Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Settlement reached in Mercer County medical malpractice case

The medical malpractice lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. have reached a settlement for a case that left an 87 year old Mercer County woman with no kidneys. This 87 year old woman went to UPMC Horizon in Farrell, Pennsylvania to have a cancerous kidney removed and the operation left her without both kidneys. As a result of the surgery, this 87 year old woman was on dialysis the rest of her life.

Reed Oil explosion causes wrongful death of New Castle man

Massive head trauma from an oil tank explosion caused the wrongful death of a New Castle, Pennsylvania man in August of 2013. In Pymatuning Township, Mercer County, a 37 year old welding contractor was hired to do welding work on an oil storage tank that caused the tank to explode. The explosion caused the tragic death of this man and caused the oil tank to be thrown across the Reed Oil facility into a neighboring yard.

Tracy Morgan struggling to recover from TBI

The truck accident that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan several months ago is likely still fresh in many people’s mind. In addition to inflicting serious injuries upon Morgan and several others in the vehicle, the crash also resulted in the death of one man.

Following the incident Morgan was hospitalized for several weeks. During that time his body healed from the injuries he suffered including broken bones such as:

  • A leg.
  • Nose.
  • Ribs.

He also suffered a brain injury in the crash.

Pittsburgh man killed in pedestrian accident

A fatal pedestrian accident claimed the life of a Pittsburgh area man Wednesday night. The accident occurred around 11:30 pm and about half a mile east of the Boulevard of the Allies exit of I-376 East in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The victim was walking in the left lane of the Parkway East outbound when he was struck according to the state police. The impact flung him into the westbound lanes where he was hit by two more cars, and shockingly none of the drivers stopped to see what they had hit.

Location of accident resulting in work-related injury relevant

As we have mentioned in previous posts, it is not uncommon for a workers’ compensation claim to be denied. There are many reasons that an employer might do this. For example, the employer might claim that the injury occurred at a time that was outside the scope and course of the person’s employment. While sometimes this decision will stand up upon appeal, other times it will not. A case recently resolved involving a Pennsylvania worker, illustrates this.

Personal injury results in wrongful death of Beaver County teen

The wrongful death of a Beaver County 17 year old has led to the arrest of two 18 year old males. This Monaca, Pennsylvania teenager was negligently left in the back seat of a car while having respiratory problems. On Washington Avenue in Monaca, a local person called the police and reported seeing 4 people move a body from one car to another. Police came and found the four males sitting in a parked car and none of them reported to the police that a 17 year old was sick or unhealthy in the back of another car.

Dallas helps local pet owners

This holiday season, Dallas is giving back to the community by helping local pet owners receive free pet food for their animals. In conjunction with Promises for Pets, Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. is sponsoring an event on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the law office of Susan Papa at 439 Court Street, New Castle, Pennsylvania. At this event, free pet food will be handed out to local pet owners between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Are injured workers ever able to pursue personal injury cases?

According to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace accidents declined again in 2013, reinstating a trend that has been ongoing for the last 11 years, with the exception of 2012. That being said, the rate of serious injury and illness on the job in 2013 was tallied at three million workers.

The types of injuries and illnesses experienced by those three million workers vary considerably, of course, ranging from back injuries to amputations. In some cases, workers who suffer from serious injury may be unable to return to work for a significant period of time, or even permanently.

Do you know how to protect your back while working?

Each day individuals throughout the nation injure themselves while working. The types of injuries vary depending on the specific situation but include those affecting a person’s back. Under some circumstances the injury may be serious enough to result in missing work while healing. During that period of time an injured worker may be able to secure workers’ compensation benefits to help cover things such as the expenses associated with the injury.

Upon returning to work after recovering from a back injury the worker needs to take steps to make sure that he or she does not reinjure him or herself.

The potentially major repercussions of minor injuries

When people think about workplace injuries that affect a worker's ability to perform a job, they often think of major traumas like a brain injury, amputation or broken bones.

However, there are a number of minor conditions a person can experience which can prove to be quite troubling and painful. In today's modern workplaces, many people develop and suffer from conditions that are referred to as repetitive stress injuries. These injuries can be caused or exacerbated by workplace environments that require a person to complete tasks over and over again. While they may be sporadic or just uncomfortable at first, they can turn into serious health conditions that affect a person's ability to work.