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Snapchat and Driving: The Ugly Truth

driving.jpgSnapchat is all the rage in the world of social media, allowing users to share pictures or short videos which then disappear within seconds. Teenagers and young adults in particular are avid users of the app, embracing it as a fun way to communicate with their friends. Unfortunately, while snapping may seem like a harmless pastime, there are increasing reports of people using Snapchat while driving, resulting in an increase in car accidents and injuries.

Industrial accident involving beam results in fatality

Most people in Pennsylvania are never fully prepared for the unexpected loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, those who have family members who work in an industrial setting are sometimes confronted with such a scenario due to an industrial accident. Unfortunately, one family in another state is facing such a loss after an accident involving a beam took a man's life.

The incident happened at a recycling facility one morning on a day in September. Reports indicate that a 38-year-old man was riding on top of a beam hooked to a crane. The beam is used to pack recycling materials.

Foul play not suspected in fatal workplace accident

Even jobs in Pennsylvania that may seem relatively safe on the surface can often have serious risks associated with them. For example, people who work with hot surfaces or toxic materials can face serious injuries. Unfortunately, a man in another state recently lost his life in a fatal workplace accident.

Rescue workers were called to the scene just after 4 p.m. on a day in September. According to reports, the man was working at Nucor Steel, a company that manufactures steel rolls. Police believe that the man slipped, falling into a vat of byproducts from the finished rolled steel.

A Message from Patrick May

Webp.net-resizeimage (6).jpgIn most ways, Patrick May is like many other 10th graders. He loves his family dog. He runs cross country. He plays the cello in the school orchestra. He likes video games and even dreams of making them someday. And he's starting to think about college visits--not too hard, mind you, but thinking about them nonetheless.

Loss of consciousness in an accident could mean a brain injury

Accidents happen every day. Driving a car, working or even walking through a store can result in a sudden event, like a slip-and-fall or a collision. After an accident, you may experience a number of feelings.

Many people respond with a sense of embarrassment, especially if the accident is at work or a place of business with a lot of witnesses. If you don't seem badly hurt, you may brush yourself off and try to act like the accident wasn't a big deal.Unfortunately, doing so can end up being a big mistake.

Workplace accidents: Man suffers serious injury in fall

Employers and workers alike often go to great lengths to ensure that work conditions are safe for everyone. However, workplace accidents can still happen in Pennsylvania and other locations even when stringent standards are in place and closely adhered to. In fact, a man in another state recently suffered a serious head injury in a fall that officials have described as an industrial accident.

Emergency workers report that they received a call about the accident at approximately 4:30 p.m. on a day in in September. Reports indicate that the accident involved a 36-year-old man at a Staples Warehouse located in another state. The victim was reportedly on a roof when it collapsed.

A Guide to Medical Imaging: X-Rays, CT Scans, and MRIs

Webp.net-resizeimage (5).jpgIf you've ever watched a good legal drama, you know that any legitimate claim is supported by good evidence. And when it comes to personal injury claims, medical evidence is the most important kind. Medical imaging, such as CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays, is a powerful tool in the presentation of personal injury cases; the images taken can prove just how serious or debilitating the injuries have been for the person who suffered them.

Here, we discuss the differences between three commonly used medical imaging exams:


Nurses more likely to be injured on the job than police officers

Recently, the arrest of a nurse who refused to allow a police officer to draw blood on a comatose patient brought national attention to the subject of violence against nurses and initiated a conversation about the dangers that many nurses and other members of the health care community face in their everyday lives. Unfortunately, some statistics shed an alarming light on the possibility of nurses becoming injured on the job. Advocates in Pennsylvania and across the country argue that because the nursing field is primarily female, the rate of injury may not be receiving an appropriate amount of attention from legislators.

In recent months, nurses in other states suffered serious harm while on the job. One nurse was pushed down the steps by someone arguing with staff. Another nurse suffered multiple stab wounds by a patient who was not happy with the care he received. In another situation, two nurses were taken hostage by an inmate, and one of them was sexually assaulted and beaten.

Construction accident results in a fatality

When most people in Pennsylvania think of dangerous occupations, the first ones that likely come to mind are those that require workers to rush directly toward dangers such as police officers, soldiers and firefighters. However, many people underestimate the potential harm that those who work in the field of construction face as they work with heavy equipment and at great heights. Unfortunately, a recent construction accident in another state resulted in the death of a worker.

The incident happened on a day in early September. Reports indicate that workers were installing gas lines for PUMPCO, Inc. Unfortunately, the 38-year-old victim was reportedly struck by a grader used to flatten surfaces.

What's Causing the Pain in My Back and Neck?

Webp.net-resizeimage (3).jpgIf you or someone you love has suffered due to a back or neck injury, you know these injuries can cause pain and disability for weeks, months, and, in some cases, even years. What many people don't know is that neck and back injuries aren't always the result of a sudden accident - they can occur over years while on the job, and many workers are more prone to back and neck injuries than others. Workers who perform heavy lifting, frequent twisting, loading cargo, repetitive work, overexertion, or driving long distances are especially at risk.

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