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Know the dangers of a construction worksite

Throughout western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, there are always construction projects going on. Whether it is residential homes being built or upgraded, new commercial stores or malls being built, or the ever-changing industrial fields trying to adapt to new technologies and changes in demands; construction throughout the United States will always exist.

Those working in construction zones know of many of the inherent potential of dangers. These dangers could lead to serious, catastrophic or even deadly results if an accident were to occur. There are various laws and protections in place to help minimize the potential for such accidents, including OSHA regulations.

Indictment for 3 nursing home aides in New Jersey

When a family makes the decision to enter their elderly or disabled loved one into a nursing home, the decision is made with the assumption that the facility will provide adequate and satisfactory care. This means that the patient and now resident will receive all the necessary meals and medication, will have the living area regularly cleaned and linens washed, will be showered or cleaned regularly, and will have social activities when applicable, all in an effort to make the patient's life as pain-free, healthy and enjoyable as possible.

Unfortunately, we have all heard horror stories about nursing homes. Although rare, there are times when a nursing home is understaffed, over-worked, or just tries to cut corners, jeopardizing the health and well-being of their patients. There are other times when employees of the facility are to blame, either neglecting or abusing their patients.

Protecting yourself from dangerous products

Americans are one of the largest consumers of products in the world. While products produced in the United States have to adhere to laws and regulations designed to assure the safety of consumers, there are still instances where a product can become dangerous or even deadly.

Throughout the United States, state laws are in place to protect consumers from defective or dangerous products. These laws usually fall within the theories of breach of warranty, strict liability, or negligence. This means that if a product fails to meet a consumer's ordinary expectations, there may be grounds for a product liability suit. Types of defects may include defects in the design of the product, manufacturing defects and errors or defects on the labeling of the product, including flawed safety warnings and improper labelling.

How dangerous are trucks on the roads?

While traveling on the roads in the Pittsburgh area, or anywhere in the United States, you may be sharing the roads with dangerous vehicles that you generally take for granted -- trucks. Trucks play a vital role in the American economy. Whenever you enter a grocery store, department store, furniture store or appliance store, more likely than not, everything under the store's roof was delivered via truck.

Semi-trucks are typically far larger and heavier than a vast majority of passenger cars. While we know our own car's limitations when it comes to accelerating, braking, turning, changing lanes and even swerving to avoid a hazard on the road, unless you have experience driving trucks, you likely do not know how much more difficult it is for them to navigate the roads.

America loses a hero who died following his work at ground zero

Like most other people throughout the country, people in the Pittsburgh area will never forget the incredible heroism of hundreds of first responders on that fateful day of 9/11. New York City firefighter Raymond J. Pfeifer was not working on that beautiful autumn Tuesday morning; he was enjoying a round of golf with fellow firefighters. But when he learned of the plane crash, they immediately ended their round and headed right for ground zero.

Pfeifer was able to avoid the two towers crashing down, and narrowly escaped the subsequent falling of

Who is responsible for dangerous products?

Although the United States has various laws in place to protect consumers, on occasion an error may cause a hazardous product out on the market, jeopardizing the health and well-being of customers. This may occur from an oversight during the design process, inferior or flawed parts, or in factories where food is being produced, the element of a hazardous disease or tarnished food.

While one may think that only the producer or manufacturer of the product is responsible for such oversights or errors, fault may be placed on a few different parties including not only the manufacturer, but also the manufacturer of parts, wholesalers and even the retail store that provided the products to the consumer. It is important to note that this chain applies to the ordinary course of the supplier's business. This means that a retailer, such as someone who resells a product online or at a garage sale, likely is not responsible for the quality of the product.

Learning about nursing home abuse in the United States

One of the most difficult decisions for a family is what to do with an elderly or disabled loved one who is no longer able to take care of him or herself. The natural aging process means that our bodies start to deteriorate and are more susceptible to injuries, illness and disease. This often means that an elderly loved one is now in need of constant care.

Although many families throughout the United States, including the Pittsburgh area, can juggle with such a demand, and may have enough family members or friends nearby to care for the person, for many others, this simply is not possible. And this often means taking a loved one to a nursing home.

Accident in Washington Township claims a life, injures two

A recent accident on Route 66 in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, has left one dead and two others injured. Based on initial reports of what transpired, many are left wondering whether the accident could have been prevented.

The accident occurred close to 9 a.m. on Monday morning at the intersection of Poke Run Church Road and Route 66 when one car on was attempted to make a left turn and was struck. A fourth car in line also failed to stop, and a fifth car swerved into oncoming traffic and struck a pickup heading in the opposite direction. A total of six vehicles were involved in the accident, which also led to several victims being taken to local hospitals. One 50-year-old man was not wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

What's a 'survival action' in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has a proud and storied history. From being the state where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were written, debated, and signed to being the site of (arguably) the nation's first capital, the Keystone State has always led the way in many legal areas. One way in which Pennsylvania may have influenced some later states in their legal structures is in the fact that the state's constitution (as well as statute) provides that when someone dies due to personal injury caused by another, the right to a legal cause of action does not die with that individual. But what does this mean in terms of wrongful death lawsuits?

First, we must distinguish between the purposes of 'wrongful death' and 'survival' actions. Wrongful death actions, on the one hand, are generally brought by relatives of the deceased person to seek compensation for injury to themselves. That is, wrongful death claims seek to recover losses borne by the relatives of the victim. On the other hand, a survival action is meant to compensate the deceased him- or herself for the personal injuries suffered that led to the death.

On May Day, Pennsylvania remembers workplace deaths

"Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee," runs a well-known line from literature. This year, on May first, however, the bell in nearby Pennsylvania steel town rang to remember workers who died on the job. That date, or 'May Day,' as it is often known, is generally considered a day to celebrate the achievements and consider the plight of men and women who do blue collar or manual labor. Unfortunately, for many of these workers, the very thing that gives them their livelihood also presents them with potentially fatal dangers.

In Lehigh Valley, people gathered at the workers' memorial to remember not only the six laborers who were killed at work over the past year, but those who, historically, have completed untold man-hours of production in the face of potential fatal risks. Heavy industry, like the steel mills that dot Pittsburgh and surrounding areas are especially susceptible to such dangers. With lots of heavy equipment, and temperatures high enough to melt metal, these factories have always been at the forefront of the struggle for worker safety.