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February 2015 Archives

Pennsylvania tractor trailer accident claims life of driver

Whenever motorists are driving on Pennsylvania roads, they are exposed to many safety hazards. The dangers are multiplied during the winter when snow accumulates on roadways or in areas where ice forms on the road surface. While weather conditions are often blamed for accidents, it remains a driver's responsibility to recognize the hazards and drive accordingly. Interstate 70 westbound was closed for almost nine hours after a recent fatal tractor trailer accident.

Alleged error with nerve block leads to medical malpractice claim

Unless it is an emergency, when a doctor in Pennsylvania recommends surgery to resolve a medical issue, he or she is required to provide the patient with certain information. No procedures may be carried out until a patient has given consent, and he or she has the right to be fully informed about the diagnosis and the treatment recommended by the doctor. Failure to inform patients may lead to medical malpractice lawsuits.

Competition may lessen distracted driving car accidents

Because of the alarming number of fatalities that result from distracted driving, a joint venture of a Pennsylvania newspaper and AT&T will focus on creating an awareness of the potential repercussions of cell phone use while driving. A competition was launched for secondary school students across Pennsylvania. This is part of a state-wide competition where students have to write an essay in answer to a question about texting and driving and the potential car accidents that may result.

Birth defects may be caused by medication error in painkillers

Health authorities are concerned about the high number of babies born with birth defects. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that many birth defects are caused by painkillers taken by women during their child-bearing years. According to an estimate made by the CDC, more than 33 percent of women will use medication for pain at some time between the ages of 15 and 44. In some cases in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, a physician who prescribed painkillers during pregnancy may be held responsible for a medication error that led to a birth defect.

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