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What is the "Toothbrush Sign"?

You may have been reading the sports section of your local paper recently and noticed that several athletes have been out of commission due to something called spinal stenosis.   Your doctor may have also brought up the diagnosis to you if you've recently complained of lower back pain.  So, what is spinal stenosis, anyway?

How Independent Medical Exams Impact Your Potential Lawsuit

Sometimes, when our law office handles workers' compensation claims, our clients are sometimes asked to complete an independent medical exam, generally on behalf of the insurance companies or employers. Unfortunately, these independent medical exams can sometimes appear unreliable and paint an incomplete and/or inaccurate picture of a client's true medical issues.

Vacation Injuries

Are you and your family planning on going on vacation for spring break this year? If so, you may be looking forward to warm weather, relaxation, and a nice resort stay.  However, it is important to realize that personal injury is a risk, even when you're on vacation!  Common vacation activities like segways, boat rides, and bus tours can lead to injuries that can put a quick stop to your vacation fun. Here are some ways to help you avoid injury or accident while on vacation:

Be Pedestrian Aware!

Pedestrian safety is a serious issue, considering most of us are pedestrians at least a portion of each day.  However, the pedestrian injury and death rate remains unecessarily high.  Did you know that, on average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in traffic accidents in 2017 (NHTSA.gov)?  It is every driver's responsibility to make sure they're being vigilant and looking out for pedestrians while they are operating their cars. Here are some ways to help protect pedestrians while you are out driving:
  • When entering a crosswalk, yield to pedestrians and leave a good amount of space between the crosswalk and your car. That way, other cars will know that people are crossing, too.
  • Don't ever pass a car that is stopped in front of a crosswalk.
  • Pay extra attention in school zones, even if the flashing lights are not on during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times. Many children use the facilities before and after school, and may not pay attention to cars on the street. 
  • Be careful and take your time when backing out of parking spaces, especially in parking lots. 
It is your responsibility as a licensed driver in the state of Pennsylvania to not only drive your care with care and caution, but also be aware of other hazards on the road.  Drivers frequently share the road with bicyclists, motorcycle drivers, and pedestrians, especially in more residential areas. As such, it is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through ca, /pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

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:

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. 

PA's Distracted Driving Laws

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.  

Water Slide Causes Serious Injury

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

Fourth of July Driving Safety Tips

Are you planning on driving somewhere to celebrate during our Fourth of July holiday?  It is important to be especially cautious during this holiday time period.  Others who are out celebrating may be be driving under the influence and/or making other similarly unsafe choices. In an effort to keep yourself safe on the road, here are some tips from a local news article out of New Bern, NC:

Car Accidents Rise In The Summer

You may not know this, but the warmer weather also brings about a rise in traffic accidents and tickets.  An article written by Insurance Hotline reported that almost 27% of tickets and 27% of car accidents occur during July, August, and September.  Many people believe this rise in ticketing is due to summer travel and tourism, which is coupled with increased road construction in the summer.  It is also likely that people are less cautious when driving in the summer, because the roads are generally clear and dry. No matter the cause, these statistics are reason enough to be extra cautious when you are driving around with your family this spring and summer. 

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