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Train & Railway Safety Concerns Continue After String of Fatal Amtrak Crashes

Published on Mar 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm in Personal Injury.

In December, an Amtrak train from Portland, Oregon derailed off a bridge outside of Tacoma, Washington, killing 3 victims and injuring over 60 others. In the wake of the tragic crash, initial investigations have showed that the train was traveling nearly 50 miles per hour over the speed limit when the incident happened – a discovery many safety advocates say should never happen with the advent of new technology and policies.

In recent years, train accidents like the Washington Amtrak derailment have happened frequently across the U.S., often with devastating results. This includes a 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 victims and injured more than 200 passengers, and a Metrolink collision in Chatsworth, California that resulted in 25 deaths and 135 injuries. In both of these crashes, engineers had become distracted. Federal officials also stated they could and should have been prevented.

What the Insurance Company Won’t Tell You

Published on Dec 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm in Personal Injury.

If you are involved in an accident and suffer property damage or injuries, you will rely on your insurance company (or the other party’s insurance company) to provide financial coverage. However, most of the time, the insurance company doesn’t want to pay a settlement, and will use tactics to avoid paying what you deserve. Our firm has a thorough knowledge of insurance policies. We can use our experience to fight for the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

You Don’t Have to Settle Right Away

After a car accident or personal injury incident, insurance companies may try to pressure you into accepting a settlement as soon as possible. They will offer you a dollar amount for the damages caused by the accident, and will try to get you to settle quickly without having to hire a lawyer or go to court. This may seem enticing to people who just want to put the accident behind them. However, it is a bad idea. If your injuries turn out to be more severe than you thought, or other unexpected costs from the accident start piling up, you will be unable to receive more compensation after signing the settlement release.

When Should I Talk to an Attorney About My Injury?

Published on Sep 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm in Personal Injury.

Attorneys can help with a wide variety of injury cases. A personal injury attorney may be able to help if you have been injured at work, by a doctor, by an ill-meaning assailant, because of the negligence of another person, or for any other reason. Serious injuries typically result in large medical costs, significant time out of work, long-term physical damage, and other lasting negative effects for the injured party. If you have suffered a serious injury that was not your fault, you may be able to file a personal injury suit in order to hold the responsible parties accountable and receive the compensation you need to cover your costs and get back to your life.

Workers Injured on the Job

If you have been injured on the job, it is especially important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer before accepting workers’ compensation benefits. In many cases, employers can provide workers with some financial help to cover immediate injury-related costs, but workers’ comp is typically not substantial enough to cover the cost of a serious injury. Be advised that once you access workers’ comp benefits and payments, you are no longer legally permitted to file a personal injury lawsuit, even if the amount of workers’ comp you receive ultimately falls short of what you require. If you have been injured on the job, get in touch with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney immediately.

Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause PTSD?

Published on Aug 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm in Personal Injury.

Suffering a serious blow to the head from a car accident, blast, fall, or some other incident can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For some, the memories from sustaining that injury can be extremely jarring, and may also trigger posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A traumatic brain injury is typically very traumatic, and the symptoms may sometimes overlap with those of PTSD, making it difficult to determine whether you are suffering from a TBI, or both a TBI and PTSD.

A traumatic brain injury may be caused by any type of injury to the head, whether direct or indirect and may vary in degrees of severity. For example, someone may suffer a slight TBI after experiencing whiplash in a minor car accident, while someone else who hits their head after a nearby explosion may suffer a much more serious TBI.

Someone with a TBI may experience symptoms of physical discomfort, mental problems, as well as emotional difficulties.

The Dangers of Soft Tissue Injuries

Published on Aug 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm in Personal Injury.

Soft tissue injuries may seem mild and less concerning than visible wounds, but they can be equally dangerous if left untreated. These types of injuries are typically the result of a car accident or perhaps a slip and fall incident. Unfortunately, because these injuries are not as apparent as open gashes or broken bones, they are often overlooked and left to worsen gradually.

A soft tissue injury is any type of physical damage that does not involve the bones. So, this may include any harm inflicted on the structures that support the bones, such as ligaments, muscles, or tendons. These injuries may seem less threatening, but they can be just as damaging and should never be ignored.

Common types of soft tissue injuries may include:

  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle or tendon strains
  • Contusions

What is Whiplash?

While soft tissue injuries can occur anywhere, neck injuries, especially whiplash, are the most common. Car crashes are one of the biggest causes of whiplash because a sudden impact from either the front or the back can make the head and neck whip backward and forward, thus resulting in a whiplash injury. Whiplash is a very dangerous health issue and can result in serious head or spinal injuries, even if there was no actual impact to the head or visible harm. The symptoms of whiplash include neck stiffness, tingling in the shoulders, jaw pain, and a headache. In very severe cases, whiplash may lead to nausea, vertigo, or vomiting. In some instances, whiplash may cause injuries to the brain.

Airport Safety Tips for Summer

Published on Jul 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm in Personal Injury.

When you go to the airport, you’re usually wondering if you forgot anything, if you have your identification, and how long it will take to get through security. The clients we’ve represented who have been injured or sustained losses because of accidents inside an airport never thought that while they were traveling their lives would be changed in this way. It is paramount for every airport to ensure the safety and security of its passengers and personnel, but that’s not always the case.

Philadelphia-based Managing Partner Rob Sachs, Jr. has represented people injured on moving sidewalks in airports and who were being assisted in wheelchairs or on the modified golf carts that transport guests from gate to gate. All of these potentially dangerous activities are compounded risks when you’re carrying bags, distracted by watching your children, or trying to push a wheelchair. Some of the features at major airports are designed to help you travel from curbside through security and to your gate – like the moving sidewalk – but like any mechanical device, it can occasionally cause more harm than good. That’s why it’s important to safeguard yourself and your family as best as you can from these potentially serious airport accidents.

Fourth of July Safety Tips: Staying Safe During the Holidays

Published on Jun 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm in Personal Injury.

Shrager & Sachs hopes everyone throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania has a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend. As one of the most popular holidays of the year, we know that many local residents will be heading off for vacation soon, or gearing up for celebrations.

Because this time of year historically sees an increase in the number of preventable accidents, injuries, and hospital visits, our injury lawyers would like to send a reminder to all that you should be focused on staying safe, even when you’re having fun. Below are some essential safety tips to get you through the holiday weekend.

Brain Injuries: What You Need To Know About Concussions

Published on Mar 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm in Personal Injury.

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, and our legal team at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs wanted to provide some helpful information that can aid victims and families following unexpected brain injuries. Having served Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania since 1978, our personal injury attorneys have worked with many victims who suffered brain injuries in all types of accidents, including car accidents. We know that having the right information is critical to getting the right help and to knowing what to expect.

Traumatic brain injuries are unique in that there is still a great deal to be learned about how they impact the lives of victims and how they can be effectively treated. While medical science is continually exploring the mysteries of the brain in order to find ways to prevent, treat, and understand brain injuries, victims who experience TBI still struggle with what can be profound symptoms and effects. This is why it is important for anyone who has suffered a brain injury, or anyone with a loved one who has, to have the facts that can help them seek appropriate treatment when necessary.

The Cost of Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Published on Feb 20, 2017 at 7:23 pm in Personal Injury.

When it comes to serious injuries, few have as devastating a potential to upend lives as those involving the spine and spinal cord. The human spinal cord is the most important structure between the body and the brain, and it is filled with nerves, tissues, and support cells. These structures provide the primary pathway that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, and it is essential to the way we live our day to day lives.

Although the spinal cord is incredibly important to how human’s function, it is also susceptible to being injured, especially as a result of trauma and sudden blows that can occur during car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and falls. When the spinal cord is injured, it can necessitate serious medical intervention and aggressive, long-term rehabilitation. In the most severe types of injuries, it can cause permanent impairment and loss of function in certain parts of the body.

At Shrager & Sachs, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers have helped numerous clients after they suffered catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord injuries (SCI). Because the nature of spinal cord injuries can impact victims and their loved ones in profound ways, we always work to secure the maximum compensation possible. We know this compensation is essential to not only a victim’s sense of justice and emotional losses, but also to the real and substantial costs that living with a spinal cord injury can have.

Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S., Study Says

Published on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm in Personal Injury.

A recent study published in The BMJ medical journal is shedding light on the serious impact of medical errors in hospitals and other health care settings. According to the study – which was conducted by patient safety researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and published in May – medical errors may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Researchers noted the following about the study:

  • Medical errors encompassed a broad category ranging from negligent doctors to issues involving communication and mistakes during patient transfers.
  • Medical mistakes cause roughly 251,000 deaths each year – more than strokes, diabetes, respiratory disease, and accidents.
  • The numbers equate to an average of 700 deaths every day – and roughly 9.5% of all deaths in the U.S. annually.

The study drew from an analysis of four larger studies that found high rates of error-related fatalities throughout the health care industry. Aside from variance in data and individual circumstances, it ultimately shows that many people are dying from care they are receiving rather than the underlying medical issue for which they are seeking care.

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