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Pedestrian Killed In Downtown Pittsburgh

Over the weekend, a woman in Pittsburgh was struck and killed by a shuttle bus as she was crossing the street.  The accident, which occurred around 7:00AM on Saturday morning, happened while the woman was walking through a crosswalk.  The area's Accident Investigators Unit is looking further into the case.  

It is extremely unfortunate that things like this continue to happen in our community.  It is your responsibility as a licensed driver in the state of Pennsylvania to not only drive your care with care and caution, but also be aware of other hazards on the road.  Drivers frequently share the road with bicyclists, motorcycle drivers, and pedestrians, especially in more residential areas.

It is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting.


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through ca, /pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

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AAA Report Targets Distracted Driving

Although all age groups are guilty of distracted driving, a new study by AAA notes that young millennials (ages 18-24) are engaging in many risky behaviors while driving.  Almost 90% of drivers in this age group reported eating, video chatting, texting, and other activities while driving that can be considered "distracted driving".  Although these risky behaviors did appear to decrease with age, all age groups were engaged in some degree of distracted/risky activities while driving.  According to one report, distracted driving was responsible for about 11% of wrecks in PA over the last five years. In 2015, that means that about 15,000 wrecks occurred due to distracted driving.  

We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity. Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented with a few simple, common-sense tips, such as not driving while fatigued or distracted, along with wearing your seatbelt. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving!

For more on the original report, please click here:

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-distracted-driving-millennial-report-20170216-story.html

Car Crashes Are Second Leading Cause of TBI

Often when people hear about traumatic brain injuries, they tend to envision accidents related to sports.  In reality, falls are the number one leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, followed closely by car crashes.  This information, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control, is true across all age groups.  

If you have recently been in a car crash, it is important to closely monitor your body's response and recovery after the accident.  If you suspect a TBI, immediately seek help from a qualified physician who can diagnose you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action.  This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all.  Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills.  If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  His law office can be reached by calling his office 814-946-4100.

UPMC Lawsuit Includes Linen Company

A little while ago, our blog highlighted the recent lawsuit that hit UPMC involving mold and the impact it had on organ donation (our original blog post can be found by clicking this link).  According to updated news reports, the same families of the organ transplant patients are now also including UPMC's linen provider in the lawsuit.  The linen service was added to the lawsuit after the same type of mold that killed the transplant patients was also found at the linen plant. The families' position is that the mold from the hospital (and their linens) resulted in mold in the transplant patients' lungs, which ultimately caused their deaths.  The linen plant has issued a statement regarding their position on the matter as well.  


Medical malpractice is hard to prove in the legal world, but negligent doctors and hospitals should be held accountable when failing to properly diagnose or implement improper treatments that lead to severe injuries. Pain, suffering, medical bills (both past and future) and a lost earnings are just a portion of the hardships that patients have to endure as a result of medical malpractice. If you feel that you or a loved one has been a victim of hospital negligence that led to severe injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100 for a consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr.


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http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/local/paris-healthcare-linen-services-targeted-in-lawsuit-against-upmc/article_7e727982-41d7-533a-b6a8-e51405c44a41.html

Using the "Penguin Walk" To Reduce Slips On The Ice

It's dangerous to be outside this time of year in the cold, especially with the hidden danger of ice.  Want to know how to avoid a slip and fall accident this winter? Take a look below at how to keep yourself at a lower risk for accident when traveling outdoors this winter:

  • "Walk like a penguin", which means to keep your arms free, walk slowly and with short steps, and keep your feet about shoulder-width apart
  • wear boots or other sturdy shoes when outside and change into your dress shoes once you are indoors
  • test the conditions of the sidewalk or road lightly before walking or exiting your car
  • don't put your hands in your pocket when you are walking and don't carry many things in your arms. You may need to use your arms for balance if you hit an unexpected icy patch!

If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Thanks to the original article for their tips:

http://www.decorahnewspapers.com/Content/News/Local-News/Article/Walk-like-a-penguin-to-avoid-wintertime-slips-and-falls/2/10/41794

Women Sues Cruise Line for Ankle Fracture

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, especially when you least expect it.  This is especially true when you are on vacation and your guard is down!  This is true for one woman who is currently pursuing a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines.  According to the report, the vacationing woman fell down a wet stairway aboard one of the cruise ships and fractured her ankle.  The lawsuit states that the Carnival ship failed to put slip-resistant material on parts of the stairs, employees didn't remove the water on the stairs, nor did the ship warn passengers of potentially slippery conditions.   To read more, please click the original article here.


So what does this mean for the average person walking on floors, especially industrial ones?  Be safe and take your time. For employers who are responsible for keeping others safe, make sure you properly maintain your floors to avoid a potential premises liability claim!
If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Get The Facts Straight About the McDonald's Coffee Case!

This case may be one of the most sensational and high profile tort cases in recent memory, and the media incorrectly reported nearly all of the facts.  This case was one that proponents of tort reform used as a rallying cry to attempt to limit jury verdicts in what they thought were frivolous cases.  Tort reformers will typically attach themselves to a case that garners national attention, and spin the facts to make the jury verdicts seem ridiculous and nonsensical. 

If there is one thing to take away from this case, it is that we shouldn't be so quick to jump to the conclusion that an injury claim is frivolous.  An individual suffered very serious injuries in this case, and was made the subject of jokes and is still being ridiculed today nearly 10 years after she passed away.  She did nothing to deserve the media attention that she received as a result of this lawsuit.  She simply opened a cup of coffee that was served to her at a dangerous temperature, and she suffered damages as a result. 

This video does an excellent job explaining the case, view it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9DXSCpcz9E

Girl Livestreams On Facebook While Driving, Crashes Car

Unfortunately, our state just received another sobering reminder of what can happen if you engage in distracted driving.  According to news reports, a teenager was live-streaming herself on Facebook while driving. Right after she started streaming, she was hit by a tractor-trailer that killed both her and her passenger.  The video was taken off the victim's  Facebook page and will be used in the state police investigation. 


We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving, especially during periods of increased motor activity like Christmas. Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented with a few simple, common-sense tips, such as not driving while fatigued or distracted, along with wearing your seatbelt. Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving!

Holiday Home Safety

Are you keeping safe as your decorate your home this Christmas?  Follow a few of these simple tips, courtesy of Parents.com to keep your family and visitors safe during this holiday season!

  • Always remember to turn off your holiday lights when you're leaving your house or going to bed! You don't want to start a fire or an electrical shortage.  Outdoor timers work great for this! 
  • Make sure to buy a freshly cut tree, since they are less likely to catch fire.  Keep it well watered and away from candles.  
  • Don't connect multiple extension cords together, and make sure you're using plastic clips or tape when hanging exterior lights.  
  • Don't use your gas fireplace if the glass panel isn't complete and in place.  Otherwise, you could put yourself at serious risk for a gas leak. 

In talking about holidays and parties, it is also important to think about home safety in the context of premises liability.   It is important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party as well as the safety and security of your home.  If a guest injures his or herself at your home due to unsafe conditions, you could be held liable. This includes areas such as maintaining your sidewalks in good working order, keeping your home and exterior well lit so people can see where they're walking, and making sure your guests don't drink too much alcohol and drive home. You could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

Tort Reform Hurts Doctors and Patients

How much do you know about the current state of medical malpractice insurance and insurance reform?  Well, recent reports show that medical malpractice premiums and claims per doctor are at their lowest rates in 40 years.  However, many patients still  feel that they have not received proper compensation for medical errors made during their care. This is related in large part to tort reform. 

Many researchers feel that the potential repeal of Affordable Care Act, which has resulted in many possible replacement bills, also includes corresponding tort reform proposals that may hurt injured patients.  Many of these reform proposals reduce the authority of local juries and could be construed as stripping injured patients of legal rights.  Even though claims and premiums are the lowest in four decades, the insurance industry continues to hurt both doctors and patients.  Tort reform proposals include such measures as putting caps on monetary compensation for injured patients, which hurt the victim.  Additionally, these same reform proposals don't lower malpractice premiums for doctors.  So, both parties are hurt and neither receive any kind of benefit to make the reform beneficial for them. Furthermore, these same injured patients will be forced to rely on government disability and public health programs for help, which should have been  addressed through insurance claims to begin with.  

Some parties argue for tort reform, which, as stated above, would put a cap on awards for injury or negligence.  They argue that, if there was a cap on awards, there would be fewer legal claims, and felt that arbitration decreases the projected expense and awards of cases. These facts are not completely accurate.  Arbitration does NOT decrease the expense and value of claims in all cases; in fact, they may increase the awards from claims in some cases.  Additionally, medical malpractice cases are not as "easy to prove" as these proponents of tort reform would make you believe.  These cases can be difficult to prove, as well as time-consuming. Therefore, the implications that most medical negligence cases are easy to prove and will most likely result in large awards are inaccurate.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer practicing in the western and central Pennsylvania region.  For more information on his firm or to discuss your potential claim, please call his Altoona, PA office at 814-946-4100.

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