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March 2012 Archive

Published on Mar 27, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
legal limit marijuana driving

As medical marijuana becomes more widely available, government authorities and safety experts are debating how to establish legal impairment levels for those who get behind the wheel after smoking pot.

Published on Mar 26, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
child-proof lock recall

It’s true that little hands seem to get everywhere, especially in places you don’t want them. That’s why parents take great pains to child-proof the house, keeping dangerous products locked up or out of reach. Unfortunately, Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling almost one million Push N' Snap cabinet locks because they failed to work, and several children got a hold of dangerous substances.

Published on Mar 26, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
motorcycle accident

When you’re in a motorcycle accident, the fear and shock set in before you even realize what’s happened. Am I okay? Am I going to get in trouble? Then the other worries begin: How will I pay for this? What do I tell the insurance company? The stress and worry can freeze you in your tracks and make you stumble over your next moves. Don’t let it.

Published on Mar 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
yellow lights cause car accidents

Does this sound familiar? It seems like you've hit every red light and the person in front of you is creeping along, not even driving the speed limit. Just as you approach the first green light you’ve seen all day, it switches to yellow, and for a split-second you don't know if you should hit your brakes or step on the gas. Even as you press down on the accelerator, questions flood your mind: Should I have stopped? Will I make it through before the light turns red? Are there any police around?

Published on Mar 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
Pennsylvania traffic deaths

Pennsylvania’s roads appear to be at least a little safer. The number of deadly car accidents in the state dropped 2.5 percent in 2011, from 1,324 to 1,291, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) annual highway death toll. This drop represents the second-lowest recorded total, falling behind 2009’s record low of 1, 256 deaths.

Published on Mar 20, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
School in Thika, Kenya

I can’t say it enough – I’m so honored to work with such an amazing staff at my law firm. Aside from the compassion they feel for our clients, they go above and beyond in giving back to the local and global communities in so many ways. Let me tell you about one of them.

Published on Mar 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
st patrick's day

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, and I'm sure a lot of you have already picked out where you want to celebrate. As you figure out the best way to have fun, I encourage you to also figure out the best way to stay safe – come up with a plan now for how you'll avoid drinking and driving.

Published on Mar 13, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
child stair injuries

A simple misstep or a loss of balance can quickly turn a walk down the stairs into a dangerous fall. This is especially true for kids – a new study in the medical journal Pediatrics found that a child under the age of five is injured in a stair-related accident every six minutes.

Published on Mar 09, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
young hockey players

Concussions, one of the most common sports-related injuries among young athletes, usually require an extended period of rest to ensure proper healing. However, many coaches return high-school athletes to the field within one day of receiving a concussion, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Published on Mar 07, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
beware of dog sign

Recently, a partner at my law firm, Attorney Jason Lichtenstein, talked to the media about dog bites, an issue that’s received a lot of local attention recently following the tragic death of a two-day-old infant who was attacked by the family Husky in McKeesport.

Published on Mar 06, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
law students

In more than 40 years of practicing law, I've often been asked what it's like to be a lawyer and what it takes to be a good lawyer. There are many different answers to these questions, but if you’re thinking about pursuing a career in the legal field, there are some basic things you should know.

Published on Mar 06, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
texting while driving

Five seconds. That’s how long a driver takes their eyes of the road each time they look down to send or receive a text message. It is those five seconds that contribute to thousands of distracted driving deaths and injuries each and every year.

Published on Mar 01, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
elderly Pennsylvania driver

There are 1.6 million drivers over the age of 65 in Pennsylvania, comprising 18 percent of all motorists. A recent study, done by nonprofit research organization TRIP, found that these elderly drivers are involved in a disproportionately high percentage of fatal car accidents.

Published on Mar 01, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
metal-on-metal hip replacement x-ray

Recent reports show that metal-on-metal hip replacements fail at a much higher rate than their ceramic and plastic counterparts, requiring additional surgeries. Now, researchers are reporting another risk linked to the dangerous medical products – high levels of toxins that seep into patients' bloodstreams, causing serious health complications like muscle and bone damage, genetic changes, and even cancer.

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