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October 2012 Archive

Published on Oct 31, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
mini-magnet injuries

Mini-magnets, like Buckeyballs, are growing in popularity, even as doctors and consumer advocates ask that they be taken off store shelves. Officials say that young children are coming in contact with the magnets and swallowing them, creating a potentially deadly scenario.

Published on Oct 31, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
best law firms

Edgar Snyder & Associates has received the highest possible rankings on the 2013 "Best Law Firms" list, released by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm received a 1st tier national ranking in Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation and a 1st tier Pittsburgh ranking in plaintiff's personal injury litigation and plaintiffs product liability litigation.

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
pennsylvania deer car accidents

You're driving down the road and you see a familiar sign – a yellow diamond with a leaping buck in the middle. Don't ignore it – stay alert for deer on the road.

Our state had the most deer-related car accidents in 2011 and ranks fifth in the nation in likelihood of hitting a deer. In the past month, there have been three accidents, two of them fatal, involving western PA drivers and deer.

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
homeowner's insurance

Thankfully, our area dodged a bullet last night. Hurricane Sandy passed through with what appears to be minimal effects. Unfortunately, residents of other states weren't so lucky, and with our area's history of flooding, we all know how quickly the weather can damage and destroy homes.

This is one of the reasons why homeowner's insurance is so important. It protects your home, your belongings, and your finances when unexpected events like floods, fires, or storms hit.

Published on Oct 25, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
peanut butter recall

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over three dozen people in 20 states have been sickened with Salmonella Bredeney, a type of bacteria that causes symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever.

Published on Oct 24, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
energy drinks

"Unleash the beast!" – this is the motto Monster Energy has used over the years, promising "twice the buzz of a regular energy drink". Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the maker this popular energy drink after the highly caffeinated beverage was cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack.

Published on Oct 22, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
fungal meningitis

Pennsylvania health officials say the investigation related to a deadly meningitis outbreak has expanded to more than 150 facilities in PA. Previously, only two health clinics in the state were believed to have received contaminated steroid injections. The state health department is currently in the process of notifying affected patients.

Published on Oct 17, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
Edgar Snyder Penn State Alumni Award

Attorney Edgar Snyder has been honored with Pennsylvania State University's Alumni Fellow Award, which recognizes Penn State alumni for their outstanding professional accomplishments. The award is the highest honor given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Published on Oct 16, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
fungal meningitis outbreak

The compounding center that was responsible for sending the tainted steroid injections that have infected over 250 people in 15 states may also have contaminated other products as well. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating two other drugs that may be contributing to the deadly meningitis outbreak.

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
fungal meningitis outbreak

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported its first patient infected with the same fungal meningitis linked to a multistate outbreak that has led to over 250 illnesses and at least 20 deaths.

Published on Oct 12, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen driver safety week

We've all heard statistics about teens and car crashes, but I don't want anyone to forget that there are actual people and lives behind those statistics. The Governor has declared next week Teen Driver Safety week.

Published on Oct 11, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
underage drunk driving

As you probably know, my law firm helps injury victims – and that includes the innocent victims of drunk drivers. Every day, we see how bad choices turn peoples’ lives upside down. That's why we sponsor a variety of programs designed to prevent drunk driving accidents.

Published on Oct 11, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
wheat cereal recall

Kellogg Co. has initiated a voluntary recall of 2.8 million packages of Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite-Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size, due to a faulty manufacturing part.

Published on Oct 10, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
construction zone laws

Construction zones are dangerous. In 2011 alone, the most recent data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were 1,812 traffic collisions in Pennsylvania work zones.

Published on Oct 10, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
graco recall

Graco is recalling about 86,000 Classic Wood Highchairs in the United States and 3,400 in Canada due to a fall risk. The defective highchairs were sold nationwide at Babies R US, Burlington Coat Factory, and online at target.com and walmart.com between September 2007 and December 2010.

Published on Oct 08, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
fungal meningitis outbreak

Health officials have now linked more than 250 cases of a rare type of fungal meningitis to a spinal steroid injection commonly used to ease back pain. The pharmacy responsible for producing the steroid, the New England Compounding Center, has issued a recall for all of their products, including the steroid linked to the outbreak, methylprednisolone acetate.

Published on Oct 08, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
fungal meningitis outbreak

It's all over the news right now – over 250 cases of fungal meningitis, a life-threatening disease, are being reported in multiple states among patients who received a steroid injection to relieve back pain. At least 20 people have died so far. It's truly upsetting when this happens – people harmed by medical treatments that are supposed to help them.

Published on Oct 05, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
Infographics on Pinterest

My law firm is now on Pinterest – be sure to check it out. We're pinning to boards on safety, statistics, accident prevention, and more. Take a look at what we're doing, including our creative infographics on topics like child passenger safety and food poisoning.

Published on Oct 03, 2012 by Edgar Snyder
teen drunk driving rates

Teen drinking and driving rates have fallen by 54 percent in the past two decades, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, almost a million high school teens ages 16 and over still drove after drinking alcohol in 2011.

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