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Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Summer heat causes a physical toll on construction workers

As August approaches, most employees fantasize about autumn leaves and cooler weather on the horizon. However, construction workers are still in the midst of the hot summer days across Pennsylvania.

They have to work every day, despite dry heat or extreme humidity. They need to make sure the projects are on time and live up to a specific quality standard. But how can we protect workers in the hottest month of the year?

How to be a defensive teen driver

Parents want to help their children navigate the world. They advise children through school decisions, friendship problems and even career aspirations. One of the small ways parents helps their children is by teaching them how to drive.

It’s critical for parents to teach their young drivers the tricks to driving safely, including how to be a defensive driver. Once their teen masters defensive driving, parents won’t have to monitor their young driver too closely.

Radiology may lead to mistakes during diagnosis

Diagnosis is the first and most critical step in the treatment process because doctors need to know what a patient has to treat them properly. Most doctors rely on different testing to assure the correct diagnosis for their patients.

Most physicians rely on radiologists, doctors who read diagnostics films from CT scans and MRI’s and report findings to other physicians. Oftentimes, the radiologists misinterpret the findings and result in long-term consequences for patients.

Nurses are at risk for sleep deprivation and sleep disorders

Sleep is an essential component of our health. Every doctor or healthcare professional recommends adults and children receive an adequate amount of sleep to support mental functions and our physical bodies.

But there is an irony to nurses who recommend sleep to their patients according to a recent study. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine found nurses are more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation or sleep disorders.

Falls are common on construction sites

Construction work is in full swing in the summer months across Pennsylvania. While construction workers face hazards every day, one of the most consistent and severe risks is falling.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. In 2017, of the 971 construction fatalities, 366 occurred from falls to a lower level. What should construction workers know about the risks of falls and what to do after an injury?

Watch out for deer

Pennsylvania has the third highest rates of deer collisions in the United States. On average, one in every 63 motorists will hit a deer while driving in Pennsylvania.

Although a deer can run out in front of your car at any time, there is an increased risk between dawn and dusk. Stay extra careful and vigilant during these times.

Keeping a teen driver safe, three tips for parents

Summertime is one of the best times of the year, especially for teenagers with newly printed driver’s licenses. For parents of these teenagers, the summer can be as much of a source of stress as it is one of joy.

Due to a variety of reasons, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers. Here are a few things that concerned parents can do to help keep their children safe on the road.

Getting child safety seats right

Your child is your most precious cargo, so it's important that you get it right when you select and install their car safety seat. However, today's parents are busier than ever before, and most people have to uninstall and reinstall seats so that different drivers can take their infants to daycare, activities or social gatherings.

In an effort to maximize convenience without compromising on safety, here's a few safety tips from Consumer Reports for using your child's infant car seat:

How Do I Know if My Injury Resulted From My Doctor's Negligence?

As with any negligence claim, a medical malpractice allegation requires the plaintiff to establish the applicable standard of care, or duty. What distinguishes medical malpractice litigation from other personal injury lawsuits is that this standard is typically established through expert testimony.

Perform a motorcycle safety inspection for increased safety

Motorcycle riding season has arrived, so you need to be sure your bike is road worthy. Over the last few decades, motorcycles have been built to higher quality standards than previous generations. In fact, these newer bikes deliver improved comfort, performance and reliability. But components can still break, fail or prematurely wear out.

It’s easy to overlook the importance of a safety inspection because of the high build quality of these bikes. However, you need to keep close tabs on the condition of your motorcycle. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a comprehensive checklist, so you can perform a thorough inspection before you hit the road.

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