Negligence is a term that is often used when discussing personal injury cases in Pennsylvania, but it's rarely discussed in its own right. For example, if one were to say that a car accident was caused by a negligent driver, what would need to be shown to prove that the driver was negligent in a legal sense? There are five elements that must typically be proven to show that someone was legally negligent.
When a Pennsylvania patient puts their trust in the skills of medical professional, particularly if it is a family who is relying on the professional to care for their child, they expect the utmost care and professionalism. Because of these expectations, a medical professional's failure can be devastating - particularly because their acts or omissions can have lifelong consequences. In what appears to be a record verdict in a federal medical malpractice case, a Pennsylvania jury let their sentiments be known in case involving an infant.
St. Patrick's Day, like other holidays on which celebrants typically drink, is notorious for causing an increase in the number of alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania. Drunk driving car accidents are usually considerably more serious than a run-of-the-mill accident because impaired drivers suffer from poor reaction times and slowed cognitive functions. For victims of such drivers, the results can be devastating.
When you lose a loved one because of another person's negligence or misdeeds, the overwhelming sense of loss can be unbearable. There is nothing you can do to make your life the same, and of course, no way to bring back your loved one. Once the grief has become less acute, though, you may begin wonder if there is some recourse to be had for the acts that resulted in your loved one's death.
A car accident is rarely a good thing. However, when vehicles crash into each other head-on, the consequences are often tragic. What's worse, head-on collisions are rarely accidents that could not otherwise have been avoided. There is almost always some external factor that contributes such crashes, which in the event of a fatality, can result in a wrongful death suit.
One of the more common types of medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania is failure to diagnose an illness or disorder. When a medical professional overlooks symptoms or makes an error in reading the results of a test, the consequences for a patient can be dire. If the disease or malady is progressive, the medical error can sometimes be fatal. Even if the patient ultimately survives, their quality of life can be forever affected by the medical malpractice that resulted in the failure to diagnose.
A minor slip or trip on a stair or step could lead to a major injury if you're not careful. Unfortunately, not every building structure is maintained properly. This could lead to a premise liability lawsuit, where a building owner is legally accountable for your injuries. However, this process first involves proving negligence and fault.
Pennsylvania is a major crossroads for semi-truck traffic on the Eastern Seaboard. The big rigs ply the state's highway, Turnpike and interstate highways, 24 hours a day throughout the year. Unfortunately, when hazardous circumstances - such as foul weather, faulty maintenance or a fatigued driver - intervene, these behemoths become bad news for other motorists.
When the weather turns nasty, blowing snow, sleet freezing rain across the Keystone State, the chances of slipping or tripping and being injured in the resulting fall increase significantly. If you are walking out in the weather, like the nor'easters that smacked Pennsylvania this winter, there is not much that can be done. However, if someone has created a hazardous condition by failing to clean up after a storm hits, and you slip and hurt yourself in a fall, you may have recourse for your injuries.
Pregnancy is a time of expectant joy for parents. The impending birth of the child brings about a flurry of excitement and checklists as the due date nears. But for an increasing number of women, pregnancy and childbirth have devastating consequences. Roughly 50,000 women a year suffer life-threatening complications and several hundred die from pregnancy and childbirth in the U.S. annually.
Impaired driving, whether it's alcohol or drugs, is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents, as well as traffic injuries and fatalities. With the advent of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania - the state's first dispensaries are slated to open this year - it is expected that more people than ever will be driving under the influence of a substance. Although medical marijuana is illegal, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana in the Keystone state, and a drugged driver may be on the hook for any car accident they cause.