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March 2018 Archives

Tractor trailer hit-and-run reveals peril to motorists

One of the dangers that Pennsylvania motorists may not consider when sharing the road with tractor trailers is the big rigs are so large, their drivers may not realize that they've been in an accident. There is also the more sinister possibility that a driver involved in a truck accident did not stop out of fear of losing their commercial license or job. The latter can be a real possibility for certain drivers, depending on the nature of the accident and/or their employer.

St. Patrick's Day means spike in Pennsylvania DUI crashes


Holidays like St. Patrick's Day appear to be dangerous times for Pennsylvania motorists to be on the state's roads, streets and highways. Revelers tend to have one (or more) too many and then, rather than calling a taxi or an app-based driving service, they get behind the wheel of a car, risking their own lives, as well as those of other drivers. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents increasingly claim the lives of drivers and passengers in the Keystone State.

A $3.4 million award in Pennsylvania medical malpractice case


When a medical professional is presented with the evidence they need to make a diagnosis and yet fails to do so, such a failure may rise to the level of medical malpractice. In some cases, the failure to diagnose results in the worsening of a patient's condition, requiring in turn even more medical intervention. Such negligence can also result in the health care provider and its insurer taking a significant financial hit when forced to compensate a victim for their injuries.

Winter's second nor'easter wreaks havoc in Schuylkill County


Explosive cyclogenesis transformed the winter's second nor'easter into a deadly bomb cyclone. The dangerous storm caused several major car accidents and road closures across the state of Pennsylvania. While it is natural to attribute such crashes to the weather - and absent such conditions they may not have happened - the root cause is often motorists who fail to adjust their driving to the dangerous conditions.

Not all medical malpractice is accidental


An oft-heard maxim of health care is "first, do no harm." Medical malpractice may arise when this maxim is violated. Most typically, when the topic of medical malpractice comes up, it involves tales of bungled surgeries, misdiagnoses or even the failure to diagnose an illness. What these types of cases have in common is that they involve negligent acts: the health care professional did not use the level of care that is expected of them by legal, professional or societal standards. A less common, but more insidious type, of medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional's deliberate acts result in personal injury to a patient.

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