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Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia Kills 6, Injures Many More

Wed, 05/13/2015

Trains are largely seen as a safe and simple form of transportation, but the Amtrak crash late last night shows that even a routine train trip can be deadly.

On Tuesday, May 13, an Amtrak train travelling to New York from Washington derailed and overturned in Philadelphia, killing 6 people, leaving many more injured and disrupting rail service in the Northeast. While they have not yet determined the cause of the accident, the crash took place in roughly the same area as a terrible train accident in 1943.

Time limits on asbestos claims

Tue, 03/31/2015

Once, asbestos was a substance commonly encountered in a wide range of occupations. It was used to insulate pipes and boilers; as fireproofing; in ship construction, cement making, automotive brake manufacture, and others. This changed in the 1970s, when exposure to asbestos fibers was found to cause mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer) and other lung-related diseases.

Childrens’ Tylenol firm fined $25 million

Tue, 03/24/2015

In a case that involved knowingly distributing a contaminated product, McNeil, the Fort Washington-based subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $25 million in fines and forfeitures.

In 2009, a consumer found “black specks” in a bottle of infants’ liquid Tylenol. Even though McNeil identified the specks as metallic pieces, it failed to take proper corrective action and kept the adulterated products on the market for about a year before recalling them.

Are OSHA staffing levels putting workers at risk?

Tue, 03/10/2015

Even though the number of American workplaces has doubled over the past thirty years, the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors has actually declined.

Medical Malpractice: What Are the Facts?

Tue, 02/24/2015

Between politicians calling for “tort reform” and patients’ rights advocates arguing that people should be entitled to compensation and physicians held to account for medical errors, the debate over medical malpractice can get very heated.

Here are some common myths about malpractice that are not borne out by actual facts.

Wearable Technology May Become A Factor In Personal Injury Claims

Fri, 02/13/2015

When accidents occur as a result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the injured person may have the right to seek compensation. When an accident turns into legal proceedings, attorneys on both sides will collect as much evidence as possible to prove fault. Lawyers have gained a huge asset with new technology – personal tracking devices.

2014 Saw More Automobile Recalls Than Ever Before

Thu, 02/05/2015

Recalled products are linked to approximately 30 million injuries each year. When the potentially dangerous product is a vehicle that millions of people rely on each day, ensuring safety is increasingly critical. According to a New York Times analysis, 2014 was the worst year on record for automobile recalls.

Cruise Lines Are No Longer Immune To Medical Malpractice Responsibility

Thu, 01/29/2015

Medical malpractice and the subsequent personal injury cases can occur whenever medical professionals are involved—and now, that includes ships at sea.  Until a recent ruling, cruise lines had not been liable in malpractice cases where their employees had been negligent while treating patients on board the ship. 

Inclement Weather and Heavy Traffic Can Leads to Huge Accidents

Tue, 01/13/2015

During the frigid winter months, icy roads and poor visibility are a concern for all drivers. Even when extreme caution is taken, accidents can occur as a result of the dangerous conditions. Recently, an enormous accident chain of up to 50 vehicles in New Hampshire proved just that.

Future Is Unclear For Product Liability Cases

Fri, 12/12/2014

Pennsylvania Court Verdict Overturns 1978 Case

Nearly 30 million injuries are sustained each year in the United States due to defective products, making products liability one of the most common, yet complex, legal arenas. However, a recent decision in Pennsylvania has drastically changed the way these cases will be handled.

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