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What happens after a dog bites you in Pennsylvania?

As a companion piece to an earlier post about who bears legal liability when someone is bitten by a dog, this post delves into Pennsylvania law regarding what happens after the bite occurs.

When a dog attacks and bites an individual, that person should receive medical treatment if the dog bite broke the skin regardless of how minor it first appears or whether or not the dog is up-to-date on its shots. Not only will this help prevent infection and further complications, but the medical records will form an evidentiary basis if the victim decides to pursue a civil lawsuit against the dog's owner or the owner of the premises where the bite occurs.

Family files wrongful death suit after building break-in tragedy

Family members of a victim who died in Worcester in 2013 are seeking financial compensation from the owners of the property where the accident occurred. The 52-year-old victim's demise has prompted a wrongful death suit, in which the man's family members allege that insufficient security at the facility led to the fatal accident. The victim reportedly died from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Authorities say that the victim was found on Dec. 21, 2013, between floors seven and eight at the historic Osgood Bradley building. Officers also say they found a marijuana-growing operation on the eighth floor of the facility, which was mostly vacant at the time of the incident. The victim was thought to be homeless at the time of his death.

Cerebral palsy is a common type of birth injury

Most Philadelphia parents are delighted after the birth of a son or daughter. But when your newborn is diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of a birth injury, the pleasure is considerably dimmed.

Approximately two out of every 1,000 babies born are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, with the rates highest in those born prematurely with low birth weight that only a few decades ago would have succumbed to their conditions while still newborns.

Medical malpractice claims about much more than medical expenses

So, you have been the victim of a medical error. Perhaps your surgeon made an injurious medical mistake during a procedure, or your physician failed to diagnose your life-threatening disease. No matter the nature of your medical complaint, a team of Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys can be a critical resource to promote your interests in civil court.

When it comes to compensation for medical malpractice civil claims, you may think that you can only recover damages related to the cost of restorative care. In fact, our teams of attorneys may help our clients recover funds that extend past the simple cost of medical treatment. We consult with life-care planners and other health care professionals to determine the overall impact of your medical malpractice experience on the quality of your life.

Who is liable for dog bites?

If you are bitten by a friend's dog while visiting their Philadelphia home, you may want to file a claim against their homeowner's insurance. Under those circumstances, the dog's owner doesn't experience economic hardship (although their insurance rates may rise precipitously). The insurance company will pay out the claim in a settlement, or if it goes to court and you prevail, in a judgment.

In 2012, the Insurance Information Institute's statistics indicate that approximately 16,500 claims for dog bites were made against homeowners policies in the United States. Most policies' liability coverage averages between $100,000 and $300,000 but only cover the first instance of a dog bite. Subsequent bites are usually excluded or require special insurance riders. Some breeds considered to be especially prone to attack may also be excluded.

What kinds of soft-tissue injuries can result from car accidents?

Do you think you know all about the types of injuries that can occur during a car accident? Maybe you consider injuries such as broken bones or traumatic brain injuries -- but you may not have considered soft-tissue injuries that are actually far more common in certain types of accidents. Injuries to ligaments, muscles and tendons can still cause serious problems, even if they do not immediately spring to mind.

Did you know that whiplash is actually a soft-tissue injury? In fact, it is the most common of all other soft-tissue injuries in car accidents. Whiplash occurs when your cervical spine area -- near your head -- is sprained or hyper-extended. This is most common when victims are struck from behind, forcing the head and neck to rapidly move back and forth.

Is there a time limit for filing a wrongful death suit?

You may have heard of the term "statutes of limitations" as applied to criminal law. In some cases, the law protects defendants from criminal prosecution after a certain time span has elapsed; that is, the defendant cannot be prosecuted decades after an incident of petty theft. Similarly, statutes of limitations exist for civil cases, including those alleging wrongful death. After that limitations period expires, victims are no longer able to pursue a civil suit against the target of their claim.

Each state has a different set of rules governing legal actions in wrongful death suits. In some jurisdictions, you may have only one year to file a civil suit after the fatal accident. Philadelphia wrongful death lawyers can advise their clients about the nature of Pennsylvania's statutes of limitations rules.

Seniors surrendering the keys prevents car accidents

There are many senior citizens in and around Philadelphia who are perfectly safe and capable drivers. But it's a sad fact that the aging process does tend to dull once-sharp senses and slow reaction time, both of which can be crucial to avoiding motor vehicle accidents.

As the baby boomer generation ages, there will be an abundance of elderly drivers on the road in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the rate of collisions and auto fatalities has declined from 1997 to 2008 despite there being over 20 million drivers age 70 or older behind the wheel.

Philadelphia car accident claims 4th victim

In a sad update to the recent story of the deaths of three children on a Philadelphia street corner, their mother has now succumbed to the critical injuries she suffered as the four were run down by an out-of-control car stolen by two armed carjackers.

The four, along with another woman who escaped with only minor injuries, had been selling fruit at a makeshift sidewalk stand to raise money for a playground at their church.

VA medical malpractice victim: Hospital gave me a death sentence

The Department of Veterans Affairs is killing people. That may seem like a strong statement, but stories from victims who have suffered through the loss of a loved one caused by VA medical malpractice show the true face of this health care organization. One Pennsylvania man who resides near Scranton says that the VA essentially handed him a death sentence by failing to appropriately diagnose his medical condition.

The man is suffering from late-stage prostate cancer that has spread to his bones. This man spent most of his adult life serving his country in the Coast Guard, National Guard and Army Reserve. He says that medical malpractice at the VA caused him to suffer serious health conditions that have significantly shortened his life.

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