Being from Western Pennsylvania, it's hard not to enjoy the fall, but with the changing of the seasons we know that winter is now upon us. For many of us, this winter will include a trip to one of the three ski resorts that serve our area. Ski resorts can be a great place to cut loose with family and friends, but unfortunately sometimes those fun times end prematurely when you or a family member is injured. At the law firm of Attorney Douglas V.Stoehr, we have experience in handling injuries related to skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing accidents. Sometimes these injuries can be very serious and life-altering. If you have been injured in a winter sport activity please contact us to discuss the possibility of a personal injury claim.
Have you heard of adhesion pain before? Chances are that you have not heard of this medical term unless you or a loved one has had very extensive or invasive medical treatments. However, adhesion pain is a very real and painful medical problem. So what is the condition, anyway? Adhesion pain can best be described as "pain resulting from internal scar tissue that fuses together, most often in the abdominal region."
Recently, an article from Vanderbilt University highlighted the heightened dangers that motorcyclists face during the spring months. According to the article, surgeons at Vanderbilt's medical center have noticed that there is a large increase in motorcycle accidents when the weather gets better. Experts have coined the term "trauma season" from April through September and, at Vanderbilt, they typically see a 50% increase in patients injured by major trauma during this time period. This year, the increase in trauma came early in proportion to the early onset of warmer weather.
Recently, there was a bicycle/car collision in Wilkinsburg, PA that resulted in the death of the bicyclist. The victim, who was hit on Ardmore Boulevard, died from trauma to his head and neck. Alcohol was not suspected on either the part of the bicyclist or the car driver, who stopped and cooperated with the police. To read more about the case, please click here.
It is incredibly important to stay safe and out of danger when walking, driving, and participating in outdoor activities during the winter. This warning takes even greater meaning if you participate in common recreational activities in our area such as skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing. Unfortunately, there has been a recent ice fishing accident in western Pennsylvania that has brought another cautionary tale to life. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's report on the accident, a 56-year-old man died recently when he fell through the ice on Keystone Lake. The victim had been drilling a series of holes in the ice on the lake when he accidentally fell through. Other fishermen in the area grew alarmed when they saw his holes, drill, and gear, but not the man himself. Emergency services arrived and found the victim dead at the scene.
Do you think that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are safe for kids to operate and ride on? Many people think that it might be worth a second look to examine how Americans allow their children to use these vehicles. The Mayo Clinic is now weighing in on ATV use, and you can view the article by clicking here!
As stated in a recent Huffington Post article, patients who suffer from chronic pain also often have experiences with other cognitively-based problems like memory and attention difficulties. According to the article, which can be found by clicking this link, "A study conducted by Nadine Attal and her team suggests that those who have problems with their brain's ability in attention, memory or other executive functions may have more issues with chronic pain after surgeries." The results of this study are interesting because they suggest that, not only does your brain respond differently as a result of dealing with chronic pain, but you may respond differently to dealing with chronic pain as a result of your brain's cognitive makeup.
A leading psychological news source, PsychCentral.net, recently posted an article about the prevalence of chronic pain. According to their research, about 1 in 5 Americans suffer from daily pain that has spanned 3 or more months. Across the US, these numbers equate to almost 40 million Americans. Women appear to be at a higher risk for chronic pain than men, and minorities appear less likely to report incidences of chronic pain. For more on the article and its research, please click here.