Lessons learned from the 9/11 responder settlements

The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America happened almost nine long years ago and still the suffering goes on. Only now are legal settlements nearing for many of the first responders who were injured when they dove into carnage of the World Trade Center towers that day and in the months to follow, recovering the remains of the almost 3,000 victims of the tragedy. Finally, after a seven-year-long legal fight, a federal judge in New...

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Protecting patients: Shorter shifts for new doctors is a smart idea

Imagine being at work for 24 hours or more in one stretch and having to maintain your peak performance every long hour and minute.  That's a tough challenge. Now imagine that your work involves patient care and life or death decisions as a medical resident in a teaching hospital, with shifts lasting 24 to 30 hours at a time. That's how things have been set up in teaching hospitals for years, but it's not necessarily...

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Hospitals that make sick people sicker: hospital-acquired infections continue to be a big risk for patients

Being a patient in a hospital can help extend your life through excellent medical care, but at the same time, hospitals can be one of the most dangerous places to get a life-threatening infection that can complicate your treatment. A new state report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health concludes that 25,914 patients undergoing surgeries and other treatments in hospitals last year had their conditions complicated by infections they picked up during their stays, according...

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Your family and the law: Be on guard against scams unleashed by thieves who prey on the elderly

Behind almost every news event, there seems to always be some scammer who is trying to find tricky ways to steal money from unsuspecting elderly victims. We read about examples like this almost every day in the newspaper. Older people get visits at their front doors from someone who says they won a contest and have to pay a fee to collect their prizes. [caption id="attachment_865" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Scammers bait the hook and steal money,...

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Summer Safety: Sharing the Road with Bicycles and Motorcycles means Being Careful

With the warm, lovely weather of summer upon us, it's a great time to remind drivers that we're sharing the road with others who aren't wrapped protectively in vehicle cocoons of steel, plastic and rubber. Thousands of others are out there on the roads with only two wheels on bicycles and motorcycles and are much more vulnerable to serious injury. As motorists, we all need to be careful and more aware to protect ourselves from...

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Summer Safety: Don’t forget playground safety

Playgrounds are fun – at home, in a public park, at camp or on private property, but at the same time, they can be dangerous. We here at MyPhillyLawyer.com don't want to ruin your summer, but it's a good idea to at least be thinking about playground safety at this time of year. You want to be sure to protect your families while they are playing outdoors and at the same time protect yourself from...

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Summer Safety Tips: Home Swimming Pools and Your Responsibilities

Summer is almost here, but your home swimming pool has probably been open for a few weeks and life is feeling pretty good. That's great, but don't be complacent. There are a myriad of safety and legal issues for you to be thinking about in connection with your pool, and it's much better to think about them before something tragic happens. [caption id="attachment_799" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image credit: © iStockphoto.com/jane"][/caption] Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas...

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Stupid traffic law: Ohio court rules that cops can ticket you for speeding if it “looks like” you’re speeding

Now here's a truly bogus traffic law. In a 5-1 ruling, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that police officers can pull you over and legally ticket you if it "appears" to the officer that you are speeding. [caption id="attachment_794" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Image credit: © iStockphoto.com/Stratol"][/caption] No radar is needed. No mechanized speed checks required. No VASCAR timing has to be set up. None of those are needed in Ohio anymore. Nope.  Just a...

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Should licensed drivers be re-tested every few years? Insurance study says one in five drivers has forgotten many basic traffic laws

It's bad enough that many drivers on our roads today are operating vehicles while using cell phones, texting, eating or undergoing other distractions. Now a new annual survey from GMAC Insurance shows that one in five licensed drivers couldn't pass a written test that covers basic driving laws in the states where they live. That's not something to feel good about. Essentially, according to the survey, one of every five drivers who are operating vehicles...

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