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6 steps to take after a car accident

You're on your way back home after visiting Pittsburgh, driving on Interstate 376. Suddenly, a driver cuts you off too closely and hits your car. You spin out and crash into the other driver. Once your car comes to a stop, you quickly do a check to make sure you and the other passengers are okay. You can open your door to step out. But your mind races with shock. What do you do now?

A car accident can be a terrifying experience. The surprise and shock can leave you unsure about what to do. By being prepared, you can make sure you receive proper medical care and collect the right information for your insurance claim. Here are a few tips for what to do after a car accident:

Are your pain and suffering damages recoverable?

Has another person's negligence caused an accident that left you injured? If so, then you might have grounds to pursue a claim for financial relief through the civil justice system in Pennsylvania. Along with the mounting medical bills and lost wages, your injuries might have caused physical and emotional stress, such as depression, scars, chronic aches, limits on your regular activities and possible shortening of your life. Would you be able to recover those damages?

Those damages make up the pain and suffering part of a personal injury lawsuit, and you could even include both past and future suffering, if applicable. However, putting a monetary value to pain and suffering could be complicated.

Diseases affecting lungs connected to vaping

The number of mysterious cases of lung disease in Pennsylvania and around the nation continues to increase. They are connected to a rise in vaping but the exact cause remains elusive. What is known is that there does appear to be a direct correlation between vaping and the conditions being reported by medical professionals.

The number of reported cases increased from 530 to 805 in a week's time. The number of deaths reported entered double digits at 12. The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation to increase the minimum age to purchase vaping products from 18 to 21. The House is expected to pass it, and it is believed that Governor Wolf will then sign it into law. In addition, the federal government is considering legislation to remove all flavored e-cigarette products from the marketplace until approval from the Federal Drug Administration is obtained.

3 dead in fatal accident, 1 passenger survived

Three people were killed in a recent head-on collision that also left one other injured. According to Pennsylvania authorities, the driver believed to have caused the fatal accident was among those who died. Speeding is believed to have been a factor in the wreck.

A police officer happened to be at the scene at the time of the wreck and witnessed what happened. According to the officer, a driver behind the wheel of an SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed as they approached a five-way intersection. As the SUV driver tried to follow a curve in the road, they lost control and drifted into oncoming traffic. The SUV then collided head-on with a minivan.

Workers' compensation can help after scaffolding accidents

Construction workers usually have to deal with working conditions that most people will never see. From using dangerous machinery to working at significant heights, construction is a hazardous industry. Employers are supposed to maintain strict safety standards to protect the workers who perform these hazardous but necessary jobs. Unfortunately, many fail to maintain those standards, and people who are injured may have to file for workers' compensation.

Scaffolds are one of the biggest threats to worker safety on construction sites. This is particularly alarming since about 65% of construction workers regularly use scaffolds. Not only do some of the most common construction accidents involve scaffolds, but they often result in some of the most severe injuries.

Workers' compensation: Airport safety under scrutiny

Employees across industries in Pennsylvania want their companies to make their safety a priority. Most businesses are careful to ensure that those who work for them will not be unnecessarily exposed to harm. Unfortunately, accidents on the job still happen and employees often have to make use of workers compensation to take care of themselves and their families. The hope is that when these incidents happen, companies will learn from them and implement safety measures to prevent any further problems. Some employees at one international airport are saying that isn't happening after the death of one of their co-workers.

Recently, an employee was driving a tug vehicle, hauling luggage, in the evening at the airport. A piece of luggage had fallen onto the tarmac and he swerved to miss it. The tug still struck the bag, causing the tug to roll. The employee was ejected from the vehicle and pinned under it. First responders took him to a local hospital for treatment, but he did not survive.

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.

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