Pennsylvania is in the midst of an unsettling trend in recent years. PennDOT reports that about 4,000 people are hit by cars each year in our state. These pedestrian/car encounters seem to increase during the winter months, where drivers appear to be more aggressive, especially in the afternoon. Many of these accidents also appear to involve distraction, either on the part of the driver or the pedestrian. To increase visibility, it is recommended that pedestrians stay off of their phones, wear reflective clothing, walk against the flow of traffic, and cross only at designated areas. Drivers need to be alert, not distracted by mobile devices, and anticipate pedestrians on the road with them.
When your child faces an unforeseen injury, it can be a parent's worst nightmare. Recently, a child suffered an injury while in gym class in a PA school. According to reports, the 9-year-old student was running in gym class, could not stop, tripped, and fell into an unpadded concrete wall. He hit the wall so hard that he lost consciousness. He missed a great deal of school and began to develop memory problems and chronic headaches, even several years after the accident occurred. The student's family sued the school for negligence by failure to properly pad the walls in the gym. The PA Supreme Court reviewed the case recently and found that a school can be held liable for the injuries that the child sustained.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from many things, including car accidents, sports injuries, and some types of repeated trauma. TBIs have been making the news recently due to many student athletes suing the NCAA and their respective colleges/universities. According to news sources, the NCAA has received over 300 legal claims from former college athletes, mostly football players. These athletes state that concussions they received while playing sports were not always handled correctly in college. As a result, they now have lasting effects including mental health issues, early onset Parkinsons, Alzheimer's Disease, and chronic headaches. This is not the first time that the NCAA has been sued to head injury concerns. One former class action lawsuit against the NCAA led to $75M for students who claimed they had injuries. Another stipulation within that lawsuit was an agreement that any potential class-action personal injury lawsuits couldn't be held against the NCAA, but students could pursue their own lawsuits at their individual schools.
As we prepare for Christmas, sometimes we forget to think about the potential hazards that Christmas decorations and activities can bring in regards to our physical safety. As you enjoy the holiday season, please keep these tips and tricks in mind to increase your chances for a safe, happy, and injury-free holiday:
In continuing our trend of examining holiday safety measures, this day's post focuses on holiday safety surrounding household fire risks. Unfortunately, those beautiful Christmas trees and candles do pose a significant safety risk to homes during the holiday season. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA):
The holiday season is a fun and enjoyable time, but it also comes with its own hazards and safety risks. However, there are ways to avoid and/or reduce your risk in your own home and when you're out visiting others during the holiday. Some things to keep in mind are:
Do you sometimes enter a retail store or other public establishment and think "Huh, well THAT sidewalk/ramp/curb/entrance/puddle doesn't look safe". Chances are, you are probably right. Sometimes, these unsafe walking conditions lead to accidents, which then makes those businesses potentially liable for slip-and-fall lawsuits. One such accident occurred recently at a Big Lots in San Diego, CA. A woman fell in a Big Lots after she slipped and fell on a patch of dirt of the floor, which caused her to fall into a soda display shelf. As a result, she developed shoulder and neck injuries, had multiple surgeries, and required physical therapy afterwards. The injured party's attorney reported that Big Lots doesn't have a set sweeping schedule, and instructs employees to sweep "as needed". They implied that this lack of cleaning schedule may have, in part, contributed to the conditions responsible for this accident. The results of this trial have not been released yet, but it will be interesting to see what happens.
As always, it is important to be careful what you post on your social media account. This is even more important when you are involved in a lawsuit. One New York based lawsuit is currently making news in the legal world for a social media matter regarding to a car accident. According to the background of the claim, a woman alleged that she suffered injuries from a car accident that caused her a significant loss of enjoyment of life. However, her Instagram was reviewed during the legal proceedings, and included post-accident pictures of the woman participating in strenuous outdoor activities and enjoying a vacation. It may be likely that these pictures may have a negative impact towards the woman's claim.
In the wake of modern technology, there are many ways to make our lives simpler, easier, and more efficient. One of these new ways is through the use of digitally sending requests such as prescription refills. Some companies are offering customers, and pharmacists, the option to text in their prescriptions and refill requests. However, sometimes the concepts that are supposed to make things easier can sometimes lead more complications.
Injuries can happen anywhere. It's especially scary when it happens to someone you love, like your child. Recently, a nursery school/daycare in the Philadelphia area was sued for an injury a child sustained while in their care during the day. According to news sources, a four-year-old minor was playing in a classroom when he fell when climbing on top of a play tunnel in the classroom. When the child fell, he broke his arm and required surgery to repair it, including pins and wire supports for stability. Per the lawsuit reports, the child continues to suffer lasting pain and has has required outside physical therapy.