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April 2013 Archives

Workers' compensation case remanded in Pennsylvania

In March 2011, a pallet cleaner and sorter sustained a cut to his knuckle while working at Wal-Mart's distribution center, resulting in an injury to his knuckle. In the civil action, it was asserted that the retail behemoth should have been aware of dangerous conditions and that the incident could have been prevented by taking reasonable precautions. This worker's compensation case was moved to the U.S. District Court as the diversity of citizenship was noted among the involved parties. The plaintiff asked for a remand stating that his case should be tried in Pennsylvania court when it was discovered that the distribution centers managers, who are residents of the state, may have been liable for the injury. The motion was filed to add the managers in question to the litigation as, according to the plaintiff, they were or should have been aware of the unsanitary and unsafe conditions at the distribution center. 

Researchers hopeful blood test effective in detecting autism

Today, roughly one in 50 children is diagnosed as having some form of autism. For these children, early diagnosis and treatment in the form of behavioral and cognitive therapies have an enormous impact on their ability to learn how to cope with their disability and thrive.

Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo sponsors Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Event

Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo is a main sponsor for an upcoming event for The Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, "An Evening of Comedy that cares" read more...

The cost of natural gas: Fracking's effect on workers' health

Workplace safety experts have conducted tests at 11 different fracking sites in Pennsylvania and four other states. What they discovered is that the traditional workplace injury isn't all that fracking workers have to worry about in the course of employment. Researchers have known that vast amounts of fracking sand are needed during the natural gas extraction process, and unfortunately, this sand contains fine silica that can easily be breathed in and absorbed into the lungs. Exposure to this material has been known to cause incurable silicosis and, in some cases, even lung cancer. Knowing this danger, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) decided to find out just how hazardous the fracking industry is to its workers.

Pennsylvania chemical company cited for safety violations

A chemical distribution company in Reading has received a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for an alleged 14 violations and has been assessed fines totaling $64,665. The company was inspected as part of the National Emphasis Program focusing on chemical companies and distributors. OSHA claims the company had 13 serious violations that could lead to injuries and workers' compensation claims, including inadequate chemical hazard protection and lack of safety precautions that might prevent dangerous falls.Process safety management is the term applied to prevention of catastrophic spills or releases of toxic chemicals, according to OSHA. The agency alleges that the company has jeopardized its workers' safety by failing to effectively implement the standards for process safety management. The company was also cited for a minor electrical cord placement violation.

Focus on autism during Autism Awareness Month in April

When a child is diagnosed with autism, the effects on the family are often difficult to fully comprehend. Above all, the financial challenges facing many families with children on the autism spectrum are significant.

Western Pennsylvania worker killed in factory accident

Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Association are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania man who was an employee of Plum Corp. The victim was killed in an on the job accident on Feb. 4. Plum Corp., which is located in Hempfield Township, manufactures industrial and commercial metal roofing and siding materials. The factory accident occurred when the 60-year old employee was using a 15-ton overhead crane to move a metal coil that weighed 10,000 pounds. In the process of moving the coil, another smaller coil that weighed approximately 5,000 pounds slipped out of position, hit the victim and pinned him against a stack of metal coils. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of chest injuries. Officials have determined that the victim's death was accidental.

New treatment brings hope for those with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is categorized as a physical disability caused by damage to an individual's brain and central nervous system. Individuals impacted by cerebral palsy often have difficulty with movement and most are confined to wheelchairs. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy and the symptoms of the disorder are largely uncontrollable. New medical research, however, has given hope to some individuals who are participating in a procedure aimed to improve the functioning and motor skills of those with cerebral palsy.

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Our Philadelphia firm and attorneys have received numerous accolades in the area of workers' compensation law. Several of our attorneys have been recognized by their peers and listed in Super Lawyers since 2006. The Super Lawyers process recognizes the top lawyers in their fields in Pennsylvania.

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