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Category Archives: Personal Injury

Post-Concussion Syndrome

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that usually results from a blow to the head. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which symptoms continue weeks to months after the original concussion. Post-concussion syndrome is caused by structural damage to the brain during the initial impact that may cause a disruption in the messaging… Read More »

Assessing the Value in Personal Injury Cases

Assessment of value for damages in a personal injury case can be a complicated subject. An important matter to consider is not only what you and your attorney agree upon for your case valuation but what and how the insurance adjuster for the offending party is going to value the case. As you can imagine,… Read More »

Tour Guide Who Survived Fatal Bus Crash Settles with Tractor-Trailer Company for $5.25 Million

Because of their sheer size and weight, loaded tractor-trailers can inflict catastrophic harm to passengers of other vehicles they crash into — even when those passengers are in vehicles significantly larger than cars, such as buses. In 2015, a tour bus carrying 14 Italian tourists traveling across Pennsylvania north to Niagara Falls on Interstate 380… Read More »

Lawsuit Claims Kennywood Amusement Park Ride Gave Rider Eye-Eating Parasite Infection

The Raging Rapids ride at Kennywood Amusement Park is a popular Pittsburgh attraction offering the thrill of whitewater-rafting close to home. It is expected that anyone adventurous enough to get into a Raging Rapids raft will get wet, possibly even completely drenched. For Robert Trostle of Squirrel Hill, however, the raging waters did more than… Read More »

What Is Breach of Duty in a Personal Injury Case?

When an injured plaintiff brings a personal injury lawsuit, one of the elements he must prove is “breach of duty.” But what exactly does that mean? And what kind of proof does it require? Let’s start with the concept of duty itself. In general, common law recognizes that people in society owe a duty to… Read More »

Court Ruling Opens New Avenue of Liability in PA Asbestos Cases

A three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court recently delivered a ruling that could provide teachers suffering from asbestos-related illnesses the opportunity to sue school districts for negligence. As reported in The Legal Intelligencer, governmental immunity has prevented teachers from filing asbestos litigation against school districts. But the ruling in Geier v. Board of Public Education… Read More »

Calculating Economic Loss in Personal Injury Cases

In personal injury cases, injured plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses.  But to win compensation, a plaintiff must be able to present hard numbers that justify the amount requested in the Complaint. To maximize a plaintiff’s recovery, a personal injury attorney must be meticulous in itemizing the plaintiff’s expenses related… Read More »

What Damages Are Available in Personal Injury Lawsuits?

While the criminal law system exists to punish wrongdoers, the civil law system is designed to compensate victims. Personal injury is the area of civil law that seeks to compensate injured plaintiffs for the harm caused by a defendant’s careless, reckless, or deliberate acts or omissions. The law uses the term “damages” to describe both… Read More »

Are Bad Outcomes at Skilled Nursing Facilities and Personal Care Homes Preventable?

In many cases, the answer is yes. For example, pressure ulcers (bed sores) can be prevented with proper care.  Pressure ulcers are a risk of being in one position too long, especially in an elderly, frail person.  Frequent turning and repositioning are essential to preventing pressure ulcers.  However, in many skilled nursing facilities and personal… Read More »

What to Do When You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

A serious auto accident is frightening enough, but when you suspect the driver who hit you is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the threat level escalates. It’s important to keep a cool head and manage the incident without exposing yourself to additional harm. Here are a few things to remember: Control your anger… Read More »