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Look Out Below: Risks for construction workers

If you work in the construction industry, you already know that you are in one of the most dangerous occupations. You could experience crush injuries, herniated discs, rotator cuff tears and falls.  Yes, all of these are serious injuries.  Of all of them, the most dangerous risk you face is falling from a significant height

Our client, Matt, was putting on a new roof.  After pounding down a new shingle, he stood up to move.  His left foot caught on another shingle.  He lost his balance and fell 20 feet to the ground.  He landed on his feet, but broke his fall with his left arm extended. He suffered multiple fractures in his legs and his left arm.  He was not wearing any safety gear. 

Qualified social workers key to minimizing nursing home neglect

It takes many different staff members to make a nursing home facility run safely and effectively. Adequately staffed nursing homes need enough nurses, doctors and other medical staff on hand, but this is not necessarily enough to guarantee safety. Social workers provide crucial support to residents and also play an important role in preventing nursing home neglect.

Unfortunately, social workers are often in short supply. According to research from the Scripps Gerontology Center, part-time qualified social workers can be found at 83% of nursing homes. Since these are only part-time workers, they may not be able to fulfill patients' needs. Only 68% of nursing homes employ at least one qualified social worker on a full-time basis. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defines a qualified social worker as someone who has received a bachelor's degree or higher in social work and has spent at least a year working with individuals in health care.

Understanding What the Heart and Lung Act Can Do For You

Recently, a 45-year-old career police man was sitting in my office recounting how he cradled a seven-year-old child in his arms as the toddler's life slipped away - the tragic consequence of an errant bullet from a gun battle between two angry adults.

He was despondent. He could not shake the scent of the young child all over him. He was in therapy, slowly developing some sense of normalness. Yet, the thought of going back out into the streets caused waves of anxiety to wash over him.

Is that hand pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many workers perform the same tasks day in and day out. After a while, some of them may begin to notice pain in their hands. At first, it may not seem like a big deal, but over time, the pain could increase. Those who receive a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome may not realize they could receive workers' compensation benefits for this condition.

Waking up with tingling hands that feel as though they "fell asleep" may not cause someone to think it could be due to carpal tunnel syndrome. They may think sleeping wrong caused it, but then it begins to happen more often. Then, the tingling then begins to happen during the day, and a sufferer may experience numbness, burning and itching in the palm and fingers as well.

Traumatic brain injuries are common in auto collision with truck

Maybe the last thing you heard before the impact was the screeching of brakes, that is, if you had any warning at all. By the time your brain registered what was happening, your vehicle was tossed around, and you were tossed around inside it. It may have taken you a moment or two to realize that an 18-wheeler had just crashed into your vehicle.

If you were lucky, you remained conscious and could get out of your vehicle. The adrenaline, shock, and disorientation that often follows accidents may prevent you from realizing you suffered any injuries. For this reason, it is important that you seek medical attention right away.

How To Prevent Back Injuries While Working On A Construction Site

Everyone knows that a construction site can be a dangerous place to work. Construction workers must be extra careful to avoid falling, tripping, and moving awkward and heavy objects on a construction project.

One of the most common injuries among construction workers is a back injury, such as a herniated disc. A back injury may happen suddenly, as the result of one incident, or it can be the result of years of excessive force or repetitive motion that causes low back pain. What can a construction worker do to reduce or prevent back pain?

Retired Marine sues 3M for defective earplugs

A retired U.S. Marine captain in Philadelphia joins service members across the country by filing a lawsuit against the Minnesota-based company, 3M, after suffering total hearing loss in his right ear.

According to the suit, Matthew Morrison served in the Marines from 2007 to 2013, where he toured Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. After being honorably discharged in 2013, Morrison was diagnosed with a hearing impairment that eventually led to hearing loss in his right ear.


Congratulations to Attorney Joyce Novotny-Prettiman, who was installed as the 98th President of the Westmoreland Bar Association at its annual meeting on April 1st! Ms. Novotny-Prettiman joins Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. (1989), Richard "Dick" Galloway (1990), and David S. DeRose (2012) who also presided over the organization.

Attorney David S. DeRose Named President's Award for Professionalism Recipient

Congratulations, Attorney David S. DeRose! Mr. DeRose was presented with the President's Award for Professionalism by the Westmoreland Bar Association at its annual meeting on April 1st. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon an attorney who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the field of law. Attorney DeRose is only the 14th recipient of this accolade.
QuatriniRafferty holds the unique distinction of three awardees (Richard "Dick" Galloway, in 2000, and Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr., in 2007). 

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