814-946-4100

accidents Archives

Summer Means Trauma Season for Central/Eastern PA Hospitals

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:

Recalled Parts In Used Cars--Is Your "New" Car Safe?

Some countries are stepping up to the plate to when it comes to keeping their citizens safe while driving!  In a recent article, the United Kingdom's new system to protect used car buyers was discussed.  The program, which is a collaboration between multiple organizations, consists of a Vehicle Safety Recall tool that allows car buyers to see if a particular model has been recalled before they purchase a car that is potentially unsafe.  Currently, this Safety Recall tool doesn't cover all car brands, only those brands who have agreed to participate in the service.  

Pittsburgh-Area Boy Suffers Severe Brain Injury After ATV Accident

Recently, the Titusville Herald covered the story of a local boy who suffered a severe brain injury after a ATV accident.  The teen, who was riding an ATV on the side of a steep grade and tried to turn it around, was thrown from the vehicle.  Although his injuries were not immediately clear, physicians at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh soon diagnosed him with a severe, traumatic brain injury.  Doctors had to temporarily remove his frontal bone in order to account for the teen's significant brain swelling. Cognitively, the 13-year-old is now acting about the age of a typical five-year-old. He uses a wheelchair, and is participating in physical therapy three times a week in Pittsburgh.  Titusville is strongly supporting this young man's recovery, and is holding a benefit at the town fire department to raise money for him. 
Many Pennsylvanians enjoy using ATVs and dirtbikes during our warmer months of spring and summer.  However, these off-road vehicles are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.  Improper ATV use is leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Flooring Company Sued in Slip-And-Fall Accident

Be careful where you are walking! A Philly-area school was sued by a former high school administrator for a slip-and-fall injury.  The story, which can be found here, summarized the injuries the woman sustained when she slipped on wet flooring glue at her school in North Philadelphia, PA.  Soon before the woman's accident, a flooring company had been contracted to install new floors in the school where she worked.  According to the article "the Wargo employee did not tell her about the transparent and slippery coating of adhesive that had been applied to the floor minutes before. Suddenly, her feet flew out from under her and she landed hard on her back."  when she was helping the flooring company open doors into the school.  The administrator sustained significant nerve damage which required her to use a cane to walk.  She was eventually diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, and now requires the help of her spouse and friends consistently throughout the day.  The flooring company settled before the case went to trial.
If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Crashes Markedly Increase Over Holiday Weekends

We cannot stress to you enough how important it is to remain safe and alert while driving during periods of increased motor activity, especially summer holiday periods like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.  A news article posted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette several years ago reported that there were a large number of accidents on Pennsylvania highways over Memorial Day weekend, killing 13 people and injuring 294 others. In addition to the increase in accidents and injuries, there were 357 DUI arrests and 7,934 speeding tickets.  Those numbers unfortunately have probably not markedly decreased in recent years. 
Motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents can be easily prevented with a few simple, common-sense tips:
1) BE ALERT. Do not drive while fatigued.
2) BE FOCUSED. Do not be distracted by others in the car, do not use your cell phone while driving, and especially do not text while driving.
3) BE DEFENSIVE. While you may be a responsible and respectful driver, this does not mean that everyone you are sharing the road with is also a good driver. Be alert for aggressive drivers, those who frequently switch lanes or swerve, or those who are tailgating others.
4) BE SAFE. Always wear your seatbelt. In 5 of the 13 deaths recorded this weekend, the victim was not wearing their seatbelt. Additionally, do not consume alcohol before driving or get into a car with a driver who has been drinking. 83 of the 808 crashes this weekend involved alcohol.
Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents. If you feel that you have been wrongly hurt in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. Safe driving and here's to the start of long-overdue warm weather and a great summer!

NPR Discusses Social Media and Class Action Lawsuits

Once again, the National Public Radio is weighing in on a relevant topic to today's blog topic.  Social media and its use for legal claims has been an area of hot debate in recent years.  Can private social media posts be used as courtroom evidence?  How do you control jurors and judges who may tweet or Facebook post about a current case? Interestingly, some lawyers are also attempting to use social media to reach large masses of people for class-action lawsuits.  Read about this new phenomenon by clicking the link to the original NPR article, which can be found here.

Car Crashes Are Often Associated With Chronic Pain

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows seems like common sense.  However, it may be startling to hear that crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain.  This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland.  Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to accidents, such as motor vehicle, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations.  By interviewing 241 participants three times over a period of four years, researchers found some interesting results.  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, 1/3 of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain.  There was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  
These results are extremely important when it comes to making a legal claim after a traumatic event, such as an automobile accident or a slip and fall.  By gauging your pain over a period of months and years, it becomes apparent when pain has resulted from the accident and is now chronic pain, or whether it's due to the healing process.  Talking to a physician may aid in helping to sort out your type, frequency, and intensity of pain in order to best treat you.  Chronic pain is also a significant factor in legal practice and is often taken into consideration when filing a claim surrounding the traumatic event.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more on his career and firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

Brain Injuries Take A Long Recovery Time!

Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later.  Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory.  Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision.
Post-TBI, many patients find that the road to recovery is long, hard, and takes a variety of different professionals to manage the healing process.  Major news source NBC took a hard look at instances of TBIs in America and what the recovery process looks like for those victims.  The article can be found by clicking this link.
If you have recently been in a car crash, it is important to closely monitor your body's response and recovery after the accident.  If you suspect a TBI, immediately seek help from a qualified physician who can diagnose you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  If your car accident was due to the fault of another, it may also be time to seek legal action.  This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all.  Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills.  If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  His law office can be reached by visiting his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or calling his firm at 814-946-4100.

Whiplash Injuries: What You Need To Know

How much do you know about whiplash injuries? Check you knowledge as you read the facts below!  Whiplash is a painful and common cause of complaint after an injury such as an automobile accident.  Also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), this disorder is characterized by soft tissue damage to the neck and upper spinal area, and in some cases the face and back as well.  Due to the sudden flexion and extension of the neck following an accident such as an automobile collision, the body does not have enough time to compensate for the sudden change in motion and reacts by snapping the head front and back.  Unfortunately, this puts too much strain on the neck muscles and can lead to lasting pain, chronic headaches, restricted range of motion, and dizziness for months following an injury.  In some cases, the pain associated with whiplash is so severe that it interferes with work and sleep, thus leading to both fatigue and irritability.  In even more severe cases, these problems can develop into depression and lowered cognitive abilities, such as problems with memory and concentration.  Disc herniation may also have occurred during the accident and will need to be addressed by a physician.  
It is important to realize that the symptoms of whiplash may not manifest themselves until a few days after an accident, so if you or a loved one are in an automobile accident and have unexplained neck and back pain a few days later, whiplash may be the cause of your discomfort. The most common way to experience whiplash from an automobile accident is from a rear-end collision.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA and serves the central and western Pennsylvania area.  He takes cases for victims of car accidents who have experience injury.  For more information on him and his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

New MRI Technique Can Help Identify Chronic Pain in Whiplash Patients

According to a new article, posted here, scientists have developed a special MRI imaging technique that will allow professionals to predict which patients who are suffering from a whiplash injury will later develop chronic pain, disability, and PTSD.  This new MRI imaging technique works by measuring the fat to water ratio in the muscles.  Patients who are more likely to develop chronic pain having more fat enter the injured neck muscles than the average patient. This infiltration of fat into the neck muscles leads to accelerated atrophy.  If physicians can identify these differences in the specialized MRI scans early enough, they may be able to change their treatment plan to better help their patients who are prone to more long-term injury. 
This research is especially relevant, given that about a quarter of all whiplash patients will have pain that lasts several months or years. Whiplash-associated issues affect over 4 million Americans every year.  Whiplash is a painful and common cause of complaint after an injury such as an automobile accident.  In some cases, the pain associated with whiplash is so severe that it interferes with work and sleep, thus leading to both fatigue and irritability.  In even more severe cases, these problems can develop into depression and lowered cognitive abilities, such as problems with memory and concentration.  Disc herniation may also have occurred during the accident and will need to be addressed by a physician.  It is important to realize that the symptoms of whiplash may not manifest themselves until a few days after an accident, so if you or a loved one are in an automobile accident and have unexplained neck and back pain a few days later, whiplash may be the cause of your discomfort. The most common way to experience whiplash from an automobile accident is from a rear-end collision.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA and serves the central and western Pennsylvania area.  For more information on him and his firm, please call 814-946-4100. 
Email us for a response

Set Up A Free Case Evaluation

The claims process begins with a free initial office consultation. We will take as much time as needed to learn about your accident, injuries, and damages. If Attorney Stoehr feels that he can help you, he will represent you on a contingent fee basis. This simply means that Attorney Stoehr is not paid anything until he obtains a successful recovery for you. To discuss your rights and legal options with a highly experienced personal injury lawyer, email or call us at 814-946-4100.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy