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September 2014 Archives

Successful Aging and Avoiding Elder Abuse

Are you interested in learning about how to successfully age and prevent elder abuse?  Take a minute and read this recent article posted by the Daily News.  The article, which was written by an expert in the field of aging, tooks a look at some preventative measures and cautions friends and family members can take to avoid the physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse of their loved ones.  The article also highlights some interesting, but depressing, statistics such as the fact that about 5 million Americans suffer from some form of elder abuse every year.  Additionally, only 1 out of 23 cases of elder abuse is actually reported, which makes these statistics a potential underestimate of the incidences of elder abuse in our country.  Also take a minute and check out the elder abuse resources on our own website, StoehrLaw.com, to see what kind of legal protection your loved ones have against elder abuse.

Elder Abuse Is Prevalent Among The Poor

Incidences of elder abuse are, unfortunately, common across all walks of life and socioeconomic groups. However, elder abuse in less affluent populations is something that is becoming increasingly common.  Senior adults in lower-income brackets have reported increased incidences of physical, financial, emotional, and sexual abuse in recent years.  The Huffington Post also recently ran an article about the phenomenon, which can be viewed by clicking this link.  

CDC Reports On Dog Bites: Part 2

Continuing yesterday's article about dog bite attacks across the country, we will refer to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) website relating to dog bites and attacks.  Please view the original webpage by clicking this link. Some of the information provided by the CDC relates to helping children interact with dogs, especially since children are one of the most vulnerable populations for dog attacks.  Some tips for children/dog interaction include 1) cautioning the child to be very still when approaching an unfamiliar dog, 2) if the child is knocked over by a dog, they should roll into a ball and remain very still, and 3) avoid direct eye contact with the dog.  

CDC Reports On Dog Bites: Part 1

Our law firm recently compiled information about dog attacks and dog bites across the country.  The Center For Disease Control (CDC) provided a wealth of information and statistics relating to incidences of dog attacks in the United States.  According to their webpage relating to dog bites, which can be found by clicking here, about 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog every year.  Out of those 4.5 million, about 1 in 5 (or over 880,000 people) require medical attention for their bites.  Out of that number, half of those are children.  In 2012 alone, more than 25,000 victims had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of a dog attack.

Can I Be Sued For A Dog Attack?

Recently, Pit Bulls have been receiving a lot of negative attention due to the perceived danger of the breed.  Whether you agree or disagree with this danger, the truth of the matter is that any type of dog breed can be harmful under the wrong circumstances.

PA Dog Law

Every year nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and close to half of those victims are children.  1 in 5 people that are victims of dog bites require medical attention, which equates to about 900,000 Americans that received medical attention for dog bites in the past year.

Western Pennsylvania Drivers Are "Unsafe"?

According to a Pittsburgh area newspaper, drivers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dropped to rank #187 out of 200 for driver safety.  This ranking system, which was reported through work with Allstate Insurance, notes that Pittsburgh drivers have an accident roughly every 6 ½ years, as opposed to the top-ranking city of Fort Collins, Colorado, which as an accident rate per driver of 14.2 years.  Philadelphia scored even lower on the list, ranking 192/200.  According to the article from the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Allstate compiles the report based on accidents customers reported in 2011 and 2012. Allstate has about 10 percent of auto insurance policies nationwide." On the opposite end of this ranking, the article also states that "PennDOT statistics show accidents statewide declined in the past decade even as the number of registered vehicles increased. PennDOT recorded 124,149 crashes in 2013 compared to 140,197 in 2003, an 11.4 percent decrease."

Think About Designated Texting While Driving

Many American teens are working to find a safer alternative to remain connected while they drive.  According to an article by the Mankato Free Press (originally posted by the Washington Post), many teens are setting a designated passenger to text for them as they drive.  This is a smart move for a generation of Americans who have grown up immersed in a "plugged-in" and hypersocial culture.  For more from the original article, please click here

PA More Lenient With Cell Use Than Neighboring States

According to an area news report, the state of Pennsylvania is not as strict as its neighbors in regulating phone use while driving.  While PA only bans texting while driving, the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York ban all handheld cell phone use.  Considering that teenage drivers account for about 10% of all car accidents in the country, it appears that young drivers may be among the most at-risk groups.  For more information on the original article posted by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration, please click here.

More Summer ATV Accidents

Another teenage boy in Thompson Township, PA was recently injured in an ATV accident, as reported by the Herald-Mail Media.  The report notes that the boy was driving an ATV from a field onto a road in the early evening, when he was struck by an oncoming car. The teenager was flown to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

ATV Hits Rock, Kills 1 and Injures 3

ABC News 27 recently reported on a fatal ATV crash that occurred over Labor Day weekend.  According to their online news report, four people were riding on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in northeast Pennsylvania when the vehicle hit a rock and rolled over.  One of the passengers died, and the other three were injured.  Unfortunately, this type of accident is not unusual for the area.  Pennsylvania is among the top states for ATV injuries and fatalities.  Those statistics are also consistently high when the demographics are broken down by children and young adult accidents. 

Nazareth Teen Dies In Truck Accident

According to local news source WFMZ, a Nazareth area teen was recently killed when he was hit by a large tractor-trailer.  According to the report, the teen was turning left onto a road after riding on the shoulder of the road.  Family and friends say that the teen's bike was unusual in the sense that it had a motor attached to it, which made a distinctive noise as he road around town.  No charges were filed against the truck driver at the time of the report.

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