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Basic information about Pennsylvania product liability claims

Defective and dangerous products injure and kill thousands of U.S. citizens each year, many of them Pennsylvania residents. Even when product manufacturers do their best to address potential dangers, injuries can still occur. Sometimes, specific injury hazards do not become apparent until a consumer uses a product. Other times, manufacturers did not take adequate steps to address all possible risks.

No one is prepared to stop relying on products that make life easier. As such, it is up to designers and manufacturers to address safety issues carefully. When they fail in this task, injured victims may find a solution by initiating a product liability claim.

Things to consider when an accident causes facial trauma

You probably do not need us to tell you about the injuries victims may suffer in motor vehicle accidents. It is safe to say that most Pennsylvania residents either have experienced an accident or know someone who has.

In many cases, victims are lucky enough to walk away from crashes with minor injuries. Other times, victims suffer serious injuries and may need medical care indefinitely.

What are the top injury-causing hospital errors in the nation?

Suffering a personal injury is always challenging, but when the damage was completely preventable, it adds to the feeling of victimization. Medical errors, in particular, can increase the suffering of patients by bringing a sense of betrayal to an already troubling situation.

It is common to hear horror stories about health professionals making truly egregious mistakes like operating on the wrong body part. However, it turns out that such errors are quite rare. The most common hospital mistakes, which you will find listed below, sound relatively benign, but they can still lead to significant personal injury in many cases.

Disturbing facts that reveal the dangers of large truck accidents

Most people realize that colliding with a large tractor-trailer is dangerous. However, it is still difficult for many to develop a clear understanding of the devastation associated with truck accidents. Unless you or someone you care about has been involved in such a collision, it is hard to grasp the amount of destruction these crashes cause.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) seeks to improve road safety for all motorists. One way it works to accomplish this goal is to share data about truck accidents. Following are some unsettling facts from IIHS about truck crashes that occurred in 2017:

  • More than 4,000 people perished in large truck accidents.
  • Nearly 100% of the people who died in a collision with a large truck were passengers in smaller vehicles.
  • Of all recorded passenger vehicle occupant deaths, 22 percent occurred in accidents with large trucks.
  • More than 50% of deaths in large truck crashes occurred on roadways other than freeways and interstates.
  • Being struck on the side by a large truck accounted for about 25% of passenger vehicle fatalities.
  • Head-on collisions with large trucks accounted for 31% of passenger vehicle fatalities.

The Food and Drug Administration's role in medical devices

No one, including injury attorneys, would ever claim that medical devices are always a risk. In fact, some of these devices prolong the lives of millions and improve the quality of life for millions more. However, many of these devices do harm patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, resulting in product liability lawsuits.

Before most medical devices ever reach the public, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must either approve or clear the device. Patients expecting to use such a device should understand that there is a difference between FDA-cleared and FDA-approved. Knowing the difference ensures that you are fully informed about the device before you consent to its use. Below, we have provided brief definitions of the two terms for you to consider.

Who is legally responsible in a rideshare motor vehicle accident?

Rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber have become increasingly popular among residents of Pennsylvania. Users find these services affordable and convenient when they need to get somewhere relatively fast. Unfortunately, rideshare drivers risk involvement in motor vehicle accidents the same as everyone else does.

In a rideshare motor vehicle accident, who is legally liable for a victim's injuries? The answer to this question is complicated and depends on the factors involved in the accident.

What is civil asset forfeiture?

Do you look like a drug user? You may not think you look like someone who would carry, buy or sell illegal drugs, but if Pennsylvania’s police think you do, they might take your money. They could take your car. They might not even charge you, but they could still keep your assets. This is civil asset forfeiture.

Pennsylvania state law allows officials to seize cash, cars and other property they feel may be associated with illegal activities. The goal is to seize the money made off illegal activities so that the criminals do not prosper, or to prevent buyers from making deals for kilos of heroin. But the law offers property owners very few protections, and cops sometimes seize assets from innocent people.

Class action lawsuits for victims injured by defective products

Many different types of defective products are responsible for thousands of injuries in Pennsylvania and other states. Examples of these products include faulty medical devices, malfunctioning auto parts and defective drugs, to name just a few.

Manufacturers of defective products as a whole as well as makers of the parts that go into a product have a legal duty to protect consumers from harm. When they fail in this duty, injured victims often consider some form of legal action to seek justice.

Do you know the factors of workplace substance abuse?

You can find drug abuse in any profession. Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate based on someone’s occupation. Many of these people work in professions that may surprise you. Those who struggle with addiction risk their health and ability to perform their job, which can affect their employment status.

Working professionals who struggle with drug addiction still have families to provide for and need their jobs to do so. Struggling with drug addiction can make holding a job difficult. While addiction can strike anyone in any field, there are factors that put certain professions at the greatest risk for developing a drug addiction. Here are a few risk factors that influence addiction in the workplace:

In an accident? 3 tips to remember if the insurance company calls

If you've been seriously injured in an incident caused by another person's negligence, it won't take long before the liable party's insurance adjuster starts calling.

Think carefully about how you want to handle the phone calls from the insurance company in advance. You may not be feeling your best at the time, so here are some tips:

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