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September 2012 Archives

The Inspector and the Safety: Results of an OHSA Report

It is federal law that your business place is inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a regular basis in order to ensure that safety standards are being recognized. Recently, the OSHA has been curious to see how much of the safety recognized by an inspector is based on the way that that employee conducts the survey. Studies have shown that OSHA inspections can reduce the amount of injuries in a manufacturing establishment by about 20 percent in some circumstances. Yet this was very dependent on how thorough and strict the inspector who conducts the survey is.

Felony Charges Withdrawn Against Our Client

Attorney Ryan W. McAllister recently represented a client in a criminal case out of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Our client was charged with various felony counts of forgery, fraud, and theft, all allegedly involving our client accessing her grandmother's bank accounts and stealing thousands of dollars. Our client was surprised, shocked, and saddened when these charges were filed, and absolutely denied any involvement whatsoever.

Berks County Probation Violation Case Successfully Resolved

Yesterday I (attorney Dan Nevins) represented a client charged with violating the terms of her Probation in Reading, Pennsylvania. The client had been detained in Berks County Prison for approximately 2 months after not reporting as directed to the Probation Office. The Probation Office was recommending that she remain locked up an additional two months as a further sanction for her alleged violation.

High Schools Taking Brain Injuries Seriously

In the past, hitting your head in a high school football game was referred to as "getting your bell rung." Football head injuries were a part of the game and those with a concussion or another brain injury were simply told to get back in and play. Yet many of those "once tough" football stars now have constant headaches, cognitive degradation, and other medical issues because of the head injuries that were taken lightly and never treated. After an off-season which included two suicides by former NFL players and growing research which has pointed to the serious penalties that can accompany a brain injury, nearly every state has started their high school football season with legislation to protect young athletes from potentially damaging head injuries.

Return of Property Ordered in Reading, PA Criminal Case

Our firm recently represented the Grandfather of a criminal defendant who had property siezed by police in connection with the Berks County, PA criminal charges. Specifically, an iPhone that had been purchased by the Grandfather for use by his grandson had been seized by police as evidence. After the case was concluded the grandfather wanted his property back. Unfortantely, the Commonwealth was not willing to simply return the iPhone absent court order.

High Chair Safety

For anyone with a baby, a high chair is a necessity when it comes to dinnertime. Unknown to many families, however, is the fact that high chairs can pose substantial safety risks to children. In particular, high chairs that fail to meet ASTM International safety standards can result in serious or deadly injury to tots that like to squirm.

Not Guilty Verdict in PFA Violation Case in Reading, Pennsylvania

Last week I represented charged with Indirect Criminal Contempt (ICC) as a result of an alleged violation of a Protection from Abuse order in Reading, Pennsyvania. My client was charged with confronting his estranged wife in their marital residence and engaging in a heated disagreement about bills and the mortgage.

Aggravated Assault with a Firearm Case Dismissed in Reading, Pennsylvania

Attorney Elizabeth Ebner won the complete dismissal of charges stemming from an alleged shooting in Reading, PA. Our client had been charged with felony counts of Aggravated Assault and Firearms offenses at the preliminary hearing stage in Reading Central Court. The Commonwealth is required to establish probable cause at this stage, which would then lead to the charges being held over to the Court of Common Pleas.

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