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Chronic Pain After An Injury

Chronic pain is often a blanket diagnosis used to explain pain that persists consistently over a period longer than 3-6 months.  However, chronic pain can result from many different disorders and injuries.  Unfortunately, many of these problems come from common accidents, such as motor vehicle accidents or slip and falls. 

Community Agency Vehicles May Be Unsafe

Although they're providing a service to local families, many community service agencies often use vans and cars that are older and potentially unsafe for use.  Organizations like churches, halfway houses, and shelters sometimes use vehicles to transport goods and people that are in serious need of repair, lack the proper safety mechanisms, and/or are not maintained in proper working condition.  These car issues can lead to an increased risk for accident. and potentially more significant injuries if the car is involved in a wreck.   If you're a passenger in one of these community service car and you're involved in an accident, you may find yourself in an unusual and somewhat complicated situation.  If you're hit by one of these cars, the situation could be equally as complex.  In these situations, ou will need an attorney who is experienced with handling such claims.  Not only is Attorney Douglas Stoehr an experienced accident attorney, he also used to work for auto insurance companies and, as a result, has a large amount of knowledge relating to insurance claims from an insider's perspective.  For more information on his practice and to schedule your free initial consultation, please call his Altoona, PA area practice at 814-946-4100. 

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.  

Car Crashes Are Often Associated With Chronic Pain

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows seems like common sense.  However, it may be startling to hear that 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 accidents, such as motor vehicle, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations.  By interviewing 241 participants three times over a period of four years, researchers found some interesting results.  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, 1/3 of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain.  There was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  
These results are extremely important when it comes to making a legal claim after a traumatic event, such as an automobile accident or a slip and fall.  By gauging your pain over a period of months and years, it becomes apparent when pain has resulted from the accident and is now chronic pain, or whether it's due to the healing process.  Talking to a physician may aid in helping to sort out your type, frequency, and intensity of pain in order to best treat you.  Chronic pain is also a significant factor in legal practice and is often taken into consideration when filing a claim surrounding the traumatic event.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more on his career and firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

PA Sees Marked Decrease In Traffic Deaths--Lowest Since 1928!

Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928.  Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell.  It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years.  Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving.  In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated.  Great job, Pennsylvania drivers! 

How Common Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is often a blanket diagnosis used to explain pain that persists consistently over a period longer than 3-6 months.  However, chronic pain can result from many different disorders and injuries.  Unfortunately, many of these problems come from common accidents, such as motor vehicle accidents or slip and falls. 

Speeding Driver Causes Pittsburgh-Area Crash

Unfortunately, there has been another serious accident in Western Pennsylvania on one of our major highways, Interstate 70.  According to a news report within the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's online website, three victims were killed in an accident this past Friday.  The report notes that the three victims, who were in the same car, were traveling at a high rate of speed when they collided with a tractor-trailer.  This, in turn, caused the tractor-trailer to go into another lane and hit an additional car.  The car that initially began the wreck hit the median between the barrier of oncoming traffic and subsequently caught fire.  
Many people who have traveled on Pennsylvania's state highways have most likely noticed the large amount of aggressive drivers.  Although many travelers are conscientious and considerate, many others are aggressive, speed, and frequently switch lanes without signaling.  As a result, Pennsylvania has a high number of car accidents, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities for people in neighboring cars and trucks.  If you or a loved one has been in an accident due to the fault of an aggressive driver, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr represents clients in Blair and the surrounding counties in central and western Pennsylvania. For more information on his law firm, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

Ice Storms Impact Pittsburgh-Area Roads

During this season of extreme weather and road conditions, there have many unfortunate accidents and fatalities in the area.  An online news article by the TribLive.com spoke about some of the recent weather-related accidents that have occurred in our area.  According to the article, a Western Pennsylvanian woman was killed while she was out walking her dogs during an ice storm.  A vehicle slid on the road and pinned her against an electrical box.  Similarly, another pedestrian passed away when another vehicle slid off an icy road in Armstrong County and ran over a man.   A local meteorologist was interview about the recent weather conditions, and noted that even less than a 10th of an inch of ice can make travel dangerous, especially when that ice is coating every surface as a solid layer.   
In Allegheny County alone, area dispatchers took over 3,500 calls in a six hour period during one day of our bad weather spell last week.  In the days following Christmas, when the weather conditions were markedly better, dispatchers took about 30 calls in that same time period.  Other area counties reported over 90 accidents on a single morning, with one county reporting 30 accidents alone before 7:00AM.  Notably, the city of Pittsburgh has been working hard to keep the roads safe and manageable during our winter weather, and has had over 30 trucks out as early as 4:00AM to treat the city's many roads and bridges.
Attorney Stoehr has taken cases for victims who have been hit on Pennsylvania roads during similar accidents as described above.  Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road.  The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was due the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident.  Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.
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