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August 2013 Archives

Penn State settles lawsuits with most of Jerry Sandusky's victims

It has been more than a year since disgraced Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts of sexually abusing dozens of young boys. He will effectively spend the rest of his life in prison. And while the story has largely faded from national headlines, a criminal conviction alone does not begin to erase the trauma from the minds and hearts of those who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky.

Pennsylvania family files civil claim against VA

A Pennsylvania family has filed a wrongful death claim against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at Pittsburgh Veterans' Affairs' facilities. Their father was the first veteran to die in the outbreak, and the family is asking for a total of $10 million with $5 million for wrongful death and $5 million for personal injury.

3 students sue district for failing to stop sex abuse by teacher

Student sexual abuse is an uncomfortable topic to discuss or address, but silence and inaction only allow the behavior to continue. While it didn't occur here in Philadelphia, one recent case shows that schools and school districts that fail to respond to reports of student sexual abuse will almost certainly be held liable later on.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hospital patients and others at risk

Patients in hospitals in Pennsylvania and around the nation may have cause to be concerned about their potential risk of infection. According to statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), medical professionals have not always followed recommended procedures regarding the safe use of syringes and needles. This puts patients at risk for contamination from severe infections such as hepatitis C and HIV.

CDC study looks at financial & societal costs of alcohol abuse

Although prohibition in America was ultimately a failed experiment, there is a reason that so many people joined the temperance movement and demanded that alcohol be outlawed. Alcohol can cause a lot of personal and public problems, especially when abused.

FDA issues statement about danger of laser toys

Parents in Philadelphia and across the country are paying attention to a recent statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration dealing with the safety of toys that include a laser component. Manufacturers of laser products that are currently targeted at kids could be at risk for claims of product liability as more people become aware of the risks lasers can pose.

Healthcare workers most likely to be injured on the job

A report says that healthcare workers, not firefighters or police officers, are the most likely in any industry to get hurt or sick on the job. Unsafe working conditions in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare workplaces resulting in injury or illness were more numerous than those in the manufacturing or construction industries, according to the report.

Are adult abuse victims getting the attention they deserve?

A recent abuse case in Pennsylvania has advocates for abuse victims talking about gender, age and reporting requirements. The recent case involves a young man who reported that he was abused by a Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer while attending middle school during the 1998-99 school year. 

Plant facing nearly $100K in fines for safety violations

A Pennsylvania foundry is facing more than $96,000 in penalties following a January inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A complaint prompted the OSHA investigation which found new and continuing safety and health violations. According to the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are required to provide healthy and safe work environments for their employees. The Shippensburg Township foundry was cited with 19 alleged serious and four repeat health and safety violations. The repeat violations were the result of the company failing to properly guard belts live electrical parts, pulleys, sprockets, chains, and include a platform railing. Repeat violations come with a $26,180 penalty.

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