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Tips for safer winter driving in Philadelphia

Philadelphia residents know that the weather can be unpredictable. Winter poses some serious driving hazards that can lead to accidents for unwary drivers. Below are some tips to consider when driving in inclement, wintry conditions.

-- Don't drive when tired. Driving in winter weather conditions requires extra vigilance.

Motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania don't have to occur

Around the holidays, there seems to be an upsurge in motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania. This may be attributable to the uptick in drinking while at holiday parties and festivities and then getting behind the wheel of a car. Getting injured due to the careless and negligent driving of another person is something no one should have to face. That is why the authorities are reminding us through the holidays to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

There is good reason for this campaign. In December 2012, there were approximately 830 people who perished nationwide due to a driver being under the influence of alcohol, with 26 of those deaths occurring on Christmas Day. The legal limit is a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration, which doesn't take much alcohol to reach.

Nursing home falls can cause serious injuries in Philadelphia

Philadelphia residents with elderly parents and other loved ones in nursing homes may be concerned about the statistics on the frequent occurrence of falls by nursing home residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1,800 elderly residents of nursing homes suffer fatal injuries in falls. Those who survive are frequently permanently disabled with greatly reduced quality of life.

Approximately five percent of those 65 or older reside in nursing homes. However, these residents comprise 20 percent of the total deaths from falls in their age group. An average home with 100 beds annually reports 100 - 200 resident falls. This doesn't account for the numerous unreported falls.

Premises liability in Pennsylvania needs a professional to assist

When you talk about a "slip and fall" accident, in Pennsylvania, usually it is because of a premises malfunction of some sort. Something causes you to become injured. It can be a dozen different things: an uneven sidewalk, an elevator that malfunctions or a slippery floor. These are just a few of the multiple reasons that you can get hurt, through no fault of your own.

If the property has unsafe security measures that create a situation that causes you to be a victim of a crime, this is also a premises liability issue. An injury can occur due to a collapsing structure because of poor construction or engineering. Low lighting or lack of security personnel in a parking lot are just two of the reasons that you may have been accosted and become injured by unscrupulous individuals.

Philadelphia mom files suit in baby's death

Philadelphia parents who drop their children off at day care centers before beginning their morning commute shouldn't have to worry about their children's safety under the watchful eyes of their caregivers.

But for one grief-stricken mother, the goodbye kiss she gave her infant son on the morning of Nov. 13, 2012 would be the last. Her 3-month-old baby suffocated while napping in a Graco crib, unattended by staffers for several hours.

What is the definition of wrongful death?

Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of the negligence or wanton act of another. Examples of events commonly creating a wrongful death case may include but are not limited to an

-- Aviation accident

Car accident kills 1, sends 2 to hospital

A recent early morning wreck that occurred on Interstate 95 in Delaware County killed one woman and sent two more to the hospital. It also snarled traffic for hours.

The wreck occurred by Mile Marker 6 near the interchange for Interstate 476 in Chester shortly after 3 a.m. on Nov. 24. In its preliminary report, the Pennsylvania State Police reported that a driver in a Mercury Mariner lost control of the vehicle after hitting a puddle. The SUV hit the concrete barrier before winding up between the center and left lanes.

Medical malpractice in Pennsylvania needs a strong advocate

We hold the medical professionals to a very high standard and when they, through carelessness or simple neglect, disappoint us, we want to take action. When doctors and nurses, who have taken an oath to protect and provide care for our loved ones, fail us, somber circumstances can prevail. Because of their medical error, your loved one is suffering or has perished. Calling in an experienced attorney at this point can be critical because time is of the essence in a case like this.

The attorney team at Silvers, Langsam and Weitzman in Pennsylvania can offer you relief, comfort and skill at helping you get a sense of justice. Having your loved one suffer needless neglect in a nursing home is unforgivable. Some of the errors that are common are having the wrong prescription drug ordered and given, a misdiagnosis of the problem that leads to a wrong prescription being administered, giving your loved one the wrong dosage level and even not giving the drug prescribed with needed food or water.

Black Friday risks for Philadelphia shoppers

Philadelphia shoppers who brave the cold and queue up outside of retailers all over the city on Black Friday -- considered the biggest shopping day of the year -- should be mindful of hazards that can possibly occur.

The deep discounts on high-ticket and popular items offered to consumers by retailers on the day after Thanksgiving attracts massive crowds of Black Friday bargain hunters. Store owners have a responsibility to both their customers and employees alike to maintain safe premises without known hazards that can cause injuries or worse.

Can serious injury on holidays be avoided in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, the question of how we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday must be raised because it is estimated that approximately 418 deaths will occur from vehicle accidents. An additional 44,700 will be injured during the holiday week-end and this is too many. The National Safety Council has given guidelines along with these estimates on how we can all be safer.

Many times, through no fault of your own, you experience injury or loss at the hands of someone else. If you have been involved in a car accident that led to an injury, or you have lost a loved one because of this type of situation, it may be a good idea to speak to someone who can not only listen to your grievance but can assist you in getting satisfaction for you injury or loss.

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