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August 2017 Archives

Construction workers' accidents and illnesses are compensable

Those who work in construction nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, are always at risk of contracting an incurable, potentially fatal lung disease called silicosis. Grinding, cutting, blasting and conducting other activities involving stone, concrete and brick create dust that contains respirable crystalline silica can cause consequences as severe as the worst construction workers' accidents. Exposure to excessive levels of silica dust can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease and even lung cancer.

Auto defects: 700,000 pickup trucks pose deadly threats

Every year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania and other states suffer injuries caused by defective products. Many of the incidents that cause these injuries involve auto defects. The law requires manufacturers and others in the chain of supply to ensure that no products that fail to meet the consumers' ordinary expectations are introduced into the market. These entities can be held liable if dangerous or defective products cause injuries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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