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What Happens When Someone Dies in a Car Accident?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PDoT), there were 115,938 reported crashes on Pennsylvania roads in 2022, resulting in 1,179 fatalities. The aftermath of a car accident can be traumatic and devastating, regardless of how serious a crash it is. And when someone dies during an accident or due to their injuries suffered because of it, the situation often becomes much more difficult and confusing. This is where our compassionate team at Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco can help you. We have decades of experience handling cases just[...]

What Types of Brain Injuries Are Caused by Medical Malpractice?

You go to the doctor because you're experiencing unfamiliar or debilitating symptoms, and they diagnose you with one relatively minor condition. Later, you find out that you're suffering from something worse. Or perhaps you undergo what is typically a pretty straightforward operation, yet your surgeon or the anesthesiologist does something wrong, causing you to suffer brain damage. These are just two of many examples of ways in which healthcare provider negligence can leave patients with unexpected problems they have to deal with. Below, we highlight the types of[...]

Western PA Nurse Charged with Killing 4 Patients

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Heather Pressdee, a registered nurse in the Western Pennsylvania area, has been charged with killing four patients by administering fatal doses of insulin. Witnesses say that Pressdee mocked people with intellectual disabilities and told her colleagues that a man with a brain injury didn’t deserve to live. Over the last three years, Pressdee moved between several facilities where 17 different patients with serious but not life-threatening health conditions suddenly died of insulin overdoses. Doctors and nurses who worked with her voiced concerns that[...]

What Drives the High Prices of Assisted Living Facilities?

Are you worried that your parents or grandparents will have to exhaust their assets to the point of poverty so that Medicare will kick in and begin covering necessary care? Or maybe you thought an assisted living facility would be a more affordable option, only to discover plenty of hidden fees lurking right below the surface. Let’s explore what drives the high prices of assisted living facilities and the possible negative ramifications of continued price gouging of our elderly. (more…)

Who Can Report Nursing Home Abuse?

It’s estimated that up to 5 million elders are abused in the United States every year. And perhaps the most disturbing fact is that we have no idea how much higher the actual numbers may be—as many as 23 in 24 cases of elder abuse never get reported at all. If we don’t know that elder abuse is happening, we are powerless to stop it. It’s less of a question of who can report nursing home abuse and more about when and how to do it. (more…)

Can Every Drug Injury Lead to a Legal Claim?

Doctors rely on a variety of treatment options when caring for patients. Depending on the type of illness, disease, or injury a patient presents with, it can be appropriate to prescribe medications to treat or alleviate symptoms. Prescription drugs are not risk-free, though. Every medication has the potential to cause an adverse reaction. Sometimes these reactions are predictable, while in other situations, it would be difficult for a doctor to foresee these types of injuries. So what does this mean? Can every drug injury lead to a legal[...]

Is Pennsylvania a No-Fault Accident State?

Auto insurance coverage limits and the handling of claims if someone gets hurt or has a vehicle that sustains damage in a crash varies from state to state. Here in Pennsylvania, we're only one of a dozen no-fault accident states. Every other state follows an at-fault system as far as filing claims for damages is concerned. If this at-fault and no-fault language sounds confusing, do not despair. We'll explain what the no-fault doctrine applicable in Pennsylvania means to you if you've been hurt or if your vehicle has[...]

What Is Marginal Cord Insertion?

Marginal cord insertion occurs when the umbilical cord is inserted into the margin of the placenta rather than the center. This is an atypical condition that can occur during a pregnancy. The danger of a marginal cord insertion stems from the fact that blood flow to the fetus can be restricted, leading to potential growth challenges and an increased risk of birth injuries. When managed correctly, however, most marginal cord insertions do not cause harm. (more…)

How To Make Philadelphia Safer for Pedestrians

Rated as both a “Walker’s Paradise” and “Rider’s Paradise” by Walk Score, Philadelphia is perhaps one of the best cities to live in and visit as a pedestrian. The number of pedestrians is on the rise, too. After a dip in numbers caused largely by the COVID-19 pandemic, Center City District spring 2023 data shows that pedestrian levels downtown recently reached 78% of Feb. 2019 levels. In Feb. 2023, an average of 347,800 people explored downtown Philadelphia on foot each and every day. But just because we are[...]

Determining Fault in Lane Change Incidents

Each day, motorists take to Philadelphia's busy streets with a sense of worry about different types of accidents they may have the misfortune of becoming involved in. One such crash is a lane-change accident. While new technology that comes equipped on many newer vehicles nowadays has put a dent in the incidence rate of these lane-change crashes, also known as sideswipe accidents, not all cars have this software. Even in some situations where they do, drivers don't always pay as close attention to it as they should because[...]

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