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Undiagnosed Post-Partum Injuries

02/15/2017 16:28:09 PM

Childbirth subjects a mother’s body to extreme stress. Torn or stretched tissues and muscles are common, and with time, those injuries may heal without intervention. But some more severe post-partum injuries go undiagnosed or untreated, leaving ...

$227 Million Settlement Reached in Market Street Building Collapse Case

02/08/2017 16:58:06 PM

Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller is proud to announce that the long civil trial stemming from the 2015 building collapse on Market Street has concluded with a $227 million settlement, which is believed to be the largest personal injury ...

Smartphone Apps for Driving

02/07/2017 17:32:51 PM

Using your smartphone while driving is – in most circumstances – not recommended. Knowing that distraction is the cause of many serious and fatal crashes, there’s no reason to be browsing Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat while driving. ...

The Risk of Power Line Electrocutions for Workers

01/31/2017 08:30:20 AM

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration lists electrocution as one of the “Fatal Four” – the four most deadly types of accidents in the construction industry. When OSHA investigates a power line-related electrocution, it usually ...

Winter Driving Tips

01/29/2017 12:48:27 PM

In February 2014, a multi-car pile-up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike injured 27 people and left other motorists stranded for most of the day. NBC 10 reported that the initial crash near the Bensalem interchange involved five tractor-trailers and ...

Ride-Sharing Accidents in Philly

01/27/2017 12:50:00 PM

One of the hottest forms of transportation these days is ride sharing. And even though this form of getting from one place to another is a great way to save money as well as time, accidents do occur from time to time. When this happens, it is ...

Drone Risks on Construction Sites

01/23/2017 12:37:12 PM

Today, drones are being used to measure supply stockpiles, track construction progress and inspect roof work at construction sites. And problems are becoming commonplace. The commercial use of drones is expected to grow and will increase risk ...

Less Daylight Means More Danger for Pedestrians

01/18/2017 12:35:44 PM

Winter and the shorter daylight hours bring more danger than just low levels of vitamin D and the “winter blues.” As the sunset gets earlier and earlier through the winter, and daylight savings time pushes it even earlier, pedestrians face ...

New Plan for the Schuylkill Will (Hopefully) Reduce Congestion and Accidents

12/19/2016 02:30:00 AM

Gridlock, accidents, tons of time added to your commute, general frustration — just par for the course in Philly for anyone traveling the Schuylkill Expressway. However, there’s good news coming out of the Transportation Department. Defying ...

It’s Holiday Time at a Parking Lot Near You

12/14/2016 12:07:34 PM

You survived the holiday traffic and slippery roads. Now, the only thing that stands in the way of your shopping is finding a parking space. Your eyes are peeled for open spots, preferably spots that are close to your preferred entrance. That ...

Nowhere to Ride: Bike Lane Issues in Philadelphia

12/05/2016 10:04:44 AM

Those of us who call the City of Brotherly Love home like to think of it as a modern metropolis on par with other great cities. Of course, it does boast amazing history, world-class museums, prestigious institutions of higher learning, beloved ...

Heart Surgery Infections

12/02/2016 14:33:51 PM

Have you undergone open heart surgery in the last four years or know someone who has? Health officials have released a warning linking a life-threatening bacterial infection to a device commonly used during open heart surgeries. Patients who ...

Rehab Hospitals Cause Injury

11/15/2016 13:55:21 PM

Rehab hospitals: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. You are out of the “real” hospital and on your way to recovery, which is encouraging, but you are not yet in your own home, and the place still has a hospital vibe. Nev ...

Is Your Phone Safe? What You Need to Know About the Samsung Recall and Lithium-Ion Fire Risk

11/07/2016 09:03:17 AM

The Samsung Glazy Note 7 recall has been the subject of jokes on everything from commercials to late-night TV. However, carrying a cell phone that could possibly catch fire, and even explode, in your purse or pocket is certainly no joke. The ...

How Volume Affects Quality of Care

11/01/2016 03:00:37 AM

Common sense says that someone who doesn’t do a particular activity very often, especially a complicated one, simply isn’t going to do it as well as someone who does it frequently. That holds true for professionals as well, particularly ...

Medical Device Manufacturers Label Fatalities as “Injuries”

10/27/2016 03:00:40 AM

Implicit in the term “injury” is the idea that the person can get better — or at least can live with the damage. Common physical injuries include whiplash suffered in a car accident, a ruptured disc in the back from lifting a heavy object, ...

National Study of Physician Disciplinary Actions and Malpractice Claims Reveals Big Variations Among the States

10/26/2016 11:08:11 AM

Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, any powers not enumerated to the federal government belong to the states. Sounds clear enough, but in practice, it can be quite complicated. For a physician who wants to practice medicine, ...

Medical Marijuana in PA: A Primer

10/21/2016 12:09:24 PM

Although the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) still classifies marijuana as a controlled substance with no legal use, the federal government cannot force states to criminalize conduct that is illegal under federal law. Therefore, it was perfectly ...

Dangerously Flawed Designs

10/11/2016 12:23:06 PM

Although manufacturers and sellers are legally obligated to provide safe and effective products, thousands of people annually are seriously injured or killed by defective goods. From rechargeable batteries to motor vehicles, any product has ...

Infant Mortality Awareness

09/12/2016 10:46:38 AM

Infant mortality. There’s no way to sugarcoat such an unfortunate reality. Surprisingly, the United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates (IMR) in the developed world. Often used as a measure of overall public health, a country’s ...

Understaffed Nursing Homes Jeopardize Patient Safety

08/31/2016 13:22:51 PM

It has been estimated that Pennsylvania has 2.2 million residents age 65 and older, which places the state fourth among all the states for percentage of people in that demographic sector. By 2030, citizens age 60 and older are projected to make ...

Confusing Gear Shifter Leads to Major Headaches for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

07/28/2016 11:29:28 AM

A young, up-and-coming celebrity recently died alone at his Los Angeles home. Upon hearing those basic details, many people just assumed that it was yet another tale of Hollywood excess gone horribly wrong. However, what actually happened to ...

Don’t Leave Safety Behind When You Head Out for National Parks and Recreation Month

07/28/2016 11:04:12 AM

As it does most years, summer is rapidly passing by. Already halfway through July – how much time have you spent outdoors? If you’re like most people, it hasn’t been very much. In fact, a recent study sponsored by the U.S. Environmental ...

FDA Warns About Imodium

07/12/2016 12:09:10 PM

“Use as directed.” That warning appears on various types of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), to help ensure that the drug performs as intended. Regulating medications in the U.S. is the job of the Food and Drug ...

IKEA’s Deadly Dressers: Furniture Shouldn’t Cause Fatalities

07/01/2016 08:25:57 AM

Adults and children invariably look at the world differently, and we can learn a lot from another’s perspective. For example, grown-ups view furniture as providing a place to store books or take a rest or display their souvenirs. Kids, on ...

All of Us are at Risk When Truck Drivers Suffer from Sleep Apnea

06/21/2016 15:32:32 PM

Like food and water, humans need sleep to survive. Like healthy food and clean water, humans need restorative sleep to flourish. There are a number of sleep disorders that can get in the way of quality sleep, but over the last two decades, there ...

Distracted Doctoring

05/20/2016 03:30:26 AM

There has been a nationwide effort for a few years now to educate people on the dangers of using mobile devices while operating a vehicle. Distracted driving is a contributing factor in more than 5,000 traffic fatalities every year, with at ...

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

05/18/2016 08:13:13 AM

We’ve all heard the saying that “April showers bring May flowers.” (And some of us still appreciate the grade school ending of “And what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims.”) But May is a versatile month that undeniably means spring. The ...

Wrongful Death at Work

05/06/2016 14:52:18 PM

A famous French philosopher once said, “Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.” It’s certainly true that Americans work hard. A recent study found that compared to other first-world countries, people in the ...

When Healthcare Turns Fatal: New Study Suggests Medical Errors are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

05/05/2016 10:43:30 AM

A 2014 survey asking citizens of 29 countries their feelings about their medical care revealed an interesting paradox: the majority of Americans polled were highly satisfied with the treatment they received, but did not agree that U.S. doctors ...

Reporting Nursing Home Abuse

04/29/2016 03:30:13 AM

Our grandparents and parents are getting older. We’re getting older. The CDC has reported an all-time high in U.S. life expectancy based on 2012 data – an average of 78.8 years. The life expectancy for females was 81.2 years, while the life ...

Intravenous vs. Oral Medication Mistakes

04/26/2016 09:51:43 AM

Medications are big business. The leading pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars every year, with large shares of their revenue coming from their top drug brands. We’ve all seen commercials encouraging us to ask our doctors for ...

National Infant Immunization Week & Vaccine Injury

04/18/2016 21:40:54 PM

The debate over vaccinations has been going on for decades. One side champions a vaccination policy aiming to have every American child receive approximately 38 inoculation shots before age five. The other side believes this policy is deeply ...

Insurance Issues in Truck Accident Cases

04/18/2016 03:30:04 AM

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are often catastrophic, resulting in debilitating injuries and major property destruction. Victims of Pennsylvania truck accidents are left in substantial financial turmoil, suffering from losses caused by medical ...

Car Care Month: Maintenance is Your Friend

04/14/2016 03:30:44 AM

Most of us take our vehicles for granted. We head out the door, day after day, rushing off to work or school or the store without any room in the schedule for car trouble. Given their essential role in many lives, it’s surprising how few people ...

Training Day

04/12/2016 13:56:32 PM

Trains in the Philly area are an important part of our transportation plan, but last weekend was a tragic one for Amtrak and several families.  An Amtrak train on the Northeast Corridor Line derailed in Chester, killing two Amtrak workers and ...

Personal Injury at Philadelphia Sports Venues

03/23/2016 03:30:31 AM

The Philadelphia area is bursting with pride in our many sports teams and overflowing with exciting games featuring them. Across a number of disciplines, Philadelphia teams represent some of the oldest, most successful and most well-known programs ...

The End of Paper Logs in Trucking: Storing Driving Time Electronically

03/21/2016 03:30:58 AM

Oddly enough, professional truck drivers spend a significant amount of time doing paperwork. Required records vary from driver to driver and can include receipts, load assignments, tax records, insurance policies, health records, log books, ...

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs): Are they Safer?

03/17/2016 03:30:33 AM

The digital revolution that has changed the way we communicate, conduct business, and experience life has left few areas untouched. A paperless society is friendlier for trees, and electronic files make it much easier to search and retrieve ...

More Patients Visiting Fewer ER Facilities

03/15/2016 08:57:59 AM

Chest pain, abdominal pain, broken bones, upper respiratory infections, back pain, skin infections, foreign objects in the body, and headaches are some of the most common reasons that people seek help at an emergency room. When you are severely ...

Trying to Make Sense of Repeated Head Trauma and the NFL

03/11/2016 07:46:51 AM

The record books are closed on Super Bowl 50, and the Denver Broncos have been awarded the Lombardi Trophy. In what’s become a common part of nearly every match-up, players on both teams suffered concussions. Neither Denver Broncos linebacker ...

Maggots Find Their Meal in a Feeding Tube

03/09/2016 09:52:17 AM

We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of lifting the garbage can lid and unexpectedly finding tons of small white insects wriggling around. Often confused as being their own species, maggots are actually the larvae stage in the lifecycle ...

Bacterial Infection Outbreak at PA Hospitals

03/07/2016 14:54:29 PM

Going to the hospital is an unsettling experience. Everyone bustling around with a sense of urgency. Beeps and bells and doctors being paged. Depending on why you are there, the time may drag or it may fly by. Usually the best thing about the ...

Exploding E-Cigarettes

03/01/2016 16:55:15 PM

Quitting tobacco is notoriously difficult and yet one of the best things anyone can do for their overall health. Advice and products abound for those who wish to make this important change, including behavioral therapy, nicotine replacement ...

Nursing Home Fatalities Increase in the Winter

02/17/2016 02:30:49 AM

As of 2015, there were 700 licensed nursing homes in Pennsylvania, with a total of approximately 88,000 beds. It’s estimated that on average, nursing homes here have an occupancy rate of over 90 percent. And the outlook is for more of the ...

Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Education

02/15/2016 02:00:23 AM

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks had it. So did glamorous film star Rita Hayworth. Tough guy Charles Bronson struggled with it. Country musician Glen Campbell still does. These celebrities join with the estimated 5.3 million Americans who have ...

Black Ice: Invisible, Inevitable, Injurious

02/12/2016 02:30:19 AM

Winter weather is full of scary sounding forms of precipitation. Sleet. Freezing rain. Graupel. Ice. Black ice. Subtle differences in air and surface temperature determine what conditions will be encountered. Of all the types, it can be argued ...

Cancer & Malpractice

02/08/2016 14:49:58 PM

Cancer, the second most common cause of death in the United States, is a varied disease, existing in over 100 different types. The National Cancer Institute estimates that the most widespread forms in 2015 were breast cancer, lung and bronchus ...

Medical Diagnostic Errors Lead to Complications, Lawsuits

01/13/2016 09:36:31 AM

In October 2015, a jury awarded $2.2 million to a Pennsylvania man in a medical malpractice case. During the trial, a surgeon testified that had the plaintiff’s spinal fracture been properly diagnosed the man would be able to walk. Instead, ...

Could ‘Black Box’ Technology Make Surgery Safer?

12/31/2015 02:30:30 AM

After an airplane crash, investigators search for the “black box” – the device installed on planes that can provide clues about what happened immediately preceding the crash. Now, researchers in Canada are raising the question of whether ...

Mall Violence and Liability

12/29/2015 12:33:42 PM

A husband and wife who were shot at Monroeville Mall in February have filed suit against the mall’s owners and the store where the shooting occurred. The couple claims that violence and gang activity at the mall just east of Pittsburgh had ...

How to Avoid Dangerous Toys

12/23/2015 11:44:29 AM

Parents want some assurance that the toys they buy for their children are safe. And it would appear that, overall, toys are safer now than they used to be. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that toy recalls have been decreasing ...

Patient Safety Group Holds Healthcare Providers Accountable

12/23/2015 09:25:30 AM

In Pennsylvania, when a mistake happens at a hospital or one of several other types of healthcare facilities, it must be reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. The Authority was established in 2002, as part of the Medical Care ...