IP’s “PR problem” will be Discussed by Leading Figures at Public Event in New York

What to do about intellectual property’s negative image is the focus of the IP Awareness Summit, a gathering of concerned owners, educators and creators, Nov 29

Remarkably, in what I believe amounts to Orwellian ‘doublespeak,’ those who’ve been advancing the patent troll narrative argue that they do so because they are actually pro-innovation.”

— USPTO Director Andrei Iancu

NEW YORK, NY, USA, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Leading intellectual property owners, creators, educators organizations and managers will consider the best ways to improve literacy about the role and impact of IP rights at the second annual IP Awareness Summit in New York on November 29.

IPAS will examine how increases in information access and speed have affected how patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets are seen and why they often fail to be accepted as “legitimate” property. The Summit also will address improving IP literacy through education and the media. Registration is open to the public.

IP Thought-Leaders

Featured speakers include United Stated Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Director Andrei Iancu, leading inventors, educators and the media.

Director Iancu said in fireside chat before more than 600 members of the Licensing Executives Society in Boston on October 15 that IP faces a public relations problem and the once heralded American inventor is no longer seen as a hero. He amplified those remarks at a speech later that week before the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association:

“Remarkably, in what I believe amounts to Orwellian ‘doublespeak,’ those who’ve been advancing the patent troll narrative argue that they do so because they are actually pro-innovation. That by their highlighting, relentlessly, the dangers in the patent system, they actually encourage innovation…

“What an odd message to deliver in the 21st century. What an odd message to deliver in America in particular, a country of risk-takers, entrepreneurs and inventors. An odd message indeed, especially given the incredible success of the American patent system over time.”

Others who will address be addressing IP literacy issues at IPAS 2018 include Manny Schecter, Chief Patent Counsel at IBM and President of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, and Jay walker, entrepreneur, Priceline.com founder, TEDMED curator and one of the most prolific U.S. inventors. There will be panels, other speakers and breakouts with audience participation.

Among those already registered for IPAS 2018 are IP owners, executives, educators, creators, service providers, investors, lawyers, IP organizations and the media. The remaining tickets will go fast.

To see all of the presenters and the program, go here.

To register, use this link.

About the Center for IP Understanding

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of IP rights and their impact on people’s lives. CIPU provides information, conducts research and facilitates activities that seek to make IP more intelligible, enhance value and deter theft. The Center also tracks attitudes toward IP rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and through outreach, provides an education framework for understanding how IP promotes competition and creates jobs. To learn more, please visit www.understandingip.org.

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Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation from a Work Back Injury?

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Every year, many Americans are hurt on the job and may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

If you injure your back at work, you should get the compensation you deserve.”

— Kenneth Saffren, Esq.

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

At Saffren and Weinberg, Marc Alan Weinberg, Attorney and Kenneth Scott Saffren, Attorney are partners. The firm’s tagline is “The People’s Voice In Court.” They make themselves available via phone at (215) 576-0100 or by email on the Saffren and Weinberg website. Saffren and Weinberg provides a no-charge, complimentary case review and answers questions for prospective clients.

Back Injuries On-the-Job

Every year, many Americans are hurt on the job and may be entitled to workers’ compensation for being injured at work. Many work-related injuries are back injuries, which can be severely disabling, resulting in long-term pain and treatment, as well as reduced future earnings due to limited employment options.

If you believe you have a back injury that you sustained from being hurt at work or are on the course for developing a back condition or injury due to your activities in the workplace, it is important to understand what benefits you may be entitled to.

A back injury can be severely debilitating, and the way it manifests itself can vary significantly. Many Americans in a wide range of professions are at risk of being hurt at work from a back injury. You can maximize your chances of receiving workers’ compensation back injury benefits by speaking with a workers’ compensation attorney to plan your claim.

What Workers’ Compensation Back Injury Benefits Are There?

Even though you have a back injury, you may be able to get at least some monetary compensation to help with your medical costs and lost future earnings. This is called workers’ compensation.

Back injuries are part of a broad category of work-related injuries that are commonly referred to as “WMSD” injuries. “WMSD” injuries refer to those work-related injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system, such as injuries to the neck, wrist, shoulder, and back.

Back injuries are among the most common ways people are hurt at work. In fact, it is reported that in 2014 over 200,000 people in the United States received back injuries and back injuries account for 25% of all workers’ compensation payments.

The way your back may be hurt is extremely varied, as the back is a very complicated body part. For example, you may strain your lower back while lifting boxes as a warehouse worker. You may pinch a nerve in your spinal cord or herniate a disk from improper posture even while sitting.

There is a wide variety of back injuries and the activities that cause them. Nearly every occupation has some risk of back injury, and therefore it is important to be aware of the risks and remedies of being hurt on the job.

The kind of back injury you receive and how you receive it may still have a significant impact on whether you are qualified for workers’ compensation for it. For example, if your back pain is temporary and goes away after several weeks, it is uncertain that you will be able to claim workers’ compensation for it—even though you were hurt on the job.

Furthermore, if you have a pre-existing condition or the injury was caused by an activity outside of work, the chances of workers’ compensation decrease further.

However, if the back injury was received while at work and is severe and long-lasting, it is very likely you will be entitled to workers’ compensation claims for being hurt on the job. It is important to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney to explore your options and claim your workers’ compensation benefits.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a federally-determined but state-run program that allows people who have been hurt on the job to receive monetary benefits for treatment and costs, as well as compensation for lost future earnings.

Whether you have a back injury or have been hurt on the job from some other activity, it is important to understand how the workers’ compensation system works as well as consider speaking with a workers’ compensation attorney to see what benefits you may be entitled to from workers’ compensation.

Pennsylvania runs its own state-insurance program, the CRB, under its own guidelines and mandates. The agency oversees workers’ compensation regulations, whether for insurance rates, administering claims, or determining eligibility.

If you receive a back injury from being hurt on the job, you will likely be filing a claim with a private insurance carrier in Pennsylvania. The state’s workers’ compensation fund is only tapped when the insurance is not sufficient, or an employer does not have insurance.

Furthermore, it is very possible that a back injury may leave you totally injured or disabled. Workers’ compensation can provide you significant benefits for being hurt at work and even more if you have been totally disabled from it.

Is Pennsylvania Friendly to Pre-Existing Conditions or Workers’ Compensation?

In 2015, back injuries accounted for over 12.5%, or over 20,000, of workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.

Whatever the specifics of your back injury, there are many options available to you in Pennsylvania to receive workers’ compensation for your injuries from being hurt on the job.

Pennsylvania is not the most generous state in the country for those hurt on the job, but it still ranks among the above-average states for workers compensation payments and benefits.

In 2016, Pennsylvania ranked 17th out of 50 states. However, this was lower than its 12th place ranking in 2012. Pennsylvania pays 8% more than the national average for workers compensation.

Pennsylvania keeps a healthy workers’ compensation program for those who are hurt at work. If you believe you may qualify for workers’ compensation, a work injury lawyer can help you navigate the process of successfully filing your claim.

I believe my back may have been hurt at work, how do I get workers’ compensation?

The general process of filing your claim for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania is by informing your employer and attempting to get their insurance carrier to process and pay out your claim.

However often times the insurance carrier will challenge your claim, whereupon you can appeal to the state government and get a hearing before a state-appointed workers’ compensation judge.

If you have a back injury, the medical details of you being hurt at work will be particularly important. The back injury may have developed over time, and you may have multiple symptoms, such as spinal cord damage, muscle damage, or fractured discs. It is important to properly analyze and present the information in order to raise the chances of a successful claim.

Many workers will find they want the services of a work injury lawyer to help them navigate what can be quite complex legal maneuvers, where even a minor slip can result in severe consequences.

A workers’ compensation attorney can also help you present your case in the best possible light, significantly raising the chances of your claim being successful.

I’m ready to file a claim. What’s next?

If you believe you have been hurt on the job with a back injury, and are considering filing a claim for workers’ compensation, it is worth contacting a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case and see what options are available to you.

At Saffren & Weinberg, we have an experienced team of attorneys ready to win your case. Call us at (215) 576-0100 so that we can see how we can help you.

Kenneth Scott Saffren / About the author
Ken Saffren, Esq, is a partner of Saffren & Weinberg located in Jenkintown, PA, practicing in workers’ compensation, social security, and personal injury litigation. He is a member of both the United States District Court of New Jersey and Eastern District of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as PHN Epsilon Roe.

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What is SIRVA and How Does it Apply to Workers’ Compensation?

What exactly is SIRVA?

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What is SIRVA? How Does it Apply to Workers’ Compensation?

Vaccines are utilized as a mechanism to help protect people from various diseases and illnesses that have proven resistant to conventional treatment. The way a vaccine works is that a weaker version of the disease is injected into the body. After the immune response builds up a defense to the weaker version, it will be able to withstand the infection.

However, there may be some risks to taking a vaccine. One such change is the development of SIRVA. This is an acronym for “Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.”

What is SIRVA?

SIRVA can occur when a vaccine is improperly injected. For example, if the vaccine is injected too high on the shoulder or if it goes in too deep, it can lead to several types of injuries. SIRVA is also likely to happen when a vaccine is injected correctly, although this is rare.

Likely fallout from a SIRVA can include intense prolonged pain, limited motion range, and some shoulder injuries like Frozen Shoulder Syndrome and Adhesive Capsulitis.

One of the causes of SIRVA is an injury to the musculoskeletal shoulder structure. This includes body components like tendons, bursa, and ligaments. Another cause of SIRVA is when the body’s immune system reacts negatively to the components of the vaccine.

One suggested reasoning for the rise in SIRVA is the way vaccines are administered. When people take vaccines, they are likely to expose their shoulders by pulling down their shirt collars, exposing the top part of the joint.

Side effects of the seasonal flu vaccine are the most common cause of SIRVA. This is because it is given to millions of people annually, and is provided in the arm’s deltoid muscle (on the shoulder). You should, however, note that although there is always a risk of SIRVA, it is quite rare.

SIRVA Shoulder Injury

How do you know that you have SIRVA? The most common symptom of SIRVA is severe shoulder problems and pain. This usually appears within 0 to 48 hours of the injection. SIRVA can also lead to loss of motion in the arms. However, these are not the only symptoms of SIRVA. Others include:

Frozen Shoulder
Shoulder bursitis
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Tendonitis
Brachial Neuritis
Impingement Syndrome
Adhesive Capsulitis
Shoulder Dysfunction

Treatment for SIRVA

In a lot of instances, you can just treat SIRVA symptoms with pain medication like physical therapy and applying anti-inflammatory medications to improve your range of motions and reduce swelling. In some instances, you might need to take vaccine injections of cortisone injections.

However, sometimes people continue to experience pain after the above treatment. In severe cases, you might need to perform surgery to repair the damage done to the shoulder. If you require extensive treatment to deal with your SIRVA, it might be a significant drain on resources. Fortunately, you can get compensation for your SIRVA expenses.

Who Pays SIRVA Compensation?

In a lot of instances, the United States government administers vaccines to citizens. So, it is only befitting that if injuries like SIRVA arise from these vaccines, the US government should foot the bill.

The US Government does this through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This program began in 1988 after Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. It was established to ensure a stable supply of vaccines and to stabilize its cost. It also serves as a no-fault compensation alternative to civil litigation in cases of vaccine-related injuries.

It was initially meant for complaints about people who suffered injuries due to compulsory childhood vaccinations. Currently, there are no age restrictions for those who want to file a vaccine injury claim for compensation. Claims can be submitted for adults, children, and adolescent.

It should be noted that the statute of limitations applies to filing claims before the VICP. You have to bring your SIRVA claim within three years from the start of the symptoms. If the vaccine injury results in death, a claim has to be filed within two years of the symptoms.

The payment for successful claims are made from a Trust Fund set up in 1988. An excise tax on vaccines finances the fund. About half of the claims related to vaccine injuries were paid in the last year. From the inception of the fund, about $3.2 billion has been paid out in claims.

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the people compensated represent one in a million vaccinations. This reiterates how rare it is to get SIRVA. However, if you happen to be one of the rare SIRVA cases, you should consult with a lawyer and file a claim.

Is SIRVA Related to Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation applies to injuries that take place in the course of work. This means that if you sustain injuries outside the office, you would not be eligible for workers’ compensation.

The only time you will be able to file a workers’ compensation claim under SIRVA is if the vaccination was done or recommended by your employer. If this happens, it means that you sustained the injury in the course of work.

However, this is not usually common, and it would be best if you took your claim to the VICP. If your employer, who mandates a vaccination that leads to SIRVA, refuses you workers’ compensation, it would be best if you consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer.

Meet with an Experienced New Jersey a Workers’ Comp Attorney Today

If you suffered a SIRVA shoulder injury or another vaccine injury while at work, The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman are ready to help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Call today at 856-327-8899 or fill out a quick contact form so a member of our law firm can follow up with you.

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Phares Urges Middle Eastern Americans to Run for Office in 2020

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA, November 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Walid Phares, senior advisor to the American Mideast Coalition for Democracy is urging Americans with strong ties to persecuted communities overseas to run for Congress in 2020. AMCD seeks to provide support for Yazidis, Assyrians, Syriacs, Chaldeans, Darfuris, Copts, Bahais, Ahmadis and Sufis who have come to America fleeing persecution in their homelands.

Phares, who helped launch a large coalition of moderate Middle East and Arab Muslim NGOs during his tenure as a foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign in 2016, said, “We also strongly encourage Americans from Egyptian, Iranian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish descent, and who support democracy and human rights, to consider running in the next congressional elections in 2020 and 2022, in order to better represent these communities on the Hill.”

“Both Republicans and Democrats should reach out to these overlooked communities,” continued Dr. Phares. “Men and women who have actually experienced ethnic or religious persecution are among the most grateful new citizens. These people know what it is like to live in unfree societies and will be zealous in their guardianship of liberty.”

“Sometimes Americans take their freedom for granted,” added AMCD co-Chair Tom Harb, “and they don’t realize how fragile that freedom really is. We are hopeful that fielding candidates who know first-hand what it is like to live without basic freedoms will benefit all Americans because these people know how precious freedom really is and how easily it can be lost.”

AMCD calls its members to consider running for Congress and all other elected offices. The organization will provide support for them in the next election cycle.

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LETTERS FROM GENERATION RX FILM EXPOSES PSYCH-DRUG INDUCED VIOLENCE & SUICIDE THROUGH HEART-WRENCHING PERSONAL STORIES

The film provides a first-ever interview with Thomas Insel, MD, former head of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The film provides a first-ever interview with Thomas Insel, MD, former head of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Recent statistics reveal that 7.2 million 0-17 year olds—including more than 622,000 aged 0-5—are taking mind-bending psychiatric drugs in the U.S.

Recent statistics reveal that 7.2 million 0-17 year olds—including more than 622,000 aged 0-5—are taking mind-bending psychiatric drugs in the U.S.

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CCHR works for patient protections and encourages the public to take action against mental health abuse.

With recent statistics revealing 7.2 million US children are taking mind-bending psychiatric drugs, the documentary is a vital watch and warning for parents.

It is so encouraging that Letters from Generation Rx will be exposed to tens of millions of people through the Documentary Showcase and online beginning this Friday.”

— Kevin P. Miller, award-winning documentary writer and director

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — With recent IQVia (formerly IMS Health) statistics revealing 7.2 million 0-17 year olds—including more than 622,000 aged 0-5—are taking mind-bending psychiatric drugs in the U.S., the documentary, Letters from Generation Rx by filmmaker Kevin P. Miller, an award-winning documentary writer and director, is a vital watch and warning, especially to parents. [1] The film premieres Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on the Scientology Network’s DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE. The weekly series provides a platform for Independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues and will also air at 11am on Saturday, November 10th and 2pm on Sunday, November 12th.

Increased psychiatric labeling and drugging of children is now irrefutably linked to the increases in senseless acts of mass violence and suicide impacting our culture. Ten years ago, Miller first created Generation Rx to help expose this and how millions of American children are prescribed debilitating psychiatric drugs at the earliest stages of their growth and development. In response to the documentary, thousands of people wrote heart-wrenching stories to Miller, sharing their experiences on psychiatric drugs. He combined these gripping tales with the latest mental health industry research and interviews with experts to produce the award-winning Letters from Generation Rx, narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.

DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE debuts films weekly from award-winning Independent filmmakers whose goal is to improve society. Says Miller, “I've spent a lifetime writing and producing films about the most enduring social challenges of our time: poverty, homelessness, racism and more. When I first discovered the illegitimate use of psychotropic drugs among children and teens in 1992, I assumed that others would consider it a human rights issue — just as I did. But sadly, over the past 25 years, that has not been the case. Politicians, the media, and certainly medical doctors have ignored the falsified science used to make many of these drugs legal; they have ignored the abuse of millions of children who have been prescribed these drugs, and most disturbing—they have watched tens of thousands of people die on these drugs without revealing the dark and dangerous side effects often associated with their use.

“I never intended to work in this genre for so long, so it is so encouraging that Letters from Generation Rx will be exposed to tens of millions of people through the Documentary Showcase and online beginning this Friday. I hope you'll join arms with me and help reverse the cavalier use of these very dangerous drugs – once and for all.”

The film provides a first-ever interview with Thomas Insel, MD, former head of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA continues to approve psychotropic drugs despite side effects that include weight gain, diabetes, insomnia, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, depersonalization, suicidal ideation, homicide/homicidal ideation heart attack, stroke and sudden death.

Miller’s films have won him numerous international Film and Television awards. Though he has carved a unique path as a documentarian through films that deal with medical freedom of choice, he also values his work on behalf of the poor, military veterans, Native Americans, and children. His previous projects include working with some of Hollywood’s greatest actors, including James Earl Jones, Dame Judi Dench, David Suchet and Tilda Swinton.

Supporting the documentary premiere is the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a 50 year mental health industry watchdog group which has an online Psychiatric Drug Side Effects database that allows people to research the potential side effects of common psychiatric drugs. The group says Letters from Generation Rx is vital to counter an industry that makes $35 billion a year from the sales of these drugs in the U.S. that harm millions.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit https://www.cchrflorida.org/

Source:
[1] Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S., https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/

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MMA Fighter Tito Ortiz Calls Pete Davidson a ‘Piece of Sh*t Weakling’ After SNL Comedian Mocks Dan Crenshaw

“Real Americans respect and support our armed forces. I will not allow their sacrifices to be mocked.” – Tito Ortiz

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, November 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tito Ortiz, former light heavyweight MMA champion and a conservative celebrity, recently retaliated against comedian Pete Davidson’s remarks on SNL. On Saturday’s episode of the sketch series, Davidson gave his “first impressions” on both Republican and Democrat candidates before the Tuesday Midterm elections.

He laughed as a photo of former Navy SEAL Crenshaw, who wears an eye-patch after being injured by an I.E.D. in Afghanistan, appeared on the screen. “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson remarked, “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever…”

Ortiz wasted no time in letting his opinions be heard. On Sunday night, Ortiz posted a rant against Davidson, calling him a “piece of shit weakling” and a “little bitch boy” who “needs a good slap.”

The fighter, who’s scheduled to face off against Chuck Liddell for the 3rd time on November 24th, continued and said that “Real Americans respect and support our armed forces,” adding he will “Not allow their sacrifices to be mocked.” Ortiz is currently training with an unmatched ferocity for his upcoming fight, taking part in training sessions that include running, kickboxing, sparring, and wrestling. He only drinks water and Gatorade, and makes sure to avoid fried foods. He also follows a strict high-protein, low-carb, and low-sugar diet. Despite an illustrious career and numerous injuries, Ortiz claims that he’s in the best shape he’s ever been in, making his threats against Davidson all the more imposing.

Meanwhile, Dan Crenshaw made a response to the insensitive comments as well, saying he tries hard not to be offended by little things, and that he hopes that SNL “Recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”

Davidson’s SNL co-star, Kenan Thompson, appeared on “Today” and also said he felt the comic went too far. “It definitely seems it. My father’s a veteran, Vietnam, and I personally would never necessarily go there, but it’s tough when you’re fishing for jokes,” the star explained while promoting “The Grinch.”

Thompson believes the NBC show is currently "figuring out a way to right that wrong," and he knows it’s “being handled internally.”

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What is Light-Duty Work Restriction?

What exactly does light-duty work restriction entail? Read on.

I think many people aren't even aware light-duty work restrictions even exist. It's important to be informed!”

— Craig Altman, Esq.

VINELAND, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

Let’s explore this scenario: Say you had a workplace injury and your doctor provides you with a note listing your work restrictions. There’s a chance your employer might offer light-duty work.

But what does that mean? What is light-duty?

Light or Modified Duty work means that your employer will place you in a less physically demanding job until you are healed. Alternatively, your employer offers you the option of your current position with reasonable accommodations to fit within the restrictions set forth by your doctor.

However, some employers push their employees beyond the restrictions set forth by the doctor. It is crucial to inform your doctor and make an incident report with your employer. You want to do everything you can to protect yourself. One pitfall that a lot of injured workers get trapped in is pushing themselves to get back to regular duty too fast and sustaining further injury. If you feel as though the company doctor is only looking out for the company’s best interest, ask to be seen by another doctor on a list of suggestions. If there is no panel list, choose a doctor who specializes in the type of on-the-job injury you sustained. When and if you have questions, contact a workers’ comp injury lawyer for legal advice, like the Law Offices of Craig Altman, who will happily answer any questions you may have.

Light Duties Defined

When used regarding workers’ compensation law, the term ‘light duty’ has many meanings. The most common definition of light-duty refers to work that is physically or mentally less demanding than regular job duties on a temporary or permanent basis.

Sometimes organizations refer to the term ‘light duty’ when an employee is exempt from performing job functions that they are unable to perform because of a disability. ‘Light-duty’ may also consist of particular positions that are less physically straining or mentally demanding, that were positions created explicitly to provide alternative work for injured employees who, often have a physical or mental disability, or are unable to perform some or all routine duties.

The term ‘light duties’ is most often associated with the workers’ compensation law, and thus the first definition is the most frequent use of the term light duties.

Light Duty Examples

Light duty, as defined above, is a modified version of your old job or a completely different role, all based on the idea that it is physically or mentally less demanding than your regular job duties based on your disability or your work injury. The light-duty jobs may consist of doing less physical labor, working slower, or working shorter hours, etc. Here are a few examples of light-duty work:

Taking inventories
Performing office tasks
Working a desk job
Supervising and reporting on job sites
Monitoring surveillance cameras
Performing machinery/equipment maintenance

Things To Remember When Taking Light Or Modified Duty Into Consideration

Your light duty work can affect your workers’ compensation benefits that you are receiving. A few different scenarios that can occur will change the amount and the benefits that you receive.

If you were to take light duty work and:

You earn the same amount of money or more than what you made before your injury, your payments for lost wages will not continue
You earn less money than you did before work-related injuries occurred, you will receive lost wage payments in the form of partial disability benefits
Furthermore, you do not have to accept light duty work that exceeds the medical restrictions set by your doctor. If you so choose not to take a light-duty job that accommodates your medical leave restrictions, the employer can request a workers’ compensation judge to terminate or modify the benefits you receive. If your employer does not offer a light-duty job, you will continue to receive your workers’ compensation benefits.

Act Promptly When Offered Light Duty Work

When offered employment as light duty or modified duty, injured workers ought to act promptly. If an employee is expected to on a given date, refusing to do so could endanger the employee’s workers compensation benefits and workers comp case. Those receiving workers’ compensation benefits are free to request an extension of the starting date or time, but if it is not granted, they had better have an excellent reason for failing to show at work. If it is granted and the employee still does not show up for work on time, the employer has the legal right to withdraw the offer, and the workers’ compensation benefits may be modified or terminated outright, or if you are concerned about the outcome of accepting light-duty work or have any questions on modified duty and its implications.

Contacting a reputable New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney, like the Law Offices of Craig Altman will allow you to get the help and answers you need. Contact our law firm today at (856) 327-8899 for more information.

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What is the Difference Between Rape and Sexual Assault?

What is the difference between sexual assault and rape?

There are distinct differences between sexual assault and rape that defendants should be informed about.”

— Josh Scarpello, Esq.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

State laws in the United States vary when it comes to sexual abuse charges. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are important distinctions between sexual assault and rape that a defendant should be aware of to properly understand their case. In addition, there are various types of sexual assault and rape that someone could be charged with.

However, there is at least one similarity that sexual assault and rape have in common – either crime could land you with a very long prison sentence. If you were arrested for sexual assault or rape, you should speak with an experienced sex crimes attorney in the Philadelphia area today. The Law Offices of Scarpello and LaTour are here to help you understand the differences between sexual assault and rape in Pennsylvania, so you are prepared to fight your sexual violence case.

SEXUAL ASSAULT VS. RAPE

As many people are already aware, rape is a more serious offense than sexual assault. However, in Pennsylvania, there are more differences between the two aside from that, and there are many reasons why a rape charge after a sex act can incur.

SEXUAL ASSAULT IN PENNSYLVANIA
The term sexual assault has its own connotations in the conversation of the law. A sexual assault arrest is made when an offender has sexual intercourse or "deviate sexual intercourse" with a victim that does not grant explicit consent. Deviate sexual intercourse is also sometimes referred to as involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI), which can be defined as when an offender offers unwanted touching of a body part such as penetrating the genitals or anus of a person with a foreign object or oral penetration without receiving that person's consent for the sexual behavior.

There are various types of sexual assault, including statutory sexual assault. This type of sexual assault can be charged if you have sex with someone aged 16 or younger, and you are at least four years older when the assault or sexual abuse is said to have occurred. And, it's important to note that a statutory sexual assault charge can be increased to a first-degree felony if your age is 11 years or more than the victim. However, this offense does not apply to sexual activity in married couples.

Another form of sexual assault according to state laws in Pennsylvania is institutional sexual assault. You can be charged with this form of sexual assault if you work at a residential facility or correctional facility and have power over the residents or detainees and are accused of having sexual contact, unwanted oral penetration, or inappropriately touching a body part of one of those individuals. Even if the victim accepted the sexual advances and was a willing participant, you can still be charged with institutional sexual assault due to the imbalance of power. If you have been arrested for any form of sexual battery or sexual harassment — ranging from domestic violence to quid pro quo — it is crucial that you consult with a criminal defense attorney.

RAPE IN PENNSYLVANIA
Rape refers to unwanted penetration by means of physical force or forcible sodomy. Rape is a complex offense and there are different things that an offender should understand. Take this instance for example — if a reasonable person feels endangered by someone's unwelcome sexual advances and is threatened with rape, and they conclude that they cannot resist the sexual abuse using physical force with success, their offender can be charged with rape. In addition, there are at least three other sex act situations that can lead to a rape charge:

If the suspect has sexual intercourse with a person that does not comprehend the sexual activity is occurring or is unconscious, such as someone that is intoxicated and cannot grant explicit consent

If the suspect used sexual coercion such as supplied the victim with drugs or other types of intoxicant and would make the victim less likely to resist unwanted penetration or sexual harassment

If the suspect has sexual penetration with someone who is mentally incapacitated that cannot consent to the sexual activity

If you are accused of rape, sexual harassment, or unwanted sexual contact in the city of Philadelphia, you will need to seek legal advice from a rape defense attorney sooner rather than later.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE IN PENNSYLVANIA
Ultimately, the criminal penalties for sexual assault and rape will vary from case to case and depend on the circumstances involved. Nonetheless, according to the penal code, you can usually expect a rape to be charged as a first-degree felony. There are three categories of felonies in Pennsylvania, and that is not including felonies that involve murder. The penalty of a felony depends on which category the sexual violence charge falls under. A first-degree felony carries the most severe penalties, while a third-degree felony carries the least severe – and a second-degree felony falls between the two.

Rape is a first-degree felony, and if convicted, you can face up to 20 years in prison, and even forced to pay $25,000 in criminal fines. Sexual assault is a second-degree felony, and if convicted, you can be sentenced up to 10 years in prison and fined $25,000. A statutory sexual assault is considered a second-degree felony but can be increased to a first-degree felony if you are 11 or more years older than the victim.

Aside from the criminal penalties, being convicted of a sexual violence offense can result in a tarnished reputation – both personally and professionally. Furthermore, you may even have to register as a sex offender following your prison sentence. When it comes to a sexual abuse or sexual harassment offense, you cannot afford to take it lightly.

Each sexual violence and sexual harassment crime is different, and if you are facing criminal charges, you will need a Philadelphia attorney that understands your case. Contact the attorneys at Scarpello & LaTour for a free consultation. When your life is on the line, you shouldn't settle for anything less than the best representation.

About Scarpello & LaTour:

Josh Scarpello & Pierre LaTour are former Philadelphia District Attorneys who prosecuted DUI/DWI cases, drug offenses, gun charges, sex crimes, assault, embezzlement, and other types of charges. Today they use the experience gained as prosecutors to defend people charged in crimes.

What sets them apart from most other criminal defense attorneys in Philadelphia is their willingness to try cases. Some lawyers would try to force their client to accept any plea deal, rather than risk going to trial and losing the case. However, sometimes you need to try a case to obtain the best outcome. If you can walk into a conference with the prosecutor, unafraid to go to trial, your leverage is immense.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA.

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Is Workers' Comp Taxable?

Wondering if Workers’ Compensation benefits are tax exempt? Read on.

Not many people know if workers' compensation is something that's taxable or not.”

— Craig Altman, Esq.

VINELAND, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — +

Say you had a tough year. You unexpectedly get hurt while working and end up having to face the stack of paperwork just to file for and earn Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Sadly, you’re now faced with a different dilemma. It’s a question you never thought of before getting hurt and dealing with your recovery process. So, you pick up the phone and type your question into your trust search engine, Google:

“Google, Is Workers’ Compensation taxable?”

It was a smart move to Google such a question, and you’ve been brought to the right place as the experts at the Law Offices of Craig Altman have the answers you’re looking for regarding Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits are, in fact, Tax Exempt

Generally speaking, there’s not any workers’ compensation that isn’t’ taxable. According to the IRS, “Amounts you receive as workers’ compensation for an occupational sickness or injury are fully exempt from tax if they are paid under a workers’ compensation act or a statute like a workers’ compensation act.”

At a state or federal level, workers’ compensation benefits, mostly, are not taxable. Non-taxable income and workers’ compensation fit into the same category:

Public welfare fund payments;
Compensatory (but not punitive) damages for sickness or physical injury;
Disability benefits that fall under a “no-fault” car insurance policy for loss of income or earning capacity as a result of injury;
Compensation for indefinite loss of physical body function, permanent disfigurement, or loss of physical body function.
In simple terms, workers’ compensation benefits given as a result of a work injury are tax-exempt, for federal income tax purposes. Survivors are exempt for the same reason when it comes to payments.

The Exception to the Rule

There is an exception to the rule, however. Say a hurt employee earns Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in addition to their workers’ compensation, the given supplemental earnings can be taxed. If you also earn Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a small amount of your workers’ comp benefits can be taxed.

Compensation coming from Social Security would be Payments coming from Social Security would be lessened and the amount remaining from the workers’ compensation payment would be taxable. There’s still a caveat, though. The amount you earn does matter when it comes to taxes. The amount, however, would be small enough to be negligible for taxation, in most cases, however.

SSDI BENEFITS

If you cannot work due to disability, are a few things you should know about your Social Security options. Our SSDI lawyers can assist people with their SSDI benefits pursuit(s).

WILL SSDI BE TAXED?

As we all know, tax season is a stressful and dreadful part of the year for most people. You ask yourself if your disability is taxable, and the answers depend on a few different things.

The Details on When and How Workers’ Comp is Taxable

Let’s begin with the fundamental question: did you get hurt at work? Remember, workers’ compensation benefits are not usually considered taxable at a federal or state level. The exception to the rule is when someone also collects disability benefits via their SSI or SSDI. In the type of rare situation, the Social Security Administration (SSA) might decline a person’s SSI or SSDI so that between the disability payments and workers’ compensation are under a certain point. This reduction is known as workers’ compensation offset.

This means the bulk of taxable workers’ compensation is equal to the amount that SSA reduces on your disability payments.

If Social Security decreases your monthly SSDI check by, say, $250 due to the workers’ compensation offset, that means that $250 of your workers’ comp benefits are taxable.

Taxable Income has a Threshold

Many people who earn social security benefits and workers’ compensation benefits don’t receive the correct amount of taxable income that would apply as federal taxes. This means that even if a few your benefits are taxable, there is a small chance that you will owe taxes.

Plus, an established and reputable workers’ compensation lawyer can help you structure your workers’ compensation settlement to lessen the offset and cut down your income that’s taxable. So if you do fall into the category of people who apply and consider a specific amount of their workers’ compensation taxable income, there are lawyers who can help you through the process and prevent you from having to pay taxes on your benefits.

At what point Does the Workers’ Compensation Offset Apply?

Time to do some math. If you are collecting both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability, the joint amount cannot go above 80% of your average current earnings. Your “average current earnings” are described as the largest of:

the median monthly payment used to compute your benefits
one-sixtieth of your total payments for your highest-gross five years in a row, or
one-twelfth of your total earnings from your highest-wage year out of the following five.
Many states handle this by decreasing your Social Security payments until you no longer go above the 80% amount. Some states have a “reverse offset,” though, where your workers’ comp wages are diminished.

Other Fees Added in

There are other miscellaneous details and fees to note upon. For instance, SSA does not include legal fees, past or future medical expenses, dependent payments, or other costs from workers’ comp before adding the offset. It is essential for your attorney or you to let Social Security know of these expenses and include proper documentation.

If for some reason you earn a lump sum workers’ comp settlement, Social Security will divide the amount after subtracting charges, to figure out your monthly percentage.

Lessening Taxable Earnings From a Workers’ Comp Settlement

It’s essential that your workers’ compensation lawyer structures your settlement to reduce your offset. This will also prevent a tax burden.

The most common way to decrease tax burden is for the settlement agreement to convey that the lump sum should be handled like it was spread out over an expected lifetime. By doing this you could still collect a lump sum, rather than small recurring payments, but the lump sum is applied towards the remainder of your lifespan. It is essential to make sure that the monthly rate is included in your settlement agreement.

If you have more questions or are in need of a workers’ compensation attorney, the Law Offices of Craig Altman are here to assist! Contact us today at (215) 703-9889 for more information.

Note: In some states, the settlement can only be divided through your retirement date, not the remainder of your life. Either way, a short and hefty settlement agreement can exclude your tax liability for workers’ comp benefits.

Disclaimer: This content is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

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CCHR Florida Applauds Court Finding Forcible Electroshock a Human Rights Violation: Reinforces the Need to Ban ECT

CCHR Florida is supporting a Florida and nation-wide ban on ECT.  More than 50,000 people have already signed the online petition.

CCHR Florida is supporting a Florida and nation-wide ban on ECT. More than 50,000 people have already signed the online petition.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida

CCHR Florida is a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

International mental health watchdog applauds a Supreme Court decision in Australia that ruled the forcible use of electroshock violates patients’ human rights.

While the decision reinforces that electroshock given without consent is a human rights violation the entire practice of ECT is a human rights violation and should be banned. ”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 7, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida chapter of the international mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), applauds a recent Supreme Court decision in Victoria, Australia that ruled the forcible use of electroshock treatment (ECT) violates patients’ human rights.

The case involved two patients who refused ECT, one who she said she was concerned about ECT causing her memory loss—a well-known debilitating effect of the procedure that sends up to 460 volts of electricity through the brain. A state psychiatric agency overrode the patients’ decisions and claimed the woman lacked the capacity to “carefully consider” ECT’s “advantages” and “disadvantages.” The Supreme Court judge, Justice Kevin Bell, said the agency had failed to respect the two patients’ human rights. “A person does not lack the capacity to give informed consent simply by making a decision that others consider to be unwise according to their individual values and situation,” he stated. [1]

Diane Stein, president of CCHR Florida said that while the decision reinforces that electroshock given without consent is a human rights violation—a step in the right direction—the entire practice of ECT is a human rights violation and should be banned. She said the Victorian decision highlighted the issue of informed consent rights, but charges that a U.S. review of ECT information provided to patients likely violates these rights and could constitute consumer fraud.

ECT Consumer Fraud Investigation Needed

CCHR’s international headquarters recently conducted an analysis of how ECT is promoted to consumers either on mental health facility websites or in their ECT consent forms. As an advocacy group for mental health consumers, CCHR wants to ensure patients are informed without deception or misrepresentation.

A sample of 33 psychiatric facilities in 24 states, including five from Florida—two owned by for-profit companies, Universal Health Services (UHS) and Hospital Corp of America (HCA)—were reviewed for their promotion of ECT. Only one facility in Maine cited a reference in “support” of its claims; only two facilities informed patients that ECT couldn’t cure. Jan Eastgate, international president of CCHR, said, “Psychiatrists admit they have no idea how ECT works, which is not made clear in online ECT promotion or consent forms. There are about 100 theories but no facts. We found the claimed theories differed from one facility to the next, making informed consent impossible.”

The theories documented from the analysis ranged from the grand mal seizure that ECT causes “may help the brain ‘rewire’ itself, which helps relieve symptoms,” “electrical stimulation of nerve cells within the brain [releases] chemicals that may help restore normal functioning,” and the electrical current causes “changes in brain chemistry that can rapidly reverse symptoms of certain mental illnesses.” “There’s not a shred of scientific evidence to support this,” Eastgate said. “The misinformation given in order to extract a patient’s consent should be investigated for violating informed consent rights and consumer fraud.”

UHS has 16 behavioral healthcare facilities in Florida, 2 of which deliver ECT. River Point Behavioral Health in Jacksonville performs 900-1000 ECT treatments a year and claims that electroshock is safe for pregnant women. However, CCHR says that missing from online promotion is that pregnant women receiving ECT can experience adverse events that include miscarriage, premature labor, stillbirth, fetal heart problems and malformations. [2]

The adverse effects of ECT that include memory loss, cognitive impairment and brain damage, can prolong the length of a hospital stay, according to a journal study. ECT, therefore, can increase hospital profits and may be an incentive for administering it, Stein says. [3]

She said that Florida saw a 60% increase between 2015 and 2016 in the number of Medicaid recipients who were electroshocked. [4] The youngest receiving ECT covered by Medicaid were aged 16-17, while the age group most likely to be shocked were aged 51-60, followed by those aged 31 and 50. She said CCHR Florida is supporting a Florida and nation-wide ban on ECT. More than 50,000 people have already signed the online petition. Click here to sign.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] “Orders for forced 'shock therapy' breached human rights of schizophrenia patients, court rules,” The Guardian, 1 Nov. 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/01/shock-therapy-court-upholds-appeal-by-patients-prescribed-ect-against-their-will;
“Orders for forced 'shock therapy' breached human rights of schizophrenia patients, court rules,”ABC News, 1 Nov. 2018,
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-01/human-rights-must-be-upheld-forced-shock-ect-therapy-court-rules/10454750
[2] Kari Ann Leiknes, et al. “Electroconvulsive therapy during pregnancy: a systematic review of case studies,” Arch Womens Ment Health, epub 24 Nov 2013.
[3] Draper B, Luscombe G., “Quantification of factors contributing to length of stay in an acute psychogeriatric ward,” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 1998; 13:1–7.
[4] “Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Provider Recipient and Payment Information, July1, 2015 – June 30, 2016,” Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Obtained through Freedom of Information Act Request, 2016.

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