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OSHA warns of slip-and-falls danger

Though winter has begun to melt away, and spring has come to Pennsylvania at last, April showers may bring more than May flowers. Recently, OSHA made mention of a danger that many people may overlook. Slip-and-falls, often caused by wet or icy conditions, are now on a list of known dangers in several industries. 

Though these sorts of accident may not sound serious, OSHA warns that, when people suffer slip-and-falls, severe injuries can result. Though the warning was issued in an updated packet on workplace safety, slip-and-falls can affect people anywhere. Much like a warehouse or factory, a store, restaurant or other public place may pose a risk to patrons.

Kids and car accidents: tragic ends to tiny lives

Surely, Pennsylvania parents are somewhat aware of the sort of harm that can befall a child if the family vehicle is involved in a crash. Most parents go out of their way to ensure that traveling with kids in the car goes as smoothly and safely as possible. Unfortunately, kids are still at risk of being killed in car accidents even if Mom or Dad isn't behind the wheel. 

Recently, the newly reunited family of a 6-year-old Pennsylvania girl made their way across a road adjacent to a local pub. The child's parents were planning to move together in the near future, and the child was surely thrilled to hold the hand of the father she had not been able to see for a long time. Full of hope, the excited family carefully continued across the street. 

Military Ear Plug Litigation

If you were in the service between 2003 and 2015 and have suffered hearing loss you may have a claim against the manufacturer of combat arms earplugs. 3M and its predecessor Aearo Technologies sold defective combat arms earplugs version 2 to the US Military during this time. These earplugs may have caused significant and permanent hearing loss as well as tinnitus to military personal including those who's served in Iraq or Afghanistan. In July 2018 the US Department of Justice announced that 3 M agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective earplugs that did not work as expected thus putting soldiers at high risk of hearing damage. Military personal who have been harmed by this product must file a civil lawsuit to be compensated for their injuries. At the Waffenschmidt Law Firm we can assist you in this process and protect your rights.

Car accidents caused by flying debris can cause serious injury

When Pennsylvania drivers think about serious car crashes, they may assume that two or more vehicles have collided. While this can certainly be the case, in some car accidents, injuries or death may be caused by debris from another vehicle. Recently, such a scenario caused serious injuries to five people. 

The incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on a recent Friday as a southbound vehicle was suddenly struck by debris from northbound lanes. Investigators suspect the debris came from a truck carrying heavy equipment. The debris reportedly crashed through the vehicle's windshield, causing serious injuries to two of the occupants and moderate injuries to the other three.

Car accidents can end lives that haven't begun

Pennsylvania drivers know that extra caution must be used when driving during the winter. Bad weather can lead to serious crashes. Unfortunately, some car accidents are caused by things that can be avoided. When a person decides to get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the driver risks causing serious harm to innocent people. 

Recently, a pregnant Pennsylvania woman was the passenger in a vehicle. She was due to have her baby in the spring. Certainly she never expected that her child's life might end before it even had a chance to begin. As the vehicle she was in approached an intersection, tragedy stuck. 

Expert says slip-and-falls injure as bad as auto accidents

Winter weather took its first swipe at Pennsylvania last week, and days after the storm, residents are still struggling to remove snow and ice. The temperatures have remained below freezing for several days, and some people are desperate to get out of their driveways and get back to routine. Many people may have made a grocery store or restaurant their first stop, and they should be aware of recent slip-and-falls research as they shop in icy weather conditions. 

An expert in the field has released a report, that cites years of data, explaining that slip-and-falls can cause injuries comparable to those one may suffer in a serious auto accident. The expert states that most of these injuries occur on sidewalks, steps and parking lots that haven't been properly cleared. Wet floors are another common hazard. 

Your vulnerability to medical mistakes may surprise you

With all of the education and training that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere receive, you would think that they know what they are doing 100 percent of the time. Sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, you could find yourself shocked at just how vulnerable you could be to medical mistakes.

After all, medical professionals are human. The problem is that when someone in the health care field makes a mistake, it could cause substantial harm. You have probably heard horror stories about surgical errors in which a surgeon operates on the wrong body part or leaves something inside the patient, but many other mistakes could occur as well. No area of medical care is immune.

Grieving parents file wrongful death suit

Pennsylvania parents may know the mix of emotions that accompany the milestone of a child going off to college. Though certainly a child furthering his or her education in pursuit of a degree in a chosen field is a reason to feel proud, many parents often worry that harm will befall their child as he or she moves away from home to live on a college campus. In many cases, these fears are not unfounded; however, one grieving family has filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of their deceased son. 

The young man was a freshman at a Pennsylvania school, attending Lafayette College to play lacrosse. In the autumn of his first year away from home, he was found dead in his dorm room, which he shared with several other students. An investigation revealed that something caused him to fall and hit his head on the concrete floor. 

Slip-and-falls defendants often try to blame victim

Pennsylvania shoppers are in the midst of the busiest retail weeks of the year. The holiday season is traditionally a time when people venture out for more than just household necessities. Many people have occasions to give gifts, or perhaps are shopping for a new home appliance or vehicle, as big ticket items are usually on sale in December. With so many people in and out of stores, the often wet and icy weather can lead to an increase in slip-and-falls. 

Though many stores try to take precautions, like using salt to melt ice and clearing snow, there is still an increased risk. Floors inside a store can quickly become wet and slippery, and if the danger is not clearly marked, a shopper could easily suffer serious injury. Medical bills and other consequences of a serious fall can fall upon a victim if proper legal steps are not taken against the establishment. 

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