Pennsylvania and Ohio Injury Law Blog

Construction worker injured in accident involving circular saw

There are multiple ways in which a construction worker might be injured in the course of his or her job. In addition to being hurt by a falling object, they themselves could fall resulting in serious injury. The tools they use can also pose a risk to their health. A man in another state is dealing with that reality now. He was injured while using a circular saw.

Though it is not clear what the man was cutting when the incident occurred, the saw is generally used to cut through concrete of metal. As he was using the tool something happened that caused the circular blade to separate from the tool and become impaled in his chest.

Erie motorcycle accident takes Millcreek man's life

Erie motorcycle accidents attorneys

It seems we have been reading more and more tragic stories about fatal motorcycle accidents of late. And this after a promising beginning to the summer in northwestern PA, where motorcycle accidents were significantly down from previous years. We can now add another one of those accidents to the list after a terrible accident has taken the life of a local man.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Pennsylvania TBI Attorney

In recent months, we have received a lot of inquiries about traumatic brain cases. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be worse than any broken bone, or even the loss of an extremity. What's worse, a TBI can cost the victim and his or her family thousands, even millions beyond what they thought would eventually owe in hospital bills. However, insurance companies often take advantage of those they insure and attempt to settle claims for pennies on the dollar in an effort to minimize liability and financial exposure. But with a quality TBI lawyer who cares about you, your injury, and the future of your family's well-being, you are at a much less risk of falling into the insurance low-ball trap.  

Indiana car accident leaves one dead, five injured

A man was killed last Tuesday after a 3-vehicle pile-up shocked rural Indiana County. Pennsylvania State Police told reporters that a Toyota Rav 4 with four people in it crossed the road's center line and drove into the path of an oncoming coal truck. The impact of the initial collision caused the coal truck to hit a Chevy Suburban and then drive off the road into a residential yard, finally coming to a rest less than twenty feet from a home.

One of the home's occupants told police that she heard a loud crash and then looked out the window to see what she described a "big ball of flames" coming at the home. The woman said that others who heard the crash came to the driver's rescue, but that she feared her home would catch fire. In addition to the woman being interviewed, she said that her 14- and 9-year-old daughters were also inside the home.

Boardman motorcycle accidents lawyer

Motorcycle accidents are dangerous and can lead to lifelong injuries or death. This summer, we have seen many motorcycle accidents take place throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. While many car and truck drivers say their accidents with motorcycles were unavoidable, the truth of the matter is that watching out for and sharing the road with bikers is a responsibility that comes with the privilege of owning a driver's license.

Trucking competition focuses on safety

Trucking safety is an important issue since it impacts so many people. Each year trucks cover close to 400 billion miles in the process of hauling 9 billion tons of freight. Because drivers of vehicles other than trucks share the road with them, all have a vested interest in doing what is necessary to make the roads safer. Earlier this month some professional truck drivers demonstrated their commitment to safety in an event held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Truck accident sends three to hospital

Commercial truck accidents often end tragically and leave families devastated. Most truck drivers are responsible, take their time, keep good logs, and get the proper rest before getting back on the road; however, there are those who attempt to squeeze a few extra hours of work in to get to destination early instead of pulling over because they're tired, or drivers who are distracted by a phone call or text message they receive. Truck drivers are human just like the rest of us, and of course they make mistakes, but when you're driving a multi-ton tractor trailer at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, your level of attention to detail and overall concentration should be at its best. If you have been injured in a truck accident, call the truck accidents lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today at 866-586-1910 for a free consultation.

Court rules former employee eligible for workers' comp

The case the court was asked to rule upon involved a man who had been employed as a driver technician, whose responsibilities included delivering furniture and medical equipment to locations found in several states including Pennsylvania. The man quit that job when his supervisor refused to accommodate his request that some stops be removed from his daily itinerary. The driver sought to have those stops removed because he had been on-call the previous weekend and was tired as a result of that work.

Unwilling to work under those conditions, the driver quit on the spot.

As the driver was retrieving his personal belongings, with his manager, who directed him to, as an escort, he tripped on a pallet jack. In the course of the fall he injured his left side. After being told several days later that he could not get a physician referral from his former employer since he no longer worked there, the driver first filed a civil lawsuit against his former employer. This was later dropped and he sought workers' compensation.

The matter worked its way throughout the workers' compensation system with differing outcomes at the various stated of appeal. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court's three-judge panel determined that the man was entitled to be the benefits since at the time of the incident he was doing something under the direction of his employer, upon the employer's premises.

It can be discouraging when a workers' comp claim is initially denied. Appealing a denial of worker' compensation benefits as this man did, can be worthwhile however. Working with a lawyer who handles such matters is a great place to start.

Source: Business Insurance, "Injured worker who had just quit wins appeal for workers comp," Sheena Harrison, Aug. 12, 2014

Bicyclist hit by van in Presque Isle State Park

Pedestrian accidents and bicyclist accidents take place at an alarming rate throughout western Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh on up to Erie, it seems no community, large or small, is free from the dangers of pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, or while on your bicycle, call the pedestrian accidents lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. today at 866-586-1910 for a free consultation.

Six people hurt in multi-vehicle accident

When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, the injuries can pile up quickly and many families can be affected. If you are the victim of a multi-vehicle accident, or you have lost someone close to you in a motor vehicle accident, call the car accidents attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. at 866-586-1910 for a free consultation.

On Saturday evening, two vehicles collided and sent six people to a local hospital. The accident happened in Lake Milton, Ohio at the intersection of Mahoning Avenue and Pricetown Road / State Route 534.