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What are the signs of a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can affect brain function. While the effects are usually temporary, complications can occur if a person doesn’t seek medical help after symptoms begin to appear.

The signs that you may have a concussion include headaches and memory problems, an inability to concentrate as well as issues with balance and coordination. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of concussions.

Can you name five top causes of car accidents?

You’re constantly driving your kids to and from after-school activities and sports practices — but what if one of those mundane drives quickly turns catastrophic? Nobody wants to get into a motor vehicle accident, and as a parent, there are few things worse than feeling hopeless because you couldn’t protect your kids. Unfortunately, you can’t control how others drive, but you can seek compensation for any injuries sustained in an accident.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately one person dies from a car crash every seven seconds, and an estimated 4.5 million people suffered serious injuries from car accidents in 2018. For every individual who tragically passes away, there are eight others facing injuries.

Autumn hazards for bicycle riders in Pennsylvania

Fall is the last season for bicycle enthusiasts in Pennsylvania to go out for some rides before they put their bikes away for several months. Many bicyclists love the fall because of the cool air and the gorgeous, colorful scenery they can pass through while pedaling down the road.

However, that beauty comes at a price. Autumn has several unique seasonal hazards that can make it harder to ride through compared to summer. As you begin planning for your last rides of the year, you should take precautions against the following obstacles:

What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Despite numerous safety upgrades for semi-trucks and cars in the last decade, more and more drivers have been killed in truck accidents over the last few years. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of drivers who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009.

Also, the IIHS reported that truck occupants also are increasing losing their lives in large truck crashes, with 34 percent more deaths since 2009. So, what is causing this increase in large truck accidents?

Building a case to prove employer retaliation

No one should ever be made to feel guilty, alienated or punished as the result of making a complaint or engaging in whistleblowing in the workplace. This is why Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws protect employees from retaliation at work. If you believe that you are being retaliated against, it is very likely that you will be able to take successful legal action.

However, in order to be successful when making a claim, you will need to have the appropriate evidence of retaliation. You should start recording information so that you can provide evidence as soon as you suspect that retaliation is taking place. The following are some ways in which you can do this.

Common ATV problems Pennsylvanians face in the summer

Summer is the prime season for ATV enthusiasts to take their rides out for a spin. They don’t have to worry about snow, leaves or ice as they speed across private property or state designated trails under the sun.

While it may be the most thrilling and rewarding time of the year for ATV owners, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Pennsylvania has the second highest amount of reported ATV-related deaths behind Texas. If riders remain unaware of the frequent problems that took the lives of so many others, then they risk suffering from a serious or fatal injury next time they take their four or three wheeled vehicles out of the garage.

Does the media inaccurately portray female sexual harassment?

The common assumption with sexual harassment is that male supervisors will harass female workers who are at a lower position in the company. Perhaps the most common example is a male CEO and his female secretary.

This isn't to take away from the validity of those cases at all, but things can happen the other way around. After all, sexual harassment often just hinges on who has the power in the relationship. If it's a woman who is in a position of power over a man, she can potentially harass her subordinate in the same way.

What are my maternity leave options in Pennsylvania?

Pregnancy and motherhood is a very special time that can be both overwhelming and a wonderful experience. More women than ever are choosing to remain in the workplace after they become parents. Due to this, many expectant mothers have questions and concerns relating to the maternity leave rights that they have.

If you are eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave in Pennsylvania, you will be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to your pregnancy. This leave will be protected from retaliation. This means that you will be legally protected from any type of negative action taken against you by your employer as a result of taking the leave.

Security officer dismissed following sexual harassment complaint

A 25-year veteran security officer at the Pennsylvania Senate was just recently fired due to what her bosses have described as conduct that "has been quite problematic."

Curiously enough, her dismissal comes six months after the officer sued officials in the Senate for tolerating a culture that permitted sexual harassment on the job -- and just two months after she was summarily told to turn in her badge and escorted from the premises.

Displaced Pennsylvania workers seeking unemployment compensation

Unemployment compensation is just one of the areas of interest for nearly 1,000 employees of a Snyder County company who went to work one morning

only to be told their plant was being closed immediately and that they were out of jobs that day.