Kunkel Law Firm March 2019

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Gregory Kunkel, Esq.

GAS WELL WORK INJURIES

Our state has seen an influx of workers from other states as the gas industry continues to expand in Pennsylvania. Many of these workers are in Pennsylvania on a temporary basis and maintain their permanent residence in their home state. We have represented a number of these workers with serious injuries who have accepted benefits under the laws of their home state. Unfortunately, the benefits paid under the worker’s home state are often far less than the benefits paid under Pennsylvania law. Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act covers all work injuries that occur in Pennsylvania, even if the injured worker is working in Pennsylvania on a temporary basis or the employer files a workers’ compensation claim under the laws of another state. In my experience, it almost always makes sense to file for Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits even if your employer opens a claim for you in your home state.

Every spring, millions of Americans fill out March Madness brackets. According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, about 20 percent of workers will fill out a bracket this year, and the drop in productivity during the first week of the NCAA Tournament will cost companies roughly $4 billion. Needless to say, March Madness is a nationwide phenomenon. The tournament’s status can be chalked up to the ease of filling out a bracket and good old- fashioned school pride, but March Madness has also become famous for having the highest occurrence of heart-stopping moments of any major American sporting event. Over the years, we’ve seen Cinderella stories, buzzer beaters, and otherworldly performances. Every year, the tournament serves something unexpected and wonderful. It’s those moments that make March Madness what it is. Here are a few of the most memorable. THEWILDWORLDOF MARCHMADNESS A Look at Iconic Tournament Moments Author Chuck Klosterman described the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as “a conflict that dwarfs Dante.”While their battle grew to legendary proportions during their respective NBA careers, Bird and Magic first faced off before either entered the NBA. During the 1978-79 season, Larry Bird led the lowly Indiana State Sycamores to an undefeated regular season record. They stormed through the tournament and met Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans in the final. BIRD VS. MAGIC 1 (1979)

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-Gregory

Bird managed a double-double in the game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, but Magic was the stand-out performer and MVP. He finished with 24 points and a title. Over

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