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Amazing Snowmobile Rescue Story Makes National News

How amazing and resourceful kids can be!! Our firm just read the most exciting article about a son who rescued his father from a potentially deadly snowmobile accident.  While out riding in the Lake Tahoe backcountry, a father was in a serious snowmobile accident while out with his young son.  In an effort to save his father, the boy got on his snowmobile and navigated his way out of the park to find help.  To read more about this amazing true story from Reader's Digest, please click here.

Snowmobiling is a very common winter sport in the United States, especially in our part of rural Pennsylvania.    It is an enjoyable way to get outside in cold weather and can be a way for families to spend time together. As stated on SnowMobile.org, "Historically individuals who snowmobile at a young age continue to snowmobile with their parents throughout their lives, sharing great experiences as a family. In many winter regions, snowmobiling is simply the main form of winter outdoor recreation and in some cases the main method of transportation available."
However, off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles, are also a significant cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.  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 Blair county area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Throwback Thursday: Pennsylvania's Elder Abuse Task Force

Our Throwback Thursday blog post this week is focusing on what Pennsylvania officials are doing to protect our rapidly growing elderly population.  To check out more about a task force created in 2006 to address our aging population's needs, read below!
Did you know that Pennsylvania has its own Elder Abuse Task Force? Created in 2006, this state-wide initiative examines allegations of people  who cheat, deceive or abuse older Pennsylvanians.  The force is make up of a diverse group of participants, including prosecutors and support staff. As part of their duties, the force also has a public education component.  PA also has an elder abuse hotline, which can be reached by calling the number (866) 623-2137. According to an article by StateCollege.com, "The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the third highest percentage of elderly residents in the United States with nearly 2 million residents over the age of 65. In addition, the fastest growing segment of Pennsylvania's population is those who are 85 years of age or older.".  To read more from the original article, please click here. 
Pennsylvania also has a state-wide Elder Law Task Force that examines Pennsylvania's issues with guardianship, abuse/neglect, and access to justice for the state's elderly population. This special task force is chaired by Justice Debra Todd.  The main aims of the task force include suggesting amendments for court rules, as well as recommendations for education and best practices involving the care of senior citizens. The task force has been given one year to complete its work.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.

Hospital Safety Improves, But There's Still Work To Do

A report written by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to examining the U.S. healthcare system, wrote an article about hospital safety and hospitals that are improving their safety scores.  According to the article, which can be read in its entirety at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, over 700 participating hospitals received a safety score of "A" this year.  Many hospitals made drastic improvements, but over 150 earned a "D" or "F" score.   Although many hospitals improved their ratings within many measured areas of patient safety and care, other areas declined.  How do Pennsylvania's hospitals rate? Find out here

If you have been the victim of a hospital error/unsafe situation (including infections, accidents, and additional injuries) and have suffered significantly as a result, it may be time to seek legal counsel.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is skilled in taking these types of claims and is your local hometown lawyer who can get the job done! Contact his Altoona, PA area office at 814-946-4100 for your free initial consultation. 

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