Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Pennsylvania workplace injury leads to product liability lawsuit

There are many different things that can make a workplace dangerous. For some individuals the risks have to do with the equipment used. For example, individuals who work in metal fabrication may be required to use machines such as a metal shearers. One Pennsylvania metalworker was seriously injured a couple of years ago when in the course of using a metal shearer at work, he amputated several fingers.

The injury changed his life forever as the hand affected by the amputation is his dominant hand. As a result of the workplace injury he had surgery and has undergone physical therapy but is no longer able to complete work that requires the use of his hands. In addition he claims to have suffered the following:

Meningitis victim takes own life--jury cites negligent doctor, clinic

In what has proven to be one of the more bitter sweet verdicts of fungal meningitis in recent times, a family from Overland Park, Kansas was awarded nearly $3 million in a medical malpractice case against a pain clinic.

The victim has been described a prideful, hardworking young man who fought the pain with stoic silence. Friends and family say that he initially lost a lot of weight, then he began holding his lower back and abnormally limping, but that he would usually just stop what he was doing for a moment with a grimacing look on his face and then get right back to it without saying a word. 

Motorcycle hit, biker injured in Erie

Many motorcycle accidents involve a driver of another motor vehicle who fails to properly yield the right of way to the biker. Accidents like this usually happen at an entrance to a parking lot or a busy intersection where drivers are particularly responsible to be vigilant of motorcycles and give them plenty of room to pass or turn.

Here, in western Pennsylvania, motorcycle popularity has exploded in recent years. Since 2008, the number of registered bikers in our region has nearly doubled. Most bikers understand the risks and are responsible drivers. However, in so many cases, we find that it is an inattentive driver of a car or truck who is negligent and strikes the motorcyclist, leaving him or her seriously injured or dead and a family devastated. 

Cell phone towers dangerous for workers

Throughout the nation individuals rely upon cell phones as a main mode of communication. This reliance requires the construction and maintenance of communication towers to handle the traffic that results from so many users. These towers exist throughout the nation including the state of Pennsylvania.

Many individuals are employed to maintain communication towers. Because this work requires being so far above ground, this work can be dangerous, even deadly. Workers could be injured or killed due to a variety of factors including:

  • Collapsing towers.
  • Equipment failure.
  • Falling objects.

Two children attacked by 85 pound dog in Erie

Two children were attacked by a dog in Erie on Wednesday afternoon. The attack happened on the 800 block of West Fifth Street when an 85 pound Akita went after an 8-year-old boy and then turned on his 7-year-old sister.

After a myriad of bites, cuts, scrapes, and bruises, followed by a number of rabies shots, the children are now back at home and will not return to school for another week and a half. They were greeted with a half-gallon of ice cream to split between the two of them upon their arrival home. 

Buggy accident in Lancaster is a grim reminder

Buggy accidents have been a problem around our region for many years. As technology has advanced the Amish have enjoyed a humbler way of life and embrace the simple things. Generally, Amish buggy drivers follow the rules of the road and try their best to steer clear of motor vehicle drivers. However, there are still hundreds of buggy-related accidents throughout the country every year.

In Lancaster this past Monday, a 14-year-old girl was seriously injured while driving a horse and buggy after being hit by a commercial tractor trailer. The accident took place around 7:30 a.m. in Leacock Township, Lancaster County between Intercourse and Bird in Hand, just east of the town of Lancaster.

Ohio man sentenced for sexually abusing nursing home patient

When someone you love is the victim of nursing negligence or nursing home neglect, you can feel helpless and even guilty. We expect the people we place in a nursing home to be taken care of just as well as if they were home with us. That's what we pay for and that's what we're promised.

Unfortunately, however, abuse is far too common. Generally, most cases of nursing home neglect stem from staff simply not caring for patients or leaving them unattended for long periods of time. Other cases involve physical abuse where staff members beat or restrain patients, leaving them with bruises and even broken bones. But by far the worst kind of abuse is when a staff member sexually abuses a patient. It happens more than people think and the effects are devastating for victims who have come to trust those of whom provide them care.

Erie readies for construction season

The country's National Work Zone Awareness Week began today, starting another spring season of demolition, rebuilding, and neighborhood rejuvenation. As such, construction zone accidents will be on the rise. Here in northwest PA, we are looking at more than $100 million worth of work to be done on bridges and roads. That doesn't even take into account the amount of work that will be done at private residences and companies. But private sector aside, $100 million worth of work on our roads and overpasses means that motorists from all over who are traveling in and around our region should be on the lookout for those dreaded orange and black signs warning us of "WORKERS AHEAD" and "CONSTRUCTION ZONE."

The generous allocation of monies from Harrisburg for our region will not come without the state capital digging into our pockets at the DMV. This past week, charges for such things as a copy of a vehicle deed and new picture ID or license will jump to over a 100% hike in costs. It's all part of Governor Corbett's $2.3 billion plan for PennDoT to make Pennsylvania the safest state in which to drive in all the union. After this winter's treacherous weather, accidents and deaths in both Ohio and Pennsylvania seemed to be up; however, those numbers actually stayed around average for any given year. 

Chrysler to recall nearly 900,000 vehicles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, United States will be recalling upwards to 900,000 SUVs due to the possibility of failing brake systems in cold weather.

Chrysler initially did not admit that their brake lines were corroding, but after an inquiry from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the car company acknowledged the problems with their vehicles when temperatures dropped below freezing.

NHTSA rule designed to reduce deaths due to vehicles backing up

While the loss of any life in a car accident is tragic, such an incident is that much more difficult to handle when the person killed is a child. While these accidents may involve other vehicles, in some cases children are struck and killed when cars run over them while backing up in driveways or parking lots. These types of accidents may happen when the person behind the wheel fails to see the much smaller child behind the car.