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Seeking compensation for injuries suffered at a business

The owner of a business has a responsibility to keep the property safe for customers and other visitors. When someone injures him- or herself because of a pool of water on the floor, a piece of cracked flooring or boxes that were left in a walkway, the owner could be held liable in court for the injured party's medical expenses, lost wages and much more.

However, there is a lot to a premises liability claim. You must prove that the owner of the property or other people responsible for the property caused the hazardous condition that lead to the victim's injuries. In addition, you must prove that the responsible party or the owner should have known or knew that the condition was hazardous.

What are Pennsylvania's workers' compensation death benefits?

Work-related death benefits in Pennsylvania are not called claims for survivor benefits as they are in other states. They are called fatal claims. While it is very difficult for any family member when he or she loses a loved one, Section 307 of the Workers' Compensation Act provides compensation for burial for the worker and weekly workers' compensation for the spouse and some dependents.

Depending on the facts of the fatal accident, the family of the worker who was killed is usually entitled to workers' compensation benefits. There are two factors that must be met. The person who was killed must have been working when the accident happened. The other part that must be proven in a fatal claim for benefits is that family members must prove they are dependents of the worker.

Obstetrician errors in the delivery room devastate families

Going into the hospital to have a baby is a very happy event in a mother's life. Many women get to enjoy that joy without anything else happening. For some women, however, the joys of giving birth are cut short because of obstetrician errors in the delivery room.

We know that you only wanted to experience the joy of your child's birth. You only wanted to give birth to a healthy baby and move on with raising your child. When your hopes, dreams, and plans for your baby are cut short because the doctor who is present at your child's birth, you might decide to take action.

Power tool injuries caused by negligent manufacturer

If you are a construction worker or craftsman, you understand the dangers associated with using power tools. When one of those tools malfunctions because of a negligent manufacturer, a user can suddenly find himself or herself in serious trouble. All too many Pennsylvania workers suffer serious workplace injuries -- or even death -- because of improperly made tools and construction implements.

Consider, for instance, the dangers of an unsafe table saw. Not only does this object involve a sharp, moving blade -- it also carries the danger of throwing wood away from the blade, striking the user or someone nearby. That is exactly what has happened with one model, the Grizzly 10-inch hybrid table saw. That product, which was distributed at Grizzly showrooms and through the company's catalog, is blamed for injuring a 46-year-old man. The victim's nose was broken when a piece of wood came flying out of the machine and back toward his face.

What protections exist against hazards in the workplace?

Some individuals in Pittsburgh work in industries that are naturally hazardous, such as construction or manufacturing. Safety regulations, training and equipment reduce the impact of hazards, but chemicals and other dangerous components cannot be fully removed from some work environments. Even in seemingly harmless environments, such as retail spaces or general offices, hazards do exist.

Workers in all industries are afforded protections, including workers' compensation that covers expenses if an injury occurs. Before an injury occurs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works with employers to ensure safety regulations are enacted to reduce the chance of accidents.

Occupational hazards in the restaurant business

Occupational hazards can occur in any industry, but the restaurant business has their own list of safety issues.

To begin with, slip and falls are common in restaurants, both by customers and workers. Spills in public areas can result in premises liability for owners. Kitchens and drink areas are busy areas where food, grease and liquid are often strewn about.

Can a lawyer help me in my Pennsylvania slip and fall accident?

Slip and fall accidents can occur under a wide variety of situations. These types of accidents can happen when slippery substances are spilled onto a floor or when pedestrians encounter uneven pavement. Changing weather conditions can sometimes even cause slip and fall accidents. An unexpected accumulation of snow or ice along certain pathways are good examples of slipping and tripping hazards that can cause serious injuries.

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents disproportionally affect older people. It's estimated that each year, nearly one in three Americans over the age of 65 will experience a slip or fall accident. Although many of these falls do not result in serious harm, 2005 statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fall-related deaths account for more than 15,000 fatalities for individuals aged 65 or over.

Asbestos-related disease fatality rates for Pennsylvania

Asbestos was used for decades in ships, homes and much more. It was often used an insulation and those who worked near it often would become sick -- but not until many years later. Today, we understand the effects that asbestos has on the human body. This cancer-causing substance is related to a number of diseases, including mesothelioma, a rare cancer that forms on the thin protective covering on the lungs and abdomen. It is an aggressive cancer that is often not identified by doctors initially as the symptoms of the disease are often similar to those of other, more common diseases and conditions.

In Pennsylvania between 1999 and 2013, there were 2,476 deaths due to mesothelioma, 473 asbestosis deaths -- another asbestos-related disease -- for a total of 2,949 deaths because of exposure to asbestos. Some of the jobsites where workers were known to have been exposed to asbestos include: Penny Shipbuilding, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, USX Corporation, Bethlehem Steel Shipyard and LTV Steel. Allegheny County has the most reported deaths from asbestos exposure with 288.

Pennsylvania man alleges negligence in hip replacement case

A Pennsylvania resident is seeking financial compensation in connection with a hip replacement gone wrong in 2014. The victim is accusing several medical manufacturers of negligence after he received a faulty hip replacement device, according to news reports. The victim claims that he suffered metal poisoning, disfigurement and other physical effects because of the dangerous device. He is also seeking financial compensation for other civil costs such as loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages and earning capacity, medical costs and risk of future complications.

The victim reportedly received the hip replacement in 2007. The medical device with which he was implanted -- known as the Acetabular System hip replacement device -- was recalled several years later in 2010. The recall was issued because the device apparently had an unreasonably high risk of failure that caused additional injury to hip replacement patients. Victims were found to have suffered a variety of ailments because of metal shards that sheared off of the device's moving parts. Those injuries included damage to tendon, muscle, bone and other tissue. As a result of these failures, the victim in this case required corrective surgery in 2014 to repair physical damage that was caused by the hip replacement mechanism.

Expend your energy on healing while we build your case

Last week, one of our posts discussed how certain risk factors can affect the chance of a slip-and-fall accident. That post brought up the important safety concern that property owners should worry about because slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. Those slip-and-fall accidents are only one of the types of accidents that can occur on someone else's property that can lead to serious injuries.

We know that you don't go places hoping that you will be injured. Instead, you expect that property owners are keeping up the property in a way that will keep people visiting safe. Sadly, not all property owners act in a responsible way when it comes to the upkeep of the properties they own.