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There are many different ways that people in Pennsylvania are injured. There are also many different locations where these injuries occur. It could be at home, at a store, in a car accident, at work and other locations. However, no matter how the injury occurred, if it prevents a person from working and forces them to incur medical bills, it can create a very difficult situation for the person financially.

The victim of the accident may be entitled to compensation if the accident was caused by another person. However, if the accident occurred at work, the injured worker may have an easier time collecting compensation through workers' compensation. Almost any kind of injury that occurs at work may be covered by workers' compensation benefits, even if the worker was somewhat at fault for the accident.

Important information about falls in nursing homes

If your loved one is in a nursing home, you hope he or she is getting the best care possible. Not only should the staff be providing your parent with proper assistance and treatment, but the facility itself should be safe and free of hazards. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes elder care facilities can be dangerous. 

One of the most common reasons that patients get hurt in nursing homes is falling. Older people who fall can sustain serious injuries. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 percent of falls result in severe injuries. Read below to learn more about falls in a nursing home. 

What can you do after an accident with an uninsured driver?

A car accident can cause a major disruption in a person's life. The person's vehicle may be damaged and need repair. The person may also suffer injuries and may not be able to do certain things, including work, until the injuries heal. Car accidents can also be very costly and the person may incur a number of unexpected expenses, like medical bills.

The victims of these accidents may be entitled to compensation from the other driver, which can at least help them pay for the unexpected costs. Receiving compensation can also be somewhat complicated, but it is easier when the other driver has insurance. However, if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, receiving compensation from the other driver can be very difficult.

Using technology to give medication can have adverse effects

There have been many technological advances in all areas of society throughout time in Pennsylvania. It is sometimes amazing to look back and see all the developments even within even the last 20 years. These technological advances have made life much more convenient in many aspects of life. The amount of information and things people are able to do with their phones and how people are able shop have made life much more convenient. However, there are also adverse effects as well such as identity theft, This is now much easier and many people have been affected by it.

Technology advances go beyond simply one's personal life. There have been many advances in the medical field as well. Hospitals and clinics are able to use new technology to do a number of different tasks. One of these tasks is the administration of medication. Hospitals now use computerized prescribers to administer the medication. Basically a medical professional inputs the information about when and how much of a medication to administer and the machine does the work after that.

Have you been injured on a highway in western Pennsylvania?

The western Pennsylvania area is a busy corridor for several important interstate freeways. As such, drivers are at risk for serious injury due to accidents with other drivers, interstate truckers or even with hazardous conditions due to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, PennDOT. 

With so many possible hazards on the freeways of western Pennsylvania, if you have sustained an injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may have a legal case. You should look into the possibility that your injuries could receive compensation in court if there was negligence involved.

Multiple people injured after truck crashes into stopped cars

People know that every time they drive there is a possibility that they will be in an accident, but most assume that they will travel safely. This is partly because they assume the other drivers on the road will also follow the rules and drive safely. However, when other drivers do not do this, accidents can occur and people can suffer injuries as a result.

This is especially true if one of the vehicles involved in the accident is a tractor-trailer truck. Given that massive size difference between trucks and the other vehicles, it does not take much for a truck to cause severe damage and catastrophic injuries.

Many riders are in motorcycle accidents every year

As the weather turns colder there are fewer motorcyclists on Pennsylvania roads, but they are still out there. That means that other motorists on the road need to stay vigilant in looking out for them and avoid causing motorcycle accidents. These accidents may not cause much damage to the drivers of the cars and trucks, but they can cause catastrophic injuries to the riders on the motorcycles. Many times the riders' lives will never be the same afterwards.

Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents occur every year. In 2016, there were 3,454 motorcycle accidents in Pennsylvania. This is up slightly from 2015, when there were 3,413 accidents. In those accidents, 3,321 people were injured and 192 were killed, which is also up from 2015, when there were 179. Out of all the accidents there were a total of 3,919 riders involved, including passengers. Out of all the people involved, only 406 were involved in accidents without being injured.

You might develop PTSD after a car accident

Many people in New Castle who have never been involved in car accidents assume the only injuries they should worry about are the ones they physically sustain. They may not realize crashes often cause considerable damage to the human psyche. Before you fall prey to the same assumption, take a few moments of your time to consider how a car accident can cause you to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Car accident victims often experience a myriad of emotions after their collisions that can linger on far longer than they anticipate. These emotions include feelings of distress, stress, anxiety, fear and shock. It is not uncommon for some accident victims to also experience anger, grief and guilt. 

What happens if a company does not have workers' comp insurance?

People are injured every day in Pennsylvania. Sometimes these injuries are purely the fault of the injured person, but many other times it is the fault of another individual or entity. The injured person generally will only be able to receive compensation for their injuries if it was the fault of the other another person. However, there is one area of life when a person may be able to receive compensation no matter who caused the accident. This area of life is while the person is at work.

If a person is injured at work, except in a few narrow exceptions, the worker is entitled to workers' compensation benefits for their lost wages and medical expenses. To ensure that these benefits are paid, companies in Pennsylvania are required to have workers' compensation insurance. The insurance company then generally pays the actual benefits to the injured worker.

Signs of drunk driving

No matter how safe of a driver you are, you cannot control other people's driving. You can only do your part in avoiding dangerous motorists on the road to reduce the risk of getting into an accident. One of these hazards is drunk drivers behind the wheel, who were responsible for 29 percent of traffic fatalities in 2015, reports the CDC.

The only way to protect yourself from intoxicated drivers in Pennsylvania is by recognizing them on the road so you can stay far away. Become familiar with these signs of drunk driving to keep yourself safe.

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