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Philadelphia personal injury attorney blog regarding matters of injury law, injury reports and information on what to do if you suffer injuries.

What Should I Do If My Kid Is Hurt in a School Bus Crash?

Two school bus accidents involving Pennsylvania children made headlines recently. One crash occurred on Interstate 95 as nearly 30 eighth graders from CW Henry School traveled in a bus on their way to Washington DC for a class trip. Between Wilmington and Baltimore, the driver of a Honda Civic lost control of his vehicle when he tried to pass the school bus, causing him to clip the front of the school vehicle. The bus overturned, hit an embankment and crashed into a tree. The aftermath of the CW Henry School bus accident was chaotic. Approximately 150 students, teachers, parent chaperones and first responders congregated at the accident scene. There were children being loaded into ambulances and others who adults were attempting to keep clear of the horrific crash site. A student and a teacher had to be airlifted to the hospital following the crash. Reportedly, 29 people were injured in…
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Are Dodge Ram Pickup Trucks Safe? Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.25 Million Dodge Ram Trucks Because of a Deadly Software Glitch

Recently, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.25 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks because of a potentially deadly software glitch that can lead to the seatbelts and airbags in Dodge pickups failing to work during crashes. In the video below, auto defect attorney Stewart Eisenberg discusses what can happen to vehicle occupants if the seatbelts fail to work during a car accident.

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Will the Engineer in the Amtrak Train No. 188 Derailment Face Charges?

Update: The Pennsylvania Attorney General has stepped in and will be filing charges against the engineer in the deadly Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment. We will be updating our blog with more information as it becomes available. Recently, WPVI-TV reported on news regarding the 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 crash that claimed the lives of eight people and left around 200 others injured. Reportedly, the Amtrak engineer who was speeding prior to the deadly derailment will not face criminal charges. According to WPVI-TV, the engineer could not be charged because prosecutors could not prove that his speeding was the result of “conscious disregard”. Federal investigators concluded that the reason the engineer was operating the train at 106 mph while on a curve with a 50-mph speed limit is because he was distracted and lost track of his location. Reportedly, the engineer became distracted after hearing news that someone had thrown…
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Are Thyroid Cancer Screenings Putting Patients at Risk of Misdiagnosis?

Could thyroid cancer screenings be doing more harm than good? NPR reported on a story involving the results of a US Preventative Services Task Force investigation that concluded just that. According to the NPR report, none of the major medical organizations recommend thyroid cancer screenings. In addition, in a US Preventative Services Task Force report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, they recommended people do not undergo thyroid cancer screenings. How Can a Thyroid Cancer Screening Harm Patients? Unless a person is showing symptoms of thyroid cancer, the US Preventative Services Task Force recommends against thyroid cancer screenings. Although it would seem like undergoing any type of cancer screening would be a good thing, it is not always the case with screenings for thyroid cancer. The reason is that the thyroid cancer screening process generally detects cancers that would not grow into life-threatening tumors. However, once a…
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Cancer Misdiagnosis: Breast Cancer Misdiagnosed as Skin Rash?

Breast cancer misdiagnosed as a skin rash? While it might seem unlikely, it happened to a woman recently and now she is working to raise awareness to help prevent others from suffering the same fate. Two years ago, the woman, whose story was featured in a KARE-TV report, noticed a slight discoloration that looked similar to a sunburn on the side of one of her breasts. She had it examined by her primary care physician who had her undergo a mammogram. The results of the mammogram came back without showing any lumps or tumors and her blood work was also normal. Therefore, she was told that she was fine and that the skin rash was probably the result of her bra being too small. However, after buying new bras and using an antibiotic prescribed by another doctor, the skin rash did not go away. Then one night the woman Googled…
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How to Ride to Work Safely This Bike to Work Day

With Bike to Work Day on the horizon, it is a good time to remind both new and longtime bicyclists about how to safely bike to work. The following video provides cyclists with great tips on how to properly commute to work on their bikes.

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Richard Ferretti’s Family Continues to Fight for Justice Following Police Shooting

  On May 4, 2016, a Philadelphia police officer fatally shot 52-year-old Richard Ferretti while he was searching for a parking spot in an area around St. Joseph’s University. Last November, we featured a detailed and extensive blog post about the Richard Ferretti police shooting. In addition, Philadelphia magazine did a piece on the story and now, The Philadelphia Inquirer has published an article on the incident and where things stand one year later. As we recounted in the November blog post, prior to the shooting, police received a call around 1 am regarding a “suspicious” minivan driving near the intersection of 63rd Street and Overbrook Avenue. At the time, Richard was returning from the gas station. He was driving a purple Dodge Caravan. He and his girlfriend lived together near St. Joseph’s University and he had gone to the gas station to get gas for their other vehicle. Undercover…
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What Types of Mistakes in the ER Can Result in Medical Misdiagnosis?

An emergency room (ER) can be a mad house in certain instances, with doctors and nurses scrambling to balance a continuous stream of patients suffering a wide variety of injuries, from cuts and bruises to the flu, to a catastrophic injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or paralysis. As such, incidents of medical misdiagnosis in ERs are quite common. What Causes Emergency Room Medical Misdiagnosis? ER patients can be the victims of medical malpractice for a variety reasons, including: Patient overcrowding Hospital bed shortages Inexperience or poorly trained doctors and/or staff Lack of adequate staffing Fatigued doctors and nurses Shortage of proper equipment and/or resources Emergency Room Errors That Can Lead to Medical Misdiagnosis The types of errors that generally are the result of medical misdiagnosis in the ER include: Failing to order diagnostic tests Not ordering the correct diagnostic tests Failing to properly interpret medical test results…
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Why Proposed Medical Malpractice Law Is an Attack on Victims’ Rights

A report in The New York Times laid out the reasons why a bill drafted by House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) could change medical malpractice law. Reportedly, the proposed Obamacare replacement would make it much more difficult for patients and their families to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for negligence. How Would This New Health Care Bill Change Medical Malpractice Law? The new GOP bill will make it harder for older and low-income patients to successfully recover favorable verdicts and settlements through medical malpractice, defective drug and defective medical device lawsuits. This is because the bill would place limitations on healthcare-related lawsuits involving patients who are covered by Medicaid, Medicare or private health insurance subsidized by Obamacare. The bill would limit the compensation that victims of medical negligence who are covered under these programs can recover through a civil lawsuit. Our Law Firm…
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Pennsylvania Superior Court Upholds $55 Million Seat Belt Defect Verdict Against Honda

As reported both nationally and in The Legal Intelligencer, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has affirmed a record-setting $55 million jury verdict against Honda Motor Company from a product liability lawsuit involving a seat belt defect. The plaintiff in the case, Carlos Martinez, is represented by Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck attorneys Stewart Eisenberg and Daniel J. Sherry, Jr. Stewart and Daniel secured the $55 million jury verdict for Mr. Martinez against Honda after a Philadelphia jury determined that the seatbelt installed in the 1999 Acura Integra was defective and caused Mr. Martinez to strike his head on the vehicle’s roof during a low-speed rollover. This caused Mr. Martinez, a beloved husband, father, and wage-earner, to become a motorized wheelchair dependent quadriplegic who is now forced to rely on others for all activities of daily living. The jury also determined that Honda failed to adequately warn Mr. Martinez of the dangers associated with the seatbelt, given that Honda knew, since 1992, that that seatbelt would…
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