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Car accidents increase as summer travel heats up

Residents of the Keystone State are out and about, making the most of their summer vacations. After an especially brutal winter that seemed to linger forever, residents and tourists alike are welcoming the sunny months and enjoying the outdoors. While Pennsylvania offers something for everyone, and naturally people are eager to leave home, drivers should remember that crowded roads lead to an increased risk of car accidents

On June 17, a 31-year-old man was driving on Route 120 when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting to navigate a curve in the road. His vehicle careened into oncoming traffic, and the car collided head-on with a vehicle being driven by a 66-year-old man. The driver responsible for the collision was killed, and a passenger in his vehicle and the driver and two passengers of the other vehicle suffered serious injuries. 

Distracted driving can contribute to fatal car accidents

When most Pennsylvania drivers think of motor vehicle accidents, many imagine an unavoidable series of events that lead to calamity. However, distracted driving is one cause of serious car accidents  that can absolutely be avoided. Distracted driving is generally defined as the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a mobile phone or other electronic device. This was the case in a recent story that ended tragically for one man, and forever changed the life of another. 

In Oct. 2017, the driver of a truck that contained a dash cam was traveling on I-81 near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His vehicle struck a motorcycle being driven by a 56-year-old man, with his sister as a passenger. The driver of the motorcycle was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, while his sister, the second victim, is still attempting to recover from the serious injuries she suffered. 

Medical malpractice causes death of Pennsylvania man.

Pennsylvania residents are probably familiar with the term "medical malpractice." Though the phrase has become common in news headlines nationwide, many may not be aware that it can apply to the negligent behavior of a doctor or health provider in any medical field. In the aftermath of a recent tragedy, many are learning that the branch of care known as mental health is often overlooked, and can become a breeding ground for medical malpractice.

One Pennsylvania couple was devastated when their adult son, who lived at their home, lost his life as a result of an overdose of drugs prescribed to him to treat a mental health condition. By all accounts, the man had taken his medication as prescribed by the doctor. Upon his shocking death, it was discovered that the amounts of two medications that the doctor had prescribed were double the amount recommended by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Is occupational asthma covered by workers' compensation benefits?

Occupational asthma is a problem in many workplaces in Pennsylvania, and it is a significant problem because it affects both employees and employers who see the effects on the bottom lines of their companies. Asthma can affect workers in a variety of industries because exposure to a wide range of products and substances can cause it -- or exacerbate an existing condition. Affected workers can develop chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and breath shortness upon exposure to harmful products hours, days or even months after exposure. Fortunately, this disease is covered by the workers' compensation insurance system.

If occupational asthma is not diagnosed, treated and managed promptly, it could become so severe that victims may be unable to work. Some may have to change their occupations to avoid exposure to the irritants or allergens that cause their asthma. Over 250 substances have been identified as work-related asthma hazards, including manufacturing chemicals in paints, wood dust, cleaning agents, flour, grain, mold, latex gloves, insects, plants and animals.

Take pictures of your injuries after a car accident

There are many steps you have to take following an auto accident. You need to contact the police to file a report and see a doctor right away to assess any injuries. 

You will have some time at the scene of the collision before the police and an ambulance arrive. During this time, you should take certain steps to increase the likelihood of success with your insurance claim. You should absolutely take pictures of the scene of the car crash, but you should also take pictures of your body and the surrounding area. Every picture could help tremendously.

Workers' compensation: 1 dead, 1 hurt in garbage truck crash

No job is free from the possibility of causing injury to a worker. Due to the risk of being injured on the job, Pennsylvania employers are required to carry workers' compensation coverage for employees. This state-regulated insurance provides financial assistance to an injured worker, or survivors' benefits should the worker suffer a fatal accident while working.

Two Pennsylvania sanitation workers were recently victims of a garbage truck accident. They were heading down a hill on the out-of-control vehicle when the incident occurred. Though the road curves at the bottom of the hill, the garbage truck continued straight. It crashed through some trees and went down an embankment, coming to rest on its side.

Nursing home LPN facing wrongful death charges

Most people carefully consider their options when placing a loved one in the care of a nursing facility. Finding the right home with a caring staff is crucial in providing peace of mind for the individual taking up residence and the family as well. Should something go wrong, the consequences can be devastating, leading to feelings of guilt and anger for those who made the placement decision. A retired army lieutenant colonel recently died after suffering injuries at a Pennsylvania nursing home, and the family is considering a wrongful death civil claim.

The 84-year-old man fell in his room and hit his head on the floor. A nurse later found the elderly man and alerted supervisors. The victim had open wounds to his shoulder and temple. The patient was alive at the time he was found and subsequently placed in a wheelchair and taken to the lobby for observation. Around 7 a.m. he was found dead.

Car accidents resulting from police chases leave families unsure

Many reasons can account for why one may decide to flee a traffic stop. Prior issues with law enforcement, outstanding warrants or possession of illegal substances are many cited reasons for one deciding to evade law enforcement. Regardless, car accidents are sometimes caused by drivers fleeing from police officers. A resulting collision may end up hurting others in or near the roadway, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A 26-year-old man recently pleaded guilty to numerous criminal charges, including homicide by vehicle, fleeing police and aggravated assault. The charges stem from a police chase that took place in western Pennsylvania and took the life of another motorist. The incident began when the man fled a traffic stop.

Workers' compensation when one is injured on the job

Every day Pennsylvania employees head to work to earn a living and provide for their families. Expecting their employers to keep the workplace safe, regardless of where the worksite is physically located, can be taken for granted by workers. The safety of television and cell towers are no exception. Should a workplace injury happen, the Pennsylvania workers' compensation program is in place to help employees.

Authorities received a call to respond to a tower collapse around 10 a.m. The almost 2000-foot public television broadcast tower, located in another state, fell. One man was killed and several others were hurt. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

5 common causes of falling accidents

Falling can result in a variety of injuries, from a minor sprain to a debilitating brain injury. These accidents are disturbingly common, too. According to statistics from the National Floor Safety Institute, more than eight million ER visits every year are because of falls.

How exactly do so many of these accidents occur? Here are the most prevalent causes of slips, trips and falls.

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