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January 2014 Archives

Pennsylvania character hurt in dancing pedestrian accident

Finding the time and joy in one's life to dance is admirable. There is, however, a time and place to partake in the carefree activity. For example, while walking the roads of Pennsylvania, pedestrians would be wise to focus on the task at-hand: to get from one place to another in one piece.

Pennsylvania worker killed by falling electrical box

According to a York County deputy coroner, a one- to two-ton electrical box fell on and killed an Adams County electrician on Jan. 20. The workplace accident occurred at a water authority pumping facility that is undergoing expansion in Windsor Township.

How much bacteria are on your Pennsylvania doctor's lab coat?

For hospitals and patients, infections are a very real concern after a surgery has been completed. A post-operative infection can lead to very serious complications that could even prove to be fatal for the patient. This is why there are very strict rules for hygiene both in the operating room and out.

Pennsylvania doctors support stricter motorcycle helmet laws

Ideas for legislative change come from many sources. If laws are a matter of safety, perhaps it is no surprise that emergency room doctors would form some opinions about how certain injuries and illnesses could be prevented.

Worker injured at Dura-Bond Industries by steel pipe

A man who was identified as a temporary employee for Dura-Bond Industries in Pennsylvania was injured in a workplace accident when, according to police, a large steel pipe hit him in the back. Workers were moving the pipes at the Duquesne facility a little after 8 a.m. on Jan. 13 when one came loose and reportedly fell on the man. According to both police and fire officials, a previous accident involving a pipe occurred at the same facility.

25 conditions added to SSDI Compassionate Allowances list

Applying for disability benefits isn’t always described as the easiest process. Whether seeking benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program or the Supplemental Security Income program, any missed detail, medical document or other requirement could lead to a denial. The complexity or an initial denial is what often prompts individuals to sensibly hire an attorney that focuses on these claims.

Health law covers habilitative services but will insurers comply?

As some people in Pennsylvania may know, habilitative treatment can be an extremely helpful tool for those who live with developmental disabilities. Unlike rehabilitation, habilitation helps someone learn and retain a skill rather than helping them re-learn how to do it. For a long time, however, insurers have not been required to provide coverage for habilitation. Although the new health law says they must cover it on small group and individual plans, some people see serious problems with the law's language -- or lack thereof.

Pennsylvania resident wins workers' compensation appeal

A Westmoreland resident recently won an appeal in Commonwealth Court to receive workers' compensation benefits. The appellant worked as a caregiver for her 33-year-old son for nine months in her home. Her son had myriad significant health issues that qualified him to receive care in a private residence under a state contract. In April 2009, he entered his mother's bedroom and stabbed her in the throat and chest. The attack caused her to sustain grave physical injury and post-traumatic stress issues. Her son was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault and is serving a sentence of 12 to 25 years in state prison.

International ad puts tragic visual to dangers of speeding

Though various things differ from country to country, at least one thing remains constant: speeding is dangerous no matter where someone is driving. A New Zealand public service announcement serves as a PSA not just to its country's drivers but to all drivers, including in Pennsylvania.

Worker burned at metal plant

A Pennsylvania worker was injured and transported to a care facility when his clothing caught fire as he was warming himself and got too close to an open flame portable propane heater. His co-workers helped to put out the flames by rolling him on the ground and using a fire extinguisher.

New Year holiday added dangers to Pennsylvania roadways

Finally, the holiday season is behind us. It is bittersweet. Of course, getting and giving gifts, having festive foods and having time off of work are just some of the wonderful aspects of the season. Then there is the dangerous situation of the holidays: unsafe Pennsylvania roads.

Worker crushed to death in trucking accident

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the cause of an industrial accident at a Pennsylvania trucking company that claimed a man's life in late December. The fatal workplace accident occurred on the morning of Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

Hope continues for family of child declared 'dead' after surgery

In a recent post we shared how a young girl underwent surgery for her tonsils but suffered major complications following the hospital procedure. Those complications have left the child, 13, in a condition that medical professionals, lawyers, family and other critics are passionately debating.

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