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Water Slide Causes Serious Injury

Water parks and slides can be a great way to spend the summer, but they can also be dangerous if not properly set up and/or supervised.  A Virginia woman was in the news recently after she pursued a lawsuit after a 2016 injury at a water park in Virginia Beach.  According to news reports, the woman was knocked unconscious in a water slide after her inner tube deflated and caused her head to hit the inner wall of the slide.  As a result of her accident, she suffered a concussion and seizures.  Unfortunately, her lawsuit is having difficulty moving forward because ownership of the water park remains unclear at this point.

Water-related accidents see an expected and marked increase in the spring and summer, including incidences involving driving a boat or attending water parks.  Victims of water 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.

Original article here:  https://www.dailypress.com/news/southside/dp-nws-ocean-breeze-lawsuit-0219-story.html

$3M Lawsuit Settled for Injured Boy

Although it's not currently ski season, this recent personal injury case is now making headlines.  A Massachusetts family was recently awarded over $3M after their twelve-year-old son was significantly injured after he fell off a ski lift several years ago.  The boy, who is now 17, was on board a high-speed lift when he slipped out of his seat and began to fall. The guard bar was not down and engaged as common safety protocols dictate that it should.  The other riders in the lift tried to help him up, but could not.  The ski lift did not stop running, despite passengers attempting to signal to staff to stop the lift.  The boy then hit a snow gun  that was left underneath the chair lift (which the lawsuits states should not have been left in that location) and fell. His descent was about 30 feet, and resulted in a significant concussion and broken vertebrae and pelvis.  Five years later, the boy continues to suffer from residual pain and discomfort, which is especially prominent when he's running and performing more physically strenuous activities.  

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! 

Original article here:  https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/07/23/jury-awards-damages-boy-injured-wachusett-mountain-ski-lift

Safe Boating Practices

Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal.  Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents.   Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding.  Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.

Defective Products Bought Online

In the age of online shopping, sometimes the legal implications are less clear when you have an issue with a product purchased via the internet.  Recently, a Pennsylvania woman who was injured by a product she bought online may be changing the way that courts view defective products that were purchased online.

Summer Pool Fun Is Sometimes Hazardous

Companies often create products, such as cooking tools, toys, and medical devices that are later recalled due to resulting safety hazards associated with using that product.  Unfortunately, before these products are recalled, serious injury or death of multiple consumers often occurs. We often hear about these recalls through the nightly news or via e-mail alerts, but sometimes it is too late. Often, we hear about these recalls more around the holidays, when many childrens' toys are recalled due to safety reasons. However, recalls on dangerous and defective products can involve summertime activities, too.  

Chronic Pain Following A Car Wreck

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows an accident may seem like common sense.  However, did you know that car crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain?  This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland.  Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to many different types of accidents and injuries. The focus of their studies include areas like car accidents, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations. Their study involved interviewing patients across multiple years. They interviewed over 200 patients three times over a period of four years. Their results may be surprising!  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, over 30% of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain following their trauma.  However, there was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  

Low Speed Doesn't Mean A Lack of Injuries

Even if you are hit by a car traveling at a low speed, it can still mean big medical problems if you are involved in an accident.  You may think you're safer and at a lower risk for accidents when traveling in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit is lower, and in some ways it's true. However, in some situations, it may not be.  According to a Forbes article, "At low speeds, below about 15 miles per hour (m.p.h.), risks are low and increase relatively slowly with small increments in speed.  However, as speed increases above 15 m.p.h., small changes in speed yield relatively large increases in risk.  The death rate more than doubles for pedestrians when speed increases from 25 to 35 m.p.h." It is also interesting to note that about 40% of vehicle accidents are accounted for by people driving vans, SUVs, and trucks.  These bigger vehicles may reduce visibility and make it harder to see adults and small children who are walking nearby.

How Cars and Motorcyclists Can Share The Road

Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road.  However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road.  Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:

Medical Errors Lead to Higher Mortality Rates

When you hear about leading causes of death in the United States, what do you think of? Maybe car accidents, cancer, or other related illnesses? Well, it may surprise you to know that medical errors in hospitals are responsible for between 200,000-400,000 deaths per year. Some of these errors include hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, wrong operations, and diagnostic errors. These numbers don't even include deaths from medical errors committed in a hospital, but occur after the patient has been discharged.

Fourth of July Driving Safety Tips

Are you planning on driving somewhere to celebrate during our Fourth of July holiday?  It is important to be especially cautious during this holiday time period.  Others who are out celebrating may be be driving under the influence and/or making other similarly unsafe choices. In an effort to keep yourself safe on the road, here are some tips from a local news article out of New Bern, NC:

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