Workers in various industries in Pennsylvania are exposed to a myriad of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates permissible exposure limits (PELs) of about 300 hazardous chemicals. However, those represent only a small percentage of toxic substances that can cause a work injury.
The sudden death of a loved one can be challenging for any Pennsylvania family. This is especially true when the family member is unexpectedly killed in an auto accident that appears to have been preventable. In addition to leading to emotional trauma, such a tragedy can also lead to financial and legal challenges.
During the recent Rural Roads Safety Week in Pennsylvania, a call was made for motorists and farmers to share the roads in a responsible manner. In collaboration with the state's transportation, police and agriculture departments, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau endeavors to raise awareness of the coming planting season and the associated safety risks on the roads. Increased numbers of slow-moving farm equipment will be using the roads, and the patience of motorists will be tested. An auto accident that involves heavy farm equipment can lead to severe personal injury or worse.
Needing to undergo an organ transplant is naturally an extremely stressful situation for patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. At such times, patients should be able to trust in the knowledge and experience of the medical professionals who will be in control of the surgery and aftercare. A man in another state who was in the final stages of renal disease and suffered hypertension was scheduled for a kidney transplant in 2011. Unfortunately, the treatment he received apparently did not live up to expectations and his wife and son recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the treating cardiologist and the medical facility.
When a newborn baby undergoes surgery, it is naturally a traumatic experience for his or her parents. Under such circumstances, parents commonly put their trust in the experience and knowledge of the surgical team. Unfortunately, such trust is sometimes misplaced. Medical negligence can have devastating consequences. Pennsylvania readers may be aware of the outcome of a medical malpractice lawsuit after a medication error in another state.
Being a victim of negligent medical care can leave a person disillusioned about medical professionals and the level of care they offer. Not only will such a person suffer the physical consequences of medical malpractice but also the financial and emotional consequences. While legal recourse is an option for any Pennsylvania resident, his or her state of health may make it difficult to start the legal process.
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.
The consequences of reckless driving are often devastating and can change the lives of injured victims forever, and in fatal accidents, it is often the lives of surviving family members that will always have a void. A Pennsylvania man, who suffered traumatic brain injury in a serious car accident on an afternoon in July of last year, is now one of the statistics of accidents allegedly caused by reckless drivers. After an affidavit of probable cause, the driver who is accused of causing this man's injuries was released on his own recognizance and is awaiting a scheduled preliminary hearing.
Despite regulations and safety programs at construction sites in Pennsylvania, workplace accidents frequently occur. Company owners are responsible for the safety of each worker and avoiding a work injury by following regulations as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Safe tools, equipment and surroundings, and a workplace free of hazards could prevent most on-the-job injuries.
It is not uncommon for victims of medical errors in Pennsylvania to suffer lifelong consequences. If you are facing mounting medical bills for an injury or surgical error, you may be unsure of how to proceed with legal action. To have a viable claim, you will have to prove negligence, typically shown by documenting medical care that is below acceptable standards. This is commonly a complex process of investigation and preparing a strong case, and you may find the services of a medical malpractice attorney invaluable.