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Is Your Elder Loved One Safe from Nursing Home Abuse?

There are about 80,000 seniors in nursing homes across Pennsylvania, but no one can say how safe these seniors are — not even the government agencies who are supposed to regulate those facilities.. Last year, Ruth McCambridge, editor-in-chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly, highlighted many of the deficiencies in state oversight of nursing homes: The questionable… Read More »

How Are Consumers Protected from Defective Medical Devices?

In the past decade, there has been a disturbing upward trend in major negative events related to medical devices, such as injury, hospitalization, disability, and death. The dramatic growth of the medical device industry partly explains the trend: more devices distributed will naturally yield more negative results as well as many more positive outcomes. However,… 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 »

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

If you have been injured due to negligence by a healthcare provider, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. But how do you start? Although any private citizen can file a lawsuit without legal representation, a claim of medical malpractice is complex and requires a substantial body of evidence. Your first step should… Read More »

What Is a Property Owner’s Responsibility in Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents?

Premises liability law imposes a duty on a property owner to act in a reasonable manner to discover and remedy dangerous hidden conditions that could cause harm to someone who lawfully enters the property. Let’s break that sentence down. Reasonable — A property owner is only responsible for accidents that happen because he is unreasonable,… Read More »

When Is “Failure to Thrive” a Sign of Nursing Home Neglect?

If you have an elder loved one who simply “hasn’t been the same” since entering a nursing home, there could be many factors at play. The loss of independence and the increasing infirmity of old age can cause elders to feel despondent, at least while they are adjusting to their new surroundings. However, when you… Read More »

What You Need to Know About Bicycle Helmet Laws in PA

Under Pennsylvania law, every child under the age of 12 must wear a helmet while operating a bike or riding as a passenger in a restraining seat or trailer. The fine for failing to wear a helmet is $25, but may be waived if the offending rider buys a helmet. The helmet must be a… Read More »

What Are the Differences Between SSD and SSI?

The Social Security Administration oversees two different benefit programs for which disabled Americans might qualify: Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Here’s how each works: Social Security disability insurance — As the name implies, SSD (or SSDI) is an insurance policy in the event you become disabled. You pay into the program through… Read More »

What You Should Know About Appealing an SSD Ruling

If the Social Security Administration denies your application for Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSD), you have 60 days to appeal the ruling. However, you shouldn’t expect much guidance from the SSA about how to rework your application to make it acceptable. In most cases, it will be up to you to intuit why your… Read More »

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Pennsylvania?

Wrongful death occurs when a “wrongful,” but not necessarily criminal, act or omission leads to a person’s death. If you lost a loved one because of negligence, recklessness or deliberate violence, you may have standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Pennsylvania law says that a wrongful death action can only be brought by a… Read More »