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  • MCARE AND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS

    Every year, an estimated 250,000 to 440,000 people die in the United States as a result of medical errors. That makes medical malpractice the third leading cause of death in the Country, behind only heart disease and cancer. In addition to the fatalities, it is also estimated that more than a million other persons are injured each year as a result of medical malpractice.

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    MCARE AND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS

  • HOW FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT APPLIES ONCE THE SCHOOL TERM RESUMES

    As school is about to resume, many employers are wondering how the expanded FMLA under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) will apply.

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    HOW FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT  APPLIES ONCE THE SCHOOL TERM RESUMES

  • WHY ARE SOME WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS DENIED?

    Put into place in 1915, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system provides employees with medical treatment and compensation for lost wages associated with work-related injuries and disease. For employers, the system provides immunity from direct lawsuits by employees. Under Pennsylvania law, workers’ compensation coverage is mandatory for most employers.

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    WHY ARE SOME WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS DENIED?

  • HOSPITAL AND NURSING HOME ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

    Hospital patients put their trust in healthcare facilities and expect to receive the best possible care. What they don’t expect is to contract an infection during their hospital stay. Unfortunately, 1 of 20 patients will become infected while in the hospital. (In an intensive care unit, up to 30 percent of patients will be infected.) “On an annual basis, there are at least 700,000 of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). These hospital-acquired infections result in upwards of 75,000 deaths every year,” said Personal Injury Attorney Kevin Quinn.

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    HOSPITAL AND NURSING HOME ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

  • EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR ACTIONS OF EMPLOYEES

    The COVID-19 pandemic has many employers concerned about their liability for the actions of employees. Generally speaking, employers can be held liable for the actions of their employees based upon a theory of Respondeat Superior or Negligent Hiring/Supervision.

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    EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR ACTIONS OF EMPLOYEES

  • SOCIAL MEDIA LEGAL ISSUES IN THE EXTENDED WORKPLACE

    Social media is a powerful marketing tool, particularly now that individuals are working from home. It’s employed by over 90% of businesses for that very reason. Most businesses also use social media as part of the recruiting process. However, HKQ Law attorney Lars Anderson cautions that “if it’s not used carefully it can create legal problems for a business.”

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    SOCIAL MEDIA LEGAL ISSUES IN THE EXTENDED WORKPLACE

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted by the Federal Government. This Act creates the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, enacted by the United States Government. This article focuses on the provisions of the act that affect employers. Legislation was signed by the President on March 18 and therefore the leave provisions will go into effect on April 2.

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    Families First Coronavirus Response Act

  • Workers’ Compensation and Coronavirus

    Coronavirus (officially COVID-19) continues to create new and difficult issues in all aspects of American life. The risk of community spread makes it likely that some workers will contract the virus as a result of exposure at their place of employment or as part of their job. Also, workers with limitations caused by injuries unrelated to COVID-19 may find themselves unemployed because of the economic effects of the Coronavirus or precautions put in place to stem the spread of the virus. Depending on the specific circumstances, these infected and/or injured workers may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits.

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    Workers’ Compensation and Coronavirus

  • CAR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES & WORK ZONES

    Pennsylvania has over a quarter million miles of public roads, streets and toll roads. At times, it seems that most of those miles are lined with orange cones. Once we escape the grip of winter, we’ll see a constant stream of construction vehicles on our roads.

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    CAR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES & WORK ZONES

  • LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING TELEMEDICINE

    Some ninety years ago, house calls by doctors were commonplace. Back then, who could have envisioned a doctor appearing in one’s home via a live picture? Radio News magazine did, with a futuristic-looking cover depicting a “radio doctor” linked to the patient not only with audio but also with video. At a time when radios were just starting to appear in American homes, and the first experimental television transmission was still a few years away, Radio News had foreshadowed telemedicine.

    Learn more about Telemedicine…

    LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING TELEMEDICINE

  • Lawsuits for Doctor's Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

    People experiencing medical issues are often faced with difficult decisions about how the problem should be treated. Before certain procedures/treatments are begun, the patient must provide written “informed consent.”

    Informed Consent Failure…

    Lawsuits for Doctor's Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

  • Don't Drink & Drive 2020

    The tradition of celebrating the end of the year and a fresh start to the New Year, 2020 is right upon us. How you choose to celebrate can start the New Year off on the right foot.

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    Don't Drink & Drive 2020

  • RED ALERT: Flagging Nursing Homes with a History of Mistreatment

    Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be a complex, emotional decision. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of information on the internet that can help with your decision-making process.

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    RED ALERT: Flagging Nursing Homes with a History of Mistreatment

  • REVIEWING THE UPCOMING OVERTIME PAY RULE CHANGES

    In recent years, wage and hour settlements have cost U.S. companies in excess of one billion dollars a year. With a new regulation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) going into effect on January 1, 2020, it is important for employers to review the changes, and take measures to avoid costly misclassification of employees.

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    REVIEWING THE UPCOMING OVERTIME PAY RULE CHANGES

  • INSURANCE CLAIM DENIED: BAD COVERAGE OR BAD FAITH?

    You pay your insurance premiums faithfully. You never filed a claim. But when a freak storm severely damages your home, your claim is denied. Do the circumstances provide a good reason for the denial? Or is your insurance company acting in bad faith?

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    INSURANCE CLAIM DENIED: BAD COVERAGE OR BAD FAITH?

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING AN ATTORNEY TO ASSIST YOU WITH PLANNING YOUR ESTATE

    It’s important to have an attorney and a law firm you can trust when a legal matter arises and especially when mapping out your estate plan.

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING AN ATTORNEY TO ASSIST YOU WITH PLANNING YOUR ESTATE

  • NURSING HOME ABUSE, NEGLECT AND NEGLIGENCE

    According to statistics compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse in the United States, more than 30% of all nursing homes in America experience some form of resident abuse, whether it’s by staff or other residents.

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    NURSING HOME ABUSE, NEGLECT AND NEGLIGENCE

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

    It’s important to have an attorney and a law firm you can trust when a legal matter arises. “Every area of the law abounds with issues which require specialized knowledge of the law and of the court system, especially when it comes to Personal Injury,” says HKQ Law Attorney Christopher Quinn. Without that knowledge, one can get lost in a maze of complex procedures and arcane legal terms. For that reason, it is imperative to have a Personal Injury Attorney by your side.

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING A BUSINESS ATTORNEY

    It’s important to have an attorney and a law firm you can trust when a legal matter arises. “On the business side, something as seemingly innocuous as a punctuation mark can mean the difference between winning or losing a case,” says HKQ Attorney Kevin M. Walsh, Jr. In the case of O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy that involved a lawsuit about overtime pay for delivery drivers, the plaintiff drivers’ duties involved the distribution of perishable foods, including milk, dairy, and other products to Oakhurst Dairy’s customers.

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    THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING A BUSINESS ATTORNEY

  • ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS ARE RARE, BUT CAN BE DEVASTATING

    There are an estimated 900,000 elevators in the United States. Combined, they make 18 billion passenger trips each year, traveling 1.36 billion miles during that year.

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    ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS ARE RARE, BUT CAN BE DEVASTATING

  • CATHOLIC CHURCH OFFERS CASH TO SETTLE ABUSE CLAIMS - WITH A CATCH

    A potential flood of lawsuits has spurred the Catholic Church to offer mediation, only if accusers agree not to sue. (Attributed to WSJ.com)

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    CATHOLIC CHURCH OFFERS CASH TO SETTLE ABUSE CLAIMS - WITH A CATCH

  • FILING A SEXUAL ABUSE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

    Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before his or her 18th birthday. One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. These statistics demonstrate the pervasiveness of sexual crimes in our country.

    FILING A SEXUAL ABUSE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT…

    FILING A SEXUAL ABUSE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

  • THE PERILS OF SUMMER DRIVING

    Summer brings balmy weather, longer daylight hours, vacations, family road trips… and unfortunately, more vehicle accidents than any other time of year. Twenty percent more miles are driven in June, July, and August than in December, January, and February. But the increased traffic alone does not account for the 29% increase in accident fatalities in the summer. HKQ Law Personal Injury Attorney Michael Lombardo notes that “There are other factors which we will examine here.”

    Summer Car Accidents…

    THE PERILS OF SUMMER DRIVING

  • WHAT IS AUTOMOBILE NEGLIGENCE?

    Most motor vehicle lawsuits are brought under the legal principle of negligence which is defined as "the failure to exercise the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in a similar situation.” As HKQ Law Attorney Don Ligorio explains, “in Pennsylvania the individual initiating a negligence claim – the plaintiff – must establish four elements”.

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    WHAT IS AUTOMOBILE NEGLIGENCE?

  • PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS IN TRUCK ACCIDENTS

    Every year, nationally, there are approximately half a million accidents involving large trucks (those with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds). The results are devastating. Over a recent five-year period, these types of accidents resulted in an average of over 4,000 deaths and nearly 115,000 injuries every year.

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    PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS IN TRUCK ACCIDENTS

  • BRAIN INJURY LAWSUITS

    Although data is limited, estimates indicate that over five million persons in the United States are living with a brain injury related disability. Every 15 seconds, a brain injury is suffered by someone in America. Each year, head injuries result in more than 70,000 deaths.

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    BRAIN INJURY LAWSUITS

  • Takata Air Bag Failures Expanded - April 2019

    APRIL 2019 UPDATE: the US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles

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    Takata Air Bag Failures Expanded - April 2019

  • TACKLING THE CHALLENGES OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS & CHALLENGING TAX ASSESSMENTS

    Buying or selling real estate can be a complex undertaking. Owning it can be taxing from a financial standpoint. Fortunately, HKQ Law can help bring simplicity to real estate transactions and provide relief from excessive property taxes.

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    TACKLING THE CHALLENGES OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS & CHALLENGING TAX ASSESSMENTS

  • 2018 RECALLS: A to Z

    From Audi Roadsters to Zoe’s Cookies, 2018 witnessed the recall of some 34 million products. HKQ Law personal injury attorney Nicole Santo views that stunning number as a “stark reminder of the need to be vigilant with products that we use in our everyday lives or those that are administered to us.”

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    2018 RECALLS: A to Z

  • NAVIGATING PENNSYLVANIA’S COMPLEX LAWS IN A DOG ATTACK LAWSUIT

    HKQ Law Personal Injury Attorney Ryan Molitoris notes that “Pennsylvania ranked fourth among states for dog bite claims in 2017.” Dog bites can sometimes result in serious and even fatal injuries. For small children, dog attacks can be catastrophic.

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    NAVIGATING PENNSYLVANIA’S COMPLEX LAWS IN A DOG ATTACK LAWSUIT

  • THE HIGH COST OF WORKPLACE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

    After trending upward for years, charge filings for job discrimination related to disability reached an all-time high two years ago. Which means an increasing number of employers can be facing substantial financial consequences for non-compliance. So how does an employer avoid running afoul of anti-discrimination laws? It’s essential to be familiar with the pertinent laws.

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    THE HIGH COST OF WORKPLACE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

  • Automakers including Subaru, VW and BMW recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags

    Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

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    Automakers including Subaru, VW and BMW recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags

  • COMPLYING WITH THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

    Enacted in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was based on the principle that a worker should not have to choose between a job and their family. It made the healthy development of babies, healthy families, and healthy workplaces a priority. FMLA requires covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. The federal labor law has been used more than 100 million times to help workers balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of their families and their own health.

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    COMPLYING WITH THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

  • Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List (2019) Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects

    The Safety Institute recently published its 2019 Quarterly Safety Watch List, which tracks 15 top potential vehicle defects to watch.

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    Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List (2019) Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects

  • ESTATE PLANNING FOR BLENDED FAMILIES, SAME-SEX COUPLES, AND UNMARRIED COUPLES.

    For “traditional” families, estate planning is a proven method of preserving and distributing assets. “For ‘blended’ families, such as unmarried couples and same-sex couples, estate planning is absolutely essential”, notes HKQ Law Attorney Joseph Kluger.

    Non-Traditional Family Estate Planning…

    ESTATE PLANNING FOR BLENDED FAMILIES, SAME-SEX COUPLES, AND UNMARRIED COUPLES.

  • Start the New Year off on the right foot

    The tradition of celebrating the end of the year and a fresh start to the New Year, 2019 is right upon us. How you choose to celebrate can start the New Year off on the right foot.

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    Start the New Year off on the right foot

  • PRESERVING ASSETS FOR MINORS AND INCAPACITATED INDIVIDUALS

    Trusts can serve a number of purposes, including transferring wealth, reducing taxes, avoiding probate and controlling distribution of assets. HKQ Law Attorney Joseph Kluger points out another important function: “Trusts can be indispensable in preserving assets for those unable to manage financial affairs. Minors’ trusts and special needs trusts are but two examples of such trusts.”

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    PRESERVING ASSETS FOR MINORS AND INCAPACITATED INDIVIDUALS

  • Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects 2018

    The Safety Institute recently published its 2018 Quarterly Safety Watch List, which tracks 15 top potential vehicle defects to watch.

    Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List - Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects…

    Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects 2018

  • TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A LAWYER

    In situations involving simple tasks, individuals or companies may choose to handle small matters on their own. However, in more complicated matters, HKQ Law Attorney Michelle Quinn cautions against going it alone: “A thorough understanding of nuances of the law and the intricacies of legal procedures is essential to achieving your goal.” That makes the services of an attorney indispensable. So how do you find an attorney best suited for your legal needs?

    TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A LAWYER…

    TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A LAWYER

  • WHEN CONTRACTORS NEED TO USE SPECIAL TOOLS TO GET PAID

    Cashflow is the lifeblood of the construction industry. Not being paid for a job can jeopardize a business and threaten future projects.

    WHEN CONTRACTORS NEED TO USE SPECIAL TOOLS TO GET PAID…

    WHEN CONTRACTORS NEED TO USE SPECIAL TOOLS TO GET PAID

  • NAVIGATING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND ZONING REGULATIONS

    If you’re contemplating a commercial or industrial development project, you likely will have to navigate your way through complex legal regulations and ordinances. HKQ Law Attorney Richard Williams cautions that “it’s not just the laws that are complex. The entire approval process can be extremely challenging.” Having the guidance of an experienced attorney is invaluable.

    NAVIGATING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND ZONING REGULATIONS…

    NAVIGATING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND ZONING REGULATIONS

  • HOW LABOR LAW AND EMPLOYMENT LAW IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS

    As a business owner, you are faced with an overabundance of decisions. Many of those decisions can raise potentially complex legal questions, which HKQ Law can assist in answering.

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    HOW LABOR LAW AND EMPLOYMENT LAW IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS

  • When surgeons make mistakes

    HKQ Law Attorney Michael Lombardo notes that “Every year an estimated 4,000 people who undergo surgery are injured by surgical errors”. These preventable mistakes are called “never events” because they never should have happened.

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    When surgeons make mistakes

  • WHEN MEDICATION ERRORS CAUSE HARM

    When someone says the term ‘medication error’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps going to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and realizing you were given the wrong prescription. Or, you may have been given the right prescription, but a serious drug interaction was missed by both your doctor and the pharmacy. Or, you may have been prescribed the wrong medication while you were hospitalized.

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    WHEN MEDICATION ERRORS CAUSE HARM

  • LIMITED TORT OR FULL TORT CAR INSURANCE?

    Since the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) was implemented, people purchasing automobile insurance need to choose between a limited tort or full tort option.

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    LIMITED TORT OR FULL TORT CAR INSURANCE?

  • Water Safety Tips

    The recent passing of Olympic Athlete Bode Miller’s toddler daughter is a sad reminder of the hazards of swimming pools and children. Unfortunately, Miller’s 19-month-old daughter did not survive a fall in a neighbor’s swimming pool and she drowned. Losing their little girl has been devastating to Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck.

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    Water Safety Tips

  • DISTRACTED WALKING

    We have all seen it – people walking through a mall, or down a street while looking down at their phones. Most are texting, messaging, or listening with headphones. Unfortunately, distracted walking can result in dangerous outcomes. As a matter of fact, there has been a 13% increase in pedestrian death rates, particularly in teens, age 12-19, since 2013.

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    DISTRACTED WALKING

  • PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR WISHES

    You’ve worked hard for everything you have. HKQ Law Attorney Joe Kluger promises that “No one will work harder than us to protect your assets – for yourself and for your family.” HKQ Law will discuss your unique needs then start by setting goals. Then, we’ll help you achieve those goals through our Estate Planning and Administration services.

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    PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR WISHES

  • OBTAINING MEDICAL RECORDS

    If you feel that you or a loved one have been injured as a result of medical negligence, it is essential to obtain copies of the medical records which pertain to the questionable medical care.

    Read About Obtaining Medical Records by HKQ Law Personal Injury Lawyer, Kevin C. Quinn…

    OBTAINING MEDICAL RECORDS

  • SUING THE GOVERNMENT

    Many people wrongly assume that the government can’t be sued. The fact is, the government does enjoy broad immunity from liability for injury victims’ damages, but that immunity is not absolute. There are a number of circumstances under which one can seek recovery for damages from the federal or state government or a local municipality.

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    SUING THE GOVERNMENT

  • CONSTITUTION REQUIRES UNIFORMITY IN PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS – ARE YOU OVER TAXED?

    Typical commercial or industrial property values are substantially higher than their residential counterparts. With that said, when a Pennsylvania taxing district decides to appeal the assessments of some of the properties within its boundaries, concentrating solely on commercial or industrial properties may seem like a sound strategy. After all, raising the assessments on non-residential properties would usually result in a greater tax-revenue increase than doing the same with under-assessed single-family homes.

    Are You Over Taxed?…

    CONSTITUTION REQUIRES UNIFORMITY IN PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS – ARE YOU OVER TAXED?

  • GENERAL MOTORS’ ALARMING SILENCE

    Introduced to U.S. car buyers in 2002, keyless ignition systems brought drivers a small measure of convenience. But they also created some big problems -- vehicle rollaways and carbon monoxide poisonings. “When you purchase a vehicle, you assume that it has met safety standards. Unfortunately, this is not always the case,” says Attorney Donald Ligorio, Personal Injury Attorney, HKQ Law.

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    GENERAL MOTORS’ ALARMING SILENCE

  • When Irish Eyes are Smiling - Celebrate Safe, Don't Drink and Drive

    The tradition of celebrating the tradition of St. Patrick"s Day is right upon us as Spring is right around the corner, days are getting a little longer, and the weather is starting to improve, thousands of residents in our area will celebrate on Parade Day.

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    When Irish Eyes are Smiling - Celebrate Safe, Don't Drink and Drive

  • THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

    How long does it take to read this rather short, not so complicated sentence? A little under five seconds. But if you’re driving at 45 miles per hour while reading it, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field – three hundred feet -- without looking at the road. It sounds incredibly dangerous, and it is. Yet at any given moment during the day, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving in the United States.

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    THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

  • AFTER AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

    Statistics show that the average driver will be involved in four accidents during his or her lifetime. HKQ Law Attorney Nicole Santo points out “while we never know when accidents will happen, we can be prepared for when they do.” One way to prepare is to keep an “accident kit” in your car. Recommended items include an accident checklist, flashlight, set of cones or warning triangles. Remember, safety first.

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    AFTER AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

  • SLIPPING AND SLIDING

    For all of its beauty, winter can be an unpredictable time. Attorney Kevin C. Quinn and the team at HKQ Law want to help you and your family deal with this season’s pitfalls. In this article, we’ll explore a few challenges that we face when traveling by car and or foot.

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    SLIPPING AND SLIDING

  • COPING WITH THE COLD

    For all of its beauty, winter can be an unpredictable time. Attorney Brian Q. McDonnell and the team at HKQ Law want to help you and your family deal with this season’s pitfalls. In this article, we’ll explore some health-related issues that winter brings with it.

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    COPING WITH THE COLD

  • 2017 Recalls: From Food to Furniture

    Hash browns contaminated with “extraneous golf ball materials.” Human hair found in dextrose intended to treat hypoglycemia in infants. Those are but two of the incidents that led to product recalls in 2017. “With so many products being sold and consumed, in a multitude of ways, it is important that we take a proactive approach to the items that are administered to us or that we purchase on a daily basis,” said Nicole M. Santo, Personal Injury Attorney, HKQ Law.

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    2017 Recalls: From Food to Furniture

  • THIS NEW YEAR, RESOLVE YOUR ESTATE PLANNING

    New Year’s Resolutions - people have been making them for over 4,000 years. The Ancient Babylonians held celebrations in honor of the new year, which for them started in mid-March when the crops were planted. Promises were made to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. The Babylonians believed that if they kept their word, their gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year. Those promises are considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions.

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    THIS NEW YEAR, RESOLVE YOUR ESTATE PLANNING

  • “WHO’S AT FAULT?”

    Personal injury cases, including falls and motor vehicle crashes, are usually based on the legal concept of negligence. “Generally speaking, negligence constitutes a failure to use reasonable care”, notes HKQ Personal Injury Attorney Michael Lombardo.

    Who's At Fault?…

    “WHO’S AT FAULT?”

  • Wireline to Wireless, Untangling the Complexity of Telecommunications Law

    The ubiquitous wireless phone. A telecommunications device designed to make it easier to speak and communicate with other people. Telecommunications laws, on the other hand, are very complex. Fortunately, HKQ Law has assisted the telecommunications industry with diverse issues since the dawn of cellular phone technology – back when cell phones weighed two and a half pounds and cost as much as $4,000.

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    Wireline to Wireless, Untangling the Complexity of Telecommunications Law

  • MALPRACTICE: WHEN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS MAKE MISTAKES

    Medical professionals can perform lifesaving procedures. But, they can also make mistakes -- errors that can lead to serious health issues, or worse. Johns Hopkins’ patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year in the United States are due to medical error.

    Read About Medical Malpractice…

    MALPRACTICE: WHEN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS MAKE MISTAKES

  • HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP WITH THE SSDI/SSI PROCESS

    In Pennsylvania, workers suffering from a work injury or illness may qualify for Workers’ Compensation. People who are unable to work due to non-work related injuries or medical condition aren’t eligible for Workers’ Compensation.

    SSDI & SSI Process Explained…

    HOW AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP WITH THE SSDI/SSI PROCESS

  • Easing the complexity of commercial real estate transactions

    While buying or selling a home can sometimes be a challenge, commercial real estate transactions can be extremely complicated. The risk and potential liability involved in commercial real estate transactions generally are much greater, and, in order to mitigate liability issues, commercial sales, purchases and leases are usually made by an entity such as a corporation or limited liability company.

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    Easing the complexity of commercial real estate transactions

  • Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects

    The Safety Institute recently published its 2017 Quarterly Safety Watch List, which tracks 15 top potential vehicle defects to watch. The Vehicle Safety Watch List Analytics and NHTSA Enforcement Monitoring Program is sponsored by Ken and Beth Melton, Cobb County, Georgia whose daughter died in a car crash in 2010.

    Review September 2017's Vehicle Defect Listing…

    Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List Tracks Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects

  • MAKING SURE THAT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION WORKS FOR YOU

    Every year, more than 4.5 million workers in the United States suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. Many will be unable to work for a long period of time. Some will never be able to work again. All will face the prospect of medical expenses and lost wages.

    Learn more about Workers' Compensation…

    MAKING SURE THAT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION WORKS FOR YOU

  • ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION

    It’s been called the “Crime of the 21st Century”. The Older Americans Act of 2006 defines elder financial exploitation as “the fraudulent or otherwise illegal, unauthorized, or improper act or process of an individual, including a caregiver or fiduciary, that uses the resources of an older individual for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain, or that results in depriving an older individual of rightful access to, or use of, benefits, resources, belongings, or assets.”

    Read About Elder Financial Exploitation…

      ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION

  • PLUNGING INTO DANGER: DELAYED DROWNING AND OTHER WATER RISKS

    Along with high temperatures, summer often means aquatic adventures. While water can offer a refreshing break from the heat, HKQ Law Personal Injury Attorney Michelle Quinn cautions that “it can also be filled with danger”.

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    PLUNGING INTO DANGER: DELAYED DROWNING AND OTHER WATER RISKS

  • EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION PROHIBITED

    It began in 2009 when someone reported seeing Ivy Tech Community College adjunct professor Kimberly Hively kiss her girlfriend goodbye in a car in the campus parking lot. The next day, Hively received a phone call at home from a college administrator, who reminded Hively of her duty to “appear professional at all times”.

    Read more about Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation…

    EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION PROHIBITED

  • Nursing Homes: Choosing, Paying & Monitoring Abuse

    The decision to move into a nursing home, or to place a loved one in a nursing home, can be extremely difficult. Finding the “right” nursing home can also be difficult. At HKQ Law, we want to help make the process a little easier for you. Here are some tips.

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    Nursing Homes: Choosing, Paying & Monitoring Abuse

  • RECALLING MAJOR PRODUCT RECALLS

    Joseph A. Quinn, Jr., Personal Injury Attorney at HKQ Law, encourages you to be proactive with recalls. Take the time to fill out product registrations so you can be contacted in the event of a recall. (Many children’s products must be accompanied by registration cards for that very reason.)

    Read about Recalling Major Product Recalls…

    RECALLING MAJOR PRODUCT RECALLS

  • AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOU WHEN BUYING OR SELLING A HOME

    For most people, purchasing a home is one of the largest and most important investments they will make in their lifetime. It can be a daunting undertaking with its complicated procedures and complex legal documents.

    Read Tips on Buying or Selling A Home…

    AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOU WHEN BUYING OR SELLING A HOME

  • Hard work earns Readers" Voice Award For HKQ Law.

    HKQ's hard work is one of the reasons for the firm being recognized as Best Attorney Personal Injury in the Citizens" Voice 2017 Readers" Voice Awards.

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    Hard work earns Readers" Voice Award For HKQ Law.

  • EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF TRUSTS

    Trusts are a complicated subject matter. Creating a trust could be a daunting process. It"s not your typical do-it-yourself project. Trusts are best handled by a qualified, experienced attorney, notes HKQ Law"s trust attorney Richard Bishop.

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    EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF TRUSTS

  • MAKING PROPERTY TAXES MORE APPEALING

    Property taxes can be very costly, especially for commercial and industrial properties. If those taxes are based on inaccurate assessments, you could be paying thousands of dollars more than you should be, says Attorney Brian Stahl, HKQ Law.

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    MAKING PROPERTY TAXES MORE APPEALING

  • Injuries, recalls related to nursery products on the rise

    A new report shows that injuries related to nursery products such as cribs and baby carriers are on the rise, and that the items are recalled more than any other children"s product category.

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    Injuries, recalls related to nursery products on the rise

  • Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

    The Safety Institute recently published its Quarterly Safety Watch List, which tracks 15 top potential vehicle defects to watch.

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    Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

  • TORT REFORM OR RIGHTS REPEAL?

    A tort is civil wrong for which a remedy may be obtained, usually in the form of damages. Tortious conduct could be an act or a failure to act. The purpose of tort law is to compensate the harmed individual and, in some cases, enjoin continuing misconduct.

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    TORT REFORM OR RIGHTS REPEAL?

  • The Babysitter That Parents Trust

    Keeping with our mission to create a safer future for children in Northeastern PA, HKQ Kids will offer a free baby-sitter training seminar for area youths, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, on May 6th at the ARC headquarters in Wilkes-Barre.

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    The Babysitter That Parents Trust

  • STAYING IN THE PINK AND BATTLING THE BLUES

    Winter brings with it more than snow and cold. It brings health issues that don"t occur in other seasons, or aren"t as prevalent such as colds, flu, hypothermia and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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    STAYING IN THE PINK AND BATTLING THE BLUES

  • REMOVING SNOW AND THE RISK OF INJURY

    On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. Given that winter ends on March 20th, that seems like a pretty accurate prognostication, especially in light of our recent snowfall. If you don"t use a snow blower for snow removal, HKQ Law wants to offer you some tips for safe shoveling.

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    REMOVING SNOW AND THE RISK OF INJURY

  • ARE YOU PLANNING TO PROTECT YOUR ESTATE FOR YOUR FAMILY?

    Estate planning is strategy and documentation for management and transfer of a person's assets during that person's life and at and after death.

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    ARE YOU PLANNING TO PROTECT YOUR ESTATE FOR YOUR FAMILY?

  • Physio-Control Launches Voluntary Field Action for LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator

    Physio-Control announced today that the company is launching a voluntary field action for the LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator due to reported instances where the device has shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment.

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    Physio-Control Launches Voluntary Field Action for LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator

  • DRIVING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

    Winter can be a time of immense beauty. A fresh layer of snow clinging to trees can create a splendid landscape. But winter"s paintbrush can also be deadly.

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    DRIVING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

  • New Peanut Allergy Guidance

    Parents worried about peanut allergies now have some surprising new guidance: Give some peanut to your babies.

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    New Peanut Allergy Guidance

  • Celebrate Responsibly. Don't Drink and Drive.

    he tradition of celebrating the end of one year and ringing in the new year is right upon us ??? holiday plans are in high gear, and a fresh start to 2017 is just a few days away. How you choose to celebrate can make a difference in how your New Year begins.

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    Celebrate Responsibly. Don't Drink and Drive.

  • Getting a grip on the best tires for winter.

    Back in the day, there were two basic types of tires for a vehicle - summer tires and winter tires. Then in 1977, Goodyear rolled out the first all-season tires. Designed to be used year-round, they provided the convenience of not having to switch between summer and winter tires.

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    Getting a grip on the best tires for winter.

  • Oh, you better watch out: Online shopping

    Online shopping offers many benefits. Such as convenience, better selection, and great deals. There are, however, risks ??? namely identity theft and financial fraud. Fortunately, Jim Shoemaker, Attorney at HKQ Law notes that ???there are steps you can take to protect yourself when shopping online???.

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    Oh, you better watch out: Online shopping

  • No recall for glass found in vaccines made in Monroe County

    Sanofi Pasteur, one the world's leading vaccine makers, had a potentially serious and costly problem on its hands: Its Monroe County plant discovered tiny pieces of glass in batches of a vaccine intended for babies.

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    No recall for glass found in vaccines made in Monroe County

  • Baby Powder for Babies?

    The safety of baby powder has called into question in several high-profile lawsuits. So can a product that has been linked to ovarian cancer be harmful to your baby?

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    Baby Powder for Babies?

  • The Trouble with Talcum

    Recently, a St. Louis jury awarded $70 million to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson"s baby powder for feminine hygiene for more than four decades.

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    The Trouble with Talcum

  • Overtime Law Update

    A federal judge in Texas has halted the Department of Labor"s new Federal Overtime Rule scheduled to go into effect on December 1.

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    Overtime Law Update

  • U.S. PIRG"s 2016 Trouble in Toyland Report

    The holiday season and toys go hand-in-hand. With so many toys available, and so many places to purchase them, we want to make sure that we are buying toys that are not only the most desirable, but the most safe.

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    U.S. PIRG"s 2016 Trouble in Toyland Report

  • Updated Consumer Guidance for the Galaxy Note7

    Samsung is asking consumers with an original Galaxy Note7 or a replacement Galaxy Note7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where you purchased your Galaxy Note7.

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    Updated Consumer Guidance for the Galaxy Note7

  • Toddler Dies After Being Trapped Under Bean Bag Chair At Daycare

    A one-year-old Utah boy is dead after suffocating under a bean bag chair at a daycare.

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    Toddler Dies After Being Trapped Under Bean Bag Chair At Daycare

  • Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavioral Problems, Study Finds

    A common over-the-counter pain medication has been associated with increased risk of developing behavioral issues for children who were exposed to the drug in utero, according to a study published today in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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    Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavioral Problems, Study Finds

  • Safe Ride For Kids

    To break down the specifics on what the new law means for parents, Newswatch 16"s Ryan Leckey teamed up HKQ Kids, the Luzerne County non-profit dedicated to keeping children safe.

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    Safe Ride For Kids

  • Is car seat expiration just a marketing ploy? Nope.

    CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT A CAR SEAT EXPIRATION DATE IS ALL ABOUT? DO THEY REALLY EXPIRE, OR IS THAT A PLOY FROM MANUFACTURERS TO MAKE MORE MONEY?

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    Is car seat expiration just a marketing ploy? Nope.

  • FREE Car Seat Fitting Locations

    Keep your child safe and have the installation of their car seat checked for FREE.

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    FREE Car Seat Fitting Locations

  • Encourage Safe Driving With These Safe Text Apps

    Texting and driving is illegal in 46 states, and the District of Columbia, yet the use of cell phones while driving plays a significant role in 1.6 million car crashes each year throughout the United States. Texting while driving puts drivers at a 23% higher risk for accidents ??? a 4-6 second text is equivalent to driving a football field, blind.

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    Encourage Safe Driving With These Safe Text Apps

  • Texting Someone Who is Driving? You May Be Liable

    We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, and it is against the law in Pennsylvania. A 4-6 second text while driving at 55mph is like driving a football field blind. Yet, incidences of distracted driving continue to increase. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, citations for distracted driving increased 43 percent statewide between 2014 and 2015. As cited in a recent Times-Tribune article, PennDOT reported more than 14,800 crashes statewide involved a distracted driver in 2015 with 66 deaths resulting from those crashes.

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    Texting Someone Who is Driving? You May Be Liable

  • 8 products that could injure your child

    Parents have a lot to keep track of, so staying on top of product recalls can easily fall off the priority list. But avoiding such defective products is an important way to keep your family safe.

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    8 products that could injure your child

  • Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Can Make You Sick

    Have you ever sampled some raw cookie dough when making cookies? Have you ever let your kids use raw dough to make ornaments or homemade clay?

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    Raw Dough's a Raw Deal and Can Make You Sick

  • CDC panel recommends against using FluMist vaccine

    Flu vaccines are about to get more painful. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee recommended on Wednesday that FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, should not be used during the upcoming flu season.

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    CDC panel recommends against using FluMist vaccine

  • Stricter Car Seat Law Soon to Take Effect in PA

    A new law in Pennsylvania, Act 43, requires children under the age of two to ride in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the manufacturer. Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 43 into law on Monday, June 13, 2016, making Pennsylvania the fourth state to adopt such a law.

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    Stricter Car Seat Law Soon to Take Effect in PA

  • Has your child's car seat been recalled ?

    As part of our internal review process, Graco has discovered that, due to an inadvertent error, a small amount of Graco ComfortSport, Ready Ride and Classic Ride car seats did not include a statement on the labels identifying the location of the printed instruction manual and to follow the instructions in the printed manual and on the car seat.

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    Has your child's car seat been recalled ?

  • Think you are eating healthy

    SUNFLOWER KERNEL RECALL IMPACTS NATURE VALLEY PROTEIN CHEWY BARS & NATURE VALLEY SIMPLE NUT BARS

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    Think you are eating healthy

  • Bicycle Safety Tips

    As the warmer weather has finally come to Northeastern Pennsylvania, now is a good time to review some bicycle safety tips.

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    Bicycle Safety Tips

  • HKQ Speaks About Pool Chemical Burns

    HKQ lawyer demands answers for children who suffered chemical burns in Hotel swimming pool.

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    HKQ Speaks About Pool Chemical Burns

  • Convertible Seat Alert: Kids Under 1 Years Old

    From the moment parents leave the hospital with their precious newborn, they will need a properly-installed infant car seat to safety transport their little one home.

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    Convertible Seat Alert: Kids Under 1 Years Old

  • Revisions to the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI)

    The final count of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2014 was 4,821, up from the preliminary count of 4,679 reported in September 2015 and the highest annual total since 2008. The overall fatal work injury rate for the United States in 2014 was 3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, slightly higher than the final rate of 3.3 reported for 2013. The higher overall rate in 2014 is the first increase in the national fatal injury rate since 2010.

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    Revisions to the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI)

  • The Dangers of Keyless Ignition Systems

    Most new cars are now equipped with keyless ignition systems, which means gone are the days of drivers digging in their pockets or purses to find their keys. However, this convenient technology has also been linked to some deadly consequences, specifically when drivers forget to push the ignition button twice to shut off their vehicle when parked in a garage.

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    The Dangers of Keyless Ignition Systems

  • FDA: Some heartburn meds pose long-term fracture risk

    Some heartburn medications could increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures in high doses or with long-term use, the Food and Drug Administration warned.

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    FDA: Some heartburn meds pose long-term fracture risk

  • Takata airbag recall: What you need to know

    The death of a Fort Bend County teen has raised new concerns about the dangers of Takata airbags. The airbags remain in millions of vehicles despite a nationwide recall in 2014.

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    Takata airbag recall: What you need to know

  • Women Under 40 with Endometriosis at Higher Risk of Heart Disease

    A recent study published in the American Heart Association (AHA) Journal has found that women under the age of 40 who have been diagnosed with endometriosis are disproportionately at risk for heart disease.

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    Women Under 40 with Endometriosis at Higher Risk of Heart Disease

  • Oppose "Evidence-Based Medicine" for Injured Workers

    Injured workers in Pennsylvania face many challenges, including reduced wages, loss of benefits, pain, suffering and inconvenience. A proposed requirement that all treatment for work-related injuries comply with government-imposed standards adds insult to injury. A bill pending in the state Legislature, House Bill 1800, is the latest ???reform??? being pushed by corporate and insurance special interests. It seeks to create a bureaucratic panel to establish treatment guidelines based on so-called ???evidence-based medicine??? standards. Although this may sound innocuous, it would take treatment decisions away from treating physicians and put those decisions into the hands of a government-appointed bureaucratic panel. Injured workers would likely have little or no input into the makeup of the panel, which would have little or no accountability to the injured worker or health-care provider.

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    Oppose "Evidence-Based Medicine" for Injured Workers

  • If You"ve Been the Victim Of Child Sexual Abuse

    Child sexual abuse is a terrible crime. It can have an everlasting and negative mental and emotional impact on a child victim. Most crimes children are committed by individuals who are trusted by their victims, and those victims may be reluctant to speak about it due to fear of retaliation or shame.

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    If You"ve Been the Victim Of Child Sexual Abuse

  • Auto Insurance For Pedestrians

    You"re walking your dog and come to an intersection. You wait for the ???walk??? signal, start to cross the street and a car hits you. Like most people, you probably don"t know that your insurance policy will cover your injuries, even though you weren"t in your vehicle at the time of the accident.

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    Auto Insurance For Pedestrians

  • "Stacking" a Good Way To Increase Your Insurance Coverage

    ???Stacking??? is an auto insurance concept that is unfamiliar to most people, but it can help provide you with needed coverage if you are hurt in an accident. Stacking comes into play when you are purchasing uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage protects you if you are injured in a car accident and the responsible party doesn"t have any insurance to compensate you. Underinsured motorist coverage protects you if you are in a car accident and the responsible party doesn"t have enough insurance to fully compensate you.

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    "Stacking" a Good Way To Increase Your Insurance Coverage

  • Tips for Keeping Your Child Warm This Winter

    There is no doubt that we have been spoiled by the unseasonably warm December temperatures. However, this first week of January has demonstrated that winter is returning with a vengeance. With children going back to school after the holiday season, some of whom have long walks to the bus stop, it is important to keep some tips in mind for keeping children safe in the cold.

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    Tips for Keeping Your Child Warm This Winter

  • Tips for Safe Winter Driving

    Winter weather is upon us, and one of things we can count on in Northeastern Pennsylvania are some frightful road conditions. Every year, 116,800 people are injured and more than 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy roads. Twenty-four percent of weather-related crashes occur on snow, slush or ice, and 15 percent happen during snow or sleet storms. Here are some basic precautions that can help you avoid injury or property damage due to winter road conditions.

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    Tips for Safe Winter Driving

  • Hackers can hijack Wi-Fi Hello Barbie to spy on your children

    Security researcher warns hackers could steal personal information and turn the microphone of the doll into a surveillance device.

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  • Toy maker VTech says breach hit 6.4 million kids' accounts

    Educational toy maker VTech has said 11.6 million accounts were compromised in a cyberattack last month, including those of 6.4 million children.

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    Toy maker VTech says breach hit 6.4 million kids' accounts

  • NJPIRG releases list of dangerous toys

    A statewide public watchdog group is adding to its list of potentially dangerous toys with a warning issued just days before the start of the holiday shopping season.

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    NJPIRG releases list of dangerous toys

  • The Holidays are Coming!

    The holiday season will soon be here and that of course involves cherished traditions of giving and receiving gifts. When it comes to giving toys to young children it is important to keep in mind these safety tips.

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    The Holidays are Coming!

  • Back-To-School Bus Safety

    It is back-to-school time in our area and now would be a good time to think about school bus safety.

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    Back-To-School Bus Safety

  • HKQ Warns of Defective Bicycles

    This summer, Scott and Trek bikes recalled over 120,000 bikes fitted with SR Suntour front forks because the forks are subject to braking and pose a crash hazard. Several injuries, including broken bones and shoulder injuries were reported. The bikes were sold throughout the country between October of 2010 and November of 2013.

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    HKQ Warns of Defective Bicycles


 

As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.


These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.

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