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Pittsburgh Wrongful Death Law Blog

Legal assistance for asbestos-related health concerns

Most people do not have to worry about suffering from illnesses due to asbestos. Even people who have been exposed to asbestos are not usually exposed to it often enough to suffer any serious health issues. But for those who work around asbestos or are regularly exposed, issues like lung cancer and mesothelioma could be serious concerns that may even be fatal. In addition to the negative health effects that these issues could bring, victims of asbestos exposure will likely be facing large amounts of unexpected medical bills which could put them in a financial hole.

Drop-Side Cribs are extremely dangerous products

Obviously being injured by a defective product is never ideal, but in many instances, defective product injuries are minor and easy to recover from. But when a defective product is targeted at babies and infants, the consequences become much more disastrous. Babies are simply not as durable as adults, and because there are things they do not understand, it is also easier for them to be injured in many cases, especially by defective products.

Car accident near Pennsylvania border proves fatal

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or an accident that was caused by another person, you could be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit involves a claim against a party that was responsible for the death of another person when that death was not intentional, but instead caused by recklessness or negligence. Wrongful death can come in many forms, but one of the most common types of wrongful death is a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Family members bring wrongful death suit against Bruce Jenner

Reality show fans in Pennsylvania be interested to know that a spokesperson from the California court system confirmed a lawsuit against medalist and reality star Bruce Jenner. The lawsuit is related to an accident from February, which was part of an ongoing police investigation. The action came a week after Jenner made his transition from male to female public.

Police have no brought criminal charges against Jenner for the fatal accident, but video footage from a bus and gas station near the crash site allegedly show that Jenner's actions led to the crash. The former athlete and TV star allegedly caused the accident when he tried to move around traffic, which had slowed, and hit the woman's car. The car was allegedly pushed into ongoing traffic, and it then crashed into a jeep.

Ford vehicle recalls underway

Pennsylvania motorists who drive Ford Fiestas, Fusions and Lincoln MKZs may already know Ford Motor Company named the vehicles in multiple nationwide recalls in the past week. The recall initially was made on April 24 and has since been expanded. More recalls of other models brought the total of recalls to more than one million.

The latest recall involves 546,000 Fusions made in 2013 and 2014 and Lincoln MKZs from the same years. In addition, Ford Fiesta models built from 2011 to 2014 are also being recalled for the same issue. The problem cited by Ford is the door latch. In two cases, the latch malfunctioned, causing the door to hit the individuals who were attempting to close it. In a separate incident, the door, which was unlatched, opened as the driver was parking the vehicle. In that case, the door struck a second vehicle.

Trek recalls nearly 1 million bicycles

Trek Bicycle Corporation has recalled nearly 1 million bicycles across the United States and Canada after three cyclists were injured in separate incidents. One of them suffered facial injuries, another a fractured wrist and the third became a permanent quadriplegic. Cyclists in Pennsylvania should pay attention to this recall, which involves the front wheel coming off or suddenly stopping.

According to the recall notice from Trek, some of its bikes were sold with a quick-release lever that opens more than 180 degrees. This lever is basically the skewer that holds the front wheel in place. If it is adjusted incorrectly or left open on a bike that also has a front disc brake, it can become caught in the brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come off or to suddenly stop. This could make the cyclist lose control.

The dangers of Silicosis at the workplace

A respiratory disease called silicosis, also known as progressive massive fibrosis, occurs when a person inhales silica dust. The dust comes from a mineral commonly found in rock, granite, sand and other landscaping materials. Those who are exposed to silica dust include miners who work around rock beds, sand-blasters, glass workers and construction workers.

Silicosis ranges from simple chronic silicosis to acute silicosis. The most common type of silicosis is simple chronic silicosis, which occurs when a person has been exposed to small amounts of the dust for 20 years or more. Symptoms include swelling of the lungs, leading to breathing difficulties. People exposed to more quantities of silicosis over a period of 5 to 15 years may develop accelerated silicosis with faster-occurring symptoms. Workers exposed to very large quantities of silica dust in a small amount of time may develop acute silicosis and may experience serious lung inflammation and acute breathing difficulties. Progressive massive fibrosis is commonly the result of accelerated silicosis, in which a person's lungs become severely scarred.

Family of deceased student reaches $7 million settlement

On April 15, it was announced that the family of a Pennsylvania student who was killed after getting into an argument with three men was awarded $7 million in compensation from two bar owners. According to the complaint, the two bars involved in the incident were accused of serving the three men prior to the altercation even though they were both underage and visibly intoxicated.

On Jan. 14, 2012, the 23-year-old student was attempting to hail a cab when the three individuals pulled up in their vehicle. The argument escalated until the three individuals left their vehicle and began to attack the student. He died shortly after the incident. The three men ultimately pleaded guilty for roles they played in the death; one of the accused individuals was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

2011 crash lawsuit settled

A civil case against a well-known resort in Pennsylvania was settled just as jury selection was about to begin. A teenager's parents filed the suit after their son was injured in a Sep. 10, 2011, crash at the resort and died five days after the accident. The settlement was agreed to 48 hours after the court restricted the use of specific testimony at the trial.

The accident happened when a teenage driver, who allegedly had a BAC level of .136 percent, drove off the roadway and hit a tree. The driver faced charges of aggravated assault, vehicular homicide and DUI since his BAC level was above the .02 percent legal limit for drivers under 21.

Fatal accident involving highway construction worker

A man in Pennsylvania was killed on April 9 while working as part of a construction crew on the side of a highway. The fatal accident occurred along Route 22 in Hanover Township when the victim was walking behind a vehicle that was moving in reverse. At the time, the construction crew was working to repair a guardrail that had sustained damage in a separate accident.

According to a report from the Washington County Coroner, the 43-year-old man who was killed in the accident was standing in a utility guardrail vehicle driver's blind spot when he suffered fatal trunk and head injuries. While moving the vehicle in reverse, the driver had been traveling in an eastbound direction in the westbound lane. The victim had his back to the vehicle when he was struck.