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April 2018 Archives

Work-related injuries kill 1, injury 2

The risks associated with certain jobs in Pennsylvania are obvious. However, even jobs that seem as if they may be relatively low-risk can potentially result in serious harm. For example, a job as a refuse worker may seem pretty safe. Unfortunately, three men recently suffered work-related injuries due to a crash involving a garbage truck.

Pennsylvania worker killed in industrial accident

All workplaces contain hazards, though the degree of these hazards vary from place to place. Something that could seem like a simple malfunction with a piece of machinery or a process could ultimately prove fatal. Unfortunately, issues such as these may be difficult to recognize as a safety hazard. In fact, a man in Pennsylvania is said to have lost his life in an industrial accident.

Fatal workplace accident remains under investigation

While most people associate dangerous occupations with police officers and firefighters, for example, who are often forced to run directly toward dangerous situations, the fact is that all jobs hold some degree of risk. This may be especially true for those in Pennsylvania and other areas of the country who have manufacturing jobs that require them to use heavy machinery. Unfortunately, officials in another state are investigating a recent fatal workplace accident.

What to Do Immediately After a Dog Bite

4444doberman-dog-animal-world-anim.jpgWhile most dogs are happy to provide endless companionship to the people around them, even the most docile canine can snap under certain circumstances. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year. Since dog bite injuries can have significant medical, legal, and financial ramifications, it's important to know what to do after a dog bite.

3 Most Common Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions

12125pexels-photo-229015.jpgEach year, there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways. About 17,000 people die in those collisions and another 500,000 are hurt. Rear-end collisions often take drivers by surprise, jarring them suddenly as they sit at a stop light or come to a dead stop in traffic. While many rear-end collisions allow the victims to walk away completely unharmed, there are several common injuries that can be very severe.

What to Do If Your Child Is Injured in a Bicycle Accident

1315352pexels-photo-680108.jpgIt's every parent's worst nightmare: your child was riding a bicycle when they were struck by a car. It happens more often than you'd think - in 2015, over 61,000 children were involved in motor vehicle crashes while on a bicycle. While any bicycle accident involving your child can be terrifying, if your child is hit by a car, there are important measures to take after the accident that will help protect your right to compensation:

Are You Guilty of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

3333pexels-photo-769892.jpgWhen a car does what it's supposed to do, it can be easy to take it for granted. But things can (and do) go wrong with no notice at all. Sometimes parts fail without any kind of warning. But let's face it, most drivers are guilty of ignoring issues with their vehicles at some point or another, and that's the first fatal flaw. Cars always need regular maintenance to remain reliable and safe.

Personal Injury Claims: Understanding Pain and Suffering Damages

1212pexels-photo-568027.jpgIf you've ever been involved in a legal case, or have even watched a TV show about lawyers, you may have heard confusing legal jargon thrown around by those involved. Perhaps you've heard terms like "pain and suffering" or "punitive damages," but no one has ever really explained what those terms mean.
Read on for an in-depth explanation of pain and suffering damages, and what they could potentially mean to someone's personal injury case.

Man suffers fatal work-related injuries in industrial accident

In the course of a work day, a worker in Pennsylvania may face many situations that have the potential of turning dangerous. Unfortunately, even when workers are aware of these risks and are safety-minded, they can still suffer from work-related injuries. In fact, reports from a neighboring state indicate that a man recently passed away after being involved in an industrial incident.

3 Ways to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents This Spring

1233sunset-summer-motorcycle.jpgSpring is finally here, and soon motorcycles will return to the roads in greater numbers. Unfortunately, springtime in Pittsburgh sees a lot of rain and wet roads due to melted snow, which can lead to an increase in motorcycle accidents. Staying safe on a motorcycle is a main priority for any rider, especially when weather is involved. As the days begin to grow warmer, it's important to refresh your memory on motorcycle safety.

State trooper suffers fatal work-related injuries

Police officers in Pennsylvania and across the country know that every time they report for a shift, they may be putting their lives at risk. While the risks involved in attempting to disarm and apprehend those committing a crime are obvious, those associated with traveling on roadways may be less so. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a trooper from another state recently suffered fatal work-related injuries in a crash.

Fatal workplace accident at BMW plant under investigation

While some workplaces in Pennsylvania may hold more risks than others, all employees face the potential of being involved in an accident regardless of their place of employment. While health and safety standards are in place and enforced, accidents can still happen. In fact, a recent fatal workplace accident in another state remains under investigation by federal officials.

Workplace accidents: Man killed in industrial accident

The vast majority of workers in Pennsylvania are extremely conscientious about their safety as well as the safety of their co-workers. However, even those who are most committed to following all safety recommendations can be involved in workplace accidents. Unfortunately, a man in another state was recently killed in what has been deemed an industrial accident.

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