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July 2013 Archives

Could recent pedestrian deaths make for safety change to roadway?

Lessons can be learned from loss. The friends and family of the four who died on a Pennsylvania roadway last week hope that the pedestrian accidents will teach their city that the road could be safer. A news report out of Philadelphia covered the fatal accident and noted how not even the recent deaths have changed the behaviors of pedestrians in the area.

Most commonly missed illnesses are serious conditions

Researchers looked at reports of malpractice claims at an international level. The study confirmed what other studies have found in the past. The majority of medical malpractice incidents are not extreme surgical errors; rather, most doctor errors are diagnosis errors.

Injured Pennsylvania worker's lawsuit moves through courts

A Pennsylvania man's lawsuit for compensation for workplace injuries is headed back to state court after a recent ruling by a federal judge. The injured man's lawyers had sought the return of his lawsuit to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court because complete diversity was not present. While granting the victim's motion, the judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the defendants' request to dismiss claims against them.

Facebook family member dies in motorcycle accident

People of all kinds enjoy the lifestyle of riding a motorcycle. Take a famous, celebrated chef, for example. Josef Desimone was the chef for Facebook and impressed its many employees with his passion and talent. Outside of his cooking, he also volunteered. He also rode a motorcycle.

Crash victim blames Pennsylvania car shop for his injuries

Most people don't have an in-depth knowledge about their vehicles. They depend on the knowledge and skills of professional mechanics to ensure that their cars are running safely. But what happens when a layman's trust is betrayed by a car shop?

Workers trapped following construction accident

On July 11 at approximately 1:17 p.m., the fourth floor of the science building at Temple University in North Philadelphia collapsed. The building had been under unspecified construction. Following the collapse, workers on the fifth and sixth floors were temporarily unable to leave the building.

Spotlight's on mental illness and how it doesn't discriminate

Chances are that most people have either suffered from mental illness or at least know someone who has. Conditions like depression, mood disorders, etc. impact people of all demographics. According to research, however, not all people are equally likely to seek the medical help that they might need when faced with mental struggles.

State money to go toward preventing aggressive driving crashes

While just a few years ago the term "distracted driving" was a stranger, now, it is a common topic of conversation and matter of legislation. There are other categories of risky driving, however, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is targeting a particular type of recklessness.

Coal miners' widows finally receive benefits

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in a ruling that occurred in a Richmond, Virginia court, in which changes in health care reform will allow widows of coal miners to receive benefits. Originally, widows were unable to receive benefits unless they were able to certify that their husbands' deaths were caused by pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. In 2010, their status changed because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought back a 1978 ruling that stated that dependents of the deceased could collect benefits if the miner was eligible when he died, regardless of his cause of death.

Use of hospital alarms may have alarming impact on safety

A person can barely get through one hour of a day without hearing some sort of technological beep or alarm. Whether it is an alarm clock, the microwave, a car door, etc., we are living in a world of alarms. That reality is even more intense within the walls of a hospital.

The Fourth celebrates independence, but love of beer, too

The Fourth of July holiday is officially over for the year, but there still might be some residual matters related to the holiday that some people are struggling with. Most likely, those matters are related to alcohol and drivers' irresponsible use of what is reportedly the alcohol of choice in the U.S.

Pennsylvania worker injured in fall

A Philadelphia construction worker recently sustained injuries after falling from a cherry-picker lift. The accident happened at a South Philadelphia warehouse where demolition work was underway. According to police, the construction accident happened a little after 11 a.m. on June 24.

Law paves way for doctor compassion but loss of malpractice proof

Generally, compassion is perceived as a positive quality for a person to have. If a patient is sick or injured, it can be reassuring for him to feel that his doctor actually cares about more than the condition but cares for the patient as well. 

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