The Pocono Mountain region of eastern Pennsylvania is known as a vacation or weekend getaway. Urbanites from the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas come to the area to enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors. They own vacation cabins in the forested areas or, if they like it enough, stay permanently.
At the heart of the region is the borough of Stroudsburg, which is the county seat of Monroe County. Stroudsburg is the center of the main economic activity in the region. The downtown and surrounding area is the home to specialty shops, restaurants, banks and financial centers, art galleries, shopping centers, and entertainment venues. Nearby East Stroudsburg is the home of East Stroudsburg University . The Pocono Raceway, which hosts two major NASCAR races each year, is in nearby Long Pond.
The permanent population of Stroudsburg area and Monroe County is continually growing with an influx of people moving there from the two major metropolitan areas and New Jersey. Those people typically move here because of a relatively low cost of living and the ability to commute to work in those areas via Interstate 80 and the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The overall population of the Pocono Region is about 250,000 people and growing. It is hard for local governments to keep up with infrastructure improvements to roadways and bridges to accommodate the influx. Most highways are only two lanes and an influx of people can cause major traffic jams.
The law firm of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates has had a continuing presence in the Stroudsburg area since its inception. The firm’s main office is in Frackville, Schuylkill County, about a 45-minute drive from Stroudsburg. However, we also have a local office located at 731 Sarah Street. Our main area of practice is worker’s compensation, an area of the law designed to help men and women who are injured at the workplace who are facing the prospect of lost wages, hospitalization and permanent disability.
Since many people from the Stroudsburg area commute to work, accidents can happen on the roadways getting to and from their workplace in the big city. We also specialize in personal injury cases for people hurt in automobile, motorcycle and commuter bus accidents. We employ experts who can investigate your case, and our attorneys are experienced in dealing with complex issues with insurance companies.
The area is also home to many ski lodges like Jack Frost Mountain and Eagle Rock Lodge that are busy during the winter months, with people on a weekend getaway from the cities. Then there are casinos such as the Mount Airy Casino Resort and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Paintball is a popular sport at the resorts and people love to hike or ride mini bikes through the many mountain trails.
Any of these recreation activities could bring risk of injury resulting in missed time at work, lost wages, hospitalization, long-term injury or permanent disability. Whether one is a permanent resident of the Stroudsburg area, just part-time residents who own vacation homes in the area, or make a day trip to the casinos, the attorneys of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates are available to set up an initial free consultation to assist in the possibility of mishaps. Let us fight for your rights.