July 2013 Archive

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Employer Retaliation on the Rise

Statistics show that the amount of workplace injuries in the US has dropped 31 percent in the last decade, but this number may be misleading. "Employer retaliation" is on the rise or, in other words, there is more employer-induced pressure on employees to not report on-the-job injuries. In 2012, there were about 100 federal and state court cases involving employer retaliation—double the amount of cases in 2011.

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Baby Einstein Jumpers Recalled

The children's product manufacturer Kids II has issued a voluntary recall of its Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper. Over 100 incidents have been reported in relation to the jumper, including 61 injuries.

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Neighborhood Addresses Dangerous Sidewalks

A local neighborhood is calling attention to an often ignored problem in the Pittsburgh area: sidewalk maintenance. Originally, residents planned to call city officials' attention to the situation, but now they're facing an unforeseen problem.

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TVs Cause Thousands of Child Injuries Each Year

After a string of TV tip-overs in the Chicago area left four children dead and one injured during only a four month period, safety advocates began a study of TV-related child injuries. Statistics from the study are shocking, and, sadly, preventable.

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Are You an Aggressive Driver?

It's summertime, and that means vacations and no school, but it can also mean a lot of time on the road. With everyone travelling to vacations all summer, roads become congested quickly, drivers get tired and agitated, and people start speeding to get to their destinations. I'm just as eager as the next person to get where I'm going as quickly as possible, but from time to time it's important that we evaluate our own driving habits and ask ourselves if we ever drive aggressively.

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New Drug’s Failure Raises Questions Over Other Diabetes Drugs

A leading Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer, Roche, decided to halt its testing of a promising new diabetes drug, called aleglitazar. The drug was in late-stage testing, and Roche's decision to discontinue testing raises questions about the safety of all diabetes medications, especially the controversial drug Avandia.

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Whole Foods Announces Widespread Cheese Recall

Whole Foods Market has announced a recall of "les frères" cheese products due to an outbreak of the bacteria listeria. The recall has reached 30 states including Pennsylvania, with one incident occurring as locally as Ohio. Since June, the contaminated cheese has sickened four people, killed one, and caused a pregnant woman to miscarry.

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Introducing Our YouTube Guide to Pennsylvania Auto Insurance

My staff recently created a Guide to Pennsylvania Auto Insurance playlist on YouTube. The videos on the playlist feature one of my partners, Attorney Michael Rosenzweig, as he talks about the inexpensive yet most valuable ways you can protect yourself with your auto insurance policies. The coverage options he discusses aren't included in Pennsylvania's minimum required coverage, which allows insurance companies to sell you the lowest priced coverage. But as Attorney Rosenzweig puts it, if you're injured in an accident, it's more expensive if you don't have some of these coverage options included on your policy.

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Celebrating Female Motorcyclists

We see female motorcyclists more and more on the roads, so it's only appropriate that the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum named July as Women's Motorcycle Month a few years ago. The purpose is to celebrate those women who currently ride and those women in the past who inspired others to "ride" their way into a traditionally male-dominated sport.

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Boating Safety Tips for Lake Erie & Pittsburgh Regatta

With Lake Erie nearby and Pittsburgh’s rivers and events like the Regatta right around the corner, boating safety is important for everyone to consider across the region. From following Pennsylvania’s boating laws to performing routine safety checks on your watercraft, there are many things to keep in mind to protect yourself and any passengers.

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Fireworks Safety Tips

It’s hard to believe we’re nearly ready to celebrate another Independence Day. Hopefully you and your family have had a safe and healthy year thus far. Perhaps you’ve already heard some firework cracks and pops – familiar sounds as we approach the July 4 holiday.

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PennDOT Releases 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently released its 2012 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics Handbook, which details information on various types of traffic collisions that occurred across the state last year.

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Edgar Snyder Bike Nite - Chance to Win a Trip to Las Vegas!

Edgar Snyder & Associates sponsors Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nites, which take place at the Pleasant Hills location (511 Clairton Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236) on Wednesday evenings from 5-10 p.m. through October.