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June 2012 Archive

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
ATV safety

Without taking proper precautions like wearing a helmet and avoiding paved roads, ATV riding can be deadly. And even when people do take the right steps to avoid an accident, they still occur. Every year, ATV-related injuries lead to 700 deaths and 136,000 emergency room visits.

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
marcellus shale drilling

Workers at fracking sites are exposed to a chemical that can have serious health side effects, say researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Published on Jun 28, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
2011 hot bike contest winner

If you ride a motorcycle and are proud of your bike, put it on display for everyone to see by submitting a photo of it to our 2nd Annual "Hot Bike Contest." Our Facebook fans will then cast votes for their favorite bikes to determine a winner. If your bike gets the most votes, not only will you get bragging rights, but you'll win a $200 Visa Gift Card!

Published on Jun 27, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
metal hip implant safety

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a meeting to evaluate the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants following numerous patient reports of metal toxicity, pain, swelling, and in some cases, early removal of the devices.

Published on Jun 26, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen texting while driving

A lot of time and resources go into preventing teens from texting and driving. Parents talk to their kids about the dangers, smart phone apps monitor teens' cell phone, and countless PSAs reiterate that taking your eyes of the road for a few seconds can be deadly. Despite these efforts, a new study reveals that an alarming number of teen drivers are still texting while behind the wheel.

Published on Jun 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
boating accidents

Every year almost half a million people gear up for the Three Rivers Regatta Festival here in Pittsburgh. Beginning June 30, professional power boaters will race, water ski teams will perform for the crowds, and local residents will compete in the annual Anything That Floats race. This year, the celebration coincides with the Kenny Chesney-Tim McGraw concert, and it's estimated that around 1,000 local boaters will be drawn to the North Shore for the festivities.

Published on Jun 21, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen drunk driving

Did you know that sixty percent of all teen car accident deaths are alcohol-related? This sobering statistic has led many states to pass laws limiting driving privileges for teens in hopes of reducing drunk driving among the nation's youngest drivers. According to a new study, lawmakers have achieved their goal.

Published on Jun 20, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
caregiver apps

At my law firm, I meet a lot of amazing people who are dealing with serious physical and mental disabilities. I've also had the pleasure of meeting the family members and loved ones who take care of our clients. Caregivers are often unsung heroes, and not many people understand how demanding the caregiver role can be.

Published on Jun 19, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
motorcycle deaths

Despite safer roads and the fact that motor vehicle fatalities were at an all-time low, motorcycle fatalities did not decline in 2011.

Published on Jun 15, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
drownings

As a parent and grandparent, I understand the overwhelming concern you have for your children’s safety. I also know that things can change in the blink of an eye – the heart-stopping moment you lose sight of your child in the grocery store or the panic you feel when it looks like they’ve taken a bad fall.

Published on Jun 15, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
football game

In response to the growing concerns over head injuries in youth sports, the nation's largest youth football organization, Pop Warner, is implementing new rules aimed at limiting collisions during practices that could lead to concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries.

Published on Jun 13, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
low insurance payouts

You're in good hands. Like a good neighbor. Insurance companies do a good job of making you think they're on your side. Unfortunately, my law firm has seen time and time again that insurance companies care more about their bottom line than the injury victims who rely on insurance payouts to help them get through extremely difficult times.

Published on Jun 12, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
lowball payouts

Consumers who pay premiums to insurance companies expect that those companies will be on their side if they are injured in an accident. However, a recent report issued by the Consumer Federation of America warns that most of the nation's largest insurance companies use computer software that can be easily manipulated to pay out less than what policy holders deserve.

Published on Jun 07, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
texting while driving

A Massachusetts teen is the first person in the state to get jail time for killing another motorist while responding to a text message. Prosecutors in the case said that the 18-year-old sent text messages a minute before the crash.

Published on Jun 06, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
social host graduation

If you plan to host a graduation party for your high school senior and provide alcohol, think again. As one local mother learned the hard way, this is never a good idea. Not only does it put the teens' safety at risk, but it could land you in jail.

Published on Jun 06, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
youth concussions

School sports will get a little safer for Pennsylvania students next year. This July, the state joins 37 others and the District of Columbia in implementing laws meant to improve concussion safety for young athletes.

Published on Jun 04, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
SlimQuick

From weight loss to memory improvement, dietary and herbal supplements are advertised as safe and effective remedies to common ailments. However, according to a recent case study, SlimQuick®, a popular weight loss supplement, may cause more harm than good.

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