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How to spot nursing home abuse

If you have a loved one in a nursing home in Pennsylvania, you may be worried about his or her care. While most nursing homes offer exceptional care to their residents, at Friedman, Schuman, Applebaum and Nemeroff PC, we know there are some that are neglectful. To keep your loved one safe, it helps to learn how to spot nursing home abuse.

US New & World Report lists some top signs to watch for that your loved one may be abused or neglected. While you should always follow up on any gut feeling that something is wrong, you should also keep an eye on the nursing home's staff and overall management. This can be a good indicator of the level of care.

Injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall

If you have been involved in a slip-and-fall accident in Pennsylvania, you could be suffering from a number of different injuries. While it can be easy for some people to dismiss the pain they are experiencing, it could be signs of a serious problem and require medical treatment. We at Friedman, Schuman, Applebaum and Nemeroff can work to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve in any type of accident.


Woman turns into driveway, kills other driver

Most Pennsylvania residents have heard stories about motor vehicle accidents that happen on freeways or long stretches of highways in remote areas. Other accident reports recount crashes in the midst of heavy urban traffic. While certainly these are all scenarios in which wrecks can and do occur, sometimes they can occur when drivers are very near homes as well.

One example of this happened recently in Towanda when a driver was trying to simply enter a driveway. A sport utility vehicle driven by a woman who was 22 years old was making a turn into a driveway along a stretch of Pennsylvania State Road 220. However, instead of successfully entering the driveway, the woman's SUV hit another passenger vehicle head-on. That car was driven by a man who was 60 years old. His car was thrust off of the road and into a carport and step made out of concrete.

Severe injury data for workplace accidents in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania residents know that they can be injured when on the job no matter what line of work they pursue. That said, it is a known fact that some industries and job functions do carry with them a higher-than-average rate of accident or risk of accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration tracks and reports a variety of workplace accident statistics and this information can give interesting insight into the types of incidents that happen when and where.

While OSHA has tracked job-related accidents for some time now, it was just two years ago that it initiated a program to track what it calls severe injuries. These include injuries that result in an employee being admitted to a hospital, losing an eye or having another body part amputated. Since this program began, Pennsylvania is being seen as a potential hotbed for these types of injuries. When looking at the data, injuries to fingers, hands and fingernails accounted for nearly one-third of all such severe injuries statewide.

Common places you could have a slip-and-fall accident

No matter where you go in Pennsylvania, the risk of you falling and injuring yourself is always there. When property owners and their staff fail to take steps to keep their buildings hazard free and warn their guests about potential issues that could cause them harm, the risk of slip-and-fall accidents increases significantly.

You should remain on guard for accident dangers wherever you go. Here are some common places that slip-and-fall accidents tend to occur. 

Study looks at impact of legal pot on car crashes

The summer road trip season is well underway now which means many Pennsylvania residents may be taking to the highways to visit sites and people all around the country. While the recreational use of marijuana is not legal in Pennsylvania, it is in the District of Columbia and eight other states including two in the northeast region, Maine and Massachusetts. With this in mind, people should be aware of this before they begin their journeys and pot adds one more substance to the mix of things that may cause driver impairment and eventually accidents.

Colorado led the way in the United States being the first state to allow pot to be used legally for recreational purposes in January of 2014. By this time, the Highway Loss Data Institute, a firm that performs research on insurance claims, was two years into a study that lasted until the autumn of 2016. This study took a look at many factors that contribute to automobile insurance claims.

Elderly man killed by DUI driver

Pennsylvania residents who lose loved ones due to the negligent choices and actions of other people have every reason to hope that some sort of justice can be served. This may come in the form of criminal prosecution or even civil compensation depending upon the situation.

The friends and family members of a man from West Reading may well be among those seeking such justice today after the death of the man who was 86 years old at the hands of a drugged and speeding driver. The deadly accident actually happened a couple of months ago when a driver on a stretch of Route 183, a two-lane highway, tried to speed pass another car and in the process hit the elderly man who was driving in the oncoming lane of traffic.

4 easy ways for older motorcyclists to enjoy a safer ride

According to findings published in the medical journal Injury Prevention, while seniors who ride motorcycles are in fewer accidents than their 20- or 30-something counterparts, they sustain more serious injuries. It is simply a matter of aging and the accompanying physiological effects, and the results can be hospital visits, recovery time, legal assistance and insurance issues.

Among the many steps older bikers can take to ensure a safer ride, here are four of the easiest.

Fatal construction worker incident statistics

If you or someone in your family or circle of friends works in the construction industry in Pennsylvania, it may be important for you to have a clear understanding of just how dangerous this line of work can be. Even with very clear laws set forth governing training and safety procedures on job worksites, accidents still can and do happen. Sadly, many of these accidents leave workers with lifelong injuries. Other incidents may result in death.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people killed in job incidents in 2015 in Pennsylvania was 173, its lowest number since 2009 when 168 people died in job-related incidents. Of those 173 deaths in 2015, 35 were attributed to the construction industry. While these 35 deaths represented a drop from the 40 in the prior year, they still leave 35 families and social circles mourning unnecessarily. Seventeen of the year's construction deaths involved some type of slip, fall or trip on a job worksite. Another eight fatalities involved transportation.

Reckless riding leads to biker’s death

It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to take to the open roads of Pennsylvania’s landscape and enjoy the freedom and adrenaline of biking. However, bikers must be responsible, vigilant and careful to avoid putting their own life at risk or endangering the lives of other motorists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents amounted to over 4,500 fatalities in 2014.

Recently, an 18-year-old motorcyclist succumbed to fatal injuries sustained in an accident on Pennsylvania’s Route 22. The young man had been riding with a group of friends when several of the bikers created what law enforcement described as a stunt competition in the middle of the street. Bikers were participating in dangerous activities including riding wheelies and racing when the young man lost control of his bike.

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