Highway safety and speed cameras: what you need to know

It's a never ending cat and mouse game – drivers speed and police look to catch them in the act. In the last several years, though, police in some locales around the U.S. have gained a crafty new tool – high-tech video "speed cameras" that can take photos of speeding vehicles.  Those photos are then used as evidence for tickets that are issued remotely and mailed to the owners of the offending vehicles. A story...

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Personal injuries happen everywhere: Be sure to protect your rights

Every minute, every day, someone is injured across this country. People are killed or injured seriously in vehicle accidents, they're hurt in falls in workplaces or in public places, and they're hurt in a wide range of incidents that we don't even think about until it happens. In Barnesville, Minn., a 51-year-old man was killed earlier this month when he was trapped underneath a closing garage door inside his business, according to a story in...

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Constant workplace safety vigilance can prevent workplace tragedies, such as the student death at Notre Dame

Last October, a 20-year-old college student at the University of Notre Dame died when a hydraulic lift he was standing on was blown over by strong winds as he videotaped an outdoor college football practice from high above the field and players. Following an investigation into the incident and death, a recently-issued report from the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration (IOSHA) determined that six safety violations occurred that day that contributed to the tragedy. ...

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What you need to know about wills and estates: A MyPhillyLawyer primer

Do you have a will written in case something should happen to you? Have you carefully written down details for what should happen to your property and assets in the event you die? If something should happen to you, will your family know that they don't have to add worries about what will happen to your belongings, assets and real estate to the pain they will already feel from your loss? If you've answered "no," ...

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Justice upheld: Illinois repeals it’s archaic death penalty

The availability of the death penalty as a sentence for heinous crimes in the United States raises searing emotions on both sides, but one thing is for certain: it is irreversible. That's why the repeal this week of the death penalty in Illinois was the right thing to do. Why? Because, as Gov.  Pat Quinn of Illinois said so eloquently when he signed the bill, "We cannot have a death penalty in our state that...

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Hospital errors in the U.S.: you have a right to know the facts

If you or a loved one has to be admitted into a hospital for emergency or scheduled surgery or treatment in the U.S., you probably think that it's a routinely safe place to go. Reality, however, may be very different from those expectations. Across the nation, medical mistakes routinely occur inside hospitals and the systems in place to report those errors vary greatly from state to state. [caption id="attachment_1156" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo of surgery in...

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Minnesota trying something new to prevent traffic deaths: a memorial Web site for victims

Across the United States, motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of 24,474 people in 2009, plus another 4,462 motorcyclists and 4,872 pedestrians and bicyclists, according to federal statistics. The numbers are sobering, and at least one state – Minnesota – is trying to do something to make people more aware of the human carnage happening everyday on the state's roadways. In an announcement today, the state's Department of Public Safety (DPS) unveiled a new Web...

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Winter’s not over: Carbon monoxide safety at home is still critical

Yes, we're all excited about the warmer weather we've been enjoying locally, but the fact is that winter isn't really yet over and winter-related carbon monoxide dangers continue to exist in our homes. With that in mind, we here at MyPhillyLawyer have put together some important information to remind you how you can keep yourself and your family safer while running in-home heating equipment that produces deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. Carbon monoxide is an...

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Surgery is always a risk: know your rights for you and your family

Earlier this month, a 17-year-old Illinois boy went to a dental clinic for what was to be a routine procedure – he was having a tooth filling replaced after one was dislodged when he ate some candy. Instead, the youth, who had gone to the dental clinic by himself without a parent or guardian, underwent a root canal procedure. A week later, the teen died of sepsis, an infection of the blood, based on an...

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