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Successful Aging and Avoiding Elder Abuse

Are you interested in learning about how to successfully age and prevent elder abuse?  Take a minute and read this recent article posted by the Daily News.  The article, which was written by an expert in the field of aging, tooks a look at some preventative measures and cautions friends and family members can take to avoid the physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse of their loved ones.  The article also highlights some interesting, but depressing, statistics such as the fact that about 5 million Americans suffer from some form of elder abuse every year.  Additionally, only 1 out of 23 cases of elder abuse is actually reported, which makes these statistics a potential underestimate of the incidences of elder abuse in our country.  Also take a minute and check out the elder abuse resources on our own website, StoehrLaw.com, to see what kind of legal protection your loved ones have against elder abuse.

Elder abuse is a serious problem and seniors deserve to be compensated for injuries sustained from abuse or neglect. To find out how to hold the responsible party accountable for your or a loved one's injuries, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes nursing home and hospital claims for elderly victims of abuse and neglect.  For more information on his Altoona, PA practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

Elder Abuse Is Prevalent Among The Poor

Incidences of elder abuse are, unfortunately, common across all walks of life and socioeconomic groups. However, elder abuse in less affluent populations is something that is becoming increasingly common.  Senior adults in lower-income brackets have reported increased incidences of physical, financial, emotional, and sexual abuse in recent years.  The Huffington Post also recently ran an article about the phenomenon, which can be viewed by clicking this link.  

In all states, elder abuse crimes are punishable under various criminal codes for assault, sexual assault and fraud, among others. However, victims of elder abuse and neglect may also be able to collect punitive and other damages in a civil lawsuit. For example, an individual injured by negligent personal care could sue for damages resulting from that injury. Similarly, damages for injuries caused by negligent maintenance of the facility and its equipment may also be pursued in civil court.

Elder abuse is a serious problem and seniors deserve to be compensated for injuries sustained from abuse or neglect. To find out how to hold the responsible party accountable for your or a loved one's injuries, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes nursing home and hospital claims for elderly victims of abuse and neglect.  For more information on his Altoona, PA practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

CDC Reports On Dog Bites: Part 2

Continuing yesterday's article about dog bite attacks across the country, we will refer to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) website relating to dog bites and attacks.  Please view the original webpage by clicking this link. Some of the information provided by the CDC relates to helping children interact with dogs, especially since children are one of the most vulnerable populations for dog attacks.  Some tips for children/dog interaction include 1) cautioning the child to be very still when approaching an unfamiliar dog, 2) if the child is knocked over by a dog, they should roll into a ball and remain very still, and 3) avoid direct eye contact with the dog.  

If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog and has suffered an injury or disfigurement, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr.  Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim.   Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.

CDC Reports On Dog Bites: Part 1

Our law firm recently compiled information about dog attacks and dog bites across the country.  The Center For Disease Control (CDC) provided a wealth of information and statistics relating to incidences of dog attacks in the United States.  According to their webpage relating to dog bites, which can be found by clicking here, about 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year.  Out of those 4.5 million, about 1 in 5 (or over 880,000 people) require medical attention for their bites.  Out of that number, half of those are children.  In 2012 alone, more than 25,000 victims had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog attack.

If you or a loved one have recently suffered a dog attack, it may be time to seek legal counsel.  Your claim for damages based on your injuries or disfigurement will be based on a theory of negligence, and will be very complex.  You need an attorney that has experience in handling the difficulties of these types of claims.   We will review the facts and analyze the law to provide you with a thorough evaluation of your claims. 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr.  Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim.   Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.

Can I Be Sued For A Dog Attack?

Recently, Pit Bulls have been receiving a lot of negative attention due to the perceived danger of the breed.  Whether you agree or disagree with this danger, the truth of the matter is that any type of dog breed can be harmful under the wrong circumstances.

 

If you or a loved one have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you as a victim have rights. Many people do not know their rights and therefore fail to go after the compensation they deserve.  Dog bite laws can be confusing and may vary from state to state. Here is what you need to know about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania:

 

1.) Legal liability must be proven in order to receive compensation from an attack.  This means that a victim must prove that the dog owner was being negligent in order for the owner to be held responsible for the attack.

2.) Landlords may be held liable for injuries by a dog their tenant owns/takes care of if he/she is aware that the dog is a danger and fails to take action to remove the pet from the premise.

3.) If a dog is deemed "dangerous" different laws and penalties may apply. A dangerous dog is one that has a previous record of attack or has attacked without provocation or both.

 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.

PA Dog Law

Every year nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and close to half of those victims are children.  1 in 5 people that are victims of dog bites require medical attention, which equates to about 900,000 Americans that received medical attention for dog bites in the past year.

 In 2012, dog bites accounted for approximately one third of settlements of all homeowner's insurance liability claims.  Pennsylvania ranked fifth in states with the most dog bite insurance claims.

Pennsylvania law does not impose absolute liability on an owner for dog attacks, not even in respect to a dog having vicious tendencies of which the owner is aware.  The plaintiff will need to prove negligence in order for the defendant to be found accountable for any injuries sustained because of a dog bite.  In order to prove a dog bite case, historically the claimant had to prove that the dog had bitten at least once in the past.  However, the law in Pennsylvania now is the following:  If a dog has any vicious propensities, regardless of whether it has bitten in the past, the dog's actual bite upon you can serve as the standard for determining whether the owner was negligent.

Liability for a dog attack may even fall to a landlord.  A landlord may be held liable for injuries by animals owned and maintained by a tenant when the landlord has knowledge of the presence of the dangerous animal and where he or she has the right to control or remove the animal by retaking possession of the premises.

Your claim for damages based on your injuries or disfigurement will be based on a theory of negligence, and will be very complex.  You need an attorney that has experience in handling the difficulties of these types of claims.   We will review the facts and analyze the law to provide you with a thorough evaluation of your claims. 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr.  Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim.   Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.

Western Pennsylvania Drivers Are "Unsafe"?

According to a Pittsburgh area newspaper, drivers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dropped to rank #187 out of 200 for driver safety.  This ranking system, which was reported through work with Allstate Insurance, notes that Pittsburgh drivers have an accident roughly every 6 ½ years, as opposed to the top-ranking city of Fort Collins, Colorado, which as an accident rate per driver of 14.2 years.  Philadelphia scored even lower on the list, ranking 192/200.  According to the article from the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Allstate compiles the report based on accidents customers reported in 2011 and 2012. Allstate has about 10 percent of auto insurance policies nationwide." On the opposite end of this ranking, the article also states that "PennDOT statistics show accidents statewide declined in the past decade even as the number of registered vehicles increased. PennDOT recorded 124,149 crashes in 2013 compared to 140,197 in 2003, an 11.4 percent decrease."

 

In an effort to help area Pennsylvanians see if they have the right automobile insurance for them, Attorney Doug Stoehr has added a free auto insurance review section to his website.  You can find the link by clicking here, where you can fill out a form that Attorney Stoehr can review and consult with you about.  Attorney Stoehr is uniquely qualified to do this because he used to be an insurance agent before he became a personal injury lawyer.  Therefore, he can see the larger perspective of a potential insurance claim, especially when it involves a personal injury that you've suffered in a car accident!   Unfortunately, if you do not have the appropriate insurance coverage to meet your needs, your potential compensation from an accident could be limited as a result.   Attorney Stoehr works hard for his clients to get them their appropriate compensation for any injuries they've suffered as a result of an accident due to the fault of another. If you feel that you would like to take a second look at your automobile coverage, take a minute and fill out Attorney Stoehr's link by clicking here.

 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is an Altoona based personal injury lawyer who takes claims for many clients who have been injured in automobile accidents.  He also takes cases for victims of distracted driving accidents in Altoona, Blair County, and the seven surrounding counties in Pennsylvania. For more information on his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com

Think About Designated Texting While Driving

Many American teens are working to find a safer alternative to remain connected while they drive.  According to an article by the Mankato Free Press (originally posted by the Washington Post), many teens are setting a designated passenger to text for them as they drive.  This is a smart move for a generation of Americans who have grown up immersed in a "plugged-in" and hypersocial culture.  For more from the original article, please click here

Seldom-known fact: if you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has at least one section on the incident report to address to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations. In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in serious danger.  Attorney Stoehr represents those injured through no fault of their own, including automobile and pedestrian accidents. Call today for your free case evaluation 814-946-4100.

PA More Lenient With Cell Use Than Neighboring States

According to an area news report, the state of Pennsylvania is not as strict as its neighbors in regulating phone use while driving.  While PA only bans texting while driving, the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York ban all handheld cell phone use.  Considering that teenage drivers account for about 10% of all car accidents in the country, it appears that young drivers may be among the most at-risk groups.  For more information on the original article posted by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration, please click here.

 

If you are involved in a car accident, most states, including Pennsylvania, have at least one section on the incident report dedicated to distracted driving violations.  Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations.

In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in danger. We encourage all of our readers to remember to stay focused while driving, especially as dangerous weather approaches us this fall and winter.

 Attorney Stoehr represents those injured through no fault of their own, including automobile and pedestrian accidents. Call today for your free case evaluation 814-946-4100.

More Summer ATV Accidents

Another teenage boy in Thompson Township, PA was recently injured in an ATV accident, as reported by the Herald-Mail Media.  The report notes that the boy was driving an ATV from a field onto a road in the early evening, when he was struck by an oncoming car. The teenager was flown to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

As noted in previous posts, ATV use can be potentially dangerous, even in seemingly safe situations.  Child drivers especially account for a large portion of ATV injuries and deaths.  It is imperative to exercise caution when riding your ATV.  This includes wearing a helmet and remaining at a safe speed.  Also, do not ride your ATV when the weather or trail conditions suggest a heightened risk for injury.

ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

ATV Hits Rock, Kills 1 and Injures 3

ABC News 27 recently reported on a fatal ATV crash that occurred over Labor Day weekend.  According to their online news report, four people were riding on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in northeast Pennsylvania when the vehicle hit a rock and rolled over.  One of the passengers died, and the other three were injured.  Unfortunately, this type of accident is not unusual for the area.  Pennsylvania is among the top states for ATV injuries and fatalities.  Those statistics are also consistently high when the demographics are broken down by children and young adult accidents. 

 

ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Nazareth Teen Dies In Truck Accident

According to local news source WFMZ, a Nazareth area teen was recently killed when he was hit by a large tractor-trailer.  According to the report, the teen was turning left onto a road after riding on the shoulder of the road.  Family and friends say that the teen's bike was unusual in the sense that it had a motor attached to it, which made a distinctive noise as he road around town.  No charges were filed against the truck driver at the time of the report.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of a tractor-trailer, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania. For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

 

To read the original news report, please click here

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