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Risk factors that can increase the odds of birth trauma

Birth trauma is defined as an injury that a child suffers from mechanical forces during the process of being born. Examples of mechanical forces include compression and traction.

Though these injuries happen in a very small percentage of overall births, they are still common enough that prospective parents should be aware of them. Stats show that around six to eight children suffer these injuries for every 1,000 that are born.

Asbestos exposure can lead to horrible medical conditions

Asbestos was once used as an insulation material in a variety of applications. At that point, it was thought to be safe. It has since been discovered that asbestos isn't a safe option for insulation. In fact, exposure to asbestos can be life-threatening. We know that you never expected that doing a job would put your life in danger. If you have been exposed to asbestos and suffer from health issues because of it, you have the right to seek compensation.

Sadly, we know that one of the medical conditions caused by asbestos exposure is mesothelioma. This is a condition that isn't curable. This is a type of lung cancer that eventually claims the patient's life. This means that your loved ones will have to watch your health decline until you take your last breath.

Are lawmakers trying to help or hinder asbestos-related cases?

A new bill in Pennsylvania regarding asbestos-related litigation has been on the waiting list for approval or denial in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, called the Fairness in Claims and Transparency Act, was first introduced in 2013. The bill would force some asbestos-related lawsuits to be paid by trusts instead of direct litigation against a company.

Because asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, may take up to 50 years to develop, by that time, some companies are no longer thriving or lucrative. Many have filed bankruptcy, and thus, bankruptcy trusts have been established to cover compensation for those employees who are now victims of the resulting asbestos-related diseases. This new bill is supposed to provide transparency, requiring that plaintiffs who file an asbestos-related lawsuit against a company, expose any previous claims that may have been filed against a bankruptcy trust.

Surface Pro power cords recalled due to shock and fire hazard

According to an announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Feb. 2, Microsoft has received 56 reports of flames and overheating by the AC power cords for the Microsoft Surface Pro.

There are 2.25 million of the cords in the U.S. alone, with another 190,000 in Canada. The power cords affected by the recall include those for three Surface Pro devices, the original, the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface Pro 3. The cords were sold before March 15, 2015. Microsoft is providing a replacement cord at no cost. You will, however, have to place an order for each cord you need if you have more than one device that needs a replacement. There is a page on Microsoft's website that deals with frequently asked questions on the recall.

Hazardous conditions while shopping can lead to injuries

Going shopping isn't something that should be life-altering or life-threatening. When shopping venues don't properly care for the property, visitors to the store can be injured. Shopping-related injuries are the subject of thousands of personal injury claims each year, which shows a shocking trend in how shopping venues don't always provide visitors with the safe experience that every visitor deserves.

There are a host of different injuries that can occur when a store isn't properly maintained. From the parking lot to the entire store, there are hazards everywhere. In the parking lot, a person can trip on a crack or slip on snow. Inside, floors that aren't dried when they become wet and poor lighting can lead to falls. Objects might fall from overhead areas, which can lead to head and brain injuries. In some cases, such as when the objects are heavy, the accident might be fatal.

Why you may need an attorney following a work-related death

Each year, a considerable number of Pennsylvania employees lose their lives in a work-related accident. It is true that many of these fatalities are completely accidental and, perhaps, unpreventable. However, some work-related deaths occur due to some form of negligence, meaning they were 100 percent preventable. In either situation, you may benefit from attorney representation if you have lost a loved one due to his or her job.

The law firm of Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan and Coleman has many decades of experience in industrial and other work-related deaths. We know how devastated a victim's family can become after such a death. We also understand the crushing financial blow such deaths can deal to surviving family members. While compensation is often incidental, families who have experienced a work-related death often feel the need to acquire closure. This is especially the case when negligence has played a part.

Indoor swimming pool liability

Even though the weather is a bit on the chilly side for swimming in an outdoor pool, lake or river for most of the country right now, there are many indoor pools and waterparks that stay busy all year round. Many of the indoor pools are found at hotels and other types of lodging. There are laws that govern what is required by a business to have a swimming pool on their property.

In Pennsylvania, there are many laws and regulations that must be adhered to in order to operate a public or private swimming pool. Some of these laws deal with:

What is a uterine rupture?

A woman who is in labor faces several different risks. One of the risks is a uterine rupture. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate surgical treatment. In fact, if a uterine rupture isn't properly treated, the woman can die.

What is a uterine rupture?

Wrongful death charges in botched abortion

The family of a woman who died in 2009 from an abortion that went wrong is now getting justice. A $3.9 million settlement was ordered by a Philadelphia judge against the former physician who performed the abortion and the Women's Medical Society, where the abortion took place. The former physician is now serving life in prison for charges of involuntary manslaughter and for first-degree murder in the killing of three babies that were born alive during abortions.

The woman who died had gone to the clinic in 2009 to have a dilation and evacuation abortion procedure. She was heavily medicated throughout the day by staff members who were not certified to administer pain medications. Within a five-hour time period, she was administered three doses of promethazine, diazepam and a cocktail of meperidine.

What are the top causes of fires?

When it comes to fires and explosions, knowing the causes can go a long way toward preventing them from happening. Below are some of the main reasons they occur:

-- Simple accidents. They take all shapes and forms. In a kitchen, someone could drop a towel on a stove top; in a mechanic's shop, oil or gas could be spilled on a hot engine.

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