How awake are you while you drive? In the age of burning the candle at both ends, many Americans are chronically sleep deprived. Unfortunately, as a result, being drowsy or falling asleep at the wheel is a huge problem for American drivers. This is such a big problem that one website, DrowsyDriving.org, is completely devoted to raising awareness of driving while fatigued. This website is run by the National Sleep Foundationm, which reflects how much of a widespread problem this phenomenon is.
Hopefully the following incident has never happened to you or someone you know! Unfortunately, when medical professionals are performing procedures, surgical tools can get accidentally left inside of people. A few years ago, Attorney Stoehr settled a case where a surgical sponge was left inside a woman's body. She has a prolonged period of pain that couldn't be explained. After a while, the woman found out that a surgical sponge was left inside her head and had become infected! Another doctor found it during an exploratory surgery, hoping to find a way to relieve her pain, and immediately removed it. She missed a great deal of work and was very sick. Most commonly, sponges, forceps, scissors, and other surgical instruments are among the things that have been found left inside patients' bodies post-surgery.
Hunting season is just around the corner. In addition to the start of this season, this time of year also means that deer-related car crashes will most likely increase across our state. Historial data compiled by State Farm Insurance Agency suggests that about 1 in 70 Pennsylvania drivers will hit a deer in the next 12 months. We know that in our area, deer are a common sight. However, you may not know that Pennsylvania has the second highest deer-vehicle collision rate in the entire country (West Virginia has the highest rate).
Unfortunately, PA seems relative lenient on distracted driving use compared to other states. This is a dangerous and significant problem when it comes to the safety of drivers on our state's roads. Interestingly enough, PA does not currently have a law that prohibits drivers from using their cell phones while they're driving. Instead, PA only has a texting law that prohibits sending and receiving text messages. This means that drivers can still use social media, take pictures, or use other phone features while driving. Additionally, the fines imposed if you are caught texting while driving are minimal compared to other states. Across the state, over 18,000 citations have been issued over the past five years, and the total amount issued has increased by almost 120%. Almost all people cited were males, and most were in their 20s.
Ever wonder if the impacts of a car crash are less if you're moving at a lower speed? Well, research shows that even a low speed collision can lead to large and significant medical issues down the road. For example, you may think that it's safer to drive through neighborhoods and small towns where the speed limit is much lower than on the highways. However, that's not necessarily true. As stated in 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." Furthermore, many of these accidents are accounted for by people driving large vehicles (trucks, SUVs, and vans). One theory is that these big cars are harder to see over and, therefore, make the drivers more likely to hit people who are walking nearby.
Regardless of the season, it is very important to pay attention to your surroundings while you are out driving, walking, and biking. If you hit another person or car, you could cause severe and lasting injury, as well as significant psychological and emotional distress to the victim and their families. Victims of accidents injured due to the fault of another may 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 victims of personal injury. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office.
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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
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
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.
Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur? How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.