Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Study suggests TBI impacts emotional well being of teens

Brain injuries are a tricky injury to recover from. The long-term effects will vary from person to person depending on a variety of factors including the severity of the brain injury. A recent study indicates that the age of the person who suffers the injury could also be a factor.

The study focused on kids between the ages of 11 and 20 and the responses they provided in a health survey. The questionnaire included 12 queries seeking information regarding social dysfunction, anxiety and depressive symptoms. As a part of the study information regarding traumatic brain injuries suffered was also sought. A total of 4,685 young people participated in the study.

Another victim of Armstrong County crash dies

Late last night, a fifth person died from injuries he suffered during a horrific car accident in South Bend Township, Armstrong County around 10:30 Wednesday night. The 34-year-old man was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. Thursday night at UPMC Presbyterian. Two more people remain in critical condition at UPMC Presby, including the 34-year-old's brother and another woman.

The accident happened along Route 156 near the Gobblers Run Road intersection right at the Gobblers Run runoff from Crooked Creek. The accident was said to happen at about 10:20 p.m. when the 19-year-old driver of a 2003 Ford Mustang came speeding around a bend, crossed the center double yellow line, and collided with a Chevrolet Lumina head on. 

Four dead, three injured in horrific Armstrong County accident

Four people are dead and three more are injured after a horrific Armstrong County car accident late last night.

The two-vehicle accident took place in South Bend Township, between Vandergrift and Indiana, shortly after 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday evening along Route 156 near the Gobblers Run Road intersection.

At least one in twenty ER visitors leave with wrong diagnosis

A new study shows that at least one in every twenty adults who is treated at an emergency room in a U.S. hospital is given the wrong diagnosis. That means that as many as twelve million Americans are being wrongly diagnosed each year in this country. Experts say that at least half of the six million faulty diagnoses could cause serious injuries or be potentially fatal, according to a patient safety expert who is the first to provide this type of in-depth information about the problems surrounding outpatient situations.

Essentially, people who walk into an emergency room with problems associated with heart failure, pneumonia, blood disorders, and types of cancers could go unrecognized by the attending ER physician. Attempts to quantify these kinds of errors has been difficult to do in the past because most researchers and field experts use different definitions of "mistakes." This has made it hard to track negligence, but these estimates are considered fairly conservative upon interviewing anonymous ER physicians and nurses from throughout the country.

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.