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Medical malpractice: preventable medical deaths hit record high

When thinking about death, Pennsylvanians may often think about fatal accidents and illnesses like cancer and heart disease. While the two diseases do top the charts in terms of causing deaths in this country, the third leading cause can be quite surprising: medical errors. Medical errors may not only cause health complications, but they can also cost them their lives. The more disturbing fact is that such medical errors are very much preventable.

U.S. Senator calls probe on workplace deaths of temp workers

With today's unpredictable economy, it can be hard to get a job. All too often, Pennsylvania residents are forced to settle for temporary work just to make ends meet. Although there is nothing wrong with temp work, as it is popularly called, others see it as more dangerous as compared to regular jobs. First, temp workers often do not get the best benefits or any benefits at all. Second, temp workers often engage in work that is considered to be hazardous. Worker safety is a serious concern for all workers, especially since temporary worker fatalities seem to be on the rise.

Pennsylvania trooper involved in fatal accident

Exercising extra caution while behind the wheel is no longer limited to dangerous driving conditions. It is a must, especially when it comes to the often congested and busy roads and highways of Pennsylvania. Otherwise, an accident can easily occur and injure not just the driver, but numerous others as well.

Hip fractures make nursing home deaths more likely

The elderly are prone to injuries and illnesses. For this reason, nursing homes are responsible for giving proper care and treatment for patients in order to help reduce the possibility of injuries, diseases and death. However, nursing homes, including those in Pennsylvania, should pay extra attention to residents who suffer from a hip fracture. According to a new study, hip fractures often result in permanent disability and nursing home deaths.

Pennsylvania lawsuit claims medication led to baby's death

One of the more difficult situations Pennsylvania parents can experience is when their young children get sick. Children, being young and sensitive, can be hard to medicate. For this reason, medicine specifically designed for children is used. However, like all medicines, there may be side effects that can be detrimental to the children's health, and in a worst case scenario, can even lead to their deaths. A lawsuit claiming that a child lost his life because of taking a particular drug could highlight the need to investigate such medicines.