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April 2015 Archives

Are unnattentive drivers making bus stops dangerous?

As parents, we expect a certain level of safety when we see our kids off at the bus stop. We expect that the bus will stop safety, the lights and stop signs will alert drivers to stop, the children will board the bus safely and take their seats, and then the bus will pull off and arrive at school safely. When things deviate from our expectations, we are naturally angered and concerned for our children’s safety.

Why teen drivers should keep their eyes on the road

In a prior post, we highlighted several different tips that teen drivers can incorporate during prom season so that they can avoid tragic accidents. Indeed, limiting distractions and not drinking and driving are obvious choices, but some teen drivers may not take seriously the importance of keeping their eyes on the road.

Electrical accident kills construction worker

On April 15, a construction worker in Pennsylvania died as a result of critical injuries that he had sustained in a workplace accident two days before. The 36-year-old man was working on an expansion project at the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia when he was electrocuted.

How teen drivers can be safe during prom season

It is late April in central Pennsylvania. That not only means that baseball is back, it also means that prom season is here. It is no secret that teens around the region are looking forward to that special night where they get dressed up and have a great time. Indeed, the prom is an annual rite of passage for young people, but it also carries many risks for those who drive to the party.

Coal industry allegedly stalls black lung disease benefits

Black lung disease remains a health risk for Pennsylvania coal miners. Statistics from the federal Department of Labor show that black lung disease killed over 70,000 workers from 1970 to May 2013. Historically, the disease has killed more miners than cave-ins and explosions. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 mandates federal benefits for workers with this disease.

How certain conditions can be misdiagnosed

When people think about medical malpractice, it is common for the gaffes that garner national headlines to come to mind. After all, it is hard to believe that a surgical team can leave tools inside the patient, or that a procedure could be performed on the wrong side of the body. Nevertheless, it happens.

Pre-bankruptcy ignition switch claims against GM dismissed

There has been little news recently about the ignition switch recall that affected millions of vehicles across the United States last year. However, it is expected that lawsuits will continue to be filed against the automaker as more injuries and deaths are determined to be caused by the defect.

Road worker killed on Route 22 in Pennsylvania

According to police, a road construction worker was killed by a utility vehicle on Route 22 in Hanover Township on April 9. The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. The victim, a 43-year-old Connellsville man, was part of a construction crew working to repair a guardrail near Burgettstown that had been damaged by an earlier crash.

New forms of distracted driving problematic for teen drivers

One of the rites of spring in Pennsylvania is the return of Major League Baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a great deal of promise coming into the 2015 season as they will try to make another playoff appearance. Another important rite of spring is spring break for kids. The week off during the spring, kids; particularly teen drivers will spend a great deal of time behind the wheel.  With that, distracted driving is an important topic that we must revisit.

Pennsylvania employers required to post worker safety notices

Employers in Pennsylvania are legally obligated by state and federal laws to inform employees about workplace safety and the availability of workers' compensation insurance for injured employees. All workplaces need to have a poster in a visible location that explains the rights and obligations of workers as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Before you drive your new car off the lot, check for recalls

While spring is not the time where the most cars are sold, there are a number of consumers who will drive off the lot in new cars in April. When they do, they likely expect their new car to be in pristine condition. This means that the vehicle should be free of defects, not subject to a recall and have that famous new car smell.

Could the costs of insurance increase for truckers?

It’s no secret that semi-trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on Pennsylvania roads. Because of their sheer size, the results can be devastating when they collide with a passenger car. This is likely why truck drivers and their parent companies must carry such high amounts of insurance. Under federal law, truckers must carry a minimum of $750,000 in liability coverage to compensate an injured party in the event of a crash.

Majority of surgical error claims based on faulty equipment

When we think of medical malpractice, we commonly think about the doctor who botches a diagnosis or the surgeon who leaves gauze or other pieces in the patient after the procedure is complete. However, we may not think about the equipment itself being the culprit in a malpractice action. After all, we are conditioned to believe that equipment is flawless and can never fail; while doctors (because they are human) will invariably make mistakes.

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