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Metal-on-metal hip implant can come with unique complications

Whether due to an injury or the luck of the draw, you ended up needing to get your hip replaced. Hip implants today are a modern miracle of science, allowing you the type of mobility and range of movement you never thought would be possible again when you were suffering from extreme hip pain. However, if you received a metal-on-metal implant, you might face unforeseen complications. The following information is important for you and other Pennsylvanians with metal hip implants to know.

There are two types of metal-on-metal hip replacements, one of which you might have. The first is a total hip replacement, which replaces the bone of the hip and the top "ball" part of the femur with a metal device. The second implant is a resurfacing of the ball and socket parts of the hip joints, replacing the damaged bone with metal. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medical professionals considered metal-on-metal replacements to be more durable and less likely to fracture or dislocate when they were at their most common over a decade ago.

Army veteran who suffered surgical error files lawsuit

Veterans in the Pennsylvania area and across the nation will often need medical treatment, which they receive through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The type of treatment these people have received in recent years has come under scrutiny with allegations of mistakes, medical professional negligence and other problems. It is unconscionable that veterans who served the U.S. will be subjected to substandard treatment, but it happens all-too often. When there is a doctor error or other incident of medical malpractice, those who suffered damages or families who lost a loved one need to be aware of their rights.


Off-duty cop faces criminal allegations after domestic dispute

Pittsburgh residents who are facing allegations related to a domestic incident must remember that the criminal charge can go beyond the penalties that will be part of the process if there is a conviction. It can also negatively affect a person's work and perception in the community. This is especially true if it is a city worker or even a law enforcement officer. When confronted with these charges, it is imperative to have a strong criminal defense from the beginning.

A law enforcement officer was placed under arrest in an alleged domestic dispute. Police were called to investigate a reported incident at around 2:20 p.m. According to police, an off-duty officer had allegedly put a woman at the residence in handcuffs. Reportedly, the man, the woman and a child were in a residence and wrestling and tickling each other. The woman was said to poke the man in the ribs to which he told her to cease or he would handcuff her. When she continued, he allegedly shackled her ankles and then handcuffed her to the chains on the ankle restraints. She asserts that she asked him to release her numerous times.

Fatal work accident statistics show rise in 2016

Fatal accidents are an unfortunate possibility for workers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. regardless of what kind of work they do. These accidents can come about for a variety of reasons including negligence, faulty equipment, recklessness and much more. Studies and research examine these incidents in which a fatal workplace accident has occurred to determine how and why they happened as well as to try and prevent them from happening in the future. People who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal workplace accident might not benefit from preventative measures after the fact, but this information can be useful when seeking compensation in a legal filing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the statistics for 2016 showed an increase of 7 percent in fatal accidents on the job when compared to 2015. The total of fatalities was 5,190. This is the highest total of fatalities at work since 2008 when 5,214 people were killed. Breaking the numbers down even further, there were 3.6 fatalities for full-time equivalent workers in 2016. In 2015, there were 3.4 for every 100,000.

Man arrested on allegations of selling fake football tickets

Since Pittsburgh is such a prominent sports town, there are always people trying to secure tickets to the various events. In some cases, ticket sellers will be accused of trying to take advantage of that enthusiasm by selling fraudulent tickets. While this is an act that cuts right to the heart of a sports fan and offends their sensibilities in multiple ways, that does not mean that the person who is facing these allegations is guilty and does not deserve to have a strong criminal defense for what is essentially a white collar crime. People arrested on these charges must remember their rights.

A man who was seeking tickets for the recent National Football League matchup between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh tried to purchase them through an ad on Craigslist. When the man met the seller of the tickets, a 27-year-old man from New York, he thought the labeling on the tickets appeared suspicious after buying them. He contacted the stadium to check on the legitimacy of the tickets and was informed that the bar code was not accurate and the tickets were not real. He called law enforcement. The man who sold the tickets was arrested. He faces numerous charges including theft by deception, counterfeiting, and forgery.

Researchers consider why drivers see texting and driving as safe

Pennsylvanians are keenly aware of the dangers of distracted driving even if they have not been in a car accident because of it. Continuous campaigns from lawmakers and research agencies make certain that everyone is perfectly cognizant of how risky it is to drive while distracted. However, that does not get to the crux of the problem as to why people who are doing it. Texting and driving and distracted driving crashes are still rising. Those who are in a crash with a person who is believed to have been distracted behind the wheel should be aware of potential reasons to use this information as part of a legal filing.

Studies show that drivers across the nation will use their phones in 88 percent of the trips they take via car. More than half of young drivers say that they had read or typed on their phone while driving during the previous month. The foundation for drivers taking part in this acknowledged risky behavior is that they do not believe it is dangerous. Researchers say that when people used their phones while driving, their belief that it is safer than accident studies indicate emanates from practical experience. Since they believe they can multitask, they add phone use to their behavior when driving.

How to avoid a DUI in Pittsburgh this holiday season

It is no secret that arrests for driving under the influence, or DUI, increase around holiday times. As the winter holiday season approaches, parties abound, and people are out celebrating more frequently. If you plan to celebrate this holiday season, it is important to understand how to protect yourself from a DUI arrest.

There are some steps you can take to ensure that you do not end up with a DUI this holiday season, without having to sacrifice enjoying a few drinks with friends and family. 

Fatal truck accident kills 29-year-old man

Trucks are a frequent sight in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. Other drivers will generally give these large vehicles often traveling at high speed significant room to avoid being involved in a crash with one. Because trucks are so large and can cause such massive damage, an accident can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. What makes these crashes worse is when they happen because the truck driver was behaving recklessly, negligently or was outright breaking the law. When there is a fatal truck accident, the people who have suffered the loss of a loved one should make sure they understand the process of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

A crash between a car and a truck led to the death of a 29-year-old man. The accident occurred at around 4:45 p.m. The man who died was driving a Ford Mustang when the multi-vehicle accident happened. The driver was taken to the hospital where he died at around 6 p.m. The trucker, 69, rear-ended the Mustang. A total of four vehicles were involved in the accident. During their investigation, law enforcement found that there were skid marks 40 feet long before the accident.

New Hampshire man faces multiple DUI allegations in Pennsylvania

When a person is placed under arrest for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, it is vital to understand everything encompassed within the allegations. There are multiple penalties and long-term consequences that can increase exponentially depending on the level of charges. If, for example, the person is charged with driving under the influence and fleeing law enforcement, it will be worse than a simple DUI charge. Regardless, having a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney is essential.

A 19-year-old man from New Hampshire was arrested in Pennsylvania for multiple charges related to DUI, fleeing law enforcement and resisting arrest. The incident occurred at after 9 p.m. when a Dodge Ram pickup went over the centerline on the road and headed straight for a police car. The state troopers proceeded to try and stop the pickup, but the driver did not stop. The chase continued for an estimated seven miles. Other law enforcement vehicles also joined in the pursuit. Eventually, the driver was stopped. The driver did not get out of the vehicle when he was ordered to do so and the officers stunned him with a Taser and arrested him.

Medication mistakes require legal assistance for compensation

When a Pennsylvanian seeks treatment from a medical professional and medication is provided or prescribed, there is an inherent trust that the medication will be given in its proper amount, in the correct dosage and for the right duration. However, it is an unfortunate reality that mistakes can be made. When it is a medication error, it can lead to a worsened medical condition, personal injury and death. Those who have been harmed or had a loved one harmed because of a medication error should remember their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

There are numerous ways in which a medication error can come about. They include: the wrong medication being prescribed; overdosing or giving less than they were supposed to; not giving the medication when it is necessary or in the correct situation; not monitoring patients to check for potential side effects; not checking the patient's history and potential interactions with other medications; not explaining the medication and its side effects; continuing to give the patient the medication if side effects are occurring; mistakes by the pharmacy; and giving patients medications that have similar names but are different.

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