Patients put their lives in the hands of physicians, expecting that a certain level of care will be provided as they receive treatment and recover from their injury or illness. But when a health care professional or hospital is negligent, the potential impact on a patient's life can be permanent.
A Pennsylvania man faced two options: plead guilty and spend up to 25 years in prison or let a jury decide and face up to 82 years in prison. The man initially chose to go through with the jury trial but just last week decided to plead guilty instead. Now he will be serving the prison sentence for a fatal car accident he caused last year.
Motorcyclists share the road with a number of other drivers who are in vehicles that are much larger than a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents can sometimes occur when the driver of another vehicle is unaware that a biker is behind them or in the lane next to them. When the driver attempts to make a turn or merge into the next lane, they can hit the motorcyclist and cause serious personal injury.
Several communities around Pennsylvania have already taken steps to ban the use of cell phones behind the wheel. But now steps are being taken by local lawmakers to make the ban statewide. This campaign was started after concern was raised over a fatal car accident that was caused when a driver was texting behind the wheel.
Today jurors in a hospital negligence case are continuing their deliberations in the first of over 90 lawsuits filed against the hospital. The lawsuit was filed by an anonymous man who alleges sexual abuse by his physician. He believes that the hospital should have discovered the doctor's activities; over 500 children were subjected to sexual abuse as a result.
In some cases, a motor vehicle accident can actually cause secondary accidents to occur. Pieces of the vehicle can scatter upon impact and hit other vehicles on the road. Especially for motorcycles, pieces of sharp, flying debris can cause loss of control of the bike and result in a crash.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released new education and emergency response initiatives for workers who perform jobs outdoors in high temperatures for extended periods of time. Coming out just ahead of the hottest time of year, the government outreach effort is geared toward at-risk workers and their employers to reduce job site heat-related illness and injury.
Last week, a number of crashes occurred in the Pennsylvania area including two motorcycle accidents. Within a matter of six hours, four accidents occurred in which five people were killed. Getting into an accident is a frightening experience and can happen unexpectedly.