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March 2017 Archives

Food blamed in two wrongful death lawsuits

Most people in Pennsylvania would agree that food is supposed to keep people alive, not kill them. Unfortunately, food allergies and bacteria can convert commonplace foods, such as cheese and doughnuts, into lethal substances. Two recent wrongful death lawsuits demonstrate the ways in which many lives can be threatened by unsafe food.

Lifeguard and hotel sued for negligence in drowning death

Cell phones have become something of a universal villain in traffic accidents and similar incidents where the omniscient devices are blamed for distracting a person who should have been paying attention. Now, a lifeguard's use of a cell phone is blamed for a wrongful death at a DoubleTree Hotel.

Statute of limitations for starting a wrongful death lawsuit

Unfortunately one fact of life in Pennsylvania is that at some point in time everyone will pass away. However, there are many different ways that will happen. Some people live very long lives and live past 100 before passing away. Many others die suddenly in fatal accidents at young ages. Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially difficult when the family and friends of the victim had no time to prepare for the death.

Accident reconstruction team needed in Route 222 crash

Traffic accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and witnesses may have faulty or vastly different recollections of what happened. Forensic investigators have developed the science of accident reconstruction to help them understand how and why accidents happen. A recent truck accident on Route 222 in Berks County will be the subject of such an investigation.

Truck sale leads to arrest of driver who caused fatal hit-and-run

Pennsylvanian drivers who cause hit-and-run accidents use a variety of tactics to avoid identification and arrest. In a recent fatal accident involving a hit-and-run death, the driver of the involved vehicle inadvertently identified himself by trying to sell the truck as a means of avoiding arrest.

Standing up for victims of nursing home abuse

When Pennsylvania families place their loved ones in a nursing home facility, it is with the expectation that they will receive compassionate and knowledgeable care. Unfortunately, some of these facilities do not always provide the best care, and as a result, innocent people suffer.

Industrial lift blamed in worker death

Industrial lifts, or "cherry pickers" as they are frequently called, are a common sight in Berks County. These ubiquitous devices, consisting of two hinged arms and a bucket to hold the worker, are used for many different jobs that require workers to perform tasks far over their heads. A common use for industrial lifts is trimming and felling trees. A wrongful death lawsuit recently filed in Philadelphia is going to hinge on whether a defect in an industrial lift was responsible for killing one of the workers who was using the device.

Truck accident results in arrest after driver flees scene

When they are out on the road, Pennsylvania motorists must be aware of large trucks. While these trucks are performing the vital service of transferring goods across the country and most drivers operate their vehicles safely and within the confines of the law, there is a constant risk of a truck accident. Smaller vehicles and their occupants can be severely injured and killed in a crash with a truck. Those who have been involved in a trucking accident should know what to do to protect their rights after it has happened. This is particularly true if it is a hit-and-run.

How our office helps people with premises liability claims

A previous post on this blog gave an overview of how premises liability works in Pennsylvania. Basically, landowners have an obligation to keep those who come on to their land, whether for business or personal purposes, reasonably safe. When a landowner fails to do so, Berks County residents who get injured as a result have the right to pursue compensation from the landowner.

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