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Child seats not enough to prevent injury during car accidents

Pennsylvania parents are likely aware that adhering to laws pertaining to child safety seats is a must. Research shows that the use of car seats for small children can greatly decrease the risk of serious injuries during car accidents. Unfortunately, even proper car seat use may not be enough, and a child may suffer the consequences. 

Recently, a Pennsylvania toddler was hurt when the vehicle she was riding in was struck from behind. The driver of this vehicle was killed, and a young woman in the front seat suffered serious injury. It is unclear if either adult victim is related to the injured child, and the crash remains under investigation. 

Parents file wrongful death suit on behalf of slain son

Pennsylvania parents would probably agree that one of their biggest fears is receiving the news that their child has been killed. The death of a child is always tragic and can be especially hard to cope with if the circumstances indicate an adult is responsible for a wrongful death. Sadly, this may be the case in the death of a local teenager at the hands of a police officer. 

The mourning parents state that their son, a student at a local Pennsylvania high school, was shot and killed by a police officer this past spring. Apparently, the officer was attempting to apprehend the vehicle the young man was in because it was believed to have been involved in a drive-by shooting. There were multiple people in the vehicle, and police admit that they do not think the victim himself was involved in the shooting. 

Slip-and-falls reported at one of the nation's largest retailers

Shopping is a routine experience for most Pennsylvania residents. Sometimes a large store, such as Wal-Mart, can be a convenient place to go, since they carry nearly every item one might need for the members of their households. Though certainly shopping is not considered to be a particularly dangerous activity, there is always the potential for serious injury, including the risk for slip-and-falls

Recently, a shopper filed suit against Wal-Mart seeking compensation for injuries suffered as a result of shopping in the store. The Pennsylvania woman says that a fire pit that had been fully assembled, apparently meant to be a display, caused her to fall in an aisle. She suffered injuries to her neck, shoulder, leg and head. Friends took her to a local hospital on the advice of a manager of the store. 

Why seniors are more prone to falling

If you are a senior and feel as if you are having a harder time maintaining your balance than you once did, you are not alone. As you age, you become increasingly likely to fall and suffer a serious injury as a result, and there are many reasons why this is the case. Because your risk of falling is likely already higher than that of the general population, seemingly minor environmental hazards, such as slippery floors or sidewalks, pose a more substantial threat to you than others.

Your fall risks become so pronounced as you age, in fact, that fall-related injuries are now the leading cause of senior injuries, deaths and hospital visits. Just what is it about the aging process that places you at higher risk of a slip-and-fall accident?

Car accidents often kill the innocent

Residents and visitors would likely agree that Pennsylvania has some of the most scenic roads the nation has to offer. Whether for business or pleasure, driving through Pennsylvania is a most enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, the state is not immune to the sorts of tragedies that occur on roads throughout the country each day. Worse still, car accidents can sometimes escalate into criminal charges when innocent people suffer injuries. 

Pennsylvania drivers know that if their vehicle becomes involved in a car accident, they should maneuver to the side of the road as soon as possible, and wait for police and medical assistance to arrive. Recently, a driver on Route 663 rear-ended another vehicle. The impact sent the stricken car into oncoming traffic, where a third car hit it head-on. 

Misdiagnosis of MS leads to medical malpractice claim

Receiving an accurate and timely diagnosis for a medical condition allows a Pennsylvania patient to make informed decisions about the kind of treatment to pursue. It is critical for a physician to run the appropriate tests, to take all reasonable care in interpreting their results and to consult with colleagues when in doubt. One doctor in another state is facing medical malpractice claims for allegedly misdiagnosing patients with multiple sclerosis, leaving their true conditions untreated and their lives in disarray.

The neurologist reviewed scans processed at the radiology center in his own offices and informed one woman she had the degenerative and incurable multiple sclerosis. He prescribed heavy medications. As a result, the woman spent the next five years sick and grieving.

Pennsylvania may be changing workers' compensation procedures

Pennsylvania residents are the latest generation in a long line of hard working people. From coal mines to steel mills, the Keystone state has long been home to the sorts of industry that keep our country running. Many of the jobs people do every day are dangerous, and carry with them the risk of severe injury. Workers' compensation a way for people to make sure they can still pay their bills and care for their families if they are injured on the job. New legislation may change the way the state handles these claims. 

In June, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to reinstate a rule that allows insurance companies to request that severely injured claimants undergo a medical evaluation after they have been away from their job for two years. This means that if a doctor decides that the victim is less than 35 percent injured at the time he or she is re-evaluated, the money they are eligible to claim from workers' compensation can be capped after 10 years. If the re-evaluation finds that a victim is more than 35 percent injured, they cannot have their benefits capped. 

Supreme Court decision focuses on medical malpractice

Pennsylvania law states that in order to hold a doctor responsible for medical injuries, it must be proven that a victim suffered injury as a result of negligence or unprofessional action of the part of a doctor. Traditionally, plaintiffs are successful if they can show a court that a doctor caused them harm because the doctor either failed to inform them about possible risks or side effects from a recommended treatment, or acted in a careless manner during a procedure. Recent legal action has been brought before the state's Supreme Court to decide  if a judge has the right to suppress expert testimony during medical malpractice cases. 

The debate began when a lower court was handling the case of a woman that suffered a serious complication during  surgery. The victim accused the doctor of being negligent, but did not confirm that the doctor failed to inform her of potential complications, nor did she dispute the fact that she had given consent for the procedure. The doctor argued that the injury was a result of a known complication, and was not caused by negligence. 

Accounting for the emotional trauma of an injury

Suffering an injury is a traumatic experience. You might have been in a car accident that left you with bruises and whiplash, or you might have fallen from a platform at work and broken several bones. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you are likely dealing with a host of physical repercussions that may be impacting your ability to work, live and perform daily tasks. 

Physical impact is not the only consequence of an injury, though. There is often an emotional impact, too, that can be just as traumatic. It is important to consider recourse after an injury, including the potential for legal recourse. Doing so can help offset both the emotional and physical impact of the damages.

Car accidents involving speed and alcohol claim passenger lives

Most Pennsylvania drivers would probably agree that taking risks like speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol can end in disaster. When most people think of car accidents, they imagine multiple vehicles crashing into one another. While this is often the case, on other occasions, the negligent actions of a driver can kill, even if only one vehicle is involved.

In June 2018, a 59-year-old man was driving north on Route 345 here in Pennsylvania and had a 25-year-old passenger in the vehicle with him. Police say the man was driving much too fast, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. As the car came to the top of a hill, it became airborne, and when it landed, it began to skid and swerve across the southbound lane. The driver was not able to regain control, and soon after crashed into several trees, tearing them out of the ground, and the car landed on its roof after hitting yet another tree. 

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