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One-Year Anniversary of Amtrak 188 Derailment

Published on May 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm in Personal Injury.

Thursday, May 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment that took place in Frankfort. Sadly, on that day, eight people suffered fatal injuries while over 200 others suffered serious harms. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the Amtrak train reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour before derailing on a curve near Frankford Junction.

Still, a mystery remains. Even now, researchers cannot identify the exact cause of the accident or any circumstances leading up to the tragic event. The engineer of Amtrak 188 states that his memory of that evening remains foggy. As of now, no criminal charges have been filed. However, cameras have been installed throughout the cabs of locomotives so that the performance of engineers can be monitored.

Tips for Holiday Safety

Published on Dec 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm in Personal Injury.

The holidays are here and for many that means celebrations, parties, and time with family. Although this time of year brings enjoyment for many, it unfortunately also brings an increase in accidents, injuries, and deaths – many of which are preventable. In fact, statistics and studies show that the winter holidays account for some of the highest rates of accidents in America:

  • Crash data shows a significant spike in traffic accidents during the holidays, especially alcohol-involved auto accidents.
  • Dangerous weather conditions during the holidays and an increase in holiday traffic often contribute to a rise in traffic accidents.
  • Researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital have found that child injuries – many of which are caused by toys and children’s products – commonly occur during the holiday season.

Because the holiday season does pose risks for injury, it’s important for everyone to make safety a priority. At Shrager & Sachs, we’ve worked with many victims and families injured during this time of year, including numerous clients injured in common winter and holiday accidents. We hope to help others throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania stay safe this holiday season with the following safety tips.

Ben Carson Sued for Medical Malpractice 8 Times

Published on Nov 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm in Personal Injury.

During his three-year long career as a neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, a man now running for the republican nomination for the presidential election, has been sued eight times for medical malpractice in Maryland.

In one instance, a patient who was suffering from multiple sclerosis, sustained pain on the left side of her face, and suffered vision problems was referred to Carson for injections that would reduce nerve pain and alleviate the patient’s symptoms. Sadly, the symptoms and suffering grew worse.

To help the patient, Carson suggested that the patient undergo an invasive operation referred to as microvascular decompression. During this procedure, a part of the patient’s cranium was removed to separate a nerve from other parts.

In the lawsuit, investigator found that Carson did not review the patient’s MRI which would have informed him of the patient’s lesions on the brainstem due to multiple sclerosis, making the invasive procedure useless. Carson failure to review the MRI caused him to breach standardized medical care.

Smile, you’re on SEPTA Candid Camera

Published on Feb 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm in Personal Injury.

Did you know, when riding SEPTA you are being filmed almost all the time? It certainly makes sense. More and more we expect when we are in public areas, we are being photographed by numerous still and video cameras. And we hear all the time how this kind of surveillance can assist in a court case. Every evening on TV, the evening news and crime shows detail how the surveillance video from a nearby establishment helps to solve a crime or settle a dispute. This is true in real life as on television.

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