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November 2014 Archives

Who can file a wrongful death suit in Pennsylvania?

Pittsburgh families who have lost loved ones know how painful it can be to resume day-to-day life after tragedy. It can be even more painful knowing that the person's death could have been prevented if it wasn't for the negligence or misconduct of another person. Fortunately, there is a way for families to get some justice and begin to move forward with their lives.

Car accident kills one, causes serious injury to another

Anytime a driver heads out onto the road in Pittsburgh or throughout the state, there is a chance that a car accident will happen. While the majority of drivers adhere to all traffic laws and operate their vehicles safely, crashes happen. These auto accidents might occur for a multitude of reasons, including drivers operating their vehicles recklessly, drivers under the influence or unforeseen circumstances. Regardless of the reason, the aftermath of these accidents can be life-changing.

Truck accidents responsible for injuries on Pittsburgh roadways

Many accidents, unfortunately, occur on the streets and highways of Pittsburgh. While some of these accidents involve passenger vehicles, but many of the more serious accidents involve commercial trucks. Truck accidents involving tractor-trailers, cement mixers and coal trucks cause a number of severe injuries and deaths of many people every year.

New study says that lawsuits do not lead to "defensive medicine"

You often hear doctors or hospitals complain that the prospect of being sued by patients causes them to practice "defensive medicine," i.e., to order more tests and drive up costs that would otherwise be avoided if they were not worried about medical malpractice lawsuits. A recent study by the Rand Institute published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine says that is not true. The study looked at thousands of patients who were treated in the Emergency Room in three states (Georgia, South Carolina and Texas) that had recently changed their law to make it much harder to sue a doctor or a hospital, and they compared the number of tests ordered to a similar group of patients in states that made it easier to sue doctors. If physicians truly where practicing "defensive medicine," then you would expect that the number of tests and medical costs to go down after the state passed laws to reduce the threat of a lawsuit. However, this new study showed that the change in the law did not cause doctors to order less tests; instead, the number of tests ordered was generally the same both before and after laws were passed which made it harder to sue doctors.

State trooper hit by SUV and suffers severe injuries

A number of car accidents in Pittsburgh tragically involve innocent pedestrians. These accidents can result in severe injuries that leave the victim struggling for the rest of his life. One Pennsylvania State Trooper experienced some serious injuries himself when he was involved in a car accident in late October. Police say the crash occurred in Westmoreland County in the East Huntingdon Township.

What are traumatic brain injuries and how are they treated?

Every year, many Pittsburgh car and truck accidents lead to severe injuries and even death. Some of the most serious injuries involve traumatic injury to the brain. When an accident occurs, drivers and passengers may suffer from a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury typically occurs when a person's head violently strikes an object or when an object penetrates the cranium and enters the brain tissue.

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