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3 injured in crash in Pennsylvania

Getting into a truck accident may be unavoidable in some cases, particularly when it's another driver who has been negligent in paying attention to the road. Impacts with high speeds can result in serious injuries like whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones or other problems that take years, if not a lifetime, to heal. Sometimes, the people involved in accidents aren't lucky enough to survive.

A good example of someone not paying enough attention to the road is when there's a rear-end collision. These collisions can be avoided if drivers keep their distance and make sure to watch the traffic ahead of them or make sure not to pull out into traffic without enough time to merge. In this case in Pennsylvania, a garbage truck had been driving on Interstate 81 south when it merged into another lane. An oncoming vehicle didn't slow enough or perhaps didn't allow the vehicle enough time to enter the roadway, resulting in it hitting the tail end of the garbage truck. The middle passenger of the garbage truck was sent through the windshield on impact.

Drowning incidents and wrongful death claims in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania allows surviving family members to sue on behalf of their loved one's estate under certain circumstances. Currently, the state recognizes that a wrongful death has occurred whenever the wrongful, negligent or criminal actions of another are responsible for a victim's premature death. Without getting too technical, the Pennsylvania wrongful death statutes allow a victim's family to sue to recover the loss of the victim's potential lifetime earnings. In some cases, the victim's estate can also sue to recover money damages related to the loss of companionship and guidance that the victim's wrongful death prevented.

The arrival of spring makes the understanding of wrongful death actions even timelier. As the weather begins to improve, an increasing number of drowning deaths will invariably follow. In a previous post to our website, we discussed how some Pennsylvania parents are choosing to enroll their infants, some as young as 6 months old, in water survival courses. The training is intended to prepare young children for survival after accidentally falling into bodies of water. This is especially important because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the number one cause for the accidental death of children under the age of 4.

What caused my child's cerebral palsy in Pennsylvania?

You may have a child with cerebral palsy or know someone who does in Pennsylvania; this disorder affects everything physical about the child, from muscle tone to motor skills. Cerebral palsy can be caused by many factors, so before you decide to move forward with a malpractice case, you may want to know more about what causes the disorder and what to look for if you expect negligence was a cause.

To start with, cerebral palsy is known to be caused by brain damage. This damage can be caused before birth, at birth or up to age 5. Things like a stroke or asphyxiation could cause cerebral palsy, for example.

How effective are seatbelts and car seats during car accidents?

Some people question the effectiveness of seatbelts and other vehicle restraining devices. A few even argue that wearing restraining devices can actually hinder your chances of surviving a car accident. However, statistics compiled by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell a much different story.

Arguably, one of the best ways to determine whether restraining devices work to save lives here in Pennsylvania is to measure the total number of fatal car accidents and then compare that with restraint usage. The CDC says that you can reduce your risk of injury and death during crashes by 50 percent simply by wearing seatbelts and placing your children in size-appropriate child seats.

Birth Injuries and your child in Pennsylvania

After giving birth in Pennsylvania, a birth injury may have left your child injured. What can you do about it? That depends on the injury and how it came about. A birth injury can happen in two ways. Either the injury was caused naturally before birth, or it was caused during birth by outside forces. For example, a baby who suffers in the womb due to a lack of nutrition may have suffered natural injuries, while a baby that is left too long before a Cesarean section may have lost oxygen and suffered a brain injury due to neglect by a medical team.

A birth injury's definition is that it's an impairment of a baby's body, either the function of the body or the structure of the body, due to an adverse event. Not all injuries are caused by doctors or health care teams, and not all injuries are preventable. However, with the right care, many of the birth injuries children suffer could have been prevented.

The importance of electrical safety in your wrongful death case

The loss of any loved one is always tragic, but it is truly regrettable when a preventable accident has caused the death of a family member. Families that experience the unexpected loss of a breadwinner also frequently incur mounting financial pressures associated with the victim's loss of income. A preventable accident can also permanently deprive that victim's spouse and children of their companionship and guidance.

Although no amount of money can ever replace a loved one, Pennsylvania statutes allow the survivors of a wrongfully killed person to sue for compensation related to the victim's death. Generally, Pennsylvania considers that individuals or businesses are responsible for the wrongful death of another when they have committed wrongful, negligent or criminal actions that resulted in the death of the victim.

Embolisms result in dangerous conditions for some patients

As an athlete in Pennsylvania, it's important that you know the medical problems that can affect you and your career. Embolisms are possible due to the stress on the body as well as from the surgeries athletes sometimes go through. A news report from March 8 discussed why it's important to know your risk of an embolism and why doctors should be giving you the right treatments to prevent blood clots following a surgery.

In the story, a man who was ready to be the starting guard on the Penn State football team found himself coughing up blood. After a review of his health, it was discovered that he had blood clots in his lungs. This isn't a danger limited to people of a single age group; the hopeful starting guard was only 21 at the time.

Is my hospital acquired infection considered malpractice?

The term, "malpractice" often refers to situations where medical professionals have provided patients with some manner of improper care or treatment. Many people associate medical malpractice with things like wrongly prescribed medications or doctors operating on a patient's incorrect body part. However, it's important to know that malpractice can occur anytime when health care professionals are careless or negligent in their actions that adversely affect patients.

You may be a victim of malpractice if you were admitted to a hospital without an infection and came out with one. Nosocomial infections are a specific type of infection that patients can acquire while in hospitals or other health care facilities. In most cases, a patient must first meet several criteria before an infection can be classified as nosocomial.

Hold your medical team responsible in Pennsylvania

A birth injury can result in your own injuries or an injury that leaves your child with permanent disabilities or temporary pain and suffering. Whatever kind has affected you, it's your right to discuss your case and your right to compensation for the mistakes made.

A birth injury in Pennsylvania can be described as severe mental or physical disabilities to children. Birth injuries could also, in some cases, describe injuries you suffered as a mother during the birthing process. Things like hemorrhaging. going into shock due to a delayed Cesarean section or poor suturing could leave you in trouble, while being too rough with your child or failing to make sure your child received enough oxygen could result in long-term brain damage, cerebral palsy or other illnesses.

Your infant’s weight at birth may factor into birth injuries

Many soon-to-be parents are anxious about their child's pending birthday. As parents, we naturally want to do everything possible to reduce the chance of harm to our children. We attend childcare classes, and some of us read books and watch videos in an effort to prepare for our new responsibilities.

Despite our best efforts, expectant parents can only do so much. We can't be in the delivery room and actually guiding our child down their mother's birth canal. We don't have the requisite skills to delivery our child if it is being born feet first. We rely on medical professionals with years of specific training to do all of the things that we would do ourselves if we had the knowledge.