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How COVID Highlighted the Dangers of Hospital Understaffing

Published on Jan 20, 2022 at 7:57 pm in In The News.

Nurses have worked around the clock at hospitals to provide care for patients suffering from COVID-19. They’re working long hours in heavy personal protective equipment and devote all their attention and time to multiple patients. After going home exhausted, they get up the next day to do it all over again.

However, many nurses are leaving or thinking about leaving the profession. Many chalk this movement up to COVID fatigue. But what’s really driving nurses away is how hospitals are managing them. In a New York Times video, nurses tell their stories about how hospitals aren’t hiring enough of them to take care of patients to their best ability.

Do You Use High Beams in Fog?

Published on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:07 pm in Auto Accidents.

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Driving through fog can be scary and confusing. You’re having trouble seeing, so you think to turn on your high beams. But is that the best option? Will your high beams cut through the fog so you can see, or will they make it worse for you?

Is the Person Backing Up Always at Fault?

Published on Dec 29, 2021 at 3:26 pm in Auto Accidents.

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Car accidents can happen anywhere at any time—all that needs to be present is a car and negligence. Parking lots are especially dangerous because they’re typically tightly spaced and have cars moving and stopping while being surrounded by other vehicles, pedestrians, and moving objects, like shopping carts.

It’s important to be extra cautious when driving through parking lots, and anywhere else where cars are parked and others are moving because you never know when someone might reverse. But if you’re driving through a parking lot and someone reverses into you, you might be wondering who is at fault? Let’s take a look and find out if the person backing up is always at fault.

The Burden of Proof and How it Affects a Personal Injury Claim

Published on Dec 22, 2021 at 7:51 pm in Personal Injury.

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In a personal injury case, the burden of proof is placed on the plaintiff. This means that you must be able to prove beyond the preponderance of the evidence that the defendant’s actions were the proximate cause of your injury. If you have hired legal counsel to represent your interests, your personal injury lawyer will generally be tasked with overcoming this burden on your behalf.

Why Wouldn’t Airbags Deploy in a Front-End Collision?

Published on Dec 10, 2021 at 4:18 pm in Auto Accidents.

Why Wouldn't Airbags Deploy in a Front-End Collision

The airbags are one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. When they deploy correctly, they can save you from serious or even fatal injuries. Everyone deserves to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your car is safe and functional, and working airbags are a critical component of that.

Unfortunately, malfunctions do happen on occasion. There are a number of missteps and mistakes that can happen during manufacturing that result in the airbags failing to deploy. In many cases, the manufacturer can be held liable for injuries that resulted from this problem. If you were recently in a car accident where the airbags didn’t deploy, you should understand the possible explanations for what went wrong.

How Often are Punitive Damages Awarded in Pennsylvania?

Published on Nov 16, 2021 at 7:14 pm in Personal Injury.

How Often are Punitive Damages Awarded in Pennsylvania

When a person is harmed from an accident and someone is found to be negligent, that person has the option of filing a personal injury case. If the case is successful, the guilty party is forced to pay lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. However, when the responsible party acts in an extremely reckless manner or causes intentional harm, an innocent victim may be entitled to receive additional punitive damages.

Unfortunately, these types of damages are not awarded often. To pursue the option, it is best to consult with a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer. At Shrager & Sachs, we are committed to helping Philadelphia residents and everyone in Pennsylvania get the legal representation they need to move forward with their lives.

Today, we’re looking at how often punitive damages are typically awarded in Pennsylvania when filing a personal injury claim.

How Can Nursing Homes Better Protect Residents From Falls?

Published on Nov 16, 2021 at 5:15 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

How Can Nursing Homes Better Protect Residents From Falls

When residents of a nursing home suffer a fall, it can have a catastrophic effect on their health. Sometimes, falls are fatal. Even when they aren’t, they can result in traumatic brain injuries, hip fractures, and other painful and debilitating outcomes.

Of the roughly 1.6 million people who live in nursing facilities around the U.S., about half suffer at least one fall annually. Nursing homes must do a better job to protect residents from falls.

Shrager & Sachs Ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms”

Published on Nov 4, 2021 at 6:43 pm in Firm News.

Shrager & Sachs is proud to announce that our personal injury law firm is included in the 12th edition of “Best Law Firms.” This list, released by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report, compiles data from all over the country to rank the best law firms and present them to the public. This way, those searching for legal representation can make an informed decision about who can provide the help they need.

Top Signs That a Hospital or Care Center May Be Negligent

Published on Nov 4, 2021 at 5:53 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Top Signs That a Hospital or Care Center May Be Negligent

Actions that injure patients should never happen in a hospital setting. But negligent acts leading to physical harm too often occur in the very facilities intended to save lives, cure illness, and heal injuries. A failure to act can also be a type of negligence, and is especially grievous when abuse is allowed to occur in an assisted living center or nursing home. In the worst cases of hospital negligence, wrongful death can result.

For these reasons, it is important to be aware of the top signs that a hospital or care center may be negligent. With further questions, reach out to a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice to discuss the details of your case.

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