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.
Each year, far too many individuals are injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes all across the United States. Though these accidents can be caused by drunk drivers and those who operate their vehicle inappropriately, distracted driving, where the driver is focused on something other than the road, is another common cause of car accidents that deserves attention.
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.
No one wants to imagine a day when a loved one will have to go into surgery. Unfortunately, this is something most of us will experience at some point in our lives. We trust that the Pittsburgh medical professionals in charge of our loved one's procedure will take good care of them and live up to their duties as health care professionals. In most cases, that's exactly what happens. However, in a few cases, medical professionals and hospital staff behave negligently on the job, causing injury to their patients. One mistake can cost a patient his or her life. In these cases, victims and their families may be able to file a successful wrongful death suit against those responsible.
The law in Pennsylvania says that no driver can text behind the wheel. Texting while driving, which is just one of the many different things that can distract a driver, is horrifically dangerous. Of course, there are many people in Pennsylvania who have managed to text and drive without ever getting into an accident, there are also numerous stories of people seriously injured in crashes, too. In fact, one state's traffic commission has estimated that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Though our blog tries to focus on the Pittsburgh area, sometimes covering individual motor vehicle accidents can downplay just how prevalent crashes are. If we look at the nation as a whole, it is readily apparent that there are large numbers of crashes and people injured in car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 3.9 million nonfatal injuries and 32,999 people who died from car accidents. Not only are car accidents horribly prevalent, but they are also horrificaly expensive.
A recent study published by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development has found that when teenagers ride in vehicles driven by impaired drivers, they are more likely to drive while drunk or high on drugs themselves. Although this is certainly an important statistic and one that certainly should be explored more in-depth, reports on the study fail to focus on the more immediate dangers -- teenagers riding with impaired drivers.
Every brain injury is unique, making it difficult to diagnose accurately. Some symptoms appear immediately after the injury, but others aren’t noticeable for days or even weeks. Medical professionals participating in an international study are trying to find better ways to assess brain trauma and classify all of its variations.