Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Big rig slams cars east of Pittsburgh; victim in critical condition

A big rig was headed west on Route 22 outside of Pittsburgh when disaster struck early this morning. The tractor-trailer slammed into a car at Cloverleaf Drive intersection, barreled into the median and then "T-boned a white pickup truck," according to KDKA TV.

Inside the car was a woman who witnesses said appeared to have head injuries. A Westmoreland County official said three people were injured in the truck accident, with one of them in critical condition.

Westmoreland County truck accident injures three

A truck accident in Delmont, Pennsylvania, a borough in Westmoreland County, involved at least three vehicles and a tractor-trailer. The accident happened on the eastbound lanes of Route 22 this morning in Delmont. As a result of the accident three total people were taken to the hospital. One victim was life-flighted to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and another was transported to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania by ambulance. The truck involved in the accident was overturned onto its side near Cloverleaf Drive in Salem Township. Early reports indicate that one or more of the victims involved in this truck accident were entrapped in their vehicle. Early reports also indicated that there was oil leaked onto the road.

Coal mine accident kills a miner in Western Pennsylvania

A coal mine accident has caused the wrongful death of a 55 year old Albright, West Virginia man. The accident happened in a coal mine in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. Mount Morris is located in Green County in southwestern Pennsylvania. The man was killed when an air shaft/mine door fell down onto him. He was transported to the emergency room of Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead the next morning. The exact cause of death is still pending an autopsy.

What industry has among the highest rates of workplace injuries?

When we're sick or injured, the last thing we're thinking about is other people's problems. Unfortunately, the very people who take care of us when we feel the worst are at a surprisingly high risk of workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the injury and illness rate among hospital workers are nearly twice as high as the average rate for private industry workers -- and the agency will be stepping up enforcement.

In 2013, for example, there were about 6.4 job-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time workers at hospitals. The problem doesn't end at the hospital door, though -- the illness and injury rate among workers in nursing homes and long-term care facilities is also among the highest in the nation. Worse, OSHA says that virtually all of those illnesses and accidents are preventable.

Ohio launching pilot workers' comp program to speed recovery

When a workplace injury takes place, most Ohio workers are entitled to get health care to treat the injury, have their medical bills paid, get rehabilitation services if needed and to receive a portion of their wages while they recover.

The state of Ohio is trying a new program designed to lower the costs of workers' compensation to employers by getting employees back on the job sooner. The administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation says a quicker return to the job is better for workers, too.

Mercer County woman injured in two vehicle accident

A car accident in Shenango Township, Pennsylvania sent three people to local hospitals. The accident happened at Wheatland and Sieg Hill roads in Shenango Township, a township in Mercer County. A female driver, traveling south, was hit when a male driver, traveling west on Wheatland road, ran a stop sign. The woman suffered moderate leg injuries and was treated at UPMC Horizon in Farrell, Pennsylvania. The male driver claimed that the brakes of his vehicle failed in the moments before the crash. He and his child suffered no apparent injuries but were transported to Sharon Regional Health System to be examined.

Rolling, rolling, rolling

It's the perfect time of the year across western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio for people to kick those engines over and ride like the wind. The next few warm and hot months provide the best weather of the year and some of the best times of the year as motorcyclists take road trips with friends and family.

No one really wants to think about it, but it's a subject that must be discussed: the possibility of those one of those good times ending in a motorcycle accident leaving you with serious injuries. It's a very real danger; one you can do your best to prevent.

Attorneys Hartman, Olcott, and Robertson recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine

Three Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. lawyers have been honored by Super Lawyers Magazine. Attorneys Dallas W. Hartman and Douglas J. Olcott have again been selected as Super Lawyers. This title is reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania.

Three local motorcycle accidents injure four on Sunday

Three separate motorcycle accidents this weekend have injured a total of four people. One of these motorcycle accidents involved a state trooper. The state trooper was injured after a motorcycle accident on I-79 north in Franklin Park Borough, Pennsylvania. The officer was operating his motorcycle when a vehicle made an unsafe lane change, causing the state trooper to be thrown from his motorcycle. He was transported to a local Allegheny County hospital for medical treatment.

Pennsylvania motorcycle accident causes death of 60 year old female

A motorcycle accident in Eastern Pennsylvania has killed a Fayettesville woman. The accident occurred on U.S. 30 in Greene Township, Pennsylvania and it was a hit and run accident. The victim of this tragic motorcycle accident was a 60 year old woman that was eastbound on U.S. 30 when a pickup truck driver pulled out of a driveway and caused the motorcycle to rollover and cross the center line of U.S. 30. The victim was thrown from the motorcycle and died of blunt-force trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene.