December 15, 2021
Medication errors are among the most common types of errors that occur in medical settings. The National Institutes of Health reports that, while common, only a small percentage of medication errors result in adverse effects, but those that do are often terribly costly to the patient. In some cases…
December 01, 2021
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 786 motor vehicle recalls in 2020, impacting more than 31 million cars, trucks, and SUVs. The cause of these recalls varies widely from minor defects that pose little to no risk to more significant issues that can…
November 22, 2021
Michael Brassloff, retired from a career as a teacher and principal in Philadelphia, had a tumor that was growing in his head. He seemed fine, he had no symptoms. But there was a fear that if the tumor grew much larger – and it may not have -- it could have pressed against his brain and caused…
November 11, 2021
A $7 million stipulated verdict reached with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority recently is just the beginning. Not because SEPTA plans to file an appeal in the case, but the plaintiffs do. That’s because under state law the government-related mass transit agency will have to…
September 29, 2021
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia says the church may pay over $126 million in reparation to the more than 600 victims who have filed claims under the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP). The program was started in 2018 to provide compensation for victims of…
September 15, 2021
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides transportation for millions of commuters every year. Responsible for the operation of regional transit trains, busses, subway trains, trolleys, and more, SEPTA is a daily necessity for many people living in Philadelphia and…
August 26, 2021
The story is a chilling one: Lyft drivers pick up an 11-year-old girl after midnight and take her from her home to one hotel and then to another where she is repeatedly raped. Then the girl is picked up the next morning by yet another Lyft driver and taken home. The story is all the more alarming…
August 16, 2021
Working in the building trades poses several dangers, among them the risk of working with defective equipment. Three of the 10 most common workplace violations cited by the U.S. Occupational and Health Administration  – unsafe ladders, scaffolding, and machinery – may be related to defects. So too…
August 12, 2021
Philips Respironics has recalled millions of units of its CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices because of potential risks of illness, including cancer and other life-threatening conditions to users. The recall was initiated after it was disclosed that polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement…
August 02, 2021
Roses are blooming, cornfields are abundant, lawns are lush and gardeners, farmers, and landscapers across the country are using herbicides to rid their flower beds and crops of pesky weeds. And many are using the popular product Roundup. But in doing so they risk their very lives. Roundup, made…
July 27, 2021
For years, the B. Braun plant stood in Hanover Township in eastern Pennsylvania as a seemingly innocuous edifice where medical instruments were sterilized. But day after day, a colorless gas spewed from the plant that was sickening both workers inside the building and residents who lived nearby.…
May 10, 2021
Thousands of products are recalled every year. Some recalls are for minor issues that impact functionality, while some are for serious defects that threaten the safety of everyone who uses them. However, while many defective products cause harm, only a handful of these cases result in product…
May 01, 2021
About 3.7 million babies are born each year in the United States, with about 97 percent entering the world without a major birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those born with physical and mental difficulties suffer these disabilities because of natural…
April 26, 2021
A spider-shaped medical device called an IVC filter placed in the inferior vena cava, a large vein in the middle of the body, has for years been implanted in patients to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs, an occurrence that can prove fatal. But IVC filters have in some cases not…
April 15, 2021
Some of the most common issues that result in motor vehicle recalls are:   Electrical System Defects   Fuel System Defects   Steering Component Defects Brake System Defects Faulty Latches and Hooks Defective Airbags Frame and Body Defects   Some vehicle defects can allow a car, truck, or SUV…