Category: Personal Injury

Feb 10, 2017 - Personal Injury

Understanding Personal Injury Law

The personal injury lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC have dedicated their careers to helping those who have been injured by others.  Contact us today if you or a loved one has been injured. What Are the Types of Personal Injury Law? There are many types of personal injury law.  This area of law is particularly complex and you should consult your personal injury attorney if you have any questions.  There are a several broad categories of personal injury law that we will discuss here. Negligent or Reckless Acts.  When someone acts without regard to the safety or wellbeing of others they have acted in a negligent or reckless manner.  Examples of negligent or reckless acts include: Operating a vehicle in a dangerous or unsafe manner (speeding, driving while intoxicated, etc.). The unsafe operation of a gun or other weapon. Improper or unsafe handling of food or medicine. Intentional Acts.  Intentional acts occur when someone seeks to make happen the event that causes injury.  Examples of intentional acts include punching, kicking, shooting, stabbing or other acts of violence meant to cause harm that are directed at another.  Businesses can also act intentionally.  For example, where a business purposefully disregards environmental laws and dumps hazardous materials that cause harm. Strict Lability.  Strict liability covers certain types of acts (such as the keeping of wild animals, inherently dangerous activities, and defective product designs) where certain legal elements need not be proven for a party to be liable for harms they have […]

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Jan 13, 2017 - Personal Injury

Snow, Ice and Customer Safety

Slips and falls can lead to serious and sometimes permanent injuries and even death.  Contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 if you have been hurt in a slip and fall.  We have the experience to help you get a medical evaluation you can trust and identify the party responsible for your injuries. We will work with you through the entire legal process. Slip and Fall Facts The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) has complied the following facts about slips and falls: Slip and falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits and slip and falls are the leading cause of visits (21.3% of all visits are attributed to slip and falls). Fractures are the most likely serious consequence of slip and falls (they occur in 5% of all people who experience a fall). Such falls are the primary cause of days not worked. Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall (1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated annually in an emergency room because of a fall). The cost of all these falls is staggering.  The NFSI reports that compensation and medical costs associated with slip and fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually.  These costs include medical expenses, lost wages and reduced productivity. If you have been injured in a slip and fall while visiting a business, contact us so we can help you get the […]

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Jan 11, 2017 - Personal Injury

A Look at Food Product Recalls

Contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 to discuss any injuries you or a loved one may have suffered from consuming an unsafe food product.  An experienced Stroudsburg personal injury attorney can help identify the responsible party and work to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Recent Food Recalls notes that last year, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), and other public health officials to investigate a serious outbreak of Listeria infections.  Evidence indicates that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods is one likely source of the outbreak. Another investigation by public health and regulatory officials found that raw milk produced by Miller’s Organic Farm in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania was the likely source of another outbreak.  According to the CDC, at least one person in Florida died as a result of this outbreak. These outbreaks are considered serious and you should investigate whether any frozen foods or dairy products that you may have in your home are from these producers or any other producer going through a recall. To view recent recalls you should visit the CDC Current Outbreak List and regularly.  Stay informed of all ongoing food recalls and if you ever have a concern about food you have purchased or eaten, contact health officials immediately – then contact our office to discuss your legal options if you have sustained injuries from such problematic food. […]

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Jan 4, 2017 - Personal Injury

The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards Violations

While on the job, your safety and the safety of your co-workers should be placed before company profits.  If you have been injured while working, contact us online or call Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC at 888-777-7098 for help. A Look at the Most Frequently Cited Safety Violations In 2016, the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a report containing the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards violations for 2015: Fall protections (preventing employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls). Hazard communication standards (information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers). Scaffolding (proper support for employees working at elevations). Respiratory protections (protecting workers against insufficient oxygen, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays). Control of hazardous energy (protecting workers from electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment that can be hazardous). Powered industrial trucks (safe operation of vehicles designed to assist). Ladders (secure and proper use of ladders assisting workers in reaching elevated places). Electrical (preventing workers from contacting unsafe or open electrical currents). Machinery and Machine Guarding (safeguarding workers from any machine part, function or process that could cause harm). Electrical systems design (proper design of electrical systems to prevent unnecessary risk of harm to employees). Companies must take steps to inspect their property for dangers to their workers.  They must also act reasonably when attempting […]

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