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The complex and unique nature of recovering from a brain injury

Brain injuries are complicated, and each one is different. While some people recover completely, others need years to get over the negative effects. In severe cases, brain injury victims may not be the same ever again. Due to the complex nature of the human brain, it is impossible to accurately determine exactly how an injury to this major organ will manifest. 

Pennsylvania victims of brain injuries may face lengthy hospital stays, surgeries, and may require extensive rehabilitation and therapy. If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of a brain injury, your recovery could be lengthy, complicated and expensive. If you are dealing with this injury through no fault of your own, you do not have to face it on your own.

Attorney Greg Heller Invited to Teach Continuing Legal Education Course on Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Greg Heller has been invited to teach a Continuing Legal Education course on Traumatic Brain Injury cases in October. At YRCH we have extensive experience in traumatic brain injury cases. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars in these cases over the years. Just as importantly, we have gotten families the resources they need to put their lives back together. We know that a traumatic brain injury can affect not just the injured person, but the entire family. Brain injuries can pose special challenges because they are often "invisible injuries" -- someone can look okay on the outside, but have a grievous injury on the inside that goes to the heart of who they are and how they live their lives. We get it, and we know how to tell these stories to juries. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, be sure that you consult with an attorney who has experience in these cases.

Medical errors: who is liable for your suffering?

When you turn to a Pennsylvania health care provider, it is with the expectation that he or she would provide quality care and guidance for your specific medical needs. However, some doctors fail to provide care that meets certain standards, and as a result, innocent patients may suffer.

You may suspect that you suffered unnecessarily because of medical malpractice or a medical error of some kind, but it can be difficult to know what to do next. If you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice or negligence and may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim, you would be wise to first speak with an experienced attorney regarding your potential legal options.

Proving the necessary elements may help your wrongful death claim

Though the death of a loved one can make it seem like the world has come to an end, you realistically know that life must go on. However, that does not mean that you have to automatically pick up your life as if you have not just gone through a traumatic experience. If your loved one's death occurred due to the negligence of another person, you may have an even more difficult time coming to terms with the situation.

In order to gain closure, you may wish to consider taking legal action against the individual considered responsible for your family member's death. Because a wrongful death case looks at a substantial amount of information relating to the fatal event, you may wish to understand what your case may entail.

Tap into spinal cord recovery following a Pennsylvania car crash

Anyone in Pennsylvania whose ever twisted a muscle in the lower back understands how excruciating it can be, as well as how long it may take to recover. Those suffering severe spinal cord damage in car accidents know this type of injury can be even worse than pulling a muscle. In fact, many surviving car accident victims suffer full or partial disabilities for the rest of their lives. A key factor in obtaining as full a recovery as possible often lies in the type of treatment provided.

Generally speaking, the sooner the better for surgery and physical therapy needed to heal spinal cord injuries. Recovering accident victims often seek another type of recovery as well. When another motorist's negligence caused the accident (and therefore, the injury), a surviving victim can file a personal injury claim against the responsible party in order to seek monetary recovery of losses. This post covers both physical and monetary recoveries.

Who will be on the hook in a driverless vehicle crash?

Driverless vehicles will undoubtedly be a part of the not-so-distant future. In fact, while testing them in several states, some collisions have occurred -- one of which was fatal. However, with drivers in charge of non-autonomous vehicles, car accidents cause a significant percentage of overall reported deaths in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Many of these crashes involved alcohol. Can you imagine the number of lives that could have been saved if every impaired driver was not behind the wheel but in the back seat of a driverless car?

The sad truth about drunk driving

Drunk driving is considered a punishable offense in all states. The offense is more formally known as a DUI. If an individual is caught driving while intoxicated, he or she might face several consequences. Law-breakers are charged accordingly. They may have to pay substantial fines or might even have to go to jail if the standard DUI turns into a felony DUI charge.

All adults are aware of the effect alcohol consumption has on the human body. After a considerable amount of alcohol has entered our blood-stream, our reflexes slow down. Alcohol affects the functions of our central nervous system. Some motor skills may also be affected under intoxication. Due to all these reasons, drunk driving is an extremely dangerous and reckless act.

The risks of truck driver fatigue

Unlike drivers of other vehicles, transport drivers may have to travel long distances on a daily basis. Every day tons of goods are delivered all across the country via transport trucks. These trucks are generally large in size. Their daunting size is what makes them an even bigger threat in case of a crash. Truck accidents can be tragic. Transport truck drivers who have to spend hours on the road may suffer from fatigue. Fatigue happens if the truck driver is sleep-deprived or not well-rested.

Fatigue is not something that should be ignored. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA has certain regulations regarding hours of service. These regulations state that transport truck drivers should not be driving more than 11 hours after they have spent 10 consecutive hours off-duty. Drivers must comply with these regulations.

Big trucks causing big damage in the Keystone State

From Erie to Philadelphia and all points in between, the state of Pennsylvania consists of a web of roads and highways totaling more than 120,000 miles. From the Great Lakes to the eastern seaboard, the wheels of commerce turn swiftly thanks to large trucks that move goods across the state.

Although truck operators are professional drivers are heavily regulated, failures happen, mistakes are made and accidents occur. Unfortunately, when a big rig and a small car cross paths, the car frequently comes away with extensive damage, and so do its occupants.

Pennsylvania law has a prescription for medication mistakes

Do you think your medication caused you harm? You are not alone. Do not dismiss that feeling as a side effect of the medication your doctor prescribed. Doctors make mistakes, and your health, or life, could be in jeopardy. Even well-intentioned doctors may sometimes fail to take all of the variables into consideration when prescribing medication.

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