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Industrial insulation worker killed in power station accident

Working in the construction field can be a hazardous occupation. Such workers frequently use tools and materials that require a high level of skill and equal measures of caution-and even when safety measures are in place, a workplace injury can still happen.

Recently, a man employed by a Pittsburgh industrial insulation contracting company was killed while working. He was working on a West Virginia power station, removing insulation, when he fell into the ductwork. A spokesperson for the power station indicated that planks are usually installed to prevent accidents. At this time, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation into the accident.

Bus crash kills driver and head coach en route to lacrosse game

For student athletes and their coaches, traveling to an away game can mean excitement, jitters, anxiety about facing their opponents or worrying about how a player's injury will hold up. The possibility of a work related injury may never cross the mind of a coach. However, greater tragedy can strike, changing lives forever.

Recently, the head coach of the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team was killed in a tragic bus accident. The bus, carrying 23 passengers, was traveling to a game, when the bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree. The 30-year-old coach, who was six months pregnant, was flown to a local hospital, along with two other injured passengers. The driver was also killed in the accident. Nineteen others were injured in the accident, and were taken to several local hospitals. Authorities are still investigating and it is not yet known why the bus crashed.

Pennsylvania employer cited for fluting worker safety standards

Many Pittsburgh residents may know that workers in the United States enjoy a good deal of rights. However, that does not mean that the workplace is completely free of danger. Companies that cut corners or act carelessly toward their employees can cause a work related death or injury.

Fortunately for workers in America, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration strives to protect workers from dangerous or even deadly work conditions. Recently a natural gas producer and operator was cited for eight safety and health violations. The citations were specifically for its gas well site in Ringgold, Pennsylvania and followed an investigation prompted by a worker death. The list of transgressions include the failure to provide and require flame-resistant clothing, failure to provide protection from falls from stairs on tanks and failure to properly label tanks among other problems.

FDA recalls knee replacement device

Undergoing surgery can be a traumatic experience for many people, especially if the outcome of the surgery is uncertain. However, any Pennsylvania product liability lawyer knows in some types of surgeries that involve implantation of devices, where the operation was successful and the patient appears to have fully recovered, it can come as a shock when injury later occurs-this time due to a defect in the device.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall of a reconstructive knee device manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, which is a unit of Johnson & Johnson.

State legislature considers "apology laws" for med mal cases

When someone makes a mistake, the natural expectation on the wronged party is that the person who made the mistake should apologize. And in many situations, an apology from the party in error is forthcoming and can even resolve the problem. However, as any Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer knows, it is not that easy for a doctor who has made a mistake to just apologize. This is because in some cases, an apology could be considered an admission of negligence, potentially leading to a malpractice lawsuit.

The Pennsylvania state legislature is reviewing a bill that aims to change this. The bill, commonly referred to as an "apology law," would make any admissions of liability made by a healthcare provider to a patient inadmissible in a medical malpractice lawsuit, if that admission was made as part of an apology or "benevolent gesture of compassion." Similar laws have been enacted in 36 states.

Helicopter crash kills Pennsylvania man

Some professions inherently involve more danger than others. Construction work and factory work are two of the most hazardous jobs out there, but sometimes, other professions can be just as dangerous. People often do not expect television production to be one of the dangerous fields of work, but depending what is involved in producing the show, a workplace injury can happen.

Recently, a man from Indiana, Pa., who was working on a television show in California, was killed in a helicopter crash while shooting the show. The man was one of three passengers who were killed. Authorities including the FAA are investigating the cause of the accident.

Wood shop worker killed by lumber processing machine

Some types of jobs are much more dangerous than others, particularly jobs that require operation of or close contact with heavy or complicated machinery. In these types of professions, serious workplace injury, or even death, is a very real risk that workers must face every day.

Recently, a 33-year-old worker at a wood products shop was killed after he was pinned in a machine. The man, who had worked there for three years, was operating a machine that removes the rough edges from lumber when the accident occurred. It was near the end of his shift, at about 12:40 a.m. He was taken to a local hospital, and experienced trauma injuries to his head and check, plus chest and right arm. He died about two hours after arriving at the hospital.

Regardless of the status of Illinois' helmet laws, motorcycle and moped riders do face increased risks on the road. Riders involved in accidents are more likely to be injured even if they are wearing the proper safety equipment. If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, the victim may be able to bring a civil suit against the driver and potentially recover damages.

Damages are helpful in covering the cost of medical bills or any lost wages from time away from work. An Illinois motorcycle injury attorney can help prove a driver's negligent and recover full compensation for the victim.

Families of Pittsburgh flood victims bring wrongful death suits

Losing a family member in a tragic accident can be a traumatic and devastating time. And any wrongful death attorney knows that that loss is even more heart-rending when a single accident claims the lives of multiple family members.

One Pittsburgh husband and father experienced that nightmare when his wife and two young daughters drowned during a flood. They were trapped inside their minivan as the vehicle became submerged by 9 feet of water. This same flood killed another woman as well. The flood happened in a low-lying part of Washington Boulevard, which has been subject to chronic flooding for more than 60 years.

Drunk driver who killed bicyclist sued for wrongful death

The death of a child, no matter their age, can be devastating for a parent. Any wrongful death lawyer knows that when that death was caused by the misconduct of another, it can be particularly painful for the surviving family members.

The father of a 19-year-old who was killed by a drunk driver recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. The 19-year-old was riding a bicycle when he was hit by an SUV; the SUV continued moving, dragging the bicycle and the rider 100 feet before stopping. The driver's blood alcohol level after the accident was measured at 0.093. By Pennsylvania state law, a driver is considered intoxicated at a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level. The driver pleaded no contest to a DUI charge, and was sentenced to six months of probation. In the wrongful death suit, the family is seeking over $50,000 in damages.

Court awards veteran $3.7 million in medical malpractice suit

When a patient goes to a doctor's office or hospital, they must rely on the expertise of the medical professionals who oversee and administer their care because the patient does not have the medical knowledge to make sure that the course of treatment is the correct one. And any Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer knows how dangerous it can be when a doctor or hospital fails in their duty to properly diagnose and treat a patient.

An Iraq-war veteran and his family were recently awarded damages of $3.7 million in a medical malpractice suit against the VA hospital that was treating the veteran. He had been treated at Wilkes-Barre Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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