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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.

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. 

Boating Accident On Susquehanna River Leads To Legal Charges

Please be careful when you are out boating this summer.  If you are driving others in your boat, it is important that you know that you are responsible for what happens while others are on your vessel.  According to a Williamsport, PA area story, two people were recently charged in relation to a boating accident last summer.  Within the Sun-Gazette article, it was noted that a man died after jumping off a moving boat in the Susquehanna River last summer.  As a result, the operators of the boat were charged with a felony failure as operators involved in a boating accident, as well as reckless and negligent operation of a watercraft.  Within the official investigation, it was noted that the people on board the boat had been drinking, and some were very intoxicated. 


Boating accidents see an expected and marked increase in the summer, especially involving intoxication while driving a boat.  In this area, Glendale and Raystown lakes are arguably the most susceptible places in our local area for such occurrences.  Victims of boating accidents injured due to the fault of another may have lasting and extensive 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 personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.


To read more of the original article, please click here:

http://www.sungazette.com/news/top-news/2017/02/2-connected-to-16-boating-death-charged/

Be Careful Who You Serve: Premises Liability

When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party.  Many hosts believe that, if their guests are 21 or older, they should be able to consume as much alcohol as they want without hosts having to monitor them.  This is a common misconception.  If a party attendee leaves the party drunk and causes injury or accident to themselves or another person, the hosts are partially responsible for the injuries.  This is true not only at a home-based party, but also at such public gatherings as graduation parties, wedding receptions, and other celebrations.


As a host, it is important to monitor your attendee's level of drinking and make sure that they are not over-imbibing.  If they do become intoxicated, it is your responsibility to find them a designated driver or call them a taxi. If you choose not to do this, you could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  If an intoxicated person is seriously injured on your property while hosting a party, you may be held liable in a court of law. 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, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

Hotel Ceiling Collapses on Guest, Lawsuit Results

Talk about a memorable hotel stay, and not for the right reasons! In the Philly area, a man is suing a local hotel for damages he sustained while staying on premises.  According to the PennRecord.com article, the injured party is suing Neshaminy Inn in Bucks County after a bathroom ceiling collapsed on his head and neck while he was staying there.  The accident resulted in in serious injuries across his body. The plantiff is suing the inn and other related parties in excess of $50,000.   

Although this is a more unusual case, personal injuries can happen when you least expect them.  This includes situations in which you are injured on the property of another, such as through improperly maintained parking lots, sidewalks, and entryways, as well as when potentially dangerous areas are not clearly marked.  If you've suffered a personal injury due to the fault of another, it may be time to consult an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is skilled in handling personal injury cases across the central and western Pennsylvania area.  If you are interested in talking more about your potential legal claim, please call his Altoona, PA firm at 814-946-4100.

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

Winter Sports Injuries

Being from Western Pennsylvania, it's hard not to enjoy the fall, but with the changing of the seasons we know that winter is now upon us.  For many of us, this winter will include a trip to one of the three ski resorts that serve our area.  Ski resorts can be a great place to cut loose with family and friends, but unfortunately sometimes those fun times end prematurely when you or a family member is injured.  At the law firm of Attorney Douglas V.Stoehr, we have experience in handling injuries related to skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing accidents.  Sometimes these injuries can be very serious and life-altering.  If you have been injured in a winter sport activity please contact us to discuss the possibility of a personal injury claim. 

The most common causes of skiing and snowboarding injuries include:

  • Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders
  • Falls or collision with objects such as trees, fences, barriers or signs
  • Chair lift or tow line accidents
  • Accidents due to inadequate instruction from a skiing or snowboarding instructor,
  • Accidents due to skiing or snowboarding equipment failure. 

Your personal injury lawsuit will be based on the legal theory of negligence, and can be quite complex.  Furthermore, there is a Pennsylvania Statute that generally affords a defense to these types of claims.  Therefore, if you get hurt a ski resort, contact us.  We will investigate the facts and analyze the law, and will give you an opinion as to whether you have a claim.  Contact Attorney Stoehr at (814) 946-4100 for more information! 

Do you know Pennsylvania's snowmobiling laws?

If you are interested in using a snowmobile in Pennsylvania this summer, there are some rules and regulations that you need to know before you begin! 

For example, did you know that it is illegal to operate or be a passenger a snowmobile without wearing a properly fitted helmet? Also, no children aged 10-16 can operate a snowmobile except on family land.  This case is only changed if the child has taken a state-approved safety course and has received a certificate.

Also, many people may not realize that all snowmobiles that require general registration all need liability insurance coverage.  Proof of this coverage needs to be carried by the snowmobile operator.  If you fail to register your snowmobile and/or fail to obtain liability coverage, you may be fined up to $300.  There are also very specific regulations in Pennsylvania regarding brake systems, mufflers, sound levels, and visibility equipment.  So, the bottom line is: enjoy your snowmobile, but make sure to follow the state laws!

As fun and enjoyable as snowmobiling can be, all-terrain and off-road vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles 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 Blair county area practice, please call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

For more information about Pennsylvania's snowmobiling laws, please visit the original PDF handout here: 

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_015958.pdf.

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