Teamwork: Why it Works

McDivitt Values Teamwork

Teamwork, it’s great on the field and in the office too. Here at McDivitt Law Firm one of our Core Values is teamwork, and I believe it is essential to work together to receive successful results for our clients.

How States are Changing Workers’ Comp Laws

Workers Compensation laws

A recent article from ProPublica, titled “How to Investigate Workers’ Comp in Your State,” discusses the changing laws regarding workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ Comp laws are designed to protect employees’ rights to compensation when injured on the job. The system was created in the early 1900s as a “grand bargain” between businesses and the labor movement due to the increase of serious workplace injuries with the industrialization of America. Instead of suing an employer, an employee is entitled to medical care for their injuries, enough wages to get by on while recovering, and in certain circumstances, compensation for permanent disabilities.

How Tort Cases Can Differ in other Countries

mass tort cases in other countries

A recent article from the New York Times covers the anguish that the Germanwings Flight 9525 victims’ families are going through. It focuses on the families in Haltern am See, a small town in western Germany. On the fateful flight were 16 students and two teachers from Haltern. The article discusses how in Germany it is common for family and friends to grieve privately and discreetly, as it is part of their culture. However, some families have broken with this tradition and have spoken to reporters about their grief. Many in Haltern had stayed silent, remaining behind closed doors.

ALEC: A Secretive Group for Tort Reform

ALEC Tort Reform

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, is corporate-funded organization that consists of corporations and state politicians that often meet behind closed door to rewrite many state laws. They create “model bills” hoping to affect multiple legal areas. ALEC describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization, but its influence and the way it handles itself doesn’t appear as aligning as non-partisan.

FDA Requests Warning on Zoloft Labels

FDA requests warning label on Zoloft

Zoloft (sertraline) is an anti-depressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and is used to treat depression, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Zoloft, produced by Pfizer, has been on the market since 1991. However, for years now, some studies have shown that the use of Zoloft by pregnant women is associated with an increased risk of the child being born with a serious birth defect.

Celebrity Car Crashes—Hey, They’re People Too

celebrity car crash

If you have ever experienced a car accident, you probably know that it can be a traumatic incident, or if you are luckier, just an inconvenient hassle. But, we aren’t the only ones susceptible to dealing with a car crash—even celebrities have experienced car crashes and have to deal with insurance companies as well, or at least their assistant has too. I thought it would be interesting to go through some famous, or infamous, celebrity car crashes, just to show that even those in the limelight can become victims while behind the wheel or as a passenger, and thus, have to deal with some of the same situations as the rest of us.

How Safety Violations at Work can Affect Your Workers’ Comp Case

safety violations at work can affect workers compensation

It’s extremely important to be safe at work, especially if your work is inherently dangerous. Unfortunately, things do happen at work and injuries can occur. Sometimes these injuries transpire because the worker has failed to follow safety regulations. In some cases, noncompliance with safety regulations could affect a Workers’ Compensation case.

Don’t Make a Scary Decision this Halloween—Take a Cab on McDivitt

Halloween Safe Ride

Imagine driving home this Halloween from the bars in your Marvel superhero costume, and getting pulled over by the cops. Not only is it embarrassing talking to a police officer in your costume, but it can be even more embarrassing getting a DUI. Most importantly, it is extremely dangerous for you and the community if you get behind the wheel after a night of drinking.