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Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Labor and delivery complications: What can go wrong

Childbirth is one of life's most exciting milestones. Of course, it's also a major medical event. Even with normal pregnancies, complications can arise at any time during labor and delivery, requiring swift intervention to protect both mother and baby.

Obstetrics has one of the highest rates of malpractice among all medical specialties. With two lives at stake, mistakes can have devastating consequences.

Pedestrian deaths skyrocket for second straight year

The last two years were the worst in recorded history for pedestrian deaths, according to a recent report. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2016 - up from nearly 5,400 in 2015. Last year's spike was the largest in the four decades since national traffic reporting became available, followed closely by the spike in 2015.

How does Pennsylvania compare to other states? We ranked in the middle of the pack, with a fatality rate lower than the national average. Nonetheless, pedestrian deaths still remain a major concern.

Why safety training is so critical for construction workers

The existence of OSHA regulations isn't the only reason that construction companies need to adhere to rigorous safety training standards. When it comes to reducing risks on the job, the best strategies aren't always obvious. It's up to employers to teach their workers the right ways to protect themselves and others. More than just another regulatory hoop to jump through, safety training is a matter of life and death for countless construction professionals.

What contributes to medical mistakes?

Our system of medical care isn't perfect. Yet that's no excuse for the untold medical errors that harm innocent patients every year. In fact, according to researchers at John Hopkins, medical malpractice is surpassed only by heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death among Americans.

It's clear that preventable medical mistakes occur with shocking regularity. What's less clear, however, is what exactly contributes to these errors. One would think that life-saving advances in modern medicine would lead to a lower incidence of mistakes. But that's not necessarily the case.

Industrial fires: Top 5 contributing factors

Industrial fires and explosions are a major risk at worksites across the country. Warehouses, processing plants, mills and the like are fraught with fire hazards. Although detailed safety regulations are designed to prevent tragic fires, they still happen with unfortunate regularity. Nationwide, there are more than 35,000 industrial fires each year, causing injuries, deaths and millions of dollars in property damage.

What contributes to industrial fires? The biggest factors include:

Parking lot accidents: Why most drivers underestimate the dangers

For most Americans, parking lots are an unavoidable part of everyday life. You navigate them while coming to and from work, getting groceries, running errands and going about your life.

Even though we spend so much time in them, it's easy to forget that parking lots can be dangerous - even deadly.

How a concussion can impact your everyday life

We tend to think of concussions as mild, temporary injuries. They're actually a form of traumatic brain injury - in fact, the most common form.

Concussions account for a staggering 75 percent of all brain injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They happen in car accidents, falls, contact sports and other everyday activities. They affect people of all ages, from children to vulnerable elders.

Can injured employees still get workers' comp if they fail a drug test?

Employers have the right to expect - and enforce - a drug-free workplace. Illegal drug use raises multiple problems. It can not only impair the employee's ability to do the job, but also jeopardize their safety - and that of everyone else.

After a work-related accident or injury occurs, many employers conduct post-accident drug testing on those involved. In some safety-sensitive positions, such as commercial driving, this testing is required.

How truckers stay safe - and sane - behind the wheel

With a bird's-eye view on the traffic around them, truck drivers have seen it all: irresponsible drivers checking their email, surfing the web, putting on makeup, reaching for items in the backseat and even falling asleep behind the wheel.

If truckers regularly took these kinds of risks, the fallout would be disastrous. An accident that's a mere fender-bender for a regular vehicle could easily be a fatal multicar pileup when a semitruck is involved.

As professional drivers, truckers are some of the safest on the road. So how do they avoid common temptations like cellphones and other distractions? How do they stay attentive and energized after many long hours behind the wheel?

Three of the most common medical mistakes in hospitals

Hospital patients are often at their most vulnerable. Their fragile health may be tottering on the brink of life and death.

Yet these same patients are also some of the most frequent victims of medical errors. The very institution designed to heal them instead ends up mistreating them - in a very literal sense.

It happens more often than you think

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death nationwide, according to a recent John Hopkins study. What types of mistakes are you most likely to suffer as a hospital patient? According to Beckers Hospital Review, these are among the most common:

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