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PA Tractor-Trailer Crash Results in Several Deaths

We hope cases like these never occur, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world.  Just this week, a tractor-trailer driver is under fire for being involved in an accident that resulted in the deaths of several people, including a toddler, in Pennsylvania.  

Retail Stores and Slipping on Floors

Do you sometimes enter a retail store or other public establishment and think "Huh, well THAT sidewalk/ramp/curb/entrance/puddle doesn't look safe". Chances are, you are probably right.  Sometimes, these unsafe walking conditions lead to accidents, which then makes those businesses potentially liable for slip-and-fall lawsuits.  One such accident occurred recently at a Big Lots in San Diego, CA.  A woman fell in a Big Lots after she slipped and fell on a patch of dirt of the floor, which caused her to fall into a soda display shelf.  As a result, she developed shoulder and neck injuries, had multiple surgeries, and required physical therapy afterwards.  The injured party's attorney reported that Big Lots doesn't have a set sweeping schedule, and instructs employees to sweep "as needed". They implied that this lack of cleaning schedule may have, in part, contributed to the conditions responsible for this accident.  The results of this trial have not been released yet, but it will be interesting to see what happens. 

Instagram and your Lawsuit

As always, it is important to be careful what you post on your social media account.  This is even more important when you are involved in a lawsuit.  One New York based lawsuit is currently making news in the legal world for a social media matter regarding to a car accident.  According to the background of the claim, a woman alleged that she suffered injuries from a car accident that caused her a significant loss of enjoyment of life.  However, her Instagram was reviewed during the legal proceedings, and included post-accident pictures of the woman participating in strenuous outdoor activities and enjoying a vacation. It may be likely that these pictures may have a negative impact towards the woman's claim.  

What Is A Bad Faith Claim?

Have you ever heard the term "bad faith claim" and weren't quite sure what it meant?  In short, this concept describes situations where insurance companies don't fulfill their policy obligation to you to its full ability.  This can mean that they aren't timely in processing your claim, aren't fully investigating the claim, or aren't paying you properly for your claim.  Each state is slightly different in how it identifies, processes, and frames bad faith claims.  

Pharmacy Errors and You

Pharmacists are likely your first line of communication in the medical community.  They fill your prescriptions, answer your questions, and are the cornerstone of drug stores across the country.  However, filling all of those prescriptions sometimes leads error.  Some studies state that pharmacy dispensing errors account for about 20% of the medication errors that impact patients overall.  Although pharmacists work very hard to minimize these mistakes, sometimes they do happen.  When they do, the consequences can be harmful and even life-threatening. Here are some times to avoid medication errors:

Text Message Refills and Your Prescriptions

In the wake of modern technology, there are many ways to make our lives simpler, easier, and more efficient.  One of these new ways is through the use of digitally sending requests such as prescription refills.  Some companies are offering customers, and pharmacists, the option to text in their prescriptions and refill requests.  However, sometimes the concepts that are supposed to make things easier can sometimes lead more complications. 

Young Child Injured at Nursery School

Injuries can happen anywhere. It's especially scary when it happens to someone you love, like your child.  Recently, a nursery school/daycare in the Philadelphia area was sued for an injury a child sustained while in their care during the day. According to news sources, a four-year-old minor was playing in a classroom when he fell when climbing on top of a play tunnel in the classroom.  When the child fell, he broke his arm and required surgery to repair it, including pins and wire supports for stability.  Per the lawsuit reports, the child continues to suffer lasting pain and has has required outside physical therapy.  

PA Bicycle Accident In The News

Are you sharing the road with bicyclists?  Many people in our beautiful part of the state enjoy exercising outdoors on Pennsylvania's roads, trails, and towns.  As motorists, you are expected and required to share the road with these individuals when you encounter them while out driving.  However, motorists are not always respectful of bicyclists and often follow too closely behind them, don't give them enough lane space, and even sometimes try and run them off the road.  Other common dangers that occur while out biking including poorly maintained roads and bike paths. 

School Bus Safety in Pennsylvania

It's back to school season in PA.  Are you aware of the statewide rules and regulations regarding bus safety?  According to PennDOT, here are some important rules and regulations you need to know this school year:

Community Agency Vehicles May Be Unsafe

Although they're providing a service to local families, many community service agencies often use vans and cars that are older and potentially unsafe for use.  Organizations like churches, halfway houses, and shelters sometimes use vehicles to transport goods and people that are in serious need of repair, lack the proper safety mechanisms, and/or are not maintained in proper working condition.  These car issues can lead to an increased risk for accident. and potentially more significant injuries if the car is involved in a wreck.   If you're a passenger in one of these community service car and you're involved in an accident, you may find yourself in an unusual and somewhat complicated situation.  If you're hit by one of these cars, the situation could be equally as complex.  In these situations, ou will need an attorney who is experienced with handling such claims.  Not only is Attorney Douglas Stoehr an experienced accident attorney, he also used to work for auto insurance companies and, as a result, has a large amount of knowledge relating to insurance claims from an insider's perspective.  For more information on his practice and to schedule your free initial consultation, please call his Altoona, PA area practice at 814-946-4100. 

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