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Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident turns fatal

On Oct. 13, a Turnersville, Pennsylvania, woman became the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident after her car left the roadway along I-95. The accident occurred around 3:45 in the afternoon as the 44-year-old victim was traveling southbound on interstate in her 2003 Jeep liberty.

News reports have surfaced indicating that the victim was near I-95's Woodhaven Road on-ramp in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, when another vehicle reportedly moved abruptly into her lane of traffic before applying its brakes. Pennsylvania State Police say that the unexpected lane change caused the victim to swerve in an effort to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of her.

Inattentive drivers and your rights in Pittsburgh

There are all kinds of car accidents that you could be involved in, from pedestrian crashes where you're hurt crossing the street to bus accidents. When you suffer a trauma in an accident caused by someone else, you deserve to receive as much compensation as allowed. That compensation can be used for medical bills, rehabilitation costs or even just to make your life a little easier while you learn to live with an injury or disability.

After an accident, you may want to look into legal help. If you do, then the evidence can be gone through, allowing a case to be built in your favor. You may need to have your injuries looked at by a second medical professional for confirmation or have another investigation of the crash to collect evidence and to arrange the facts of your case.

Military report offers insight on medical malpractice

In 2010, former Pennsylvania Congressman and retired Marine, John Murtha, died at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, following an operation to remove his gallbladder. Murtha's death was attributed to surgical complications and came on the heels of a 2007 scandal in which the treatment of patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center had come under fire.

The subsequent fallout of those two incidents prompted a year-long investigation by the New York Times into issues of medical malpractice and Veterans Administration hospital deaths. Subsequent incidents involving the access of patient care at VA hospitals eventually compelled the Pentagon to order an unprecedented review of its entire military health system earlier this year in May.

Why are truck accidents so deadly in Pennsylvania?

Truck accidents can be the cause of serious injuries and deaths. Commercial trucks, known as big rigs or tractor-trailers, include all vehicles such as 18-wheelers, delivery trucks, freighters and other models. Commercial trucks tend to be very large, and they require a commercial driver's license to drive them.

When fully loaded, a large commercial vehicle could weigh 80,000 pounds or more. That, in comparison to the average 3,000 pound weight of a passenger vehicle, is incredibly heavy and able to damage vehicles significantly. The size disparity between commercial and passenger vehicles means that when they collide, the passengers in the passenger vehicles are in particular danger of being badly hurt or even killed.

Pennsylvania medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuits

Pennsylvania residents have a right not to be injured or killed as a result of negligence caused by medical professionals. Throughout the Commonwealth, residents are enabled by laws that allow them to sue healthcare providers responsible for the negligent deaths of their loved ones. These eligible individuals are known as beneficiaries, and they are limited to surviving spouses, children or parents of the deceased.

There is also an exception for a personal representative of the deceased to file a claim on behalf of the deceased in situations where none of the previously mentioned parties have filed a similar claim within six months of the wrongful death.

Your child's right to compensation after a birth injury

If a birth injury left your little one suffering or disabled in Pittsburgh, then you have every right to want to seek compensation and to ask for answers. Your child could have been hurt at several times during pregnancy or delivery. Did your child suffer because of a C-section that took place too late or due to the wrong medications being prescribed during pregnancy? There are many factors to look into, but with help, you can prove your case and get what you need to move on with your life.

Birth injuries come in many forms, from mild cases to those that are most severe. There are a number of injuries that happen somewhat commonly, including Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy, spastic cerebral palsy, brain damage, a broken collarbone, a broken arm, traumatic brain injuries and several forms of cerebral palsy. A number of these injuries are life-changing and can result in excessive bills over the course of your child's life.

Some interesting facts about drug-related accidents

The National Institute of Drug Abuse considers the use of any mind-altering drug while operating a motor vehicle just as dangerous as drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel. According to NIDA, the effects of drugs on a driver might even have a more measurable effect on driving ability depending on the type of drug used. Depressants such as opiates may have a considerably different effect on a person's driving ability than stimulants such as cocaine.

Perhaps not surprisingly, THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, is listed as second only to alcohol as the substance most frequently found in the blood of car accident participants. Crash studies indicate positive THC results for roughly 4 to 14 percent of drivers injured or killed in traffic accidents.

What are birth injuries; are they common?

Some commonly asked questions about birth injuries in Pennsylvania include these. If you find yourself answering that you are in a position to seek a lawsuit, then looking closer into your legal options may be something you want to do.

The difference between a birth injury and defect can be difficult to determine in some cases. For instance, birth injuries are typically caused by something going wrong during a child's delivery. Birth defects, on the other hand, tend to happen to a child before or during pregnancy.

Medication errors and medical malpractice lawsuits

Each year, thousands of Pennsylvania patients will visit their doctors and receive prescriptions for medications designed to provide remedies for their illnesses or injuries. The vast majority of these interactions are uneventful. In fact, most patients will experience beneficial results. However, due to doctor, hospital or nursing home errors, sometimes patients are harmed by incorrectly prescribed medications.

If you have been injured by a medication error, perhaps the most important thing you should know is that you are entitled to sue the responsible healthcare provider. In order to prevail in a medical malpractice case involving medication errors, you must prove that the healthcare providers failed to exercise an appropriate standard of care.

Truck accident incidences dropping in Pennsylvania

Are you interested in knowing how many truck accidents really take place in Pennsylvania? If you've been in a crash recently, this information about how many trucks are typically involved in accidents may be something you can use to help support your case in court. This report from the U.S. Department of Transportation breaks down some statistics to give you a better idea of how many trucks are involved in crashes all around the nation. For example, in April 2014, it was reported that a total of 1,476 trucks were involved in crashes in the state of Pennsylvania.

What you may like hearing is that the number of truck accidents has been dropping over the last several years. In 2010, for example, there were 5,507 crashes involving trucks like semis or tractor-trailers. The numbers have continued to drop over the last few years, with 4,884 trucks being involved in accidents in 2011, 3,926 being involved in crashes in 2012 and 3,882 being involved in crashes in 2013.There is no reported reason for the sudden drop between 2013 and 2014, although it's possible new laws or changes to trucking regulations could have made an impact. Not all states have seen a drop in the number of accidents, though, so it's likely to have been something changed at the state level. For instance, New York saw a rise in the number of accidents between 2012 and 2013; in 2012, the state had 3775 and in 2013, the state had 4,088.