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SPEAKING OUT: ATTORNEY KEVIN CONABOY PRESENTS CLE

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Kevin Conaboy recently presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar to the Pike County Bar Association entitled "Basics of Workers' Compensation". The presentation was part of the Bar Association's annual Pot Pourri CLE. The presentation focused on the rights of injured workers and the benefits available under Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Act

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Congratulations to Jim Conaboy

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Congratulations to Jim Conaboy We at Abrahamsen, Conaboy and Abrahamsen are proud to congratulate partner, Jim Conaboy on his recent jury verdict. Jim successfully tried to verdict a rear-end motor vehicle accident case in conservative Monroe County and obtained a judgment in favor of his client. Prior to trial, the defense had only made a minimal settlement offer. After jury selection, the defense substantially increased its offer, which was appropriately rejected by Attorney Conaboy and his client. The jury verdict came back at three times the settlement offer proposed by the defendant! Congrats Jim! We at Abrahamsen, Conaboy and Abrahamsen remain committed to our clients and will always fight to obtain the best outcome for them.

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4 ACA Law Attorneys Recognized in Super Lawyers Magazine

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Four of our attorneys at ACA Law were recently recognized in Pennsylvania’s edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania are recognized as Super Lawyers. Lawyers under the age of 40 are recognized as Rising Stars. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania are recognized as Rising Stars.

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HEARING APPROVAL RATING

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Congratulations to ACA Law attorney Joshua Borer for achieving an 85.7% hearing approval for his Social Security Disability clients during the month of December 2015! That’s a 41.7% approval increase over the national average. We are still awaiting results from January, February, and March of 2016. Check back soon!

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Work and Auto Law Interaction

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As we know, people have all different types of jobs and all different types of job locations. Some of us travel a lot for work. For those people who are out on the road for work, there are some important things to know and be prepared for in the event of a car accident. First and foremost, if you are in a car accident while on the job in Pennsylvania, it is your employer’s workers compensation insurance that is going to pay for your medical treatment and lost wages no matter who is at fault for the accident. However, that workers compensation insurance is then going to seek reimbursement of anything they pay from any other source of insurance that you pursue because of the accident.

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Workers Compensation Changes and Senate Bill 876

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In Pennsylvania, it is mandatory for any employer to carry workers compensation insurance. In fact, an employer who fails to have workers compensation insurance can be charged criminally by the State Attorney General when an employee of that uninsured employer is hurt. 10 years ago, the Pennsylvania Legislature created the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund (“UEGF”) to protect workers who are hurt while working for uninsured employers. Although this fund serves a very needed purpose, it currently runs in a way that makes life very difficult for the hurt worker. Typically, the UEGF will deny every single claim, no matter how legitimate, and force the worker to go through the long process of litigating their claim, all while not being paid. This becomes very financially difficult for that hurt worker.

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Who Will Pay The Medical Bills If You Are Involved In A Car Accident? The Answer May Surprise You!

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At ACA Law, one of the most frequently asked questions we hear from clients who have been involved in a car accident is, “Who will pay my medical bills?” The answer comes as a surprise to many. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your automobile insurer is responsible for the payment of you medical bills, up to the amount of coverage that you purchased. This is true regardless of who is at fault for the accident, or whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian. In all cases, your automobile insurer is responsible for medical coverage.

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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS DO NOT OFFSET WAGE LOSS

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A recent Federal Court decision has clarified the long-standing law doctrine known as the “Collateral Source Rule.” The Collateral Source Rule prohibits insurance companies from reducing amounts that can be recovered by injured parties due to other benefits they may receive.

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Hearing Wait Time

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The Social Security Disability Hearing Process essentially begins upon filing a “Request for a Hearing by Administrative Law Judge.” The wait time varies depending on the disability hearing office with jurisdiction for the claim, but the national average is currently approximately 15.2 months. Unfortunately, this timeframe is likely to be at least 12 months, and up to as many 20+ months. There are a few limited circumstances that a claim can be listed as critical or dire need, thereby expediting the claim with a hearing being scheduled 5 or 6 months after initial denial. These circumstances are very limited and very strictly construed by the administration, it is best to consult with an attorney in order to determine if you may meet one of these exceptions. If you do not meet the criteria for an expedited hearing, it is imperative to best use the time waiting for the hearing.

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Kevin Conaboy, Esquire, joins Lackawanna Pro Bono Board of Directors

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Kevin Conaboy, Esquire, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. Attorney Conaboy will serve a two year term. Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of providing, without charge, a broad range of quality civil legal services for the poor and economically disadvantaged who reside in the corporation’s service area consisting of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. The corporation aims to provide direct legal services to the indigent population of Lackawanna County through local attorneys volunteering their services in the various areas of the law in which it has been determined that the indigent clients have the greatest need for services. The coordination of the program and the volunteers is done by a small staff of paid employees.

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