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Disney Worker Receives Large Settlement

Personal injury can happen at any time and in any situation.  This statement is especially true in the experience of one injured worker, who was hit by a car while working for Disney Cruise Line.  The injured person, who was hit while in a port of call, was treated by the ship's medical care team.  They did not correctly diagnose her injuries, which included multiple broken ribs, and told her that she was able to work for her shift as a dining room waiter. Although she eventually received care from another doctor at a later date, when she returned to work she soon had to stop again due to significant nerve damage. The worker sought legal action against Disney Cruise Line and was awarded $4M as a result in a combination of lost wages, pain and suffering, and punishment.  

Medical Errors Can Cause Big Problems

Recent reports suggest that medical errors in Pennsylvania are on the decline. However, some people are wondering whether this statistic tells the entire story.  Although some studies show that medical errors have declined by about half since 2005, it is important to recognize that there are some outlying factors.  For example, some hospitals file considerably lower numbers of reports than others.  This suggests that they may be under-reporting accidents and errors. Pa lawmakers are also looking into whether it's unreasonably hard for patients to file  cases in certain areas of the state.  All of this information also impacts how insurance companies can become involved when corresponding personal injury claims are filed. 

Treading Carefully On Winter Sidewalks

In preparation for the winter season and in an effort to keep homeowners and business owners safe, OSHA recently posted an article about how to reduce your risk for premises liability, both home and workplace, this winter season.  Here are some of their tips:

Carnival Accident Leads To Serious Injuries

Sometimes, a day at the fair is more dangerous than what it may seem.  Recently, information was released regarding an accident involving a Ferris wheel at the York fair.  According to a state report, a metal rod on the Ferris wheel ride came loose, hitting a car that lodged it in place as the ride turned.  Since the car was unable to swing, it was locked into a position that made one rider fall out from a height of about 25 feet.  The rider landed on both power cables and asphalt, while another rider in the car remained inside, but sustained a potential back injury when the car was released from the metal rod.  The riders had attempted to alert the workers about the ride defect, but they could not hear the riders over the hum of a generator nearby.  

Sharing The Road Safely

Sharing the road with bicyclists can be tricky, especially if you're visiting larger cities like Pittsburgh.  The city has acknowledged this issue as well, and is working towards the development of safers path that hopes to benefit both cyclists and car drivers with a development of a newly released master plan.  Fatal accidents involving bicyclists are on the rise across the country, and city officials across the country are trying to find ways to turn that trend around. For example, in Allegheny County alone, there were over 60 bike crashes in 2018.  One of the victims died, and over ten accidents resulted in large, significant injuries. It is imperative that car drivers share the road with bicyclists and are frequently watching for them on the roads as they drive. 

How Pittsburgh Drivers Compare To The Rest Of The County

Good job, Pittsburgh area drivers! Research was released recently that states that Pittsburgh drivers are some of the safest in the country, when compared to other city drivers across the nation.  This ranking takes into account criteria such as the number of car accidents, driving tickets (like speeding tickets and DUIs), and other various citations.  We're glad to know that drivers in our part of the state are generally trying to be safe and cautious when they drive.Although many of our state's drivers are safe, this is unfortunately not true for all drivers.  Sometimes, unsafe or reckless driving can cause dangerous situations, including injury and death, that can impact other drivers on the road.  If you've been in a car accident due to the fault of another and have suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to seek legal compensation.  In these situations, it is important to have an experienced attorney who knows the law and will work hard for you.  Doug Stoehr is an Altoona-area attorney who is very experienced in handling personal injury cases related to car accidents. Please call his firm today at 814-946-4100 for more information or to schedule your free initial consultation.

Prepping For Winter

Although it might feel far away, winter will be here before we know it.  In preparation for the season, PennDOT is sharing information outlining our state's plan for winter weather services.  A part of this plan involves informing our state's residents about preparation and winter weather warning alerts.  PA residents can access http://www.511PA.com for information related to plow truck locations, as well as the last time particular roads were cleared of snow.  Last winter, there were over 400 accidents across the state. This resulted in a fatality and over 200 injuries.  

Protecting Your Kids In A Car Accident

You may think you're doing okay, but are you really as safe as you can be when you are traveling with your kids in the car? Recent data suggests that hundreds of children die in car accidents every year, and hundreds of thousands more are injured.  With these statistics, it's no wonder that parents are asking how to keep their children safe as they travel.  The good news is there are several things you can do to keep your littlest passengers safe on our state's roads.  

Man Paralyzed While Snow Tubing

While it might not quite be time yet to be participating in snow activities, the season is right around the corner! Unfortunately, injuries can happen when you are engaging in winter activities like snow tubing, skiing, and snowmobiling.  Over the summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to hear the case of an accident victim who was paralyzed from the neck down while snow tubing at a PA resort.  According to news sources, the victim was riding a snow tube head first down a slope.  His tube hit a mat at the end of the tubing area and stopped very quickly, which caused him to be launched into the snow.  As a result of his subsequent fall, his spinal cord was hyperextended and caused paralysis from the neck down. He wishes to sue the resort for his injuries. 

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