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January 2014 Archives

OSHA seeks to make workplace injury records more public


In order to keep workplaces safe, regulators and employers must work together to implement measures to keep workers out of harm's way. One aspect necessary to attain such a lofty goal is accurate and adequate tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. By knowing how many injuries and illnesses occur in a given time period, regulators can crack down on troublesome workplaces, forcing them to implement the measures needed to keep workers safe.

Bucks County woman killed when hit by vehicle


Yet another hit-and-run pedestrian accident has left a Pennsylvania resident dead. The accident occurred in the early morning hours in Bucks County. There, a woman in her 50s was hit by a vehicle that then left the scene. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. As the investigation continues, police have identified and are questioning a person of interest who they say is cooperating.

Building collapse injures Pennsylvania worker


Pennsylvania's workers often operate in environments that place them at risk of harm. Safety standards and regulations, imposed by the government and employers, often prevent workplace injuries from occurring. Yet, sometimes corners are cut and mistakes are made, resulting in on-the-job injuries. A worker who is injured on the job should know his or her legal rights, and act upon them to protect his or her well-being.

Fatal crash occurs after driver runs a stop sign

A woman was killed and another man injured in an accident along the Pennsylvania-Ohio border.  The accident occurred on Jan. 11 at 8:00 p.m.  According to the Lawrence County coroner, the accident site was being treated as a crime scene.

Pennsylvania car accident turns into fatal pedestrian crash


Pennsylvanians should be able to walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks without fear of being hit. The sad reality, though, is that pedestrian accidents occur far too frequently. Without adequate protection, those on foot often suffer serious injuries when struck by a vehicle, and those injuries often lead to death. A family that loses a loved one in one of these horrific accidents should know what can be done legally to recover damages.

When doctors say 'brain dead,' what do really they mean?

The term "brain dead" has, sadly, been in the news lately. In two cases, neither of which is in Pennsylvania, the families of a patient declared brain dead have asked the courts for help. In one case, the family wants to keep the patient on life support; in the other, the family wants to end life support.

Hit-and-run driver in fatal accident had suspended license

An arrest has been made concerning a Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a 69-year-old man and his dog.  Bail was set for the individual arrested at $1 million.  Prosecuting attorneys had charged him with an accident involving death or personal injury.  However, charges may be upgraded.

Motorcycle rider loses leg when struck head-on by other vehicle

A public defender for a Pennsylvania County lost his leg in a motorcycle accident on June 20, 2012. The motorcycle accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. when a driver reportedly crossed the double yellow line and struck the motorcycle head-on.

Truck driver hauling fuel said to be speeding at time of accident

A truck accident that occurred in Pennsylvania was blamed upon the speed being driven by the truck driver. According to a state trooper, an accident reconstruction demonstrated that the driver was traveling at 48 to 50 miles per hour at the time of the accident, and the designated speed limit for tractor-trailers at that area was 40 mph. The truck driver was charged with three summary offenses.