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July 2014 Archives

Elder abuse continues to threaten senior Americans

Data from the 2010 Census determined that people 65 and older comprise 13 percent of the total population of the United States; the figure for Pennsylvania is about the same. This group of people born between 1946 and 1964 long ago became known as the "baby boom generation." This population's steady aging means that increasing numbers of them will need the services of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Lifting the veil of secrecy on priest sexual abuse

When it comes to protecting children from abusive adults, talk is cheap and should not be trusted unless it is backed up by observable actions. Institutions can say that they are protecting children from sexual abuse, but this means nothing if they are unwilling to be transparent about their actions or methods.

Misdiagnosis allegedly costs man 20 years in psychiatric ward

Many medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania, like elsewhere in the country, often involve medication errors, hospital mistakes and delayed diagnoses of diseases such as cancer. But sometimes other forms of error such as misdiagnosis can take something just as valuable as a life -- time.

Sex abuse and the dangers of apathetic school administrators

School administrators and staff cannot always prevent sexual abuse, but they have an obligation to do everything in their power to that end. Moreover, schools have responsibility to help students suffering with the effects of sexual abuse in addition to the school’s legal responsibility to investigate claims of rape and sexual abuse.

Adopted son of Jerry Sandusky to be interview by Oprah Winfrey

There are few television interviewers out there who can handle a truly diverse array of guests and topics. Even rarer are the interviewers who can handle the most sensitive subjects with the grace and respect that they require. When we think of interviewers who fit that description, Oprah Winfrey often tops the list.

Family files wrongful death suit against Pennsylvania contractors

When it comes to workplace safety, contractors in Pennsylvania are no different from employers of companies anywhere in the country. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of workers they hire for projects. They are mandated by state agencies and law, and often by insurance companies, to identify and address on-the-job hazards that can cause workplace accidents.

Elmo puppeteer escapes 5 sex abuse suits due to timeline issues

Last week, we wrote about the importance of giving sex abuse victims adequate time to file claims against their abusers. Child sex abuse is so traumatic that victims may repress memories for years or even decades. Even if they do not repress memories, many victims still take this long to process and come to terms with the abuse they suffered. By the time they file a lawsuit, the statute of limitations has likely expired.

Pajamas, helicopter kit and thermostat in latest product recalls

Pennsylvania consumers are no different than other Americans in preferring quality when they purchase products. Some consumers only buy goods made by known manufacturers to ensure the products are safe to use or consume. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that defective items have not reached the market and potentially put consumers at risk, which is why manufacturers often issue product recalls out of concern for safety. Defective products can endanger the lives of product users, resulting in injuries and sometimes even death.

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