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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.

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.

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?

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.

What are the standards for design defects in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania residents generally expect that those items they purchase from reputable retailers will work for their intended purpose and do so in a reasonably safe manner. One reason that people have this expectation is that society has decided that everyone stands to gain when manufacturers and sellers are required to adhere to certain standards and regulations. When they don't, and a product fails and causes injury, the injured party may be entitled to compensation.

Pennsylvania parents get large verdict for doctor mistake

Doctors and other medical professionals are expected to know how to proceed in medical emergencies, especially when they are performing a job within their particular specializations. One of the most important areas of medicine is obstetrics, in which physicians and nurses help in the lead up to, and process of, the birth of a child. Because there are two (or sometimes more) lives at stake, these procedures are very important to get right, no matter who the doctor is.