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As the holiday season gets under full swing, many people in Pennsylvania will find themselves on other people's property for parties and festivities. These hosts may have an obligation to provide a reasonably safe space for their guests. One factor that can make a space unsafe is an aggressive dog.

Not long ago, we discussed the legal issue of recovering for a dog attack on a theory of premises liability. Pennsylvania law requires that a plaintiff prove that the defendant owned the aggressive dog and that the dog caused severe injury. Depending on the totality of the circumstances, there may be other requirements in order for a plaintiff to have a successful case.

Pennsylvania bicyclist killed in truck accident

Riding a bicycle can be a great way to get around and it can be great cardiovascular exercise for Berks County residents. It is environmentally friendly and it can be a good way to avoid paying for gasoline and car repair and maintenance. Unfortunately, there are some real-world dangers associated with bicycle riding. One Pennsylvania bicyclist fell victim to these dangers.

The woman was riding her commuter bicycle in Philadelphia on November 28 when, according to news reports, a garbage truck entered the bike lane she was riding in. She was killed in the ensuing truck accident.

How could no informed consent be medical professional negligence?

These days, patients in Pennsylvania expect their doctors to provide them with information regarding surgical procedures, medical procedures, or courses of treatment before performing them. Some procedures are risky, and many agree that patients should be apprised of the risks before consenting to a procedure. This blog post will discuss the harm that can arise from a lack of informed consent. It will also discuss the medical professional negligence that may exist when harm does arise.

A physician or other medical provider must tell their patient of all the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives involved in any surgical procedure, medical procedure, or other course of treatment, Further, the physician or other medical provider must obtain the patient's written consent to proceed. Certain activities, such as listening to a patient's heartbeat through a stethoscope, are sometimes not considered to be treatment requiring informed consent.

Avoid a parking lot car accident this holiday season

The holiday season is here, and malls and stores will be buzzing with activity as Berks County shoppers tackle their gift lists. As motor vehicle activity increases in area parking lots, the danger to pedestrians can dramatically increase. It is important for everyone to keep a proper lookout while navigating busy parking lots.

The American Automobile Association provides a number of tips to motorists who wish to drive safely in parking lots this holiday season. First, driving slowly is a great idea. This includes backing up slowly. No matter how big of a hurry someone may be in, it is not worth possibly causing injury to another person. Drivers should stay off their phones and give their undivided attention to the task of driving.

What dangers do you face as you enjoy a ride on your motorcycle?

Perhaps you bought a motorcycle so that you could ride the open road with friends, enjoy the wind in your hair and watch the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside go by as you ride, along with enjoying the freedom that comes with owning one. Even as you are aware of the joys that riding can bring you, you may also be keenly aware of the dangers.

Having only two wheels and no other form of protection other than a helmet (and maybe a leather jacket or suit) makes you particularly vulnerable while on the road. If another vehicle strikes your motorcycle, you could suffer serious injuries from the other vehicle's impact and your impact with the ground. In addition, your motorcycle could land on you causing injuries as well.

Regulations aim to prevent distracted truck driving

Being distracted while driving by anything, including one's phone, the radio, one's food or even another passenger's conversation, can easily cause a serious car accident. This is even more true with respect to commercial vehicles.

A distracted truck driver presents a particular hazard to Berks County, Pennsylvania motorists because, when they crash, the size of their vehicle can leave other, smaller cars severely mangled and the occupants of the car either dead or seriously injured.

Landowners have a duty to provide reasonable security

Although no one can fully anticipate a serious crime happening at a business, parking lot, or other property open to the public, especially in this day and age, landowners need to recognize that certain dangers do exist from time to time.

As such, it is no surprise that Pennsylvania law imposes some obligations on landowners to make sure their property is secure and that people invited onto the property aren't going to fall victim to criminal activity.

Liability for damages from hit-and-run accidents

Motorists in Berks County who negligently injure others may be required to pay compensation to their victims. Negligence may be found when a defendant breaches a duty he or she owed to the victim. There are a number of bad acts that could be determined to breach a duty to a victim. One of these is the act of improperly leaving the scene of a car accident. This is often called a hit and run.

Specifically, a hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver is involved in a wreck with another car, a fixed object, or a pedestrian and that driver leaves before identifying himself or herself and before rendering aid to others who need help. Even if a driver is not at fault for an accident, he or she may have committed a hit-and-run if the driver improperly left the scene of a crash.

What to do right after a car accident

A car accident can be a very confusing, even traumatic experience for a Berks County resident. Even if a person hasn't suffered any obvious injuries, it can be hard to deal with. And if a person has been injured, it is that much more challenging. How does one help the injured while taking care of oneself and fulfilling one's legal responsibilities? This blog post will discuss this in a little more detail.

After an accident, it is important to remain at the scene until it is appropriate to leave. By staying at the scene, a driver can render aid and not run afoul of Pennsylvania's laws against hit-and-run driving.

We have a solid record of success with medical malpractice cases

Medical malpractice is the legal term for when a medical professional commits a harmful act of professional negligence against a patient. One way to seek resolution in a medical malpractice case is to file a claim against the medical professional believed to be liable. Many patients, in an effort to resolve the matter expeditiously, may choose to seek resolution in other ways first.

Not long ago, we discussed the various ways resolution can be sought through means other than filing a claim. Contacting the medical professional and contacting the professional's licensing board are two alternatives that may make sense depending on the specific circumstances.

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