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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.

Patients might be put at risk during concurrent surgeries

Patients who are heading into the operating room, especially for planned surgical procedures, expect that the surgeon and medical team will be focused on them. What some patients might not realize is that some attending surgeons are actually responsible for more than one surgery at a time. While that can prevent patients from having lengthy waits for their surgeries, it can also pose a risk to the patients.

When an attending surgeon is responsible for more than one surgery, it is known as concurrent surgeries. This is a fairly common practice at many hospitals, but that doesn't mean that it is safe. The practice of concurrent surgeries is used a lot in teaching hospitals so that residents can learn various aspects of the surgical procedure.

Allegheny County has higher asbestos death rates than average

It's easy to think of asbestos as something that is no longer a real problem, as if it's outdated and taken care of, but the reality is that it still causes many deaths every year. What's more, studies have shown that the rate of death from asbestos in Allegheny County is well above the national average, meaning that Pennsylvania residents are at an elevated risk.

A study was carried out by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. It found that in the state as a whole, between the years 1999 and 2013, a total of 14,216 people died as a result of diseases and ailments that were linked to asbestos. In Allegheny County in particular, about 107 people died every single year in this fashion. That's the highest rate in Pennsylvania, and that's saying something, as a full 28 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties reported fatality rates that were four to 13 times higher than the average rates reported in the United States.

Winter is a prime time to suffer accidents on another's premises

Winter is in full swing around the nation making this a peak time for slip and fall accidents and injuries, and Pennsylvania is no exception. Commercial properties are often particularly treacherous for Pennsylvania residents as they go from place to place in the process of carrying out their daily activities. In addition to accumulated snow or ice on the outside of commercial properties, there are hazards inside businesses as well, namely when patrons track water or snow into these buildings.

Like other states, Pennsylvania recognizes that property owners should take reasonable steps to make sure the premises are safe for visitors, guests and customers. Some examples of good commercial property winter hazard control include:

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