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.
Personal injury can happen at any time and in any situation. This statement is especially true in the experience of one injured worker, who was hit by a car while working for Disney Cruise Line. The injured person, who was hit while in a port of call, was treated by the ship's medical care team. They did not correctly diagnose her injuries, which included multiple broken ribs, and told her that she was able to work for her shift as a dining room waiter. Although she eventually received care from another doctor at a later date, when she returned to work she soon had to stop again due to significant nerve damage. The worker sought legal action against Disney Cruise Line and was awarded $4M as a result in a combination of lost wages, pain and suffering, and punishment.
Sometimes, a day at the fair is more dangerous than what it may seem. Recently, information was released regarding an accident involving a Ferris wheel at the York fair. According to a state report, a metal rod on the Ferris wheel ride came loose, hitting a car that lodged it in place as the ride turned. Since the car was unable to swing, it was locked into a position that made one rider fall out from a height of about 25 feet. The rider landed on both power cables and asphalt, while another rider in the car remained inside, but sustained a potential back injury when the car was released from the metal rod. The riders had attempted to alert the workers about the ride defect, but they could not hear the riders over the hum of a generator nearby.
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.
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
Sometimes, general trends for certain types of lawsuits come and go. However, in the world of personal injury, there are several big areas that tend to make up the bulk of personal injury claims. Can you guess what they are?
Sometimes, the difficulties we face after a personal injury, such as a car accident, are not purely physical. Sometimes, victims of accidents also experience psychological distress. For example, they may experience recurring nightmares related the accident, avoid areas where the accident took place, and/or experience a general onset of depression or anxiety. These feelings can interfere with daily life and can lead to isolation from family members and friends. It is important to seek medical advice in these situations in order to come up with a treatment plan and strategies to manage these feelings.