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Body of nursing home resident found on side of road

Many families in Pennsylvania must wrestle with how to provide care for their aging relatives. In addition to ensuring people can manage or receive help with everyday life needs such as eating, bathing and dressing, it is important for family members to know that loved ones are in secure facilities. This can be especially important for people who live with memory issues such as dementia or Alzheimer's as these conditions may leave them confused and vulnerable in unique ways.

A nursing home in Allentown has recently felt the spotlight on it after one of its residents, a woman with Alzheimer's disease, was somehow able to leave the facility undetected. The woman who was 77 years old is said to have been noted missing in late August although it is unclear on exactly what date she may have left the nursing home. It was nearly a month later that the woman's body was found on the side of a rode only a couple of miles from the nursing home.

Most common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits

Medical errors occur all the time in Pennsylvania healthcare settings. Because medical care is human-oriented, mistakes happen. However, many of those mistakes are easily avoidable. Looking at the common causes of such issues, it is fairly easy to see that most are caused by human error and a result of someone not paying enough attention. Forbes notes that negligence in health care is the third leading cause of death in the country. That is a fact that requires attention.

Medical malpractice is proven when a medical provider has shown negligence in the care of a patient. It does not have to be intentional, and in many cases, it is not. Accidents occur, but a medical provider is held to a high standard due to the important nature of his or her work, and when he or she makes a mistake, it becomes negligence.

Distracted driving suspected in fatal pedestrian crash

It may seem to many people in Pennsylvania that distracted driving is the new drunk driving in a way. More and more evidence is coming to light about the dangers of distracted driving with a heavy emphasis on texting while driving. While public concern about drivers who refuse to put away their phones when behind the wheel increases, the laws have yet to fully catch up. In the meantime, innocent people are put at risk every day.

An example of the risk people face may well be seen in an accident that happened last fall in Allentown. According to reports, a young woman was driving and failed to stop at a signal light that had turned red. As she proceeded through the intersection, her vehicle struck another vehicle. The second vehicle then was pushed into an area of the intersection that included a pedestrian crosswork, hitting a woman who was walking in the crosswalk. The pedestrian, a woman aged 56 years old, died as a result of the crash.

Pennsylvanians may see safer roads with new law

It should be well-known by anyone in Pennsylvania that driving after consuming alcohol is not safe. There is no other way to put it. Yet, despite this fact having been clearly demonstrated, people continue to grab their keys, start their cars and go after they have been drinking. Because social drinking is so commonly accepted, this keeps going on and people continue to be injured and killed unnecessarily.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 300 people were killed statewide by drunk drivers in 2016 alone and alcohol was a factor in more than 10,000 motor vehicle accidents. Now, Pennsylvania residents may get some help to reduce the number of accidents caused by negligent drivers who will not either say no to alcohol if they are driving or find another way home. Act 33 of 2016 recently went into effect and will see people convicted of some first-time drunk driving charges be required to use an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.

Many factors may affect slip-and-fall case against municipality

Although it is essential for you to be aware of your surroundings in Pennsylvania, you cannot be always focused on your feet. We at Friedman, Schuman, Applebaum and Nemeroff, P.C., are aware of the responsibilities that individuals, companies, organizations and agencies have to keep your path clear and safe.

If you fall and are injured because of a condition that should have been fixed, you do have a limited amount of time to file a premises liability claim. This is a factor pointed out by the City of Lancaster when it was sued for a damaged sidewalk, according to the Penn Record. In answering the plaintiff's claim, the city stated that the woman did not meet this six-month deadline. 

Understanding surgical error and your recourse

Surgeries are very complex procedures, and patients trust their doctors to complete them properly. Unfortunately, not all physicians are equal in skill, and some may end up injuring patients rather than helping them.

In the case of surgical error, a medical malpractice claim may be beneficial. Though it cannot undo the pain and issues that the error causes, it may serve as a beneficial form of recourse.

3D-mapping to be used in autonomous cars

When thinking about autonomous vehicles, many Pennsylvania residents may be excited at the prospect of being able to hand over control of the wheel. Others may be more hesitant at relinquishing control of their vehicles. In either case, people are probably concerned about their safety and the safety of those they love. The thought of an accident happening is never positive and that includes an accident that happens because a computer didn't do its job well enough.

That is a situation that one company that is a manufacturer of automotive parts is looking to prevent. Delphi Automotive has teamed up with Innoviz, a technology company that provides three-dimensional mapping capabilities that Delphi aims to use in products for autonomous vehicles. The technology is officially called LiDAR and once integrated should allow a self-driving car to be able to sense any and all objects in its area.

What are common delayed car accident symptoms?

People who have never been in car accidents in Pennsylvania may not understand how serious injuries can be and how long it can take for them to show up. Many people think that the worst thing that can happen is they will end up with a few bruises and broken bones. What they do not realize is that it is possible to walk away from car accidents without obvious injuries.

The stress, shock and aftermath of car accidents can make it hard for them to realize that the aches, physical and cognitive issues and discomfort they are experiencing in the days and weeks following their accidents may be symptoms of delayed injuries.

Building facade accident leaves two men hurt

Pennsylvania residents who work in the construction industry can be in dangerous situations at any time regardless of the type of construction work they may be involved with. From roofing to cement mixing to demolition and more, there are unique risks associated with every step of the building process. Two men who were working on a construction job site in Millvale know this all too well after they were injured in an accident together. 

The two men were part of a larger group of five construction workers who together were helping with the demolition of a building facade project. They were situated on an upper level of the building at the time. Reports indicate that the building had previously been identified as being sound and while the main portion of the building did not collapse, some of the bricks on the outer facade did come off. It was these falling bricks that led to the injuries.

The building blocks of a personal injury case

If you suffered an injury because of someone else's negligence, filing a lawsuit may be a good option when you need to seek compensation for your damages. Understanding how such a case works can help you as you work with your attorney to assess your situation and plan the way forward.

Whether a car hit you, you slipped on damaged flooring at the store, you suffered because of a wrong diagnosis or you sustained another type of accident, your case will have several basic elements. Specific types of personal injury cases may have additional components.

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