The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article on July 1st, 2013 that took an in-depth look at some recent, prominent scams that are being aimed at the area's elderly population. For each common scam, the article described the offense, how to handle it after it's happened, and how to prevent other possible occurrences from happening. Some of the scams the newspaper article covered included:
Recently, an Allegheny County family was awarded $32 million dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit that killed their six-year-old son. The suit was filed against a driver (and his employer) who hit a car that the boy was traveling in. The car the child was in was pulled off to the side of the road due to car trouble, and was hit so hard that it went into the median of the road. The other passengers were injured as well. The driver who hit their car was charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless endangerment, and speeding. He is also facing serious jail time. The driver was on the job for a masonry company, and his employer was violating their own policy by letting the driver use a company vehicle with a prior history of DUI. For more on the story, please read the original Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.
Pittsburgh-area hospitals are on a higher alert when the summer months begin to hit. As noted in a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, summer is also known as "trauma season" in the medical world. During these months, hospitals see an influx of patients who have suffered bicycle, swimming, lawn mower, and other injuries. This is especially true for children, whose injury numbers tend to double in the summer months. Many adults also suffer injuries, such as those from falls from ladders due to house painting or gutter cleaning. Some of the most common injuries that emergency rooms tend to treat more in the summer are:
There is a new executive order by Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf that is attempting to improve the lives of both PA's seniors, disabled citizens, and those who work with them. Within this order, Governor Wolf is allowing the workers who provide services to seniors and disabled persons to choose a representative to discuss workers' concerns and suggestions with state officials. However, some of our state's citizens appear unhappy with this order. On what side does your opinion fall? Take a look at the opinion article in a recent edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and let us know what you think!
Good news, Pennsylvania drivers! According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, fewer people have been killed in car accidents last year than since 1928. Additionally, the number of overall car crashes also fell. It is great to know that the number of state highway accidents has also fallen over 20% in the past 15 years, which is close to the nationwide trend of a 25% decline in the past 10 years. Some of these great statistics are due, in part, to enhanced safety features in newer cars and also heightened campaigns to battle drunk driving and texting/cell phone use while driving. In Pennsylvania alone, over $50M has been used to improve safety at 4,000 areas across the state, including repainting highway lines and putting in rumble strips. More PA drivers and passengers are using seat belts than in previous years, and fewer drivers are also driving while intoxicated. Great job, Pennsylvania drivers!
It is incredibly important to stay safe and out of danger when walking, driving, and participating in outdoor activities during the winter. This warning takes even greater meaning if you participate in common recreational activities in our area such as skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing. Unfortunately, there has been a recent ice fishing accident in western Pennsylvania that has brought another cautionary tale to life. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's report on the accident, a 56-year-old man died recently when he fell through the ice on Keystone Lake. The victim had been drilling a series of holes in the ice on the lake when he accidentally fell through. Other fishermen in the area grew alarmed when they saw his holes, drill, and gear, but not the man himself. Emergency services arrived and found the victim dead at the scene.