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1 man dead in chain-reaction crash in Pennsylvania

Recently, a multi-vehicle accident in I-95 resulted in the death of a truck driver who was on his way to work. A January 16 report discussed the crash and how it took place.

The crash happened when two tractor-trailers and four cars were traveling on I-95 at around 1:15 p.m. The Pennsylvania State Police reported that the vehicles were traveling near Bensalem and the Street Road exit. As the cars began to slow down in the right-hand lane, a Volvo tractor-trailer driven by a 48-year-old man rear-ended a Nissan Murano. This started a chain-reaction crash that resulted in all six vehicles being impacted.

Can data help me in my Pennsylvania truck accident lawsuit?

Vehicle data taken from on board computers can be extremely useful in truck accident cases. In a typical truck accident lawsuit, you will have the burden of proving that some negligence on behalf of the driver, the trucking company or parts manufacturers contributed to your truck accident.

Establishing negligence can be more difficult than it may first appear. For example, key witnesses to the accident may later prove difficult to locate or forget critical details. Evidence collected at the scene of the accident can also be lost or destroyed.

Merging agencies to save money in Pennsylvania: Patient risk

Pennsylvania has struggled in the recession, so to help it recover, the governor created a plan to reduce the budget. Part of the plan includes the merging of the Patient Safety Authority along with the Department of Health. That plan will cut costs, but at what real cost to safety is it?

The two authorities do share a common goal, but the tactics used are different. That means that while the PSA would have reduced medical errors by helping identify problems and then providing and offering solutions, the DOH would have done the same job by disciplining the providers who allowed these mistakes to happen. It's obvious that the two programs work differently, and that means that it could be hard for them to work together.

Understanding the birth injury known as perinatal asphyxia

Many expectant parents often throw themselves into learning about how to care for their unborn children. Naturally, expectant mothers often refrain from consuming certain foods and drugs that may inadvertently place their child at unnecessary risk of harm. Likewise, many soon-to-be fathers assume a supporting role by also attempting to eliminate potential hazards to their unborn children.

Unfortunately, some birth injuries still occur even despite those parent's best efforts. Perinatal asphyxia is an example of one such injury. Sometimes known as birth asphyxia, this malady is characterized by an inadequate intake of oxygen by the baby during the birth process. This can happen at any time before, during or just after the baby is born.

What are some examples of wrongful death actions in Pennsylvania?

Most people are already aware that engaging in reckless or unnecessarily dangerous actions often leads to criminal prosecution. It is not uncommon, for example, for drunk drivers to receive incarceration, fines and other punishments for their actions.

However, fewer people realize that Pennsylvania also provides civil penalties for similar behavior that results in someone losing their life. Pennsylvania's wrongful death statute allows a victim's family members, as well as some others, to file civil lawsuits against individuals responsible for the wrongful, negligent or unlawful violent deaths of their loved ones.

Have you suffered from medical malpractice? Here's how to tell

As a patient working through a poor situation with a doctor, you may have questions. What is medical malpractice defined as in Pennsylvania? Does what happened to you fall under that title? Here are a few examples and answers for you, so you can make the right judgment call before filing a lawsuit.

Was your doctor rude or rushed at your appointment? That in itself isn't a sign of malpractice. Many doctors are hurried, but that doesn't mean you weren't seen with the appropriate checks. However, if your diagnosis was missed because the doctor didn't take any time with you, then you may have a case for medical negligence.

Holding employers responsible for Pennsylvania truck accidents

Like many states, Pennsylvania relies heavily on the commercial trucking industry to facilitate the transportation of valuable goods along our roadways. In a way, Pennsylvania motorists have struck a tacit agreement with the trucking industry in general. Basically, we allow these enormously heavy and inherently dangerous vehicles to share the road with us in exchange for their promise to operate them in a safe manner.

In fact, state and federal safety officials have specified the steps each trucking company is required to undertake in order to reduce potential injuries to other motorists. For example, trucking companies are required to ensure that their drivers maintain current medical examinations. Trucking companies must also conduct a certain number of random alcohol and illegal drug testing each year.

Get the compensation you need for your accident in Pennsylvania

If you're suffering from traumatic injuries from a car accident in Pittsburgh, you don't have the time or energy to mess around in court trying to obtain compensation. You just want to feel better, get back to your normal life, and forget this whole accident ever happened. Unfortunately, in some cases, you'll never be able to get back to the way things were before, and there's no reason you should have to foot the bill while you struggle to get back to normal.

Whether your case deals with a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene or a teen who was texting before he or she hit you, you have rights that need to be upheld. You should be able to request compensation through a civil lawsuit, even if a criminal lawsuit isn't filed.

Can I still sue in a car accident that was partially my fault?

Pennsylvania is currently one of 33 states which recognizes the concept of modified comparative fault. Comparative fault is basically a legal concept which allows an injured party to sue for compensation after an accident, even despite having been partly at fault for the accident. The "modified" portion of that comparative fault concept means that although that injured party is not barred from recovery, any money they receive should be reduced by an amount based on their level of contribution to the accident.

Throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania car accident victims who are less than 51 percent at fault for an accident can sue for damages. Consider a garden-variety car accident which occurs frequently throughout the nation. Let's suppose that you are driving to work but you are a little bit late. You increase your speed so that you are traveling at five miles above the speed limit when a drunk driver suddenly pulls out in front of you, causing a collision.

Birth injuries: natural and unnatural causes

A birth injury can be described in many ways. There are sometimes birth injuries that are simply caused by being born; things like bruising, broken bones, and other injuries can be caused by a number of factors. Things like being too large to fit through the birth canal or being born early can result in birth trauma that is likely natural.

Of course, when a baby is struggling because he or she is too large or due to being born early, you expect your medical providers to do all they can to help you and your child get through this process in the healthiest way possible. Using too much force and causing brachial palsy, for instance, is a possibility. This is most common when the baby's shoulder is stuck or struggling to get out of the birth canal.