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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.

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.

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.

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.

How do doctors determine survival rates for mesothelioma?

You probably worked around asbestos decades ago, but you just now found out that you have mesothelioma. This cancer, which is nearly 100 percent attributable to asbestos exposure, does not have a good track record for life expectancy. Over the years, treatment options have improved that may prolong your life, but unfortunately, this disease is fatal.

OSHA reports show variety of causes for worker deaths

A work-related accident can happen to any person who does a job for pay. Office workers, construction workers and workers in all other fields are subject to hazards and dangers whenever they undertake the responsibilities of their work-related tasks. While most Pennsylvania employers take proactive steps to make sure the people who work for them are kept as safe as possible, fatal accidents on worksites still happen, and when they do, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is contacted to complete an investigation.

Injuries from product defects can be compensable

When used as they were intended, most of the products that Pittsburgh residents bring home from their favorite stores are safe and pose no dangers to their users. Purchasers of new products may have to read the instructions that accompany their new acquisitions in order to fully understand how the items operate, but generally new consumer goods function safely and as expected for those who choose to buy them.

Answers to questions about asbestos

If you work in an industry here in Pennsylvania in which asbestos exposure could occur, you might have some questions. More than likely, your employer provided you with an antiseptic and brief presentation about this toxic substance, if you received any information about it at all.

What are manufacturing defects, and how may they cause injuries?

When Pittsburgh residents go to their favorite stores and buy items off of the shelves, they are usually purchasing goods that had to be manufactured in order to be sold. Manufacturing is a process that makes a product into what it is intended to be out of the different components that are necessary to create it. The manufacturing process for a product may be complex or simple, and that process will greatly depend on the type of item that is intended to be made.

Lawsuit alleges doctors disregarded patient's health directive

It is not uncommon for Pittsburgh residents to take proactive steps to prepare for the future. One way that many people plan to protect themselves and their estates is to create estate plans. While many readers are likely familiar with wills and maybe even trusts, others may be unfamiliar with medical directives.