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September 2016 Archives

These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Medical malpractice possible if doctors ignore FDA warnings

Over the past few years, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration have issued separate reports warning doctors about the dangers of prescribing codeine to children. Nevertheless, doctors in Pennsylvania and elsewhere continue to risk medical malpractice by prescribing the drug. Codeine is an opiate added to some cough syrups and commonly given to children following tonsillectomies. It supposedly works to relieve pain after the procedure which removes tonsils that are swollen enough to cause sleep apnea in children.

Lawmakers seek highway safety by regulating self-driving cars

While it may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, self-driving cars are not that far into the future. Some are eagerly anticipating the advent of autonomous cars because the vehicles promise greater highway safety by reducing the human factor in driving. Others recall the recent deadly crashes of automated cars and wonder if the technology is ready for today's commuters. However, Pennsylvania lawmakers support new guidelines that bring more regulation to the futuristic vehicles.

Samsung faces products liability claims after reported injuries

The Samsung Corporation has voluntarily recalled its 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in Pennsylvania and worldwide. It has already rushed replacement phones to many customers and offered a $25 gift card to customers in the United States who exchange their phones for other Samsung models. Nevertheless, the Consumer Product Safety Commission plans a federal recall of the Galaxy Note 7. The unprecedented recall springs from numerous reports of explosions and fires caused by the phones. Samsung may be bracing for a wave of products liability claims.

Motorcycle accidents sometimes claim lives of community heroes

It is too common a story when one hears of a motorcyclist dying in an accident. Motorcycle accidents frequently mean life-changing or life-ending injuries, especially when the collision involves a larger vehicle. The family and friends of one beloved Pennsylvania man are feeling the shock of losing him in a recent hit and run crash.

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