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
Unfortunately, winter is not over yet. We still need to take care when driving on the roads in our icy winter conditions. Recently, there was a report on a PA road involving an accident due to icy conditions. According to news reports, a car was driving on the highway when ice from a nearby tractor-trailer hit the car, shattering most of the windshield and injuring a passenger inside. The injured party had to be taken to a nearby hospital. Local police are stating that the accident is a hit and run.
Winter is in full swing, but that doesn't mean you need to stay inside. However, walking safely in wintry conditions may be a hazard if you're not careful. According to a local news source, one way to stay safe this winter is to actually "walk like a penguin"! As funny as it sounds, taking these shorter, waddling steps may keep you more stable on the ice and help you avoid a slip and fall injury.
Are you up-to-date on winter safety practices? During this season, people have to take extra precautions due to the weather. This is especially true when you are out walking. According to our own regional UPMC website, there are many preventative measures you can take to prevent winter accidents. Some of their suggestions include:
Once again, it is worth the reminder to make sure that you're being careful out on the ice! A recent news story out of our neighboring state of New York covered a lawsuit involving a slip-and-fall on the ice. The story involved a medical worker who broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on the ice of her employer's building. This injury caused a required surgery and prolonged recovery period. The worker sued the building owner and the managing real estate agent, among others. According to reports, there was a thin layer of snow on the parking lot which covered up the ice. The grade of the parking lot caused frequent problems with water pooling, which caused ice to form in freezing conditions. The lawsuit claims that the defendants were aware of the pooling conditions in the parking lot, but didn't act to fix the problem.
It's dangerous to be outside this time of year in the cold, especially with the hidden danger of ice. Want to know how to avoid a slip and fall accident this winter? Take a look below at how to keep yourself at a lower risk for accident when traveling outdoors this winter:
t's that time of year again when we should start thinking about winterizing our vehicles!
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr would like to offer a few tips that will help with this process.
You passed your PA driver's license test and are a good, safe driver. However, you might not know that there are a few factors that make winter driving a lot different than other seasons. Here are some tips tha may be new to you and can save you and your passengers from injury in the future!
Are you finding yourself slipping, skidding, and sliding on the cold, wet roads and sidewalks? Slip and fall injuries tend to increase during the winter months, due to an uptick in bad weather, such as sleet, ice, and snow. These falls may lead to long-lasting and/or painful injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, and loss of consciousness. Extended damage from such an injury may include chronic pain and nerve damage. Ouch! These injuries are bad by themselves, but may also become an added burden when you have to miss work for an extended period of time.