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Products liability -- Range of dietary supplements recalled

Medical conditions can be cured, and lives can be saved by prescription drugs. As thousands of products liability lawsuits prove -- nationwide and in Pennsylvania -- prescription and over-the-counter drugs can also cause harm through severe adverse effects and even death. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has strict guidelines, policies and standards to ensure consumer safety through regulation of drugs, it could take a considerable time before dangerous drugs are removed from the market.

A recent FDA recall warned that a range of products manufactured by PharmaTech could potentially be contaminated with B. cepacia. This bacteria can cause severe respiratory infections that could be passed from one person to another, and it is resistant to most antibiotics. The recalled products included all products under three different labels -- Leader Brands, Major Pharmaceuticals and Rugby Laboratories.

Tell-tale signs of a loved one suffering nursing home neglect

When an elderly person is subjected to mistreatment of any nature in a facility that has a legal obligation to render protection and care, it is known as institutional elder abuse. Another term used to describe such an atrocity is nursing home neglect, something that is far too prevalent nationwide, including in Pennsylvania. People with loved ones in nursing homes may want to look out for any signs of abuse or neglect in order to put an immediate stop to it.

When an elderly loved does not receive the necessary assistance to move about, neglect can be evident in his or her personal hygiene. Look out for the smell of feces and urine, dirty clothes, unwashed hair, body odor and overgrown nails. The development of incontinence and skin damage from sitting in wet disposable diapers will indicate the lack of help to get to the toilet. The absence of daily exercise will also be evident in the person's difficulty to move about.

People could suffer injuries while auto defects are investigated

Pennsylvania residents may believe that when a problem arises with a type of vehicle, a recall will be issued in order to prevent anyone from suffering injuries due to the issue. In reality, an investigation is often conducted first, and that could take some time during which the public may not be made aware of the auto defects. This could result in an increasing number of incidents in which people suffer serious or fatal injuries.

For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration became aware of thousands of complaints against Ford last year. The complaints indicated that exhaust fumes were getting into the passenger compartments of the Ford Explorer SUVs. A large number of the complaints came from law enforcement agencies across the country who use the "Police Interceptor" version of the vehicle.

Drug manufacturers and product liability

Imagine trying a new anti-aging face cream that just hit the market. Your doctor prescribed the cream, so you were not overly concerned about the effects. When you picked up the cream at your local Pittsburgh pharmacy you did not see any negative effects listed on the container and the pharmacist did not mention anything you should be aware of, so you made the natural assumption that the product was safe.

Unfortunately, you had a very negative reaction to the product and you now have permanent scarring on your face and neck. After doing a bit of research, you found out that other people have suffered similar reactions.

Vehicles cause many road construction workers' accidents

Paving, repairing and maintaining the roads of Pennsylvania puts those who work in the industry at great risk. They face hazards from the elements, the equipment and materials used and the vehicles that many of them are around as pedestrians while they work. Even when safety precautions are taken, this makes vehicles a significant cause of road construction workers' accidents here in the state and across the country.

For instance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police are each conducting their own investigations into the death of a 51-year-old man who recently died while working at a road construction site. At around 7:45 a.m., he and a crew were doing some paving work at an intersection. Somehow, the truck he was working behind ran over him.

Life-threatening infections could mean nursing home neglect

The miracles of modern medicine help many Pennsylvania residents live longer than at any other time in the state's history. As a result, a larger number of the population ends up needing long-term care from their families, assisted living centers or nursing homes. This means that the potential for nursing home neglect may only continue to rise as well, and it may come from a variety of sources.

One threat to the lives of nursing home residents comes from infections. Estimates place the number of people who die each year in long-term care facilities from infections at approximately 500,000. The types of infections found in these facilities present a danger to healthy individuals, let alone the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Under those circumstances, they can be deadly.

Did the recall notice re auto defects come too late for you?

In recent years, automakers have sustained numerous setbacks. The recalls of vehicles for auto defects such as defective airbags, ignition switches and brakes seem to come more often and affect a larger number of vehicles than ever before here in the United States, including on many here in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, a recall could come too late to keep you from suffering serious injuries caused by or contributed to by an auto defect.

Being involved in even a seemingly minor collision could reveal the defect in your vehicle. Your seat belt could break and send you crashing into the windshield, or the airbag could fail or contain debris that causes you significant injuries. Like most Pennsylvania residents, you have probably heard about the recall of Takata airbags that have actually caused fatalities. Depending on the nature of the defect, you may be lucky to be alive.

Many construction workers' accidents occur from falls

Every Pennsylvania worker faces hazards, and some are more prevalent than others. For construction workers, one of the most common dangers comes from falls. You may spend a significant amount of time on scaffolding. Falls from these structures make up a large portion of the construction workers' accidents that occur.

If you fell from scaffolding, you more than likely suffered serious injuries. You could need time off work to recover. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may spend a significant amount of time in the hospital and then recovering. During that time, you may worry about the rapidly accumulating medical bills and your rapidly declining income.

Another food company faces potential products liability claims

In the 21st century, instances of food contamination should be rare. Sadly, it appears as though the media here in Pennsylvania and across the country relays news of food recalls due to some sort of contamination more often than seems reasonable. In fact, yet another food company could face products liability claims in the wake of a recall of its products.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recall was issued due to the possibility that the affected products could contain foreign matter. Several of the products manufactured by Overhill Farms, Inc. may contain bone fragments. Around 54,630 pounds of the company's chicken bite products are the subject of the recall.

Conditions that lead to a serious indoor slip-and-fall accident

When you visit a retail store, office building or any other public place, you assume that your safety will always come first.

Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can lead to a serous indoor slip-and-fall accident. If this happens, you could soon find that your life is no longer the same.

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