvania, injured workers can’t sue their employer for damages following a work-related injury. All employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, so when a worker collects these benefits, the employer is exempt from a civil lawsuit.

Employers who fail to carry workers’ comp insurance could face criminal prosecution by the state, which could result in fines and/or jail time.

Why Can’t I Sue My Employer in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Legislature enacted the Pennsylvania Workman’s Compensation Act in 1915. This important safety net protects employees and their families from financial burden following a work-related accident, injury, or illness. However, workers’ comp also protects employers from expensive litigation.

Unlike other injury cases, employees receive benefits regardless of who’s at fault or responsible for the injury; this is known as strict liability. Because workers don’t have to prove fault, access to this insurance is relatively straightforward, which makes it easy for employees to collect relief.

Workers who illegally use drugs or drink on the job are not eligible to collect benefits for injuries sustained while under the influence. Continue reading “I Was Injured, Can I Sue My Employer?”

Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer? Here’s What You Need To Know

Picture of a T-bone car crashAlthough car accidents are fairly common, few people are prepared for them when they happen.

This is especially true in states like Pennsylvania where drivers are given a choice between full tort and limited tort insurance. The tort option selected by an insured driver determines his or her legal rights to successfully pursue a car accident claim.

In addition to different types of insurance, there are other factors that a driver should consider before involving a lawyer in a potential injury case.

Central Pennsylvania’s premier accident attorneys, Hagelgans & Veronis, discuss what you need to know about hiring a lawyer following a car accident. Continue reading “Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer? Here’s What You Need To Know”

How to Safely Deep Fry Food at Home

Cooking is the leading cause of home fire in the U.S. and the leading cause of fire-related injury. Even with greater awareness and education, the rate these fires occur has been steadfast for many years.

On average, fire departments respond to 166,100 structure fires per year, which claim approximately 480 lives and result in more than 5,000 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

According to a recent report, cooking equipment was involved in nearly half of reported home fires, which peak on holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve.

With the holidays just around the corner, the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Hagelgans & Veronis thought it would be helpful to recap what we know about home fire safety and particularly how to manage deep frying. Continue reading “How to Safely Deep Fry Food at Home”