Slip-and-fall victim recovers despite pre-existing condition

When one of us gets hurt as a result of someone else’s carelessness, we expect to be compensated for the harm, whether it’s for our medical expenses, our time out of work or our pain. But it’s very common for the responsible party (or the insurance company that might foot the bill) to say that a physical injury was from a “pre-existing condition,” and thus there’s nothing for them to pay for.

A recent Florida case, though, shows us that in the right set of circumstances, an injured party can recover despite having a pre-existing condition. The condition can sometimes even help your case if you can show that the other party’s negligence made your condition worse. That’s why it’s important to talk a lawyer after you get hurt, instead of taking an insurance company’s “no” for an answer.

Attorney Christopher Slusser and the staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton and Philadelphia can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your slip-and-fall injury.

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Attorney Slusser among top 10 personal injury lawyers in PA

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized Attorney Chris Slusser as one of the top 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Pennsylvania for 2018.

Selection criteria focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. The selection process is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and an independent evaluation.

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Employer’s dilemma: balancing ADA requirements with rules of the workplace

In many cases, it's difficult for an employer or employee to determine if they are properly following the laws set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When a lawsuit arises, Attorney Christopher Slusser and the staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton and Philadelphia can help clients with their case.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers must accommodate workers with disabilities. If an employer takes a negative employment action (firing, refusing to hire, demoting, refusing to promote, etc.) against an employee with a physical, mental or even emotional disability, the disability can’t be the reason.

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With bump clauses, sellers can keep shopping for better buyers

Keep your bird in the hand while continuing to search for others in the bush. That’s what you get with a bump clause.

In home sales, a bump or “kick out” clause lets sellers enter into a contract while continuing to seek out alternate buyers. If the sellers get a better deal, they can bypass the original buyer.

Attorney Christopher Slusser and the staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton and Philadelphia can ensure that your real estate interests and rights are protected.

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Make an estate plan for your digital assets

Today, 77 percent of Americans go online every day, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, and most of us maintain at least some kind of digital data in the cloud. We save emails, post to social media, and store photos in online albums.

All of this digital information has created a new issue for you, your heirs, and the technology firms that hold your assets. The key concern is maintaining your privacy and security and determining who can legally access this information upon your death.

A statute called the Revised Uniform Access to Digital Assets Act provides a legal path for fiduciaries (such as your executor or attorney-in-fact) to manage your digital assets if you die or become incapacitated. But under the law, which has been adopted (often in slightly modified versions) by most states, a fiduciary can access your digital assets if, and only if, you’ve given proper consent.

Attorney Christopher Slusser and the staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton can assist you in navigating how you should handle your digital assets.

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