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What is E-Commerce and How does it Affect Workers’ Compensation?

E-Commerce

What is E-Commerce?

With the holidays right around the corner, practically everyone is on their computers or phones doing online shopping. According to Wikipedia, “E-commerce is the activity of electronically buying or selling of products on online services or over the Internet.”

E-commerce can be in different forms, business to customers such as Amazon, customer to customer like eBay, or business to business like Shopify which sells companies’ goods online. Regardless of what type of e-commerce, most involve labeling and manufacturing, warehousing and shipping, as well as wholesaling or retailing.

While many of us shop online from the comfort of our homes, it is easy to look at the vast selection of goods out there, order by hitting a few keys on your computer, and expect the items to be miraculously delivered to your doorstep all within a short period of time, which happens every day of the week. What most of us don’t even think about or aren’t even aware of is all of the hard-working people who make this possible.

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What is a DUI Assessment?

DUI Assessment (1)

A DUI Assessment is typically required after you have been charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania. During the assessment, you are interviewed by a state certified drug and alcohol counselor to decide if there are any substance abuse problems.

How to prepare for a DUI evaluation?

There is no real way to prepare for your DUI evaluation (assessment) other than to evaluate your drinking/drug use patterns. A drug and alcohol assessor will ask you questions related to when you started and how regularly you drink and/or use drugs. You will not only be asked about your medical history, but also your mental health history and how (if at all) drug or alcohol dependence has impacted your life. It is important that you be honest with the assessor, as it is only going to help you improve your life.

How to pass a drug and alcohol assessment?

There is no pass/fail in an assessment. The assessor (evaluator) will be giving you a mental health evaluation and you won’t even realize it, as it is subtle. The assessment will determine if there is a drug or alcohol problem and the degree of the problem. Depending on the results, a recommendation will be made as to whether further treatment is needed. Read More

The Who’s Who In Philly Labor Show: Nov 9, 2021

Paula Robinson, Esq. has been practicing for 35 years in a wide variety of jurisdictions within Pennsylvania. Paula has worked for employers and insurance companies, and applies that knowledge of the system to serve her current clients–disabled and injured workers.

Ms. Robinson has vast experience with the inter-workings of the PA workers’ compensation system.  Paula Robinson is an aggressive, yet compassionate lawyer who fights for her clients’ rights and is well aware of the strategies of the defense lawyers working for the employers and their big insurance companies.  With experience as a defense lawyer in workers’ compensation cases, Paula has first hand knowledge and experience with the insurance companies.  This experience provides Paula a distinct competitive advantage to maximize the recoveries for her current clients–injured and disabled workers.

Ms. Robinson enjoys antiquing, interior decorating, gardening and caring for her three dogs and horse.

What Does ARD Stand for and How Much Does it Cost?

Pennsylvania ARD Program

In Pennsylvania, ARD stands for the “Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition” Program. The program is required to be in all Pennsylvania counties and gives non-violent first offenders with no or very limited criminal records in the past ten (10) years the option for expungement of the charges after successful completion of rehabilitation and supervision. The program is widely used for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other controlled substances.

The purpose of the program is to provide rehabilitation, a fresh start, and ultimately a clean record – provided that all requirements are met. The program also saves costly state and individual expenses of court proceedings, including a trial. 

If you wish to participate in the ARD program, a written application must be provided to the District Attorney’s (D.A.) office within thirty (30) days of your preliminary hearing. It is solely up to the District Attorney to determine who is eligible to be admitted into the program. Read More

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Pennsylvania DUI?

PA DUI Lawyer

Driving Under the Influence in PA

On a daily basis in Pennsylvania, many individuals from all walks of life are charged with driving under the influence (DUI). While there is no mandate to hire a DUI defense attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is risky to represent yourself and could have a negative impact on not only your current situation, but your future as well.

Pennsylvania operates off of a three-tier system with regard to your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels, and DUIs not only take into account alcohol, but marijuana and other drugs. DUI convictions often involve more than just heavy fines, but can also result in higher insurance premiums, payments for drug and alcohol treatment, driver’s license suspension, and the expense of installing an ignition interlock on your vehicle. Also, professions that require licensing by Pennsylvania, such as nursing, could be put into jeopardy.

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Workers’ Compensation in PA is Available for Hearing Impairment

Hearing Impairment

Noise exposure at the workplace is a common phenomenon. It is one of the most widely encountered occupational hazards. The extent of damage to your ears depends on its intensity, duration, and frequency of noise exposure. The louder the noise at your place of work, the more dangerous it is likely to be. However, even if the noise intensity isn’t very high, its continuous exposure can cause problems with your hearing depending on how long you are exposed.

According to OSHA, you should not be continuously exposed to noise of more than 90 decibels for more than eight hours a day. If your job requires frequent use of tools that produce more than 100 decibels, you are at risk of permanent hearing damage. Due to the damaging effects of loud noises on hearing, workers’ compensation is designed to help protect employees who develop this condition due to their job.

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Work Injury, Where do I Start?

You unfortunately suffered a work injury, gave the proper notice to your employer, and are seeking medical attention. What are the necessary steps to ensure that your claim is accepted by your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier and that you receive the proper wage loss and medical benefits?

You should seek out an experienced, certified specialist in the practice of PA workers’ compensation. When hiring a law firm to handle your unique workers’ compensation case, you should choose carefully to suit your specific needs. 

The benefit of choosing Paula Robinson as your attorney is that you are retaining her as your attorney, not a law firm with multiple associates, paralegals, and intake personnel. I answer the phone and speak with you directly about your case so nothing is lost in translation. Not only will you deal directly with me, I will be solely responsible for your case from start to finish which cuts down on unnecessary wasted time. Over my 34 years of practice, I have found that people like to tell their story once, not multiple times to multiple people.

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Rehabilitation Costs Are Recoverable Through Workers’ Compensation in PA

Rehabilitation Costs

Each workplace is different. No matter your profession or job, you deserve to be safe and secure in your workplace. Despite this fact, every day some workers suffer from accidents while on the job across Pennsylvania.

It’s important to understand that no two workplace injuries are alike. An injury to one person is not likely to have the same impact as it may have on another person, even if they had the same accident. This is one of the reasons why recovering compensation for work-related injuries can be a complex process for injured workers who aren’t sure how to navigate the system.

Your specific recovery and rehabilitation timeline will influence the medical costs and wage loss you might incur over a period of time. Whether you have a sprained wrist, or you’ve suffered back pain, you may be referred to a physical therapist for rehabilitation.

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Paula Robinson Named as 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer

Robinson Law LLC is pleased to announce that the attorney Paula Robinson has been named as a Pennsylvania 2021 Super Lawyer.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selections are made using a patented process that includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluation. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse list of exceptional attorneys that can be used as a resource for those searching for legal counsel. 

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