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Accredited Nursing Homes Have Higher Safety Culture

This may be an older post from our website, but is definitely worth another look!  As you may know, not all nursing homes are all created equal.  In addition to having private or government-run facilities, nursing homes can either be accredited or not.  Sometimes the differences between the different types of facilities are not immediately clear, but you should research all possible options before making a decision.

A recent study from NYU suggests that accredited nursing homes report a stronger resident safety culture than nonaccredited facilities.  The study, looking at over 4,000 facilities across the country, cited Joint Commission accreditation as increasing awareness of patient safety issues like staff training, teambuilding, positive and open communication, and correction of mistakes without punitive measures. Few studies have examined the effect of accreditation on safety measures in nursing homes.  Additionally, studies by the same researchers also found that Joint Commission accredited long-term care facilities had fewer survey deficiency citations than nonaccredited facilities

As stated earlier, not all nursing homes are created equal.  This also means that not all nursing homes provide the same level and quality of care.  With this in mind, you will need to research possible nursing home options extensively to avoid the possibility of negligence or abuse of a loved one, as well as under/inefficient staffing.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central Pennsylvania lawyer specializing in nursing home abuse and negligence.  For more information on his practice, please call his Altoona, PA firm at 814-946-4100.

Increased Accident Risk for Children During Summer Months

Accidents and injuries tend to increase during the summer, especially for children.  Do you know that many common injuries occur where you may least expect them?  According to one hospital's website, ER visits increase significantly during the summer.  Many of these injuries occur as a result of children getting into accidents, such as falling out of windows (whether they have screens or they don't).  Fire pits are also a common place for injuries, as are lawn mower accidents, swimming accidents, and pedestrian accidents.  The time around dusk can be particularly dangerous for children out playing, since it may be more difficult for others to see them walking, biking, and rollerskating on the streets.


As our families are outside more in the summer months, it is very important to pay attention to your surroundings while you are out driving, walking, and biking. If you hit another person or car, you could cause severe and lasting injury, as well as significant psychological and emotional distress to the victim and their families.  Victims of accidents injured due to the fault of another may injuries that result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving victims of personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.

Trial Begins in Fatal Bicycle Accident

A trial recently began for a man who hit and ran at a bicycle accident that killed the biker in 2015.  According to news sources, the accident involved a driver who hit a bicyclist with his passenger-side mirror. The impact caused the biker to be thrown off of his bike.  He then later died of head injuries.  The driver of the car was driving with a suspended/revoked license.  Witnesses say that the driver didn't appear to slow down either during or after the accident.

 
The saddest part is that accidents like this one are completely preventable if we all take some care on our roads.  When you're out at night, whether walking or biking, always remember to wear bright and reflective clothing! Carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to further increase your visibility.  Signal where you're going so nearby drivers have an idea of where you're headed.  

If you're driving, make sure to give these people their space! Don't follow them or drive near them at a high rate of speed, and share the road.  Obviously, don't do any of these activities drunk or under the influence of any type of drug.  

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your potential personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

PA Boy Injured on Exposed Metal in Obstacle Course

Injuries can happen at any time, even when you're out having a fun and family-friendly day with your family.  One such case recently happened in West Chester, PA.  A family was out enjoying family time at a mall, where their young child went through an obstacle course set up there.  The child was injured when an exposed piece of metal in the obstacle course hit his head, causing substantial injury to his scalp.  The family is suing based on claims that the defendants failed to properly supervise the installation of the course, as well as inspect the course and surrounding area, in addition to other charges.  To read more about the case, click here.


Attorney Doug Stoehr knows how difficult it can be when you or a family member has suffered a debilitating spinal cord or head injury.  His legal practice is focused solely on personal injury, including cases where severe spinal cord, brain, and other serious injuries have occurred.  He has successfully handled cases for clients involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and falls; recently, one of his cases involving severe brain injury settled for over $1.2 million dollars. For more information, please contact our Altoona, PA area office to set up a free consultation at 814-946-4100. 

Fireworks Injuries Interrupt Summer Fun

When considering personal injury and premises claims, people think of slipping and falling on properties, unsafe home conditions (like faulty railings), and similar scenarios. However, did you ever consider the impact that setting off fireworks can have on other people?  A story from our home state of Pennsylvania regarding another type of personal injury claim, fireworks injury, was recently highlighted.  Fireworks accidents are more common and more dangerous than you might think! A woman from Reading was recently the topic of a news article as a result of an accident several years ago.  According to the news story, the woman was at a picnic near the 4th of July when she was struck by a firework.  The firework caused damage to her face, and she lost an eye as a result.  Over the years, she's had many surgeries to fix the long-term damage to her face.  The man who set off the firework was sued.  To learn more about fireworks safety and how to avoid injury, please read the original article here.  


No matter what the cause, personal injury accidents can be scary, debilitating, and life-changing.  If you choose to pursue legal action, it is important to obtain an attorney that is skilled in handling such cases.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an experienced personal injury lawyer who practices in central and western Pennsylvania.  He is very skilled in handling personal injury claims and has successfully obtained settlements for many of his clients.  For more information on his Altoona, PA practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100. 

About 1 in 10 Seniors in US Are Abused

Information reported by a Georgia news source as referenced by the World Heath Organization, states that about 10% of America's elderly population is abused or neglected. Additionally, the researchers noted that this is likely an underestimation.  Elderly citizens are being abused both in home care situations and while being cared for in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  

It is important to look for common signs of physical abuse, such as bruises and unusual/strained interactions between the caregiver and patient. It is also important to check in with the elderly patient without the caregiver around and ask questions about how the relationship is going from their perspective. Also remember that financial and emotional abuse are common forms of elder abuse as well. 

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. 

Top Causes of Teen Summer Driving Accidents

Many of us know that summer is a big season for teen driving accidents, since students are out of school and on the roads more frequently.  However, did you know what the major causes of teen driving accidents in the summer are? AAA has compiled some data to take a look at this phenomenon, what the causes of accidents are, and how we can help prevent them.  According to their study, the top causes for teen driving accidents in the summer are 1) talking or getting something for someone else in the vehicle, 2) using their cell phones to talk, text, and/or use an app, and 3) attending/looking for something else inside of the vehicle.  

How can we help teens become more responsible drivers?  There are many ways, including modeling good behavior when you are driving, using apps to help teens minimize their use of cell phones while driving (such as rewarding apps for not opening their cell phone while they drive, or apps that lock the phone while the car is in motion), and keeping open lines of communication with your teen about the dangers and risks of driving while distracted. 

It is important to note that 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.  Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents on the highway.  If you have been injured as the result of a distracted driver, it might be time to consult an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  Please call his office at 814-946-4100 for more information.

Dog Attacks Two Children Under 5 Years Old In Lancaster, PA

Sometimes, dog attacks happen. They are scary, unexpected, and can result in some serious lasting physical and emotional damage. It is even worse when they happen to young children. One such dog attack happened recently in Lancaster, PA. According to Lancaster Online, a dog recently attacked two children who were sitting in carseats in a minivan outside getting ready to go inside their home.  The dog, who gave both young children serious facial injuries, had broken through a fence and approached the children. One of the children is in the ICU, while the other child was recently released from the hospital.  The owner of the dog chose have it euthanized after a period of quarantine to make sure that it doesn't have rabies.  

If you are injured in a dog attack and choose to take legal action, 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.  

Tires Can Be Big Factor In Summer Accidents

Are you aware of the stress that is placed on your tires when driving in the summer? Although you should always be aware of your tire pressure and regularly check your tires, it's very important in the summer. Many tires blow out as a result of the summer heat, which can pose a danger to your car and other cars traveling on the road with you. Especially when your tires are under-inflated, the hot air can cause internal heat to build up inside the tire, which can lead to a tire blowout. 

Tire blowouts can lead your car to go out of control, endangering the lives of your passengers and other cars on the road.  It is your responsibility as a driver to keep your car in good, safe working order in an effort to minimize harm to everyone on the road.   Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road.  The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident.  Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Many Child Car Seats Are Incorrectly Installed

Although this may be an older article, it is incredibly worthwhile to read!  Several years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on a safety initiative run by the state police to assess child safety seats. A voluntary inspection occurred at sites throughout the state for a two-week period.  Over 75% of the 319 seats checked were not installed correctly.  Of course, this is a huge cause for concern!  The state police listed the most common problems as a failure to position the seat in the right direction and not properly adjusting the safety harnesses or harnessing the seat in the right manner.  If you are concerned that your child's car seat is not installed correctly, you can call your local police department to see if they'd be able to do a safety check for you. 


When traveling with small children, it is extremely important to make sure that they are as safe as possible in your car.  This includes following suggested federal guidelines for installing safety seats, keeping children in safety seats until they reach a certain age or weight, and making sure every person in the car is wearing their seatbelt.  Although you may feel that you are safe on the road, you never know when a motor vehicle accident will occur. If you and your family members are not following safety guidelines, you put yourselves at a higher risk for severe injuries or even death.  If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident, please contact our law office to set up a free initial consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.   

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