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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.

Disney Worker Receives Large Settlement

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.  

Carnival Accident Leads To Serious Injuries

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.  

Surgical Errors Can Lead To Patient Pain

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.  

$3M Lawsuit Settled for Injured Boy

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

Safe Boating Practices

Are you being safe this boating season? GoErie.com wrote an article highlighting Pennsylvania's history of boating accidents and how we can prevent them! In 2015, there were 52 total boating accidents, 4 of which were fatal.  Alcohol was a major factor in three of the accidents.   Most of the boating accidents from last year involved collisions with other boating vehicles and/or fixed objects, flooding/swamping and grounding.  Many of the accidents were the result of operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, failure of boating machinery, and excessive speed.

Summer Pool Fun Is Sometimes Hazardous

Companies often create products, such as cooking tools, toys, and medical devices that are later recalled due to resulting safety hazards associated with using that product.  Unfortunately, before these products are recalled, serious injury or death of multiple consumers often occurs. We often hear about these recalls through the nightly news or via e-mail alerts, but sometimes it is too late. Often, we hear about these recalls more around the holidays, when many childrens' toys are recalled due to safety reasons. However, recalls on dangerous and defective products can involve summertime activities, too.  

Top Personal Injury Areas

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?

Post-Accident Pain is Not Only Physical

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.  

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