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Pennsylvania pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle accidents rising

Pedestrians are at risk of being injured in motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania and across the nation. With the number of drivers who are distracted behind the wheel, operating their vehicles in a reckless manner, under the influence, or drowsy, pedestrians must take great care when they are crossing the street and even walking on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, even the most cautious people can be injured or lose their lives in a pedestrian accident.

A new study shows that Pennsylvania had a substantial rise in fatal pedestrian crashes in 2018. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there was an increase in pedestrian deaths of 41 percent in the first six months of the year when compared to the same period the year before. This trend is not limited to Pennsylvania. Across the U.S., pedestrians are dying in motor vehicle accidents at a troubling rate.

State nursing homes sanctioned for personal injury and danger

For Pennsylvanians who make the difficult decision to put a loved one in a nursing home, the goal is to help that person receive the attention and care he or she needs. This treatment can be medical or therapeutic in nature, meant simply to allow them to live their lives in safety and in as good of health as is possible. Whether the person is old and infirm, ill, has a condition or handicap, or is facing any other issue, nursing homes are supposed to help them and their loved ones.

Unfortunately, there are frequently problems in these facilities ranging from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, theft, and failure to provide medical care as it is needed. For those who think their loved one was mistreated in a nursing home and suffered personal injury, seeking assistance from a qualified attorney is the logical step to take to find accountability. This may be especially true when an injury or death is caused by violation of a state or federally-imposed regulation.

Worker caught between trains might need workers' compensation

Workplace injuries are, unfortunately, common in Pennsylvania. This is true no matter what kind of job a person does. People who work in an office or perform their duties under sedentary circumstances can be injured just as often as people who work in physical jobs. However, those who are around heavy equipment, need to make lifting movements to go about their duties, must use heavy tools, or are around vehicles are in daily jeopardy of being injured in a workplace accident. These incidences often result in injuries and fatalities.

A worker may need to do just that after he was injured when he was caught between train cars and a vehicle. The incident occurred at a cement plant and resulted in a train derailing. The accident happened just after 12 p.m. The man, a conductor, was exiting the train when a vehicle that moves train cars - known as a shuttle wagon - hit him. Two of the cars derailed after the crash. The man was trapped, and first responders needed to use the jaws of life to get him loose. He was hospitalized. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Woman injured in car accident

Motor vehicle accidents can happen without warning in Uniontown and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. This is especially true in the winter when it gets dark early, people are cold and in a rush to get to their destination, and slippery roads are a fact of life. What should be remembered about these crashes is that there is a wide range of outcomes and people can suffer life-changing injuries and death when they are involved in one. Since these crashes can be so problematic, understanding the importance of legal assistance to consider a lawsuit after an accident can be the difference between being adequately compensated and having financial issues due to circumstances out of one's own control.

A woman needed to be flown to the hospital for treatment after she was injured in a two-vehicle crash. The accident happened when the woman and her mother were leaving a vehicle dealership in a new Ford Escape. The Ford crashed into a PennDOT truck when the truck pulled in front of her at an intersection. The mother had minor injuries. The driver was hospitalized. The driver of the truck was not injured. Law enforcement investigators believe that the PennDOT driver was responsible. He said he did not see the Ford. Officers said the women were fortunate as the injuries could have been worse, even fatal. The investigation is continuing.

Know the basics of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania

When a Pennsylvanian is injured on the job, there will be inevitable concerns as to what they will do about lost wages and getting the medical treatment needed to return to health. This is where workers' compensation benefits are imperative. However, many workers are unware of even the basics about workers' compensation. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. Not knowing about the benefits they are entitled to and how to get them does not mean that a worker cannot get them. However, it is key to first understand the basics.

Workers' compensation is a law that provides workers with money for their medical care and wage loss. These benefits last until an injured individual can return to work. There are other benefits people can get through this program, including death benefits for family members. Just about all Pennsylvania workers are eligible to obtain workers' compensation as employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance for employees.

Experienced guidance for car accident victims

Open the door, turn the keys, hit the road, arrive at your destination - it's the same day after day. Unfortunately, that simple routine can be shattered in an instant when a negligent driver causes a serious car accident. With the physical and mental anguish in involved, handling the aftermath of these types of incidents is not recommended. Instead, seeking the assistance of an experience attorney can help you proceed in a positive manner.

Common mistakes while filing a workers’ compensation claim

If you believe one of the many myths surrounding Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, those misconceptions can cost you. Some employers or their insurance companies misunderstand their own plans, or intentionally try to mislead their employees to intimidate them and prevent them from filing a claim.

If you or a loved one needs to file a workers’ compensation claim, don’t fall prey to these common mistakes.

Workplace hazards are a problem in hospitals

Hospitals should be a place where injuries and illnesses are cured. Unfortunately, for the staff, they are where injuries and illnesses begin.

Even compared to industries that are commonly deemed unsafe, such as construction or manufacturing, hospitals remain one of the most hazardous places to work. U.S. hospitals recorded 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees, nearly twice the rate of all private industries.

Head-on motor vehicle accidents often lead to fatalities

When drivers in Uniontown and throughout Fayette County are on the road, the last thing they are expecting is to be in a crash. Although it is always a possibility, there is a belief that simply paying attention to the road, adhering to the rules and being as safe as possible will prevent motor vehicle accidents and their aftermath. Unfortunately, this is not the case. One of the worst kinds of motor vehicle accidents is a head-on collision. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in one of these accidents, it is crucial to understand how to pursue compensation through a legal filing.

A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 68-year-old man. The accident occurred shortly after 12 p.m. when a Ford truck with a car trailer attachment heading east went over the center line into the westbound lane and into the path of the deceased man's vehicle. When emergency personnel arrived, they declared the man dead. The driver of the truck was a 50-year-old man. Charges have not been filed. The investigation is ongoing.

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