Falls and motor vehicle accidents are two of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. However, falls and traffic accidents are not the only ways you can injure your spine. You can suffer a spinal cord injury while playing sports, participating in a recreational activity, or from a physical assault. Regardless of the cause of the injury, a spinal cord injury can be debilitating.
Damage Caused by a Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is the connection between the brain and all other body parts. The nerves running through the spinal cord are protected by the bones in your spine. These nerves carry messages to and from your brain to the other parts of your body. Any disruption to these nerves can result in catastrophic injuries because the brain is unable to communicate with the rest of the body.
When you are injured in an accident, your first priority is your health and well-being. Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is always best to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible after any type of injury or accident. In some cases, you could suffer an injury that does not cause symptoms immediately after the injury. However, left untreated, the injury could turn life-threatening or cause additional injuries and damage.
Once the shock of the accident subsides and you have received medical treatment, you begin to realize the other damages caused by the accident. In addition to the physical pain and suffering caused by the injury, you may also suffer emotional, mental, and financial damages. Because the legal system cannot go back in time to stop the accident from occurring, the only way that it can compensate you for your losses is by holding the liable party accountable for negligent acts and awarding a monetary judgment for your damages.
When you are injured in an accident, the accident claim process can be overwhelming. Working with an experienced Erie accident attorney can make the process less stressful. However, you must tell your attorney everything that could potentially impact your accident claim.
Below are several personal details that many people might not believe could impact an accident claim. However, this information could be extremely important, and it could hurt your chances of recovering full compensation if you fail to tell your attorney early in your case.
Erie has been bombarded with snow and ice in the past few weeks with additional winter weather still in the forecast. Given the harsh winter conditions, it is prudent to review some of the basic winter weather safety tips that can help you avoid injury and damage from severe weather conditions.
Some families begin holiday decorating before or on Thanksgiving Day. If you are preparing to decorate your home for the holidays, these holiday decorating safety tips can make your home safe and beautify this holiday season.
Yes, you can settle your injury claim without an attorney, but that may not be in your best interest. Our Erie personal injury attorneys understand that you may need to settle your case so that you can have funds to pay your medical bills and other expenses, especially if you have been out of work because of your injuries.
However, by settling your claim quickly and without an attorney, you may receive far less than you deserve. The insurance adjuster won’t tell you this — his job is to pay as little as possible to settle your claim. We will tell you the truth; you can count on that because we have your best interest as our top priority.
A new study released recently claims to have found a link between traumatic brain injuries and neurological and psychiatric disorders. The results of the study could have a serious impact on accident victims who suffer brain injuries. The most common causes of brain injuries are car accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Victims of brain injuries may need to discuss the increased risk of future medical conditions with their doctors and attorneys prior to settling an accident claim.
There are many different types of personal injury claims that can be filed under Pennsylvania’s personal injury laws. Examples of common injury claims filed by victims include:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Premises Liability (i.e. slip and fall accidents)
- Dog Bites
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Drunk Driving Injuries
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Damages may include medical bills, loss of wages, property damage, mental stress, emotional suffering, physical pain, scarring, disfigurement, and permanent disability. However, the above accidents and injuries do not encompass all claims that may be filed under Pennsylvania’s personal injury laws. For example, if a bouncer injures a patron while removing them from the premises, that person may have a personal injury claim against the bouncer, the establishment, and/or the property owner.
Bouncers Are Not the Police
Bouncers at bars, clubs, and other establishments are ordinary citizens. They are bound by the same laws that you and I are with regard to personal injury. In some cases, bouncers may be off duty police officers. However, just because a bouncer is an off-duty officer does not allow the bouncer to do anything and get away with it.
In most cases, a bouncer can ask you to leave the premises, but he is not allowed to force you to leave physically. Exceptions may include a bouncer physically intervening if you are breaking the law or you are attempting to harm another person. For example, may not be allowed to physically pick you up and toss you into the street like you see in movies and on television shows. However, if you begin a fist fight in the bar, the bouncer may have the right to restrain you and remove you from the premises physically.
Injuries Cases Involving Bouncers Are Complex
As you can see, an injury caused involving a bouncer can be very complex and difficult to handle. You should never assume that a bouncer was working within the law and the scope of his duties if you are injured. You need to seek experienced legal counsel to determine if you have the right to be compensated for your injuries, losses, and damages.
Your best step is to contact an attorney who has experience in both personal injury law and criminal law. An attorney with experience in both areas of law understands when a bouncer may be liable for injuries sustained by a patron. Our attorneys have extensive experience in criminal law and personal injury law. We can help determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Call an Erie Personal Injury Attorney for Help
Contact The Travis Law Firm toll-free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our Erie personal injury attorneys. Don’t delay in contacting our office for your free appointment because your time to file an injury claim is limited by law in Pennsylvania. Don’t let time run out on your claim – call today for an appointment.
Investigators have learned that at least two girls in their teens have had sexual contact with Millcreek Community Hospital employees. The girls were both in the hospital’s Behavioral Care unit in 2015. There were separate incidents, and Millcreek Township police have an investigation under way.
Why Millcreek Community Hospital May Be Held Responsible
The Millcreek Community Hospital could be facing a lawsuit for negligence. Hospitals should be setting rules and procedures for its’ employees to follow in order to safeguard patients. This includes rules to protect employees from sexual predators.
It is possible that the employees who acted inappropriately may not have been trained properly or supervised according to hospital policies. If the hospital failed to enforce their own policies, they too can be held liable in this case. If the inappropriate sexual contact(s) were reported to hospital staff, and nothing was done, the hospital could face even more charges.
Employees of Millcreek Community Hospital made sexual advances at me, What Do I Do?
If you were treated inappropriately at Millcreek Community Hospital, or any other facility, it would be in your best interest to speak to a local injury lawyer who knows Pennsylvania laws inside and out. Attorney Grant Travis has been helping the good people of Erie for more than 20 years get the justice they deserve. Schedule a confidential free consultation with an injury attorney at The Travis Law Firm to discuss your legal rights today & make an informed decision about your future.
Bedsores may also be referred to as pressure ulcers or pressure sores. They are skin injuries as a result of prolonged pressure between something else and the skin. Typically a bedsore will happen on locations where bony areas of the body exist such as ankles, tailbone, hips, and heels.
Individuals who are most at risk of bedsores are those with a medical condition that makes it difficult for them to change positions or situations where they are confined to a wheelchair for long periods of time. Typically, nursing homes are a common place where bedsores can happen, particularly if the staff is not giving proper attention to the patients.
How Bedsores Develop
Bedsores can develop quickly and can be extremely uncomfortable. They can often be difficult to treat. Regular movement can help to prevent bedsores. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered bedsores or other injuries in a nursing home, you may need to share your concerns with the staff member on duty. More severe bedsores will have exposed skin and possibly even muscles, tendons, or bones. Serious conditions could even expose a victim to infections.
Staff members who know that they are not giving the proper amount of attention to your loved one may be hesitant to provide you with more information about the situation, but taking action could be an important step towards protecting your loved one from future bedsores and other injuries. Bedsores are frequently just one symptom of nursing home abuse that can happen in Erie and other Pennsylvania locations.
What to Do If You Suspect That Your Loved One is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse
Wanting to protect your loved one from serious abuse or neglect in a nursing home is quite common. It will obviously weigh heavy on your heart if you believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. If you notice bedsores, especially in conjunction with other symptoms of nursing home abuse, get a free consultation with an attorney at The Travis Law Firm as soon as possible. This may be critical to helping your loved one recover more quickly.