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If you are pregnant or of childbearing age and plan to get pregnant, talk to your doctors about any over-the-counter, herbal, dietary supplements, and prescription drugs that you are now taking or recommended to take in the future.

Many prescription drugs cause serious birth defects.

Clinical drugs trials on pregnant women are unethical and not practiced. The safety of most medications taken by pregnant women is unknown and dependent on many factors.

However, it’s important to note that if you are now pregnant, you should not stop taking any type of medication without first talking with a doctor. Sometimes women don’t even realize they are pregnant while taking a potentially harmful drug.

What medications can cause birth defects?
Harmful drugs are thalidomide (also known as Thalamid®) and isotretinoin (also known as Accutane®). Such medications should be avoided by all women who are or might become pregnant. While some medications are known to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, the safety of most medications taken by pregnant women has been difficult to determine. Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant should not discount dietary and herbal products as they could be harmful to your unborn baby or have other serious side effects when taken during pregnancy.
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Are you ready to turn off your cell phone and stop texting while driving?

Ready or not, if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way — there will be a nationwide ban on personal electric devices like cell phones.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people lost their lives in 2010 in distracted driving related accidents.

Can’t that text message wait? That’s what voicemail is for…to listen to the messages later.

The safety recommendation calls for all 50 states and D.C. to ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implement targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and greater enforcement.

Three thousand deaths due to (avoidable) distracted driving are too many.
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Every year Halloween festivities and traditions result in a plethora of injuries (from costume related trauma to flame burns to broken bones), most of which can be prevented, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). To help trick or treaters stay safe and remain free of haunting injuries that can linger well past the holiday, the CPSC issued a simple three point safety checklist. The checklist targets three primary factors that often result in injuries on Halloween: using caution around open flames; making sure children are visible while trick or treating; and choosing safe costumes. The points below summarize the guidelines.

Guard against burn injury and fires:

  • Only use flame retardant material when selecting costumes or other accompanying items.

children_6719898.jpgSchool’s back in session, and while family’s are loading up backpacks and picking out fall wardrobes, it’s important to keep safety as a first priority. As part of a post on their blog, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a few of the following tips to remember as your child goes back to school.

If your child rides a bike or a scooter to school, make sure that he or she wears a correctly fitting helmet. The helmet must fit tight, without being obstructive or painful, and it should sit flat on the center of the skull. Head protection with adjustable padding or back straps usually works best and should also have a buckled chin strap. The helmet should not shift upward, downward or from one side to the other, or else it’s likely to come off in the event of a crash.

Be sure to immediately buy another if one becomes damaged because, as the CPSC notes, helmets only do their job once! Just as important as it is for your child to wear a helmet on the road, it’s equally important for them to remove it once entering the schoolyard, as they can become lodged in the holes in playground gear that could cause strangulation.

Independence Day in America is a joyous holiday when family and friends get together to barbecue, share their patriotism, and enjoy fireworks. While Pennsylvania state law prohibits the use of consumer and display fireworks, items collectively known as “novelties” (such as ground and hand-held sparkling devices and toy caps), may be sold and used within the state. The use of these fireworks is common during the Independence Day holiday.

Although these novelty fireworks may appear small and harmless, it is important that consumers take precautions to make sure they are used safely. According to statistics released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in the 30 days surrounding July 4, 2010, about 1,900 people were treated in the country’s hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. In all of 2010, 8,600 people in the United States received treatment in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. About 40 percent of those injured were 15-years-old or younger. There were three fatalities in 2010 related to fireworks.

Those who purchase legal fireworks this Fourth of July would be well-advised to take the precautions necessary to ensure that a joyous occasion does not turn into a tragic one. Never allow children to set off fireworks. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is a sign that they were manufactured for professional displays. All fireworks activities must be supervised by adults. Grown-ups tend to be casual about use of fireworks such as sparklers, but CPSC officials warn that sparklers burn at temperatures of 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.

Everyone knows about the McDonald’s coffee case in which a woman sued them for the burns she suffered after hot coffee spilled on her lap. It is regularly cited as being an example of how people can take advantage of our country’s legal system, but that may not be a fair version of the case’s facts. Hot Coffee, a new documentary by Susan Saladoff offers a new outlook on the situation. The film explores what really happened to the woman, and also addresses how and why the case received so much attention from the media, as well as who funded the effort and why. Viewers will decide for themselves who really profited from the McDonald’s coffee incident.

The movie seeks to help viewers realize how the media and the corporate world have shaped our opinions and views of our country’s legal justice system. According to the documentary, the McDonald’s hot coffee case and others were used to enable tort law reform, as well as to place caps on medical malpractice lawsuits and help companies demand closed-door arbitration, where they select the arbiter. The film attempts to give the case a fair depiction and its overall impact on society. According to the film’s website, those involved with the documentary believe the movie has the potential to change the way people think about the country’s civil justice system and access to the courts.

The movie is produced and directed by Susan Saladoff, who spent 25 years practicing law in the civil justice system representing people who had been injured due to individual and corporate negligence. In 2009, she stopped practicing law to make Hot Coffee, her first feature-length film.

A Philadelphia Business Journal article reports that out of the five new law firm mergers for the third quarter in the United States, four were at least somewhat initiated to expand or fortify the geographic presence of the acquiring firm. Moreover, three of these mergers involved Philadelphia law firms who added on attorneys from smaller firms outside the area. In comparison to the 45 law firm mergers from 2009 to the third quarter, there have been 24 arrangements announced for 2010.

In reviewing the law firms who have participated in mergers, the article addresses the merger of Arizona-based Coben & Associates with the personal injury plaintiffs firm of Anapol Weiss Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley, which is comprised of a team of 25 attorneys. Larry Coben will join the firm as a partner and is well-known for successfully handling brain and spinal cord injury cases in relation to defective products. While Mr. Coben relocates to Philadelphia, two associates from his previous firm will practice out of Anapol Weiss’s new Scottsdale, AZ location.

Anapol Weiss welcomes the opportunity and privilege to work with Mr. Coben as the firm continues to provide those injured by another’s negligence the legal counsel and representation that they need. To learn more about our firm, please visit or call (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation about your specific personal injury case.

A new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reveals that fireworks-related incidents were responsible for two deaths in 2009 and approximately 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries. According to the CPSC, throughout the 30 days near last year’s holiday, about 6,000 injuries involving fireworks were reported in which half of the injuries related to firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers.

Consumers below the age of 20 are the most prone to fireworks injuries; however, the risk of serious injury or even death still exists for anyone within close proximity of fireworks or other apparatuses. Some common fireworks injuries and hazards include lacerations, loss of limbs, burns, residential fires and wrongful death.

Although the Fourth of July can be an exciting time, do not forget to properly supervise young adults using legal fireworks and do not permit young children to light or play with fireworks. Also, never throw or point fireworks at another person. Please read additional consumer fireworks safety tips on the CPSC’s website to find out more about how you can help prevent serious injuries related to fireworks this Fourth of July.

Some lines of work are just inherently more dangerous than others. Construction sites are always dangerous, but depending on what is being built, the danger can certainly vary. As exemplified by a recent 620-megawatt gas-fired power plant explosion in central Connecticut, the severity of construction site accidents can be great, and can often result in significant personal injury or even workplace wrongful death.

A recent article talks about an accident that took the lives of five people and injured at least 12 more. Reportedly, a Middletown power plant that is currently under construction was the site of a gas explosion. Officials from Kleen Power Plant explained that workers were purging a natural gas pipeline when the explosion occurred, but offered little explanation as to what caused the incident to occur in the first place. It is estimated that 50-60 workers may have been at the site at the time of the explosion, and urban search-and-rescue teams were sent in to comb the rubble in an attempt to find accident victims. Middlesex Hospital received 11 accident victims from the explosion, and injuries ranged from minor to more severe, with some patients sustaining broken bones and blunt trauma.
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The structures we work and live in are built to be safe. However, during the construction process, when materials are haphazardly strewn about and a building’s frame is exposed, building sites are some of the most dangerous places individuals can be employed at. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of construction site owners and foremen to provide their employees with work environments that are as safe as they possibly can be.

The single most prevalent type of accident on a construction site centers around slip and fall incidents. According to an news article, a construction worker was recently injured after he fell from the second floor of the physical science building at the University of Central Florida. The injured construction worker sustained head injuries and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. Reportedly, the building is under construction.
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