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Pittsburgh Wrongful Death Law Blog

What is a wrongful death?

Any person who is born into the world must face the inevitable but often dreaded concept of death. It is overwhelming to imagine what happens, if anything, after a person ceases to live. Many individuals in Pittsburgh live long and happy lives that end in old age. Unfortunately, though, individuals of all ages perish in unexpected accidents and leave their loved ones reeling from losses they did not expect to experience.

A wrongful death is one that happens due to the negligence of another person. Negligence happens when a person fails to exercise reasonable care given the circumstances of their situation, and if a person owed a duty of care to their victim and still acted negligently then the acting party may be liable for the deceased party's wrongful death.

Key factors that help clarify asbestos-related health issues

If you've lived and worked in Pittsburgh most of your life, you already know how historically significant your hometown is regarding its place in the nation's industrial revolution. While the steel mills have long since closed, there are still many factories, old buildings and other structures throughout the city that may pose potential health hazards to residents and workers alike. A major cause for concern has to do with asbestos.

Whether you worked in the factories long ago or you are working on an asbestos-related project currently, there are several things to know that might help you if a problem arises. Many people in Pennsylvania and other states across the country are currently suffering from adverse health symptoms that signify asbestos-related illness. If armed with as much information as possible, you'll know how to access support if you need it.

Drop-Side Cribs: a Case Study on a Products Liability Issue

Newborns are a blessing to their parents, but that does not mean that they are not a lot of work. Exhausted parents all across Pennsylvania have undoubtedly spent many sleepless nights attempting to soothe their cranky babes to sleep or researching causes for their little ones' distress. Because babies can be such handfuls, it is not uncommon for parents to jump at the chance to purchase products that claim to ease the difficulties of caring for newborns. Although many of these products can be godsends for stressed mothers and fathers others can come into their homes with dangers no parent could anticipate.

Not that long ago, drop-side cribs were the latest fad in American parenting. A drop-side crib is one in which a parent may lower a side of their baby's crib to place the baby in it or remove the baby from the bed. Rather than requiring parents to lift and carefully lower their infants into their cribs, drop-side cribs permitted parents to ease their little ones into their best in a more comfortable, natural way.

Birth injury risks associated with Caesarian section deliveries

A Caesarian section, better known as a C-section, occurs when a baby is born through a surgical procedure that involves cutting though a mother's abdominal wall and into the uterus. C-section deliveries have become incredibly common, and most Pittsburgh residents probably know someone who has had one if they have not had them themselves. Even though C-sections happen regularly, it is important for expectant parents to know that there are risks associated with the procedure. A doctor's negligence or inattention during a C-section birth may increase the risk of these problems and augment a baby or mother's chances of suffering a serious birth-related complication.

First, because a C-section is surgery it involves cutting and opening a mother's body. Any time that the body is opened up it is exposed to possible infections. Infections from surgical procedures such as C-sections can be life-threatening, can spread to newborns and can occur when doctors fail to provide sterile surgical environments.

Pennsylvania warehouse worker killed in on-the-job accident

It takes many people to efficiently locate, package, send and deliver the millions of Amazon packages that travel across the country each year. In fact, the online mega-site maintains warehouses across the nation so that it may respond to its buyers' needs in the timeliest manner possible. One of those warehouses is located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and just last month a tragedy occurred within the facility.

A seven-year veteran employee of the warehouse lost his life when he was crushed by a vehicle. The worker was attempting to loosen a mechanism on the vehicle so that it could be driven away. A driver was located in the cab of the vehicle and was aware of the worker's placement; however, the vehicle ended up moving while the driver was still positioned near the wheels and that movement resulted in the driver being crushed.

Did the asbestos industry ignore warnings about health issues?

When you took your job, you probably expected your employer to make your safety a priority. This would include either eliminating or mitigating any potential hazards in your workplace.

What if your employer knew of a potentially fatal hazard but did nothing to protect you from it? If that hazard was exposure to asbestos, the odds are that the company ignored the mounting evidence that this toxic substance could cause your health problems at some point in your life.

Wrongful deaths in nursing homes can be difficult cases

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities provide residential experiences for many Pennsylvanians who cannot live on their own or attend to their personal and medical needs. In a nursing home, a person may receive assistance with the most basic elements of getting through the day, from getting to and eating meals to bathing and taking their medications. Because nursing home residents can require a great deal of time and attention instances of neglect and abuse can occur when facilities are understaffed or ill-equipped to address their residents' needs.

In the most egregious cases nursing home residents can lose their lives when they are poorly cared for the facilities that have taken responsibility for their care. While it may seem that a death in a nursing home should automatically raise flags concerning possible instances of harm and neglect it is not always easy to prove that a loss of life in such a facility is the result of abuse.

How can a victim in Pittsburgh prove medical negligence?

Negligence occurs when a person fails to meet a particular standard of care and another person is harmed by that conduct. In the context of medical negligence, it is often the conduct of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals that is alleged to have caused or created harm for Pittsburgh residents. This post will offer an overview of the general elements of a medical negligence case, but readers are asked to discuss their medical malpractice questions with legal professionals who provide counseling and advocacy in this area of the law.

First, in order for a health care provider to commit medical negligence that individual must have a duty toward the victim. When a person becomes the patient of a doctor that duty is established; when a patient is admitted to a hospital they are generally owed a duty of care by the medical personnel who work in the facility.

New victims of asbestos exposure emerge decades later

Despite the fact that the dangers of asbestos are widely known, the substance is not banned in the United States, and workers continue to suffer from exposure to the deadly fibers. Asbestos-related diseases, particularly mesothelioma and lung cancer, are incurable. Once you inhale or consume the tiny fibers, they remain in your lungs. With prolonged exposure, your risk of becoming ill increases.

Since most asbestos-related diseases may not manifest as symptoms until decades after the exposure, those workplaces that are most vulnerable to asbestos exposure — such as plants that manufacture brake pads or railroads — are required to comply with careful guidelines to keep their workers safe.

Preventable birth injuries differ from birth complications

During the course of a mother-to-be's pregnancy she may be subjected to tests and procedure that assess the health of her own body as well as that of her growing child. While many Pittsburgh women undergo these analyses and discover no concerning issues, others may find out that either they or their child suffers from a problem that could complicate the labor and delivery processes. Conditions such as preterm labor, abnormal positioning of the baby within the mother and challenges with the umbilical cord can turn an otherwise easy childbirth experience into a more intense medical procedure.

When a condition develops over the course of a pregnancy in a mother, a child or both then the resulting problems may bring about birth complications. When a mother and child cannot safely perform a natural birthing experience then doctors may have to take additional steps and use medical interventions to assist in the process of bringing the baby into the world. Although doctors can exhibit negligence in the diagnosing of apparent complications and the application of interventions during childbirth, the presence of a birth complication does not on its own necessarily suggest a mistake made on the part of a doctor or other medical professional.