January 2012 Archive

Jan 31, 2012

A recent survey conducted by the University of Michigan found that young children who participate in carpools are far less likely to be secured by a booster seat if they are with another parent-driver, or if they are with another child who does not use a booster seat.

Researchers found that over 30 percent of parents do not enforce booster seat use when their children are with another driver. The survey also revealed that 45 percent of parents do not make their kids use booster seats if they are transporting other children who do not have booster seats.

Jan 30, 2012

Last December, Pennsylvania's new teen driver laws went into effect. Included in these laws is a provision that limits the number of passengers a teen driver can have in their car when they first obtain their license. These new laws come as study after study demonstrates the risks of distracted driving, especially among young drivers.

Jan 27, 2012

Falls are a major issue among nursing home residents because nearly one-third result in injury, and a new study has found that certain residents may be at an even greater risk for dangerous falls. According to researchers, people in nursing homes with dementia who take a class of antidepressant medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are more likely to be involved in a fall-related accident.

Jan 24, 2012

Drowning is one of the leading causes of child mortality in the United States, and tragic accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. Thankfully, figures published in The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics show progress has been made in reducing hospital admissions for drownings.

Jan 24, 2012

Here's an easy way to make a big difference. If you Like the Make-A-Wish Foundation® tab on my law firm's Facebook Fan Page, we'll donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Pennsylvania & Southern West Virginia.

Jan 20, 2012

Most of us have one – the neighbor who never seems to shovel their sidewalk. Each winter, the patch in front of their house becomes a danger zone of snow and ice, and you worry that you're going to slip and fall each time you walk past. What would happen if you did take a fall? Who would be responsible for your injuries? What are the laws when it comes to clearing walkways?

Jan 18, 2012

Many people today like a soundtrack when they walk, using their smart phones and MP3 players to shut out the noise of trucks, buses, and cars. While this might make walks more enjoyable, it can also make them much more dangerous, according to a new study.

Jan 16, 2012

The risks of head injuries and concussions have recently become the focus of national attention as professional sports leagues have strengthened their safety policies. In 2010, the NFL instituted new rules about helmet-to-helmet hits, the NBA just implemented new concussion treatment guidelines, and Sidney Crosby's struggle with concussions over the past year put the NHL in the spotlight.

Jan 13, 2012

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of over 500,000 SUVs and minivans due to reports of fires and power losses associated with faulty braking and electrical systems.

Jan 12, 2012

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has decided to voluntarily recall several of their over-the-counter drugs, including certain bottles of Excedrin and Bufferin. The recall was issued after an internal review of its facility led to the discovery of bottles that contained broken, mislabeled, and stray pills.

Jan 12, 2012

Being in a car accident is bad enough. Can you imagine how awful it would be to find out that your insurance won’t cover your medical expenses or car repairs? To discover that it's your responsibility to pay for these things, even if the accident wasn't your fault?

Jan 06, 2012

Does the following scenario sound familiar? You're driving when you hear the message alert on your cell phone. You glance down to see who it's from, and even though it only takes a second, when you look up you find that you've started to swerve into the opposite lane. You quickly adjust the steering wheel and veer back over, barely avoiding a collision. While you may have dodged an accident this time, things don’t always turn out this well.

Jan 05, 2012

A new bill being considered by Congress right now would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to force makers of artificial hips and other medical implants to track the performance of their products after they are approved for sale.

Jan 05, 2011

As we begin the New Year, I encourage all teens to make the promise to speak up. You can be a good driver by making the decision to not drink and drive, and you can be a good passenger and friend by asking someone who’s been drinking to not get behind the wheel.