May 13, 2022 - Personal Injury

Understanding the Recovery Process for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is a long-term process. Even with a relatively mild TBI such as a concussion, the recovery process can still take as long as three months. For more severe forms of TBI, recovery can be a years-long—if not lifelong—process. Diagnosis and Short-Term Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries  An early diagnosis can be critical when dealing with a TBI. In many cases, prompt treatment can significantly reduce the long-term risks of these injuries. As a result, anyone who has concerns about a possible TBI should see a doctor right away. Life-Sustaining Support With severe forms of TBI, life-sustaining support may be necessary for days, weeks or months. If a TBI victim is in a coma, non-responsive or in a minimally conscious state, he or she will need continuous care until he or she is able to continue to subsequent stages of recovery. Rest With nearly all forms of TBI, rest is a key component of the recovery process. This includes both physical rest and mental rest. Concussion and other TBI patients should avoid activities that stress the brain for as long as their doctors recommend. In addition, they should promptly cease any activities that cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, or fatigue. Gradual Return to Normal Activity As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain, “As symptoms improve, [TBI patients] may gradually return to regular activities.” However, this is also a process that patients should undertake with their doctors’ advice and supervision. […]

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Apr 21, 2022 - Wrongful Death

How Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are Different Than Other Lawsuits

Wrongful death claims are a unique area of the law that differs from other types of lawsuits, so we thought a blog addressing these nuances would be helpful. Following are some of the ways in which wrongful death lawsuits are distinctive. For questions regarding a specific wrongful death matter, contact our firm to speak with one of our attorneys. Who the Plaintiffs Are In most lawsuits, it’s obvious who the plaintiff(s) (i.e., the harmed party) should be. However, in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff is not necessarily the person or persons who will recover compensation if the lawsuit is successful. Rule 230 Pa. C.S. §2202 states that in most cases, the personal representative (PR) is the proper person to file a wrongful death claim “for the benefit of those persons entitled by law to recover damages for such wrongful death.” This is true even though any compensation recovered will not be awarded to the estate. Underlying Acts and The Burden of Proof Rule 42 Pa. C.S. §8301 states that a wrongful death action may be brought to recover “for the death of an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect or unlawful violence or negligence of another.” This means that the underlying act that gives rise to wrongful death claims can be the result of a criminal or civil act. Keep in mind that the burden of proof is different for a criminal act than it is for a civil act. In a criminal trial, guilt must be proven […]

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Mar 31, 2022 - Personal Injury

Why Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuits are Becoming More Common

Delegating the care of someone you love to the staff of a nursing home requires significant trust. When that trust is betrayed, resulting in the death of your loved one, you are left grief-stricken and with feelings of betrayal. While we know that nothing can replace the void your loved one leaves behind, our attorneys can help hold those that caused their nursing home wrongful death accountable. 

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Mar 24, 2022 - Car Accidents

Car Accidents Caused by Medical Conditions

Car accidents cause injuries and disrupt lives. They occur for a variety of reasons from distracted driving to driving under the influence of alcohol. One cause of car accidents that is often overlooked is medical conditions. Drivers with medical conditions that they may or may not be aware of travel area roadways every day, and sometimes the conditions they suffer from cause them to be involved in a motor vehicle collision. At our firm, our auto accident lawyers help those hurt in car accidents caused by medical conditions recover the restitution they are owed.

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Mar 17, 2022 - Truck Accidents

Accident Reconstruction for Truck Accident Claims

The most recent data from the National Safety Council reflects a 36% increase in the number of deaths caused by large truck crashes since 2010. In 2019, a total of 5,005 people died as a result of large-truck crashes. 71% of those deaths were occupants of other vehicles involved in the accidents with the large trucks. 

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Mar 10, 2022 - Personal Injury

The 10 Stages of Recovery After a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a lifetime of challenges and hardships. TBIs can be caused by car accidents, construction accidents, and pedestrian accidents. People who suffer from TBIs typically go through various stages of healing while recovering and undergoing rehabilitation. Below we discuss the Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning Scale, which discusses the 10 possible stages of recovery for TBI patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere throughout the US.  

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Feb 25, 2022 - Car Accidents

Accidents Caused by Objects Falling from Vehicles

You may be surprised at the variety of objects that fall from the roofs and out of the windows of moving vehicles. For example, if a pickup truck is moving at 40 m.p.h. and drops a few items from its truck bed, that force is similar to hurling a deadly weapon at another vehicle driving behind them. It can happen fast, it can be dangerous, and it can even be fatal. Things that most often fall from vehicles include: Boxes Trash Work equipment Furniture Appliances Phones So, the question is: Who shoulders responsibility for injuries caused by objects falling from cars in Pennsylvania? Our Pennsylvania car accident attorney discusses the issues below. Negligence Although the fact pattern may seem odd, the legal theories are not. Since the “blame game” typically revolves around the legal theories of negligence,  there will be duties of care involved. Duty of Care The driver of the vehicle from which an object falls has a duty to secure items safely for travel. That driver owed a duty of care to others on the road to drive in a manner that would minimize the likelihood of something falling off his or her vehicle. For example, if a person is transporting a mattress on a vehicle’s rooftop, the driver must be sure that the undercurrent of wind does not upend the mattress and send it flying. The vehicle operator must also be mindful of speed to avoid the mattress getting too much wind under it. If the mattress […]

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Feb 25, 2022 - Personal Injury

What to Know About Child Brain Injuries

Brain injuries (TBIs), are devastating at any age, but are especially tragic for children who have their whole lives in front of them. Sadly, brain injuries are among the most common injuries suffered by children. From simple falls to motor vehicle accidents, a brain injury can have life-altering consequences for a child.  These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. However, they can also cause long-term or permanent disabilities such as learning and mobility issues. The medical expenses are far beyond what an average family can afford, on top of the stress and anguish for all parties involved. If your child has suffered a brain injury and you’re simply at a loss for what to do next, we can help you solve that problem. Speak to a brain injury attorney at our office and let us handle your case while you focus on your child’s recovery. Our brain injury attorney understands the forces involved and the potential damage done when a child suffers from a TBI. We’ll deal with the insurance companies involved, as well as any other parties that may be involved in the case. Essentially, we’ll take care of everything except the medical care, and we’ll even oversee that to make sure you’re getting everything you need. What Are The Most Common Reasons for TBIs in Children? Even the slightest trauma to a child’s head can result in a TBI. As a result, different children can suffer brain injuries in different ways. Common causes of brain injuries […]

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Jan 31, 2022 - Car Accidents

5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident in Pennsylvania

You were injured in a car accident. It’s unfortunate, but it happened, and now you need to deal with the consequences. If someone else was at fault in the accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation beyond your “no-fault” insurance coverage, but you will need to avoid some costly mistakes to ensure that you are able to recover the full compensation you deserve. Whether you were injured in an accident in Allentown, Bethlehem, Doylestown, Easton or Stroudsburg, our knowledgeable Pennsylvania car accident attorney discusses five mistakes you need to avoid in order to protect your legal rights.

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Jan 7, 2022 - Allentown Car Accident Lawyer

Winter Highway Survival: What would you do?

A recent snowstorm caused a United States Senator to endure a twenty-seven (27) hour commute from his home in Virginia to the U.S. Capital.  He was one of hundreds of drivers trapped in freezing temperatures on a 50-mile stretch of I-95 following a multi-vehicle crash, which brought traffic to a standstill.  Could you survive such an ordeal?   Here are some simple tips to help you comfortably wait for traffic to start moving again or for help to arrive. Pack a Bag If you must travel during a snowstorm, it is important that you are prepared.  In winter, always keep some snacks, such as granola bars, and bottled water in your car.   If traveling with children or pets, be sure to keep food and supplies for them, too.  Bringing essentials such as food, water, and a charged cell phone can make a huge difference if you find yourself stuck on the road. Beyond these essentials, it would also be helpful to bring survival gear such as blankets, winter garments, boots, sleeping bags, flares, medications, a first-aid kit, a shovel, an ice scraper, jumper cables, and a full tank of gas. Stay Warm If you find yourself stuck on the road during a snowstorm you should not leave your car. Your car is the safest place to be until the storm subsides. It will always be colder outside your car than the air temperature within.  Don’t leave your car unless help or assistance is within a short distanced of your vehicle Focus […]

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