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How Do PA's Hospitals Perform Nationally?

Have you ever wondered how PA hospitals stack up in terms of areas like safety and standards of care? Well, you can check online at any time.  A website called The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from medical errors and avoidable injuries, accidents, and infections. You can access the website here: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.   Although many hospitals in our area appear to meet a good quality standard of care, it is not universal across all locations. 

PA Bicycle Accident In The News

Are you sharing the road with bicyclists?  Many people in our beautiful part of the state enjoy exercising outdoors on Pennsylvania's roads, trails, and towns.  As motorists, you are expected and required to share the road with these individuals when you encounter them while out driving.  However, motorists are not always respectful of bicyclists and often follow too closely behind them, don't give them enough lane space, and even sometimes try and run them off the road.  Other common dangers that occur while out biking including poorly maintained roads and bike paths. 

Ice and Snow May Mean "Slow!"

Are you up-to-date on winter safety practices? During this season, people have to take extra precautions due to the weather.  This is especially true when you are out walking.  According to our own regional UPMC website, there are many preventative measures you can take to prevent winter accidents.  Some of their suggestions include:

Large Trucks on the Road

Have you ever wondered how many tractor-trailer and large vehicle accidents occur on the road each year?  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has compiled data from 1975-2014 to track trends in vehicle safety and crashes.  Here are some of the highlights of their findings:

Drug and Alcohol Use High Among Commercial Truck Drivers

Summer is a prime time for families to hit the road and enjoy the American tradition of a summer road trip vacation. Often, we share the roads with large tractor-trailers.  Unfortunately, sometimes drivers of these trucks are not following best safety practices. These drivers are sometimes engaged in dangerous habits, such as distracted driving and operating their truck while fatigued.  Equally as alarming is a recent study that was highlighted by Reuters.  According their article, truck drivers across countries sometimes also take illegal drugs and then drive their vehicles.  This information, compiled via drivers self-reports and through results of drug testings, found that " about half [of truck drivers] admitted to drinking and driving and 30 percent admitted to using amphetamines, on average. The numbers varied greatly from country to country." However, the article also noted that "One U.S. study had the highest frequency of positive alcohol tests worldwide, at 12.5 percent."

Winter Ice Means Slip and Fall Injuries

Once again, it is worth the reminder to make sure that you're being careful out on the ice! A recent news story out of our neighboring state of New York covered a lawsuit involving a slip-and-fall on the ice.  The story involved a medical worker who broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on the ice of her employer's building.  This injury caused a required surgery and prolonged recovery period.  The worker sued the building owner and the managing real estate agent, among others.  According to reports, there was a thin layer of snow on the parking lot which covered up the ice.  The grade of the parking lot caused frequent problems with water pooling, which caused ice to form in freezing conditions.  The lawsuit claims that the defendants were aware of the pooling conditions in the parking lot, but didn't act to fix the problem.

Two Tractor-Trailers Collide, Cause Accident on I-80

A few weeks ago, I-80 East was closed for part of a day due to two tractor-trailer trucks causing a large accident.  While on the highway, one truck hit the back of another truck, which resulted in an accident and stopped traffic for many hours.  According to accident reports, at least one person is dead as a result. Unfortunately, these types of truck accidents are not uncommon on PA highways, especially highways that tend to be congested with many large tractor-trailers.

Commercial truck drivers are a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents . Often, these commercial drivers are fatigued and are driving above the mandated allotment of hours. Additionally, many of them are driving large vehicles that are not up to federal and state safety standards. As a result, passengers and other vehicles often bear the brunt of their illegal activity and are often seriously injured or die from a resulting collision. If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of a commercial vehicle accident, please contact our law office for a consultation at no cost to you at the Law Offices of Attorney Doug Stoehr at 814-946-4100.

Hospital Safety Improves, But There's Still Work To Do

A report written by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to examining the U.S. healthcare system, wrote an article about hospital safety and hospitals that are improving their safety scores.  According to the article, which can be read in its entirety at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, over 700 participating hospitals received a safety score of "A" this year.  Many hospitals made drastic improvements, but over 150 earned a "D" or "F" score.   Although many hospitals improved their ratings within many measured areas of patient safety and care, other areas declined.  How do Pennsylvania's hospitals rate? Find out here

The Nitty Gritty of Spinal Stenosis

In case you weren't tuned in to our blog earlier this week, our law firm has been focusing on the medical condition called spinal stenosis, how it develops, and what your legal and medical options may be.  First of all, as a recap, spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which causes nerve pain that is often in the lower back.  It is much more common than you may think, and affects over 10% of our American population every year.  Some medical experts are even projecting that spinal stenosis may be diagnosed in almost 2.5 million people by 2021!  
As stated previously, spinal stenosis can be caused by a variety of things--aging, chronic use of a certain body motion (such as in professional athletes), and through accident or injury.  At our law firm, we handle cases for people who have spinal stenosis as a result of things like car, truck, motorcycle, and bike accidents as well as chronic back pain caused by situations such as slip-and-fall accidents.  Things like slipping and falling on an untreated, icy sidewalk, or through injuring your back and neck in a motor vehicle accident can lead to some serious and long-lasting spinal stenosis pain.  The pain may be bad enough to keep you from working, exercising, or even walking.   
Some people use the diagnostic tool of the "toothbrush test" as highlighted in our blog post earlier this week, and others state that if you feel nerve pain in your legs when you walk, you very may well have some degree of spinal stenosis.  This type of pain may lessen when you're sitting down, but the average person can't sit for 24 hours a day, making mobility and quality of life a huge issue.  The pain will NOT go away on its own, so it is imperative that you see a doctor if you start to develop these spinal stenosis symptoms.
If you think you're developing spinal stenosis and were recently injured, such as through a car accident or something like a slip-and-fall, you should consider consulting with an attorney.  Not only may your injury worsen over time, you may also be facing situations like time off of work, limited mobility, and potentially permanent pain.  If you don't consult with an attorney and see what your options are, you may be missing out on some choices that may considerably help you and your family in the future.  If you're located in the central PA area, such as Altoona, Tyrone, Martinsburg, Bedford, and other surrounding areas, Attorney Stoehr is an expert attorney who is skilled in handling these types of cases.  Give him a call at 814-946-4100 to schedule a meeting and discuss your potential legal claim!

 

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