Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Dallas W. Hartman employees participate in Habitat for Humanity

This past Saturday, through their Dallas Helps program, Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. employees gave back to the community by participating in Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, Christian organization that builds and repairs houses all over the world for families in need by utilizing donations and volunteer work.

Ways to reduce truck accidents

Residents of the state of Pennsylvania take to roads throughout the state each and every day, it is important that they are kept as safe as possible. Every driver can take steps to make this a reality, including drivers of heavy trucks. There are multiple reasons why the presence of these trucks on Pittsburgh area roads can be so dangerous for other drivers.

The first is that their size often makes it difficult for other drivers to correctly estimate how fast the truck is travelling. It may be travelling faster than what first appears. Accordingly, it is important that other drivers take steps to stay safe. These include making sure there is sufficient room between their vehicle and a truck.

Compensation for pedestrians hit by buses

A pedestrian accident involving a New Castle, PA man and a New Castle Transit bus occurred Monday, October 13. The New Castle man was hit by a bus on Garfield Avenue and is said to be in critical condition after suffering head injuries. From the accident scene, he was flown to St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio to receive treatment.  

Medical Malpractice in Ebola Outbreak Connected to Eastern Ohio

Medical Malpractice has led to two hospital workers of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas contracting the Ebola virus. "Sloppy" Ebola protocol has led to over 40 healthcare workers potentially being exposed to the virus. The hospital staff did not wear the proper protective equipment while treating the patient with Ebola. Malpractice was committed because the hospital should have had protocol set up to both quarantine the patient and require hospital staff to wear personal protective equipment.

Inspection of safety gear important in keeping workers safe

As we have written about in previous posts, falls are a major issue in workplaces throughout the country. Incidents such as these often occur on construction sites and involve construction workers. Depending on the specific circumstances surrounding a fall, the outcome can be serious. The use of fall protection equipment can be beneficial in reducing these incidents. To make sure that the equipment works as intended, it is important to properly maintain it.

There are a variety of fall protection devices available that may be used on a construction site, including self-retracting lifelines, lanyards and harnesses and body belts. The safety checks necessary vary from system to system.

General Motors faulty ignition switch deaths on the rise

The amount of deaths caused by General Motors' defective ignition switches has now more than doubled from the number GM said it was responsible for just a few weeks ago. A new report shows that the "compensation expert" that GM hired has now granted eligibility for at least twenty-seven claims from families who argue they've lost a loved one because of the defective devices.

Before hiring the compensation expert, a man who was also hired after the 9/11 attacks and other disasters, General Motors believed they were only responsible for no more than thirteen deaths. In addition to the at least twenty-seven deaths for which GM is taking responsibility, there are hundreds of injury claims pending, including accidents where victims are suffering from quadriplegia, paraplegia, traumatic brain injuries, double amputations, and severe burns that are being dealt with now; but that's only scratching the surface.

Police question suspects in fatal hit-and-run accident

Hit-and-run accidents that cause the death of a loved one can be difficult to wrap your head around. Why someone would leave a victim to die after they just hit them with their vehicle is also a difficult thing to understand, but psychologists say that it's a fight-or-flight gut reaction that is non-discriminant to any one particular personality type. If you have lost someone to a hit-an-run pedestrian accident, you will need an experienced attorney to help you during this sensitive time.

In Youngstown, police have confirmed that they have nailed down a potential person of interest in a hit-and-run accident that took the life of a twenty-year-old woman along Ohio Interstate 680 last Monday.     

A workers' compensation overview

Few individuals who set out to get a job likely consider the possibility that they will be hurt while working. Despite the lack of consideration regarding the matter, on-the-job injuries and illnesses do happen all too frequently. When it does happen, the workers' compensation process that is currently in place in the state of Pennsylvania may make things easier for the injured or ill worker. The Workers' Compensation Act mandates that most employers provide workers with workers' compensation coverage. Part-time and seasonal workers are included in this. 

Hermitage accident seriously injures two

Mixing dangerous intersections and negligent drivers is a recipe for disaster. Now that the days are getting shorter and leaves on the road can make conditions dangerous, it is important that drivers pay attention to detail when navigating highways and local roads. The majority of accidents take place at intersections, so it is particularly important watch all directions when approaching one. Being a defensive driver can save your life. If you have been injured in an accident at a dangerous intersection or because of the negligence of another driver, you will need an experienced car accidents attorney to represent your best interests in court.

Medical malpractice a serious factor in Ebola outbreak

A Texas hospital made a grave medical malpractice mistake when it sent a man from Liberia home with Ebola-like symptoms in the middle of the global Ebola outbreak scare. According to sources, hospital staff new the man was from Ebola-ravaged western Africa and sent him home without doing any of the proper Ebola testing. This Texas hospital's error has put at least forty-six people from Dallas at serious risk. If the hospital had followed basic medical procedure, the patient would have never been wrongly discharged and those people would not have to worry about the reported 50/50 mortality rate of this latest case of Ebola.

Discovered as early as 1976, the Ebola virus is rare but deadly disease that is caused by contact with someone else who carries an Ebola strain. Today, Ebola is found mainly in western Africa. After this most recent strain of Ebola has taken more than 3000 lives in Africa, it is thought to have come here to the United States late last month and the carrier is believed to be the above mentioned man from Liberia.