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What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

When Pennsylvania residents suffer serious injuries, they often know it right from the moment the injury is suffered. This is not always the case, however, as there can be injuries that are not immediately apparent.

For example, as discussed last week in this blog, there has been an effort recently to increase awareness about concussions and other kinds of brain injuries. An individual who suffers a brain injury might not immediately recognize the symptoms of the injury, which could lead to even more serious brain damage if the condition is not properly treated.

New Steelers foundation aims to educate about brain injuries

Many Pennsylvania residents around the state are enjoying another exciting season of Pittsburgh Steelers football. The legendary team is again hoping to add another championship to its impressive resume.

In the meantime, the team is taking other steps to advance the lives of those around the state and the country as a whole. With the Steelers' help, a new foundation known as the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research was recently launched. The foundation, named after famed Steelers coach Chuck Noll, will support research and education about brain injuries and the treatment of concussions.

Increasing your odds of recovering damages after a car collision

After Pennsylvania residents are seriously hurt in a car accident, their focus is often on regaining their health to the extent possible, and rightly so. But the operations, medications, therapy, rehabilitation and other medical treatment that may be necessary costs a great deal of money. These high costs are on top of the other significant expenses faced by the person in the aftermath of an injury, such as lost wages from not being able to work.

As a result of these significant expenses, it is important to hold those who caused the car collision responsible. As discussed recently in this blog, a key question in personal liability actions is who can all be held responsible, as the more people who are liable for the crash, the better may be the chances of recovering damages.

Who pays when damages are awarded from a car accident?

When Pennsylvania residents suffer serious injuries in a car accident, the focus is often placed upon the acts of the negligent driver who caused the crash. However, as discussed recently in this blog, there may be the potential for holding other parties liable beyond simply the driver.

For example, if the driver was acting in the course of employment at the time of the crash, the injured person may be able to hold the employer liable for the incident in addition to the driver. There may be other circumstances where vicarious liability like this may be applied, which can be a huge benefit to an injured plaintiff in enhancing the ability to recover damages, such as in circumstances when the driver is an underinsured motorist.

Who can be held liable for causing a car accident?

Many Pennsylvania residents would agree that everyone should take personal responsibility for their own actions. Of course, getting others to take personal responsibility for their wrongdoing can be easier said than done.

As discussed last week in this blog, those injured in an auto accident may have the ability to obtain this accountability against those responsible for the crash. Each person owes a duty of care to everyone else on the road, including teenage drivers or any other kind of driver. Accordingly, when a person violates this duty of care, the person can be ordered to pay compensation to those injured in the accident.

What is a duty of care in negligence cases?

One of the great things about the justice system is that it applies equally to everybody. Another way of saying this is that justice is blind, which simply means justice is administered objectively and impartially to all, without regard to who the particular individuals are that may be involved in a case.

While these concepts are often thought of with regard to the criminal justice system, they apply in civil cases as well. Pennsylvania residents who have suffered serious injuries at the hands of someone else may hold that person accountable, without regard to who the person is or what that person's circumstances may be.

Study shows rising number of deadly teen automobile accidents

When Pennsylvania residents suffer serious injuries, there are often many different factors that contribute to those injuries. This is certainly the case when it comes to injuries suffered in automobile accidents, which can be caused by any number of factors.

For instance, new information from federal regulators is shedding light on the causes of car accidents involving teenage drivers. According to the data, there has been a 10 percent increase in teen driving deaths over the past year, and teens are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be in a deadly accident.

Getting accountability after the loss of a loved one

There are few things more important to Pennsylvania residents than their families. Individuals depend on their families in every way imaginable, including emotional support, financial support and everything in between.

As discussed recently in this blog, when a loved one is killed due to the negligence of another, surviving family members may have legal recourse they can take to make matters right. For instance, after a fatal accident caused by a driver's negligence, the surviving family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the negligent driver accountable.

How are proceeds from a wrongful death claim distributed?

When tragedy strikes Pennsylvania families, family members often come closer together to provide love and support to one another. This can be especially true after a loved one is killed by someone else's actions.

Last week, this blog discussed how surviving family members may have a wrongful death claim they can assert against the person responsible for the death of a loved one. There are different kinds of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death action. For instance, the loss of income may be one type of easily identifiable damages, as it can leave surviving spouses and children with a diminished income stream after their loved one's death.

Attorney Joseph Froetschel secures $2.7 Million verdict for a woman who was hit by a Port Authority bus

In the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, a jury awarded over $2.7 Million to a 59 year-old woman who lost her leg after being run over by a Port Authority bus. Attorney Joseph Froetschel argued the case on behalf of our client in front of Judge Arnold Klein. After a two day trial, a jury returned a verdict in the amount of $2,731,000 for her injuries, pain and suffering and lost wages.

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