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How can surface conditions contribute to slip and fall accidents?

A large percentage of the personal injury suits that are filed every year in Pennsylvania are related to slips, trips and falls. Premises liability accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including the weather, building lighting and pavement maintenance. Philadelphia premises liability attorneys can help those victims of slip-and-fall accidents learn more about their legal rights in court throughout the civil litigation process.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe walkways for customers and visitors to their establishment. Parking lots are included in this sphere of influence. For example, a parking lot should be clear of major cracks and holes, and there should not be significant changes in height between sections of the parking lot. In a snowy environment like Philadelphia, too many people end up hurting themselves because of uneven pavement on sidewalks and in parking lots.

Ins and outs of traumatic brain injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, the combined total of deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits due to traumatic brain injuries climbed to the rate of 823.7 per 100,000 individuals. Many of those who suffered the TBIs were from Philadelphia. Below are some important things to know about TBIs.

-- What is a traumatic brain injury?

Doctor negligence leads to wrong blood-type transfusion, death

A Pennsylvania medical facility that administered a blood transfusion with the wrong type of blood will probably not face criminal charges, according to area prosecutors. The incident, which occurred at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazelton, left an area woman dead because of doctor negligence. The woman's body reportedly rejected the blood that was mistakenly administered after a surgery at the facility. Reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Health indicate that the woman died because of the fatal medical error.

Attorneys in the area say that criminal charges are rarely filed in such cases, though it would be technically possible for physicians and administrators to face manslaughter or reckless endangerment allegations. However, the hospital has already been cited by government agencies, and it has also been required to implement a change plan to improve procedures. It appears that a surgical unit was improperly staffed after the woman received her procedure, which likely contributed to the fatal medical error.

Philadelphia car accident kills 3 after carjacking

Last month in Philadelphia, a carjacking took an especially deadly turn when two armed men who allegedly seized a Toyota 4Runner at gunpoint from a female real estate agent plowed into a group of people. Two women and three children were selling fruit at a sidewalk stand in order to raise funds for a north Philadelphia church playground.

Three siblings were killed, ages 15, 10 and 7, and their 34-year-old mother was critically injured as well. The other woman suffered a fractured ankle in the tragic incident.

Different types of serious brain injuries in Pennsylvania

Traumatic Brain Injuries, also known as TBIs, must be taken very seriously at all times. There is a high chance of a disability or even death as a result of an injury like this. The stats that have been collected even show that a full 30 percent of all of the deaths in the United States that are related to injuries happen, in part, because of TBIs.

This is also an injury that is more common than some people may think. Statistics from 2010 showed that there were around 2.5 million reported traumatic brain injuries in the United States for that one year alone.

Another wrongful death lawsuit for embattled contractors

Another area death has been blamed on a building collapse in 2013. Family members of a Philadelphia truck driver say that their 59-year-old relative suffered a mild heart attack after he spent an hour buried in the rubble of a building. They claim in a wrongful death lawsuit that the building collapse exacerbated existing heart conditions and ultimately caused him to die after being hospitalized several times.

The contractors who are reportedly responsible for the building collapse are facing civil allegations and criminal charges in connection with the incident, which occurred in June 2013. The victim in this lawsuit -- along with several other decedents and injured survivors -- was buried in rubble while shopping at a Salvation Army thrift store. A massive brick wall collapsed onto that store, causing 19 people to be buried in the rubble. The two contractors are facing third-degree manslaughter charges and other criminal offenses after reportedly ignoring safe work practices. It appears that one of the construction workers was operating heavy machinery while under the influence of illegal drugs and painkillers, according to news reports.

Woman suffers traumatic brain injuries when hit by 8-pound rock

Four suspects in Danville, Pennsylvania, are accused of dropping a soccer-ball sized rock through a vehicle's windshield, severely injuring a passenger inside. The incident occurred on July 10 as the victim was riding with her husband and daughter from Ohio to New Jersey on a business trip. The 52-year-old woman, a teacher in Ohio, suffered life-threatening traumatic brain injuries when she was struck by the massive rock. Two teens, ages 17 and 18, are facing criminal charges including aggravated assault in connection with the incident, and two other younger suspects have also been questioned.

The woman's daughter was behind the wheel of their vehicle at the time of the collision, which happened around midnight. As they drove under an overpass, the suspects reportedly threw the 8-pound rock into the vehicle below, crashing through the vehicle and striking the victim in the head. Although the family quickly called 911, responders were not able to get to the scene for 20 minutes, a period the family members describe as agonizing.

Rapper sued in Philadelphia premises liability case

Harlem native and rapper Rakim Mayers, who goes by the stage moniker "A$AP Rocky" now finds himself, among others, as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in federal court on July 17 by one of his fans.

A female fan accuses the hip-hop artist of knocking her down with a blow to the face as he tried to walk through a surge of fans at Philadelphia's Made in America festival last September. According to court documents, the woman claims that she suffers from migraine headaches, intense, radiating pain from her shoulders down into her arms and hands, muscle spasms and the exacerbation of pre-existing conditions.

Chevron implicated in shale well explosion, wrongful death

Family members of a Chevron employee who died in an explosion in Pennsylvania in February have filed a wrongful death suit against the company. The wrongful death suit alleges negligence in the death of a 27-year-old worker who perished in a Feb. 11 natural-gas blast at a shale well. An investigation in the matter is still ongoing, but attorneys say they have initiated the suit in order to gather additional information from Chevron.

Lawyers for the victim's family say that it can be key to file a wrongful death suit quickly after the death of a loved one. In many cases, if a lawsuit has not been placed on the record before an investigation concludes, it can be difficult to compel an organization to share information about an incident. The sooner a personal injury attorney can obtain additional information about a fatal accident, the faster they can begin working to achieve the financial compensation that grieving family members deserve.

Philadelphia wreck sends 5 to hospitals

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority paratransit van was involved in a recent wreck that injured five in North Philadelphia. The Sunday afternoon motor vehicle accident occurred at Cambria and 6th Streets at approximately 2 p.m.

Police reports indicate that a brown Cadillac was southbound on 6th Street and, failing to stop at the ride light, slammed into the paratransit van. The van then flipped over and knocked over a light pole, which fell on top of a 25-year-old pedestrian.

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