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Keep your cool in the fevered aftermath of a hit-and-run

From someone running a red light to a minor fender-bender to a major collision, all traffic incidents are unsettling to one degree or another. Few are as upsetting, though, as a hit-and-run. When another driver runs into your vehicle -- whether you're driving at the time or your car is parked -- or when an automobile strikes you while you're walking, then flees the scene, this is a hit-and-run. Hit-and-runs also include instances when the driver provides contact details after the accident, but you later discover the information is untruthful.

Hit-and-runs are especially upsetting because you suffer injury and property damage through no fault of your own, while the at-fault individual tries to escape any accountability. Preparing yourself ahead of time and knowing what to do if and when a hit-and-run does occur may help you stay calm in the midst of such a stressful situation, which then allows you to collect as much information as possible. This information is often your best bet for pursuing justice and helping hold the accountable party responsible.

Lack of oxygen during birth can permanently affect your baby

Having a baby is a time of excitement and joy for a Pennsylvania family, but this time of celebration can be marred when a birth injury occurs. Babies are susceptible to various types of injuries during birth, and doctors and care providers must be extremely vigilant and cautious when intervening, assisting in a birth and monitoring for problems.

One of the most common types of birth injuries is hypoxia. This is due to a lack of oxygen, and it can happen during, before or even after the baby is born. Babies who experience hypoxia during birth may have to deal with permanent brain damage and a lifetime of medical needs. These birth injuries are cost prohibitive for the mothers and fathers who must care for an injured child.

Medication errors are a bitter pill to swallow

If you are one of the 10,000 people who are victims every day of injuries due to medical errors, believe it or not, you are fortunate. Approximately 400,000 others die annually from mistakes at the hands of negligent doctors and nurses, making medical errors the third most common cause of death in the United States.

In addition to surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis and unchecked infections, medication mistakes are responsible for the injury and death of millions of people each year. In fact, one person dies each day from a medication error.

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.

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