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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

Truck hits PA pothole on I-80, veers into man in median


In last week's post, the dangers of Pennsylvania seasonal rain and fog were discussed. Another cause of dangerous truck accidents, though, can be the related potholes that tend to crop up every spring in the Erie area. When potholes are located on highways and interstates, the dangers they pose can be severe. Still, drivers must remain attentive and avoid potholes, so long as that avoidance does not entail swerving into another vehicle. Escaping damaging obstacles in the road may not always be easy, but it is every driver's responsibility.

Rain, fog require extra vigilance from Pennsylvania truck drivers


It is often said that the month of March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. For residents of northwestern Pennsylvania, though, the entire month may feel like an endurance test regarding bad weather. March weather in Erie can bring anything from blizzard conditions to sleet, hail, ice, fog, rain and even flooding. While the unpredictable weather is not going away, neither are those who must travel local roads each day in semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. In order for drivers of big rigs to avoid

How can Pennsylvania nursing homes protect against falls?


With the winter season in full swing, many Erie residents may have slipped on an icy sidewalk or a snow-covered walkway in the past few months. For elderly residents, falls can be a particular threat year-round, because falls can occur anywhere and at any time. Those with loved ones in a nursing home may wonder how these facilities, which are tasked with caring for the elderly, can help prevent falls among their residents.

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

What are the basic phases of a commercial vehicle collision?


When an Erie resident is involved in a truck accident, there are likely to be many unanswered questions at first, especially regarding the nature of the crash itself. Finding out why and how 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

Fatal house fire, 911 mix-up lead to wrongful death litigation


Most Erie residents will likely never find themselves in a situation where they have to dial 911. Upon doing so, callers are generally frightened and confused but nonetheless reassured that help is on its way. In a recent case out of Pennsylvania, though, the connection between a delayed response to a 911 call and the death of a 52-year-old woman has led to a wrongful death lawsuit.

Psychological malpractice and patients' well-being


Most people probably associate medical malpractice with a hospital or nursing home, but the reality is that malpractice can occur in a variety of settings. One such setting is the arena of mental health. Much has been reported in the news lately regarding Americans' mental health, and with ongoing issues such as an uncertain economy many Pennsylvanians may be struggling with their well-being. For those who seek professional help, they may be interested to know more about

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