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November 2012 Archives

Opinion piece challenges Wal-Mart's care for worker safety

Because most people who read this blog or news in general likely don't follow Bangladesh news, readers might not know of a tragic fire that took place in a warehouse in Bangladesh last weekend. More than 100 workers reportedly died in the fatal workplace accident.

Opinion piece challenges Wal-Mart's care for worker safety

Because most people who read this blog or news in general likely don't follow Bangladesh news, readers might not know of a tragic fire that took place in a warehouse in Bangladesh last weekend. More than 100 workers reportedly died in the fatal workplace accident.

Western Pennsylvania tractor-trailer crash kills mother, daughter

Although car accidents take the lives of thousands of people every year, most of us don't think about the risk of serious injury or death we take every time we get into a car. Actively fearing an accident so often is not only a nerve-wracking way to go through life, but an inconvenient one, if it prevents us from traveling anywhere. For most people, it's only a passing occasional thought that might prompt us to buckle up and drive a little more carefully.

Returning to work after injury or illness: Be prepared

When you have taken a leave of absence from your job due to illness or injury, the prospect of returning to work can be both excited and frustrating. Chances are that you are still recovering from whatever workplace accident, illness or other circumstance led you to take a leave of absence in the first place.

9-car accident on I-83 in Pennsylvania leads to multiple injuries

It's tempting to believe that if you're a careful enough driver and always wear your safety belt, you don't have to worry about getting injured or killed in a car accident. If there were no other vehicles sharing the road with you, that might actually be true. Unfortunately, we can't control the actions or distractions of other drivers who might run into us. As soon as another car gets involved in an accident, the drivers, their insurance companies and police get to work to determine who caused the crash and should therefore be held financially responsible.

HIV/AIDS patients may qualify for Social Security benefits

Although a diagnosis of HIV was once considered a death sentence, advances in knowledge and treatment of HIV and AIDS have allowed countless numbers of patients with these viruses to live healthy, productive lives. But for those with advanced cases who are too sick to work, the Social Security Administration has extended a financial lifeline.

Medical mistakes kill 250,000 annually, injure millions

Most patients put themselves in the care of doctors and hospitals trusting that their health and well-being will be carefully monitored. In too many instances, this is not the case. Medical mistakes are far more common than many people believe. Such errors rising to the level of medical malpractice wind up causing the deaths of more than 250,000 patients each year, with additional millions escaping death but suffering serious and sometimes disabling injuries.

Table saw modification could prevent serious construction injuries

Some people, perhaps less handy people, shudder at the thought of using a table saw. It is a sharp, powerful tool that could take a limb if things went extremely wrong. For those who work in construction, a table saw is an everyday tool just as a computer might be a common tool for others.

Pennsylvania resort owner sued after DUI car accident kills teen

Most parents of teenagers have some concern about whether their children use alcohol. If you're the parent of a teen, restricting access to the alcohol in your home and talking with your teen about the risks of underage drinking are two good steps to take. But there's no guarantee that your teen and his friends won't find other ways to drink alcohol, particularly if other parents aren't as diligent about prohibiting teen drinking.

Fatal motorcycle crashes up in some Pa. counties, down statewide

A northern Pennsylvania county analyzing its rate of fatal motorcycle crashes reports an increase in 2012, though statewide, the numbers have been falling in recent years. Erie County's motorcycle accident report offers a snapshot of the primary causes of accidents across Pennsylvania and the reasons many of them are fatal.

Officer's push-up injury classified as work-related

An appeals court in an out-of-state case recently awarded a police sergeant who was forced to do pushups in preparation for a fitness test more than $12,000 in workers' compensation benefits. The somewhat unique case could have far-reaching implications for companies across the country. The Post-Crescent newspaper recently reported on a workers' compensation battle between the police officer and the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, a four-year battle that the city lost. At the center of the legal battle were, well, pushups.

Answers come slowly in fatal pedestrian accident in Harrisburg

The investigation of a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last week started out slowly as emergency responders tried to identify both the victim and the driver. The young woman who died in the accident has since been named, and the driver is said to be cooperating with authorities. But it will take some more time to determine exactly what happened and who should be held responsible.

High court: Not all doctor-patient affairs medical malpractice

Most people would agree that a doctor who has a sexual relationship with a patient is engaging in some extremely unethical behavior. But does that behavior justify a medical malpractice suit? Not necessarily, according to a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. While psychiatrists and other mental health professionals can still be sued for malpractice for sexual relations with a patient, general practitioners aren't subject to the same rules, the court said.

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