The shale gas drilling explosion from last February in which a 27-year-old contracted worker and future father was killed has been settled. The explosion, which happened in February 2014 in Dunkard, Greene County, PA, killed the man as he and another worker were rushing toward the blast area after hearing a loud hissing noise. The man worked for Cameron International Corporation, a company contracted by Chevron to work the well site. The victim, who was from Warren, PA, has had an estate set up for his son. The victim died before his boy was born.
Every day, thousands of people travel on the busy highways of Western Pennsylvania. Some of these people will be involved in a car accident that will change their lives forever. While some accidents are not preventable, many of them are caused by a motorist who failed to follow the rules of the road.
It may still be months before South Carolina investigators will learn what happened to cause a five-vehicle accident involving commercial trucks that killed five people, including a 7-month-old and a couple from Johnstown, PA.
Accidents on the road have taken countless lives in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In 2013, there were over 30,000 fatal car accidents in the United States resulting in over 32,000 lives lost. In Pennsylvania specifically, there were 1,117 fatal accidents and 1,208 deaths as a result of those collisions.
For those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, March is a special month, as it is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to BrainTrauma.org, traumatic brain injuries are responsible for more than 50,000 deaths a year. For people between the ages of 1 and 44, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability. Traumatic brain injuries impact the lives of many accident victims and victims of physician negligence all over Pennsylvania. These injuries also have a profound effect on those responsible for the care of these victims.
Altercations between police officers and civilians have become all too common these days. Unfortunately, some of these altercations turn deadly. In 2011, a Pennsylvania man was shot and killed by two policemen outside an apartment building in Farrell.
Every year, many Pittsburgh residents take to the friendly skies and travel all over the world. While traveling by airplane can be extremely convenient and enjoyable, some flights sadly result in tragedy. For people that have lost a loved one in an aviation accident, there may be more questions than answers. The attorneys at Gismondi & Associates have helped a number of families throughout Pennsylvania get through this difficult time in their lives.
Senior living facilities are required to adhere to a standard of care when it comes to treating their residents. One Pennsylvania facility, however, has been accused of not doing so. One woman filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the corporate owner of the facility after her father died in the center in August 2012. Her father allegedly weighed 134 pounds when he was first admitted to the facility, but weighed only 120 pounds four days later. He made several visits to the emergency room for various ailments and injuries, including a clogged feeding tube and a MRSA infection. The man was then moved to a new facility, but ended up passing away only eight days later.
Truck accidents on the Pittsburgh roadways have unfortunately become all too common. Since 2009, 14,000 people have died as a result of big-rig truck accidents. Accident rates vary between states due to differences in terrain and weather patterns, as well as irregularity of enforcement.
Accidents involving vehicles of any kind can cause serious injuries, particularly to children. Car accidents involving various types of vehicles have become a problem in Pennsylvania. In 2009, over 130,000 United States emergency room visits were attributed to all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, children under the age of 16 were involved in a quarter of these visits. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that, from 2007 to 2011, Pennsylvania had 97 rider deaths on public highways, the second-highest number in the country.