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Defective products kill: young man dies when car jack fails

When we use machinery and devices that are put into place to keep us safe, we expect those devices to do the job they were manufactured to do. When those devices or products fail and seriously injure or kill someone, the fault lies with the product's manufacturer and/or the business that sold it to the victim. When people are injured by these defective products, they need sound, experienced representation to fight for them against corporate attorneys and insurance companies that attempt to settle for pennies on the dollar.

Sleep-deprived drivers cause car accidents

A person who is sleep-deprived behind the wheel is just as likely to cause a car accident as someone impaired by alcohol. The National Transportation Safety Board has been on a mission since 1967 to educate the country on the dangers of sleep fatigue. The NTSB proposes safety guidelines to federal and state governments as well as private companies.

Wage and hour paid time

Throughout the world, there are people who do not get paid for the work they do. Fortunately for us, we live in the United States and shouldn't have to worry about wage and hour laws. Or so we would think. The truth is that many people in this country are not paid what they are due at the end of each week. The catalysts for this problem are probably the oil and gas industries where workers are grossly underpaid for their work. Employers, however, are smart about getting around paying their employees by "classifying" them wrong, or arguing that a worker took fifty hours to do a forty hour job, or not paying them for travel time or training time.

Determining fault in a Pennsylvania slip-and-fall case

When determining who was at fault for a slip-and-fall accident, there are several questions that may be asked to come to a conclusion. First, it must be established that the property owner knew about a potential safety hazard and did nothing to fix it. Second, it must be determined that a reasonable person would not have been able to avoid the accident.

PA motorcycle accident attorneys

Pennsylvania State Police reportedly suspect that alcohol played a role in a Nov. 8 accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. According to police, drunk-driving charges are pending against one of the motorists involved in the incident.

Wage and hour employee misclassification

Recently, we have been posting blogs on the subject of wage and hour laws. There are tens of thousands of workers in the United States today who aren't being paid what they are due for their time and hard work. It happens across the board, but it is most prevalent in the gas and oil industries, where workers are collectively missing out on millions of dollars that they should otherwise being getting paid for the work they are doing.

The variety of burn classifications

For those who suffer a burn injury on a property located in Pennsylvania, it may be worthwhile to understand the severity of such an injury. While there are technically four burn degrees, most doctors use a chart that has three. Both classification charts are correct. A first degree burn is a burn that includes only the outer layer of the skin.

Pittsburgh wage and hour independent contractor attorneys

Wage and hour class action and individual lawsuits have been popping up all over the country of late. This is especially true in the oil and gas industry, where people who work as pumpers, drivers, and oilfield engineers are being grossly underpaid by their employers. There are several types of ways employers classify their employees so as to pay them. Some are considered "day rate" employees, which we have covered in other blog posts. Today, we're going to talk about how independent contractors are commonly unpaid and underpaid by employers. People who feel that they've been underpaid or unpaid by an employer will need an experienced wage and hour attorney to be their advocate.

Pittsburgh wage and hour "day rate" attorneys

Employers from around the country in all types of lines of work are being subjected to salary and hourly work class action claims for unpaid and underpaid employees' wages. The oil and gas industry may be the worst, leading all other industries is unpaid wages. It's truly an epidemic in states where fracking is all the rage, such as Texas and here in Pennsylvania. And workers are coming together to protest in the form of wage and hour lawsuits that hit gas and oil companies where it matters to them most--in their wallets. 

Senior citizens car accidents rising in Pennsylvania

The number of fatal car accidents that involve older drives is on the rise in Pennsylvania, and state officials believe the trend is likely to continue as the senior citizen population in Pennsylvania continues to grow. The safety issue for older drivers is especially critical to the state because, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania has one of the largest populations of senior citizens and older drivers.

Motorcycle accidents up around the region

A warm and dry autumn may be one factor in the numerous motorcycle accidents being reported around the state. However, a number of other factors may be at play in what seems to be a growing cause of serious injuries and traffic fatalities.

Landlord may not have had smoke detectors, six dead in fire

Landlords have a lawful duty to keep their tenants as safe as they can, to the best of their abilities, or else it may be a case of premises liability. One precaution that all landlords must take is the installation and maintenance of functional smoke detectors and fire alarms. When smoke detectors are not functional and disaster strikes, landlords can be held culpable for their negligence. This very scenario has played itself out in the Pittsburgh area and the results are a sad, harsh truth.

Truck Accidents: truck drops load onto occupied car in Apollo

When trucks are overloaded or are carrying a heavy equipment and the driver fails to safely maneuver residential streets, the outcome can be devastating. Commercial tractor trailer drivers should know the details of their loads and understand the limits of their trucks to avoid truck accidents. Likewise, manufacturers who build lock straps and trailer hitches should ensure that they can in fact support the weight that they guarantee their products can support.

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