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Legal protections are available to victims of slip-and-falls

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious harm to unsuspecting victims, leaving them feeling like they are facing medical bills that are piling up, and an inability to work as a result of their injuries, all on their own. Fortunately, an area of the law known as premises liability protects victims who have suffered harm in a slip-and-fall accident.

In Pennsylvania, property owners are required to keep their property free from dangerous conditions that could cause harm. If they have created a dangerous condition on their property, or are reasonably aware of a dangerous property condition on their property, they have a duty to remedy the dangerous property condition or warn of the dangerous property condition. If they fail to do either, they may be liable to victims for the harm they suffer as a result.

What resources are available to victims of medical malpractice?

Being able to trust in the medical care you receive is important for any patient and patients should be able to trust in the medical care and treatment they receive. When a medical professional has violated their duty of care to a patient, they may be liable for medical malpractice. A medical malpractice claim can help victims and their families recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional harm suffered as a result.

One type of medical malpractice includes failure to diagnose and others can similarly include a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis. The standard to determine if the medical provider was medically negligent is to ask what a reasonably prudent doctor, in similar circumstances, would have considered as potential diagnoses for the victim's symptoms. If the medical professional failed to consider the condition the victim was ultimately diagnosed with, or failed to order the appropriate tests, they may be liable for medical malpractice.

Prepare your teen for their deadliest season of driving

When a child starts driving, parents naturally feel nervous about letting them spread their wings. In part, this nervousness comes from the parent's own experiences on the road. Speeding, texting and drunk driving are a few hazards that their child could encounter.

Unfortunately, the next few months only become more dangerous for teen drivers. Dubbed the "100 deadliest days," summer is often the time that crashes rise, especially for this age group. Having a conversation about the risks of summer driving can help you protect your teen while they still enjoy their vacation.

Do vaccines have any critical side effects?

In recent years, vaccination has become a hotly debated subject in Pennsylvania. While many insist that vaccines are safe and effective, some residents are doubtful that vaccines do more good than harm.

Both sides of the argument believe that the evidence for their case is indisputable. Hopefully, continued research will clarify this issue. According to the Center for Disease Control, the official stance on vaccination is that they are safe in most cases. However, human error might still cause an issue.

Berks county man dead, his wife injured, after head-on collision

Trying to get to the bottom of a situation or incident can have many twists and turns that can make it difficult to get to the root of the story. It can be the same with car accidents, sometimes it's a matter of putting the puzzle pieces together to get to the bottom of it. There can be several people involved or reasons behind a car accident, which is important when determining fault. Recently, a driver crossed over the center line of the highway and hit another driver and his passenger head-on.

The accident was under investigation a Honda Santa Fe abruptly crossed over the center line of Route 23 near Main street in Caenaveron Township. The vehicle driving in the other direction, a Ford C-Max, was then hit head-on with the driver succumbing to his injuries due to being trapped in the vehicle, while the passenger, the man's wife was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. The puzzle pieces have yet to come together as to why the drive of the Santa Fe crossed the center line.

Drowning of loved ones and wrongful death lawsuits

With warmer weather arriving comes all sorts of fun summer activities for you and your family to participate in. When around a body of water, it's important to be cautious as accidental drowning can happen to kids or adults alike. Some bodies of water, like pools or public beaches for instance, may have life guards on duty or some other level to protect those in the water from drowning. Other locations may just owe a duty or a liability to their visitors.

When people think about wrongful death suits, they don't often think about drowning. But the reality is that a fatal accident can happen in a variety of ways. There may be a negligence or liability connection to a drowning even if it isn't immediately apparent to loved ones. This is because Pennsylvania state and federal law governs most drowning legislation, regulations and rules even in fatal boating accidents. If your loved one drowned on premise or even at certain beaches.

Who might be liable in a medical malpractice case?

When a negligent act happens to a Berks County patient seeking health care services, often that patient will be able to recover damages for medical malpractice. Obviously, the patient or the patient's family would be the plaintiff in this kind of case. But who would be the defendant? Under the law of medical malpractice, there are a number of parties who could be liable. The question of exactly who is liable depends on the specific facts of a particular case.

First of all, a medical doctor could be a defendant in a medical malpractice case. If a doctor fails to provide a minimum level standard of care to a patient, and the patient suffers injury as a result of the failure, the doctor could be liable to the patient for medical malpractice.

What are the economic costs of car accident deaths?

Car accidents can have a dramatic emotional and economic effect on individuals and families. Medical expenses can be great, and families may have to deal with the death or injury of a loved one. But did you know that car accidents also have a major effect on the economy of Pennsylvania and our country generally? When we look at the issue this way, it can bring into focus the devastating effect of car accidents on the Keystone State.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a study on the economic effect of car accidents. The CDC gleaned the data from its online database of injury-related data. They discovered that auto accident deaths have high work-loss costs, meaning that each auto accident death costs our country's economy a great deal. This is because many of the victims of car accidents are young people who otherwise would have had a long career ahead of them in which they would have made a positive contribution to our economy. In 2013, these work-loss costs added up to a staggering $44 billion.

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While artificial intelligence technology has the potential to improve the lives of people in Berks County, there is often a great deal of trial and error involved in testing the technology. While it's harmless to test many kinds of technology, other kinds - such as autonomous vehicles - can be very risky to test. If there is a failure in an autonomous vehicle's safety features, the results can be disastrous.

Not long ago we told you about a ridesharing company that suspended the testing of autonomous vehicles in Pennsylvania. This suspension happened after a number of high-profile fatal accidents occurred involving semi-autonomous vehicles. The accidents are reminders that it may be unwise for people to become complacent and rely too much on technology for complex and potentially dangerous tasks like driving a car.

Man charged after allegedly driving drunk, killing 1 in house

Bad drivers are a danger to everyone else on Pennsylvania's roads. What's sometimes forgotten is that bad drivers can be a danger even to people who are not on the roads themselves, but are pedestrians or even inside their homes. This danger was brought home to people about a month ago in one Pennsylvania community.

According to police, on April 6 a car left the roadway, smashed through the side of a house and entered a bedroom on the first floor. Police said that inside that bedroom was an 86-year-old woman. The woman was pronounced dead after emergency crews arrived on the scene.

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