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How your online activity can hurt your personal injury case

You’re driving home after a long day at work. Suddenly, a distracted driver in the lane next to you swerves into you—sending your car spinning into oncoming traffic. Miraculously, you survive, but you’re badly shaken and suffering from serious injuries that will take you out of commission for months.

When a Black Friday shopping spree ends in personal injury

While Thanksgiving used to be primarily about gathering with family and friends for an abundant, calorie-filled meal, the holiday tradition is changing. For many families, Thanksgiving is now synonymous with the three Fs: feasting, football and Friday—Black Friday, that is. The steep, day-after-Thanksgiving sales prompt many Americans to head to the mall, in search of the perfect holidays gifts at great prices.

How to recognize and respond to a drunk driver on the road

Drunk drivers can pose a huge threat to the safety of others on the road. It's important to be able to tell the difference between a drunk driver and an unattentive or aggressive driver. In this post, we identify some of the indicators drunk driving and lay out some basic guidelines for how to respond:

Could I face civil and criminal charges for the same offense?

The majority of personal injury cases involve negligence--e.g., a doctor failing to properly diagnose a patient, or a driver falling asleep at the wheel--which results in pain and suffering for the plaintiff. However, some types of personal injury are inflicted intentionally.

When personal injury meets divorce: how to protect your award

In the event of a personal injury, the allocation of compensation within a family can vary based on the details of the case. If, for example, you are injured due to medical malpractice, you might the sole recipient of financial restitution. Or perhaps, if applicable, your spouse also receives restitution as part of a loss of consortium claim. Alternatively, if your minor child is the victim of medical malpractice, there may be benefits awarded both to your child as well as to you and your spouse jointly.

How can I protect myself from common medical mistakes?

Due to an increase in medical negligence, malpractice and errors, many Pennsylvanians are opting to delay and forgo their medical treatments. They do not want to chance further injuries if their health care providers make mistakes with their care. You may feel the same way, especially if you need ongoing care for a chronic or serious medical condition. You may think of doctors, nurses and other health care staff as infallible. But when they make mistakes, it is the patients and their families who suffer the most. From misdiagnoses and unnecessary medical procedures to surgical errors and more, most forms of medical negligence are preventable.

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