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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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 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
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: