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Fatal accident statistics for bicyclists show problematic rise

Whenever a Pennsylvania resident goes out on the road in any way, there is always a chance that there will be an accident. These accidents can lead to injuries and fatalities. The circumstances will often dictate the amount of damage that victims suffer, and if there are minor injuries all the way up to a fatality. One group that is increasingly at risk is bicyclists. Statistics indicate the number of fatalities for bicyclists is rising in the U.S. Those who frequently ride a bicycle should be aware of this. When there is an accident, the person and his or her family should know about the importance of a legal filing in the aftermath.

The Governors Highway Safety Association conducted a study that showed more than 800 people were killed in bicycle accidents in 2015 alone. That was a rise of more than 12 percent from 2014. The number of fatalities on a bicycle was a small percentage of the more than 35,000 deaths on U.S. roads, but the fastest growing category of fatal accidents is bicyclists.

Car accident seriously injures motorcyclist

Motorcyclists are a prevalent sight in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. It is imperative that riders and drivers of conventional vehicles share the road, are predictable, adhere to traffic signals and take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. When a car accident involves a motorcycle, there is a significant chance that serious injuries and fatalities will occur. It is also important when these car accidents occur that those involved stop. Sometimes they do not, making matters worse.

A motorcyclist was seriously hurt when his bike was hit by a car. The accident happened at around 9 p.m. The investigation showed that the rider was heading south and near the intersection. A car that was going north turned left into its path. The rider, 20, was thrown from his bike. He was found by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital. Although the driver of the 2014 Ford Focus initially fled, the woman, 34, later turned herself in to law enforcement. She has been charged with several traffic violations.

Two contractors die in fatal workplace accident at plant

Power plants and energy providers are prominent employers in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania. These jobs are important to the economy and for people who do them to support their families. Some are employed by the business itself or are contractors. With many of these jobs, there are inherent dangers. If there is an accident, it can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. If a worker has been injured in the workplace or there was a fatal workplace accident, the family left behind must be cognizant of the steps they must take to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

A recent accident at a coal plant killed two contractors and injured four others. The accident happened at around 11:30 p.m. as the men were doing maintenance in an underground area. The men who died were 34-years-old and 42-years-old. They inhaled hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas. Three of the men who were injured were also contractors. According to the law enforcement investigation, the men removed the elbow joint of a pipe and accidentally released the gas. Given that they were in a confined, enclosed space, they were overcome before they could escape. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

Do you know the first steps in a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice suits can arise many ways, but knowing how to properly pursue fair compensation is often very difficult. Even in cases where medical malpractice seems very clear, the process can take a significant amount of time to reach a successful conclusion.

Unlike many other types of injury lawsuits, pursuing a medical malpractice claim must first go through review by several parties. There are many steps along the way that you must navigate carefully.

Rule change could affect pursuing nursing home abuse cases

Placing a loved one in a Pennsylvania nursing home is generally done so they can receive the proper care based on illness, condition or age and to ensure that they have a quality of life they would not otherwise have were they to remain at home alone or in the care of a loved one. The last thing family members are expecting is for there to be mistreatment or nursing home abuse of senior citizens or those who are ill. Unfortunately, it does happen. One issue that is currently being discussed is a rule that might be eliminated by the Trump presidential administration. This rule will hinder the attempts on the part of families and people who were victimized in a nursing home from seeking compensation in a lawsuit.

The Obama administration created a rule that stopped nursing homes from requiring that any dispute between resident and facility be settled in arbitration and not litigation. Generally, facilities require the incoming resident and the family to sign this stipulation before admission. The rule is problematic because it stops people for suing even in cases in which there is egregious nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse and wrongful death. Since a vast number of residents are suffering from issues that make it urgent that they are admitted as soon as possible, family members are apt to miss the clause in a large stack of agreements they are signing.

What is "shoulder dystocia" and its complications?

Parents in Pittsburgh who are expecting a baby will undoubtedly be excited as they prepare for the birth. The last thing they want to think about is the possibility that something might go wrong and birth injuries could occur. However, it is an unfortunate reality that there are sometimes issues with a newborn baby. These problems can be of the short or long-term variety. Regardless, there can be pain, medical expenses and other issues that accompany a problematic birth. "Shoulder dystocia" is one birth injury that parents should be aware of.

When a baby is being delivered and the shoulders get stuck in the mother, it can lead to shoulder dystocia. This is a danger for the mother and the baby. There are certain factors before birth that doctors and other medical professionals should be able to recognize and take steps to mitigate. If it is a large baby - also referred to as "macrosomia" - the doctor might advise that there be a cesarean section. Other factors that could lead to shoulder dystocia include the mother being diabetic, multiple births, obesity, birth after the due date, induced labor, an epidural being given to ease the pain or an operative vaginal birth in which the doctor uses medical tools to help with the birth. There can also be shoulder dystocia even if the mother does not have known risk factors.

Fatal truck accident kills child on bicycle

In Pittsburgh, the summer is a time when there are many children out on the streets. They could be playing ball, riding their bicycles, and doing numerous other activities. Drivers generally keep a close watch on children and make certain they are out of harm's way when driving. Unfortunately, there are still incidents when a child will be hit by a motor vehicle. This is especially dangerous when it is a large truck. The size of these vehicles when compared with the size and lack of visibility of children can lead to severe injuries and death. If such an accident happens, it is important for families to know how to pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

A dump truck crashed into a 6-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle and killed him in the mid-afternoon. The accident happened at around 1:40 p.m. The law enforcement investigation is still underway and the truck driver stopped at the scene and is being cooperative. Neighbors in the area say that the boy was frequently seen riding his bike. A nearby man said he heard a loud noise which he did not believe to be anything serious, but checked outside and saw the damaged bike and the boy in the street. The driver will be tested to determine if he had any intoxicating substances in his body.

Are there damage caps on medical malpractice cases?

Thankfully for victims of negligent doctors and other medical professionals, Pennsylvania does not have a damages cap on medical malpractice cases in the vast majority of situations. This means if a resident of Pittsburgh gets hurt because of a doctor's errors or omissions, then, ultimately, the jury decides how much the case is worth, at least with respect to damages other than "punitive damages."

The better news is that in Pennsylvania, and at least according to some with knowledge of the law, the state constitution would likely prevent lawmakers from ever imposing a cap, no matter how hard physicians and insurance companies lobby for one.

Representing families of children with cerebral palsy

Our law firm represents Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, victims of medical malpractice. We represent injured Pittsburgh patients of all types, from very old to the very young and even newborn babies. In fact, some of the saddest cases of malpractice are when a baby gets injured during labor and delivery because of a doctor's error, and the baby is permanently disabled as a result. It is also in these types of cases that it is especially important that a family get all of the compensation to which they are entitled.

One type of birth injury is cerebral palsy, which happens when a baby does not get enough oxygen in its brain. Admittedly, this condition is sometimes inevitable and does not have anything to do with the doctor. However, in many other cases, a doctor's errors or omissions lead to the condition, making it preventable.

Crash in Pittsburgh area leaves motorcyclist dead

Residents of Pennsylvania may see more motorcyclists on the roads now that summer is here, but there are certain dangers associated with riding a motorcycle. One of them is that other motorists may not pay attention to motorcyclists in their vicinity, resulting in a crash. In one recent example, a motorcyclist who was driving in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, which most recognize as a suburb of Pittsburgh, died following a fatal accident with another vehicle.

According to reports, the accident happened at a parking lot near a restaurant. The rider, age 48, was traveling on a state road, and a car pulled out of the parking lot in a move that was apparently unexpected for the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist hit the car as it pulled in to the road, and the collision caused the fatal accident. The motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash after suffering catastrophic injuries.

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