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Man dies as vehicle turns through a funeral procession

When you see a funeral procession on the roads, the kind and legal thing to do is to wait for it to pass before continuing on your drive. Typically, at least one police officer rides with the procession. Sometimes, there is one officer at the front and another at the rear. It's usually easy to see who is in the procession, since funeral homes give out flags to mark each vehicle. When drivers don't observe the procession and break the line, it causes trouble and can result in injuries. In this case, it left a motorcyclist dead.

Sadly, a man was riding his motorcycle in a procession for a friend who had died in a motorcycle crash when he was struck and killed. The 21-year-old man was with around 15 others who were also on motorcycles at the time. They were following the hearse.

A misdiagnosis can lead to a lawsuit

You felt unwell for a significant amount of time, and you went to the doctor several times for tests. It wasn't until you finally pushed for a blood test and MRI that the doctor finally reported unusual test results. After additional testing, you discovered you had been living with cancer.

There is nothing more horrible than finding out you have cancer and that a misdiagnosis has allowed it to continue to worsen. What may have been treatable at one time is now more difficult than ever to eliminate. It may even mean you're unable to do anything to lessen the pain you're going through.

New laws penalizes those who text behind the wheel harshly

Imagine being involved in an accident. Just before you got into the crash, you noticed that the driver didn't even look up. She was looking down, and you believe it was because she was checking her text messages. Later, you find out that she was sending texts, and that's the entire reason that you're suffering from injuries.

Distracted drivers are nothing new, and in Pennsylvania, the problem has gotten out of hand. Over 14,800 crashes were caused by drivers who were distracted by their cellphones alone, according to data from 2015. Those crashes resulted in 66 deaths that could have been prevented, states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Child suffers brain injury after fetal monitoring lapse

When you have a child, you want your child to be happy and healthy. If a doctor makes a mistake that puts your child's life at risk, you have every right to be upset and to pursue a claim. Medical negligence can and does take lives or cause serious injuries that are difficult to live with.

That happened in this case involving a newborn at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Filed in Luzerne County, the parents of an 8-month-old girl allege that the child's mother was 39 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital in active labor. They were unaware of any potential hazards to the pregnancy.

Are delayed diagnosis claims grounds for wrongful death lawsuit?

As in other states, the conduct of health care providers in Pennsylvania is measured against an expected standard of care when they treat patients. Any violations of acceptable medical standards can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits. If you have lost a loved one and you suspect that his or her death resulted from a doctor's failure to make an accurate and timely diagnosis, you might have questions about the viability of a wrongful death claim.

The court will base the physician's actions on that which any competent doctor would have provided, and if the court finds that the doctor breached the standard of care, he or she may be legally responsible. Although many wrongful death claims involving medical malpractice follow allegations of delayed diagnosis, that may not be enough to convince the court.

Dog bite infections can become life-threatening illnesses

If a dog attacks you, one of the most likely places to suffer a bite is on your hand. Bites to the hands may not seem as bad as a bite to the face or body, but hand injuries can be extremely painful and prone to infection.

When an animal bites you, any bacteria in its mouth contaminates the wound. In an area like the torso, there aren't many joints or places for the bacteria to hide. In the hands, there are many fragile bones, tendons and joints that can hide the infection, putting you at risk of a serious infection if the wound isn't properly treated or if you don't get the antibiotics you need. An infection in your hand can be mildly uncomfortable or spread and become life threatening, depending on the type of infection and how long it has festered.

Limited Tort(e) is no dessert

Often clients seek advice after they've been struck by another driver in a motor vehicle accident, and suffered injuries. They have a lot of questions and specifically they want to know whether they may pursue a lawsuit for injuries sustained, pain and suffering, and damages. In most cases we are able to assist clients with success in their cases, particularly when they are not at fault for the accident. However in some cases we are not able to help. This is because in these cases clients unfortunately have selected what is called "limited tort" motor vehicle insurance which restricts their ability to recover damages when they're not at fault. Not realizing the impact of their decision to save money, after an accident, their decision is met with regret.

By selecting the limited tort option on their motor vehicle insurance, they're not able to recover damages for pain and suffering, and other non-monetary damages unless the injuries suffered from the accident are considered a "serious injury" by law. The problem lies in the difference between what most people consider "serious" and the law considers "serious".

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Do you need to be married if you want to file a wrongful death claim after your partner dies? That's a serious question that many people may face in their lifetimes. Imagine being a long-time girlfriend, fiancé or partner of an individual who passes away. What right do you have to file a lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits allow those who are surviving spouses and family members to obtain financial compensation for the person's death due to negligence or malicious intent. By law, it's only the immediate family members or next of kin who are allowed to file a claim in court.

Seeking compensation for pain and suffering after an accident

A car accident can impact your life in many ways, and not all them relate to a totaled car or the expense of emergency medical treatment. In some cases, the losses from a serious car accident involve much more than the damage to your vehicle and the injuries you experienced.

Seeking fair compensation after a Pennsylvania car accident can be complicated because it can be very difficult to accurately determine the significance of the losses and their true financial impact, both now and in the future. Before you file a civil claim, you would be wise to consider if you should also seek damages related to your pain and suffering.

Dog bites a serious risk to postal workers

In most cases, dogs are friendly and want to greet new people with a wag of the rail. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Sometimes, dogs feel aggressive toward people they don't know, and that can be a problem.

Imagine being a mail carrier who has to come into contact with many animals each day. The stress of knowing which is likely to attack and which is friendly would be immense. The sudden growl of a dog could cause you to back away and refuse to deliver mail, too.

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