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November 2015 Archives

Among the risks of childbirth, postpartum hemorrhage, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about postpartum hemorrhage and the duty doctors have to address pregnant women’s risks in this area. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in addressing this issue and others like it, has found that working to improve communication between hospital staff can do a lot to cut down on the risk of excessive bleeding. One way the hospital system is working to improve communications is by adopting simulation training, particularly in obstetrics and other areas considered high-risk.

Among the risks of childbirth, postpartum hemorrhage, P.1

Although childbirth is a natural process, it can be fraught with risks, particularly for women with special medical conditions and complications. Among the risks physicians and nurses have to be on the lookout for is excessive blood loss, or postpartum hemorrhage, which is actually a leading cause of death for women in childbirth.

Looking at the connection between car insurance and damages in PA, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the distinction between limited tort and full tort insurance here in Pennsylvania. As we noted, the primary difference between the two is the ability to pursue non-economic damages for serious injuries. Selecting limited tort coverage will allow a motorist to save money, but it also means giving up the right to pursue non-economic damages.

Looking at the connection between car insurance and damages in PA, P.1

Insurance is obviously an important resource in many areas of our lives. This is especially the case when it comes to automobile accidents. Depending on the type of accident and its impact on the motorists involved, the costs and losses that come up in the wake of a car crash can be enormous. This is especially the case when an accident involves catastrophic injuries such as paralysis or brain injury.

Another road worker injured when struck by vehicle

Like other states, Pennsylvania sees more than its fair share of workplace accidents involving motorists. Usually, these accidents impact road maintenance and road construction workers, who must perform their jobs on the state's busy roads. Last month, at least one road worker suffered injuries in a motorist involved accident, and now yet another of these workers has been injured.

You may be disabled, but does the Social Security Administration think so?

Disability can mean many things to many people, but when it comes to qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits, there is a very specific meaning to the term. When the Social Security Administration looks at an application for Social Security disability benefits, they are looking to make sure that the applicant meets very specific criteria.

Could seatbelts be included in school buses?

In a prior post, we highlighted the importance of paying attention to school children during the morning hours, as many children are walking to school. However, we do not want to discount the importance of being careful while driving around school buses. Not only is it dangerous for kids getting on and exiting buses, failing to use reasonable care around moving buses could lead to tragic accidents.

Looking at the issue of liability for crashes involving self-driving cars

In our last post, we spoke about recent research conducted at the University of Michigan which looked at the incidence of car accidents involving fully automatic vehicles. As we pointed out, that research suggests—contrary to some expectations—that self-driving vehicles may actually be prone to accidents that ordinary vehicles.

Research looks at incidence of accidents among self-driving vehicles

As consumers, all of us have come to appreciate and benefit from a continual stream of innovation in the automotive industry. Because of this innovation, a wide variety of safety features have trickled down to consumers, and this occurs continuously. Among the new technologies that are becoming more widely available is automatic or self-driving technology.

Volkswagen troubles highlight intersection of personal injury, product liability, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the failure of automobile manufacturer Volkswagen to report deaths and injuries connected with its vehicles, as well as litigation associated with those accidents. Volkswagen is certainly not the only manufacturer at fault in this area, but is one of the bigger offenders.

Volkswagen troubles highlight intersection of personal injury, product liability, P.1

Car accidents can occur for a whole host of reasons, and can involve fault not only on the part of the drivers involved, but also third parties. One possibility for third party liability in car accident cases is when there are defects with a vehicle. Here again, the possibilities are many, and motorists often aren’t aware of when their vehicle may be at risk.

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