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Pennsylvania widow files wrongful death claim against police

Losing a loved one in an unsuspected and sudden manner can be very traumatic. Regardless of the reason for injury or death, many family members want to know why the unfortunate incident occurred, and they need these questions answered to reach a sense of closure. One Pennsylvania woman is hoping to find peace and closure by filing a wrongful death claim after her husband was fatally shot by police during an attempted burglary. 

The woman's husband was near the intruder when he was shot by local police officers who were just arriving on the scene. The wife of the deceased says that her husband was fired upon instead of the intruder, who was fleeing at the time. The widow claims that the police fired without warning after shots were heard near the location of the distressing incident.

Young Pennsylvania driver involved in a fatal car accident

Getting one's license is often seen as a rite of passage. This milestone is a big one for many but entails a significant amount of responsibility. Exercising caution, consideration and obeying all laws while driving are important in helping to keep Pennsylvania roadways safe and car accident free. Overconfidence and lack of experience can lead to devastating outcomes.

The incident occurred around 8:35 a.m. A 17-year-old driver attempted to follow a curve in the road she was navigating and lost control of the vehicle. She crossed left of center and into oncoming traffic, striking a vehicle head-on. The 59-year-old man driving the other vehicle was not injured.

Cardiologist faces charges on medical malpractice

Medical professionals are focused on keeping Pennsylvania residents healthy. Unfortunately, some doctors and nurses take advantage of those who are sick or who may not understand medical terminology and the potential outcomes associated with a particular diagnosis. While most health care professionals are well-intentioned and only have patients' best interests at hear, that is not always the case. Unnecessary surgeries can cause future medical issues and complicate an already sensitive health issue, which may well be grounds for pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

A cardiologist in another state stands to face a medical malpractice trial in the coming weeks. He is accused of performing procedures that are unnecessary and altering medical documents. Hundreds of former patients have come forward and claimed the doctor implanted heart devices that were not medically necessary. About 300 lawsuits have been filed that make similar allegations.

Pennsylvania cemetery worker may be seeking workers' compensation

To keep America running like a fine-tuned machine, every job needs to have someone to complete the task, regardless of how undesirable that job may be. Maintaining the final resting place for any deceased Pennsylvania resident requires attention to detail and a demeanor that won't upset the grieving members of the deceased. Digging burial sites is also a requirement of a cemetery caretaker, and it can be a laborious task that can lead to injury. Should one be injured while on the job, the workers' compensation program is in place to help those hurt get through the temporary loss of income.

A 59-year-old worker in another state was digging a grave when an 800-pound vault cover fell in on top of him. The helpless worker was pinned in the grave, unable to move or have the cover removed by co-workers. A co-worker went to call for help.

Medical malpractice: a shockingly common phenomenon

When you sustain a serious injury or become ill and need to go to the hospital, you expect that the medical professionals who treat you will take good care of you, and you soon will be back home and working at your job. Considering the number of excellent medical facilities in and around South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, your expectations are not unreasonable. You therefore probably will be shocked and appalled to learn that medical malpractice not only is commonplace, but is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for upwards of 251,000 deaths each year.

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, nurse or other member of your health care team fails to care for you in accordance with the accepted standards of medical care and consequently injures you or, in the worst case, causes your death. Medical malpractice can occur at a hospital, an urgent care facility, a doctor’s office, a pharmacy or any other place where you receive health care advice and/or treatment. Common examples include the following:

  • Failing to diagnose your symptoms or misdiagnosing them
  • Failing to schedule appropriate tests and screenings and/or misinterpreting their results
  • Failing to monitor your progress
  • Failing to give you proper medical treatment
  • Failing to inform you about the risks of specific treatments or procedures
  • Failing to prescribe the proper medications

Victims of car accidents may be entitled to seek damages

Victims of motor vehicle crashes face many unexpected burdens. In addition to the property damage that often results from car accidents, victims may also suffer serious injuries that can lead to physical and emotional trauma and significant medical bills. Two Pennsylvania police officers were recently hurt in a collision that may have been caused by a negligent driver.

The two officers were in the process of conducting a traffic stop at the time of the accident. For reasons that have yet to be determined, another vehicle struck both of them. Additional details of the crash have not been released at this time, as the investigation is still ongoing.

Workers' compensation may benefit those in industrial accidents

In spite of the many safety precautions businesses implement in their facilities, accidents on the job still occur. Many employees who suffer work injuries choose to file for workers' compensation benefits. When an employee is killed on the job, surviving families are typically entitled to file for survivors' benefits. Several Pennsylvania workers and workers' families may choose to file claims after two men were recently killed and others were injured in a crane accident.

Few details of the incident have been released at this time. What is known is that two workers were operating a crane outside the Manitowoc Crane Manufacturing Plant. For reasons that have yet to be determined, something went wrong in the process. This resulted in fatal injuries to both men and serious injuries to three other workers.

Hit-and-run car accidents too often result in fatalities

Motor vehicle collisions may occur at the most unexpected times. In many cases, car accidents are the results of negligent drivers. These drivers may be considered negligent by being distracted by their cell phones, intoxicated or even too tired to drive. One Pennsylvania man was killed in a recent crash that may have been caused by a negligent driver.

According to authorities, the victim was a tow truck driver. He was attending to a disabled vehicle on the interstate when the collision occurred. Police say that the driver believed to be responsible struck the victim and continued driving. Sadly, the victim did not survive his injuries.

Why are teenagers such reckless drivers?

Teenagers feature prominently in many stories and examples of bad driving, and quite a few people have wondered, "Why are they so reckless?" Is it their parents? Is it the culture? Is it their brains?

First things first: Some teenagers, many, really, are safe and careful drivers. Even those who later become reckless drivers often start cautiously. However, it does seem that a disproportionate share of teen drivers are reckless. Here are some reasons why.

Workers' compensation death benefits may aid surviving families

Most businesses in Pennsylvania implement safety precautions to decrease risk of injury for their employees. Unfortunately, accidents that result in serious injury or fatality sometimes happen in ways no one expects. Families of deceased victims may find legal recourse through the aid of experienced workers' compensation attorneys. A family in another state is likely looking into their options after a worker was killed on the job.

According to reports, the worker was employed with a company specializing in hydraulic systems and components. During a motor testing operation, a safety hood fell and struck the man. It is unclear at this time what caused the safety device to fall.

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