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What is a traumatic brain injury, and how does it affect people?

Head injuries happen all the time, from shaving accidents to broken noses. Thousands of Pennsylvanians have to seek treatment for a head injury every year. But the real danger with an otherwise minor problem is that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) could be a consequence.

What qualifies as a traumatic brain injury?

The 4 red flags of road rage

The term “road rage” is used to describe drivers who become so upset on the road that their actions become irrational and even violent. Road rage often leads to car accidents but has also resulted in physical assault.

To avoid getting involved in a case of road rage, look out for these red flags.

Man sues in Pennsylvania court over fireworks injury

People are injured in Pennsylvania every day. Fortunately, people are seriously hurt far less often. Dangerous jobs or situations, such as construction work or winter sports, are statistically more likely to cause a catastrophic injury. But carelessness by others may cause an injury or illness that victims need financial help to recover.

A new personal injury lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania seeks financial damages after a man lost vision in one eye following a fireworks accident. The plaintiff alleges that a firework launched from a tube struck his face, causing serious injuries including the permanent loss of the use of his eye.

College students at risk for traumatic brain injuries

Last fall, a 22-year-old college student at West Virginia University fell down the basement stairs at a fraternity house. After two-hours of lying unconscious, the Uniontown, Pennsylvania, native was brought to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.

Tragically, the young man is no longer able to communicate. While he is currently residing at a traumatic brain injury center in Georgia, the details of his injury remain a mystery. Sadly, parents of college students across the United States have faced similar situations in recent years.

How does a workers' compensation benefits claim work?

If you are injured on the job, a lot of thoughts will fly through your head even before you get care. Many of those thoughts will be negative or apprehensive, such as wondering how much treatment will cost you or what your family will do for money until you can get back to work. Fortunately, Pennsylvania law requires companies to be insured to provide workers' compensation benefits.

How does a claim for workers' compensation begin?

Hundreds of injuries from horse and buggy crashes in Pennsylvania

Last week, a 62-year-old Amish man in Pennsylvania was rear ended and died while riding in his horse and buggy on U.S. Route 522. Sadly, this situation occurs frequently around the Amish communities in Pennsylvania.

Since 2007, there have been over 625 car accidents involving horses and buggies in Pennsylvania, according to a local new source. These crashes have resulted in hundreds of injuries and at least 20 deaths. Pennsylvania is home to some of the largest Amish communities, which provide more opportunities for these types of accidents to occur in the state. Data suggest there are currently more than 63,000 Amish people and over 50 Amish communities in the state, which provides frequent opportunities for these type of accidents to occur. 

Are some activities too dangerous for liability?

It is comforting to know that there is legal recourse in the case that someone else causes an injury to another person, even if the injury is the result of an accident. There are limits, however, as a Pennsylvania lawsuit demonstrated.

  • What was the origin of the lawsuit?

The plaintiff in the lawsuit had fractured his leg when he struck a rut while skiing on a commercial slope. Although the waiver for participation included an indemnity for the ski slope operator, the suit alleged the hazards were not appropriately highlighted in the disclaimer.

  • How did the court rule?

Amazon charged with wrongful death of employee

The trillion-dollar electronic commerce company, Amazon, is currently facing a wrongful death allegation. A claim of wrongful death generally occurs when the victim’s family believes their loved one’s death was caused by another party’s negligence.

In 2016, a 53-year-old Amazon employee tragically suffered a heart attack and died at his home. According to the recent lawsuit, his family is now claiming that Amazon’s failure to provide him disability benefits resulted in his death.

How to drive safely in strong winter wind

If you live in or around Pittsburgh, you know how difficult it is to drive during the winter months. While there are days when the roads are dry and clear, this isn't always the case. Instead, you could find yourself contending with strong wind, ice and snow.

Here are three things you must do when driving in strong winter wind:

  • Keep two hands on the steering wheel: It only takes one gust of wind to knock you off track. By keeping both hands on the wheel, you can make the necessary adjustments should your vehicle begin to move.
  • Beware of areas where gusts are more likely: For example, if you're driving across one of Pittsburgh's many bridges, you're more likely to experience a wind gust.
  • Watch for large vehicles: The taller the vehicle the more difficult it is for the driver to keep it steady. For example, tractor-trailers and buses often struggle to maintain control during windy conditions.
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