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If an infant dies, can PA parents bring a wrongful death suit?


The loss of a Pennsylvania loved one is always traumatic, but the sudden and unexpected death of a young person can be particularly shocking. Losing a baby may prove especially devastating since the precious time spent with the child was cut tragically short. In cases where an

Massive car accident on I-90 in Erie County


This time of year, drivers in Erie County are all too aware of nature's fury. Even one's daily commute can prove life-threatening if bad weather or distracted drivers are a presence on the roads. In some cases, particularly on highways and interstates, a pileup may occur when enough cars run into each other. This happened recently on I-90, when snow and an icy slickness covered the roadway.

Wrongful death litigation after a Pennsylvania workplace accident


Despite a history well-known for manufacturing, Erie today is home to an economically diverse workforce. According to Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, the top employers in the area include General Electric, the state government, St. Vincent Health Center and Walmart. In any industry, a workplace accident has the potential to severely shake up the life of a local resident. In some tragic cases, a fatal workplace accident may sudden force a family to ponder a

Was famed comic's death the result of medical malpractice?


Residents of Erie were likely shocked by the unexpected celebrity deaths of last year, including that of pioneering comic Joan Rivers. Last August, Rivers sought medical attention for a throat procedure. However, during the surgical procedure, complications arose and the comedienne ultimately passed away. Now, accusations of medical professional negligence have posed more questions about the famed figure's death. Recently, Rivers' daughter Melissa filed a

What are the signs of medical negligence in a nursing home?


To the untrained eye, it may appear easy to spot a subpar Pennsylvania nursing home. Areas that are visibly dirty or unkempt, staff who don't appear to be supervising residents or security that seems lax are all "red flags" that are often caught by families or visitors. Still, unfortunately, there are many more indications that

Wrongful death: Beneficiaries may be family, representatives


When a Pennsylvanian is killed in a fatal accident, the effect can be shocking for close family members. An Erie resident's sudden death is not only tragic by its very nature, but the losses that are felt afterwards can be excruciating. An accidental death caused by another's negligence can be particularly difficult, since losses of this type are often preventable.

Pa. wrongful death trial concerns woman's fatal hospital stay


One of the safest places to be in western Pennsylvania is usually within the walls of a hospital or other medical facility. Still, disaster can strike even in environments associated with healing and recovery. Earlier this month in Chambersburg, a wrongful death trial began that is likely to gain the attention of the local medical community.

Proving negligence key to successful car accident cases


Driving in one's car is an everyday activity for most residents of the Erie area, yet is also one of the most dangerous things people must do on a regular basis. Families affected by car accidents understand all too well the emotional and financial implications of a damaging crash, let alone those caused by a fatal collision. When it comes to the legal courses of action that are possible after an accident, demonstrating negligence is key to eventually obtaining the

How long do you have to file a medical malpractice suit?


When someone is injured by a doctor's negligence in Pennsylvania, he or she may eventually reach the point of considering a malpractice suit. Malpractice is a term used to describe misconduct in several different professions, from medicine to law to dentistry. When malpractice occurs in a hospital or other medical setting, the stakes are often even higher than they are in other professions. As a result, a victim of a medical professional's negligence may consider seeking damages for the injuries they've suffered.

Pennsylvania malpractice cases down from early 2000s


Thanks to a few well-publicized cases, in the United States there is often a perception that lawsuits are always on the rise. However, at least in Pennsylvania, medical malpractice cases seem to be heading in the opposite direction. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, there has been a decline of over 43 percent in malpractice cases filed across the state from the early 2000s.

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