Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Immigration status not relevant in injured worker's benefit claim

As some who have navigated the workers’ compensation system are likely aware, despite the fact that most employers in the state of Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, there is no guarantee that an injured worker will receive them. Once granted, they may also be pulled for a variety of reasons. While a denial of the initial claim or the benefits being cut off may act as a deterrent to some, there is an appeal process in place that could result in the benefits being granted or reinstated.

An immigrant from South America who was hurt while working in Pennsylvania recently faced the latter type of workers’ compensation dispute.

Motorcycle accidents: Erie man killed in collision

With Bike Fest in full effect, there are thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the region. While Erie safety officials and bikers have gone to great lengths to keep motorcyclists safe during this time, some motorcycle accidents are inevitable. If you have been injured in one of the area's several recent motorcycle accidents, please call Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today and speak to a motorcycle accidents lawyer about your case.

On Thursday evening, a man was seriously injured in an Erie motorcycle accident. He eventually died on Friday morning. Erie police report that the accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday night. The accident happened at the intersection of East 38th Street and Lake Pleasant Road about a block north of Burhenns Pharmacy.

OSHA seeks to improve construction site safety

There is no question that virtually any worker in the state of Pennsylvania could injure themselves in the course of completing tasks associated with their job. That said, the construction industry is widely accepted as being one of the more dangerous occupations. There are multiple reasons for this including falls on construction sites.

The assistant area director in OSHA's Pittsburgh Office recently articulated just how big of a problem falls at construction sites are. In the 13 counties that comprise that office's territory, they are the number one thing blamed for incidents at construction sites. According to the assistant area director, over the course of the last 10 years, in more than half of the fatal construction accident inspections conducted, falls were involved.

Motorcycle accidents a key topic during Erie's Bike Fest

Motorcycle accidents are dangerous and abundant this time of year. During the summer, the amount of motorcycle accidents is exponentially higher than early spring and late autumn when bikers are ready to begin or end their riding season. There are all sorts of reasons that motorcycle accidents happen and many of those reasons, contrary to popular belief, are not the fault of motorcyclists. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the motorcycle accidents lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. for a free consultation.

Erie's annual Harley Davidson Bike Fest is officially underway and Roar on the Shore has begun today. That means literally thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will be taking to the roads in and around Erie through the weekend. And as there will be a significantly larger amount of bikes on the streets of Erie, police and safety officials are warning everyone that they must be extra careful and keep a particularly watchful eye open for bikers. Police officials say that if everyone does their part, Bike Fest and Roar on the Shore should end accident-free.

Attorneys Olcott and Dohanics to represent parents of wrongful death victim

Attorneys Doug Olcott and Dorothy Dohanics from Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. have filed a medical malpractice case alleging that a Fayette County family lost their two-month-old son due to negligence.

The details of the case, which can also be found by clicking here to a link in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, are tragic and sad. And after months of investigations, the family is suing Uniontown Hospital, the Uniontown emergency room physician, Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC, Institute for Transfusion Medicine, and the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh. The infant's parents, along with Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., have put together a 78-page long complaint that lists Magee Women's Hospital, UPMC Emergency Medicine, Uniontown Hospital, and Dr. Febenido Pascua as the defendants.

The parents have filed their suit as individuals and as administrators of their son's estate. He was born prematurely and died in 2012. The parents and their lawyers are looking for compensation for punitive and compensatory damages and have filed a 23-count suit that alleges the parties involved are guilty of medical malpractice, gross negligence, and wrongful death.

Car accidents: woman and her passenger seriously injured

Car accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Generally when we hear of car accidents, we assume they happen on winding rural roads or open highways with speedy drivers; but car accidents can also happen when and where we least expect them. In fact, most car accidents happen with a few miles of accident victims' homes. However, when we hear about accidents that take place at a restaurant drive-thru, there are many questions to be answered.

An accident at the Meadville Dairy Queen drive-thru is posing many of those questions. The accident happened Tuesday evening at around 8 p.m. Both of the women suffered serious injuries and had to be evacuated to UPMC Hamot via helicopter.

Injured Pennsylvania truck driver files lawsuit

Most employers in the state of Pennsylvania are required to purchase workers' compensation policies. These policies provide benefits to some workers who are hurt while completing tasks associated with their jobs. While these benefits may make the recovery period easier financially, the injured person may have legal recourse as well. A worker, who was hurt due to the negligence of another person or entity, may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.

A resident of Pennsylvania, who was a truck driver, was hurt in a workplace accident involving a pressurized tank. He said that his hand was injured when an improperly replaced cap, popped off and hit him. Air was not bled from the tank before replacing the cap as was the policy.

Car accidents: Hit-and-run accident suspect arrested in Boardman

Pedestrian accidents and car accidents that involve a hit-and-run suspect can take a particular toll on victims and their families. Most motor vehicle accidents are cut and dry. There is a victim and a suspect and a definitive answer as to why it happened. However, when a hit-and-run accident happens, there are so many questions that need to be answered before the legal proceedings can begin that it can feel as if justice will never be served. If you or someone in your family is the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, call Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today for a free evaluation of your case.

Driving occupations considered some of the most dangerous

As we have mentioned in previous posts, while it is possible that someone could be injured while working, regardless of what it is they do for a living, there are certain occupations that are more dangerous than others. According to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who must regularly drive to deliver goods as a part of their work, face the highest risk of injury and death.

While any driver can get into a motor vehicle accident when he or she gets behind the wheel, statistics reveal that three driving based occupations in particular are the most dangerous:

Graco recalls defective products

Manufacturer's that design defective products need to be held accountable. When those defective products involve our children, many questions must be asked. It can be particularly baffling when a company is accused of producing a defective product, but does nothing to fix the problem. If you or a family member are a victim of defective products, then please call the Pennsylvania defective products lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. for a free consultation.

This week, Graco Children's Products has finally decided that it will recall more than 1.9 million car seats for infants. This comes after numerous demands from safety regulators. Officials are calling it the largest recall for infant's car seats in our country's history.

The announcement for the recall, which came Tuesday afternoon, ends a 150+ day debate between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Early in 2014, Graco recalled more than 4.2 million toddler car seats due to faulty buckles; however, Graco refused to recall infant seats until now.