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September 2016 Archives

Woman Suing Pittsburgh Theater Group

A Pittsburgh theater is coming under fire as a result of a new lawsuit this month.  According to reports, a woman is suing Phoenix Theatres Entertainment LLC, for failing to keep their sidewalks in adequate shape.  The woman pursuing the lawsuit was leaving a theater in March when she tripped on the uneven sidewalk and sustained injuries.  As a property owner, it is your responsibility to make sure all access areas, including driveways, sidewalks, ramps, etc. are properly maintained and safe for all people who may be using them.  If you have slipped or tripped, 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 visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Horrific Nursing Home Report In Our State

A Pennsylvania nursing home is under increased scrutiny after receiving complaints cockroaches, filthy conditions, and verbal abuse.  According to a news report published by ABC27, a Columbia, PA nursing home called  Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is providing substandard living conditions for its residents.  Former employees complained to supervisors about masses of cockroaches in the kitchens, among other problems.  After one employee was fired for speaking out, she posted a video on Facebook to show the conditions and warn the community about the problems. Former employees stated that they felt like the nursing home residents were not safe and were not being treated as human beings.  At that same time, the nursing home was found out of compliance eight times in the period of one year, including allegations of maggots and dirty wheelchairs.    

Auditors Reveal Nursing Home Complaints in PA

Sometimes, audits bring up things you would never believe.  According to TribLive.com, an auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health discovered that the department refused to accept anonymous complaints against nursing homes for almost three years.  Halting these complaints violates federal policy, and also potentially puts many elderly residents into harm's way.   There was no rationale discovered for halting these reports. According to the TribLive article, "Complaints increased 63 percent after the agency rescinded the policy of not accepting anonymous complaints, the audit said."  Many other interesting facts were discovered in the audit, including not enforcing certain laws requiring a set number of direct nursing services for residents each day. 

New Red Traffic Light Laws Don't Mean You Get A Free Pass!

Did you hear about the new driving law in Pennsylvania?  New legislation that was signed into law recently allows Pennsylvania drivers to go through red lights under some circumstances.  The spirit of the law states that this is to address potentially malfunctioning red lights, especially if you are a motorcycle driver.  Sometimes, motorcyclists don't register under red light in-ground sensors and can be stuck at red lights for an extended period of time. 

Be On The Lookout For Deer!

Autumn is upon is, and there are a few seasonal things you need to keep in mind as you travel around our state this time of year.  One of the most important things is keeping an eye out for deer, since the fall (especially October), is the most likely time you'll be involved in a deer-car collision. This makes sense, considering this type of the year is prime for deer mating and migration season.  

Road Construction Is A Danger All Year Round

So, September is finally here and most of the construction work in Pennsylvania is finished for the year, right? Well, guess again.  Roadside construction and associated hazards are common throughout the entire year.  Construction workers are particularly susceptible to danger in the summer months, with a combination of summer vacationers, long days, and hot weather leading to a rise in accidents.  However, construction workers face danger all year round while working outside to keep our roads in good condition.  

Road Debris Causes Major Accidents

Many of us are aware of the dangers on the road from construction zones, poor weather conditions, and distracted/impaired drivers, but what about road debris?  According to a study from AAA, over 200,000 crashes happened in a three year period due to debris on the road. These types of accidents have increased over 40% in the last 15 years.  Most often, these accidents occur from tire blowouts and objects flying off/out of cars.  These accidents can cause serious injury and, in extreme cases, death. 

Bicyclist Safety Questionable in PA

Recently, PennLive.com posted a very relevant and interesting article about the state of bicycle safety in Pennsylvania. Recently, a man in Pittsburgh was killed while biking home from the South Side docks.  In the aftermath of his death, public commentary has begun about the state of bicyclist safety in our area and state.  Pennsylvania has seen some of the largest growth in bicycle traffic in the nation.  However, many of our bicycle rules and policies are arguably outdated and dangerous, according to some people.  

Local Fatal Accident Makes News Again

Recently, a May 2015 car accident was back in the news again.  This Logan Township accident grabbed the attention of many because it involved the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.  According to news reports, a car was driving along a road when it hit another car that had pulled off to the side of the road with its hazard lights on.  The driver of the parked car, the aforementioned pregnant woman, was struck by the oncoming car.  She and her baby died at the hospital soon after.  The driver of the vehicle that caused the wreck was coming home from a bar and had a BAC of 0.104 at the scene.  A crash reconstructionist involved in the case said that the driver had more than enough time to react and avoid the woman on the side of the road.  

Elderly Becoming Victims of Social Media Misuse

Believe it or not, social media harassment is becoming a significant problem for elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. According to a local report from ProPublica (in partnership with NPR) there has been a significant amount of Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram photos and videos posted by nursing home employees in recent years.  These photos and videos highlight residents in compromising positions, such as being naked and/or abused, covered in excrement, or deceased.  As a result, federal health officials have stated that they plan to crack down on these employees.  One such measure they recommend is having a clear policy for all workers that prohibit staff from taking potentially demeaning pictures of their residents.  Additionally, they are urging state officials to quickly investigate claims, report offenders, and recommend disciplinary action.   

Avoiding Deck Collapse This Labor Day Weekend

Oh, Labor Day! A time for parties, fun with family and friends, and saying a last official "goodbye" to summer.  Many of these get-togethers include time spent outside, such as on porches, lawns, and decks.  Unfortunately, sometimes these parties lead to unforeseen accidents, such as collapsing decks and/or people falling off of elevated spaces.  These accidents can have severe and life-changing consequences, such as broken bones, organ damage, and death.  How can you keep family and friends safe on your deck while you celebrate outside? Take a look at some of these tips:

Staying Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Are you prepared for the road this Labor Day weekend?  An article in a recent edition of USA Today may give you a lot to think about.  According to their reports, car crash deaths are on the rise, even though cars are considered safer.  This Labor Day weekend may end up being the deadliest one since 2008, according to the National Safety Council.  They predict that fatal accidents on the road may result in over 400 deaths this coming weekend.   Across the country, around 20,000 people have been killed in road accidents since 2016 began.  Millions more people were injured.  

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