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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[...]

Should You Rely on Government Ratings When Choosing a Nursing Home?

Nursing home ratings can be a good starting point if you’re searching for a long-term care facility for yourself or a loved one. But should you rely on government ratings when choosing a nursing home? We recommend taking these ratings into consideration, but doing more outside research and in-person visiting before you make a final choice. (more…)

Can a Passenger Claim Compensation in a Car Accident?

You weren’t driving the car when the accident happened. Maybe you were riding in the front passenger seat or somewhere in the back, and now you’re dealing with the aftermath of a crash that you played no role in. So what are your rights in this situation? Can a passenger claim compensation in a car accident? The easy answer to this question is “Yes.” Under the right circumstances, a passenger who was injured in a crash has the right to claim compensation. The more complicated answer, however, is[...]

How Motorcycle Accidents Cause Serious Foot and Leg Injuries

A lot of freedom comes with riding a motorcycle, but significant dangers do as well. While motorcyclists can certainly suffer harm while unilaterally operating their motorbikes, passenger car or truck drivers are the ones who crash into and cause riders harm more often than not. Data compiled by the Insurance Information Institute (III) shows an estimated 83,000 motorbike injuries occurred in the latest reported National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics from 2020. While that data doesn't break down injury data by body part involved, motorcycle safety best[...]

How Long After a Car Accident Can You Claim Injury?

You were on your way home one night when a drunk driver swerved into your lane and crashed into your vehicle. In that split second, your life changed completely. The next few months were a blur of medical treatments, doctor’s visits, and rehabilitative care. After some time, you were able to regain some of your mobility and begin physical therapy. You were out of work for months, and you’re not sure if you’ll ever be able to return to your old position. Your vehicle was totaled in the[...]

What You Need To Know About the Safety of Anesthesia

Thanks to advancements in science, technology, and the medical field, undergoing surgical operations is safer today than at any other point in history. The use of anesthesia, in particular, has created an environment in which even major procedures can be considered routine. However, this does not mean that anesthesia is without its own risks. Every patient has the right to information regarding the safety and efficacy of a procedure, surgery, treatment plan, or medication. Benefits, drawbacks, and potential side effects of any treatment should be clearly and effectively[...]

New Pennsylvania Laws in 2023

As the calendar flips to the New Year, Pennsylvania will enact a number of new laws that affect its citizens in a variety of ways. If you currently reside in the state of Pennsylvania or will be a resident starting in 2023, we urge you to familiarize yourself with upcoming changes to our legal system. As dedicated legal professionals, the team at Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco has also taken the time to remain informed of new Pennsylvania laws in 2023. We have compiled highlights of some of these[...]

The Difference Between Medical Negligence and Malpractice

At Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco, we understand that there is a good deal of legalese in any type of personal injury case. Nowhere is this truer than in a case involving medical malpractice. Words like “malpractice” and “negligence” may be used interchangeably in conversation, but they actually have very specific definitions in personal injury law. Below, we’ll examine the difference between medical negligence and malpractice. (more…)

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