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Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer.  It is also one of the deadliest holidays for drivers and passengers. Car accident injuries claimed 397 lives during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Lawrence Cohan and his associate David Carney achieved a settlement of nearly $765,000 on behalf of a Columbia County man injured by a fallen tree branch. The verdict is believed to be the largest verdict in Columbia County history.

Bill Kocher spent more than two weeks in intensive care recovering from catastrophic injuries after he was pinned under a tree branch that separated from the rotted tree stem and crashed through the windshield of his car in July 2010.

After three hours of deliberation, the jury found the property owners and the township negligent for failing to remove the tree branch that hung 14 feet above the street.

More than 40 percent of all spinal cord injuries are the result of an auto accident. People between the ages of 16 and 30 are more likely to be involved in an auto accident and are at a greater risk of suffering a spinal cord injury, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Suffering a paralyzing spinal cord injury at a young age can be traumatizing, especially when it was caused by a negligent accident that could have been prevented. Individuals paralyzed from an accident may not have the means to support themselves and their families or pay for comprehensive medical treatment. When the accident is a result of someone else’s negligence, financial compensation may be available.

A spinal cord injury lawyer can help victims get the compensation they deserve. The spinal cord injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss are part of a team of Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys dedicated to achieving positive results for victims and their families.

Philadelphia personal injury Lawyer Jim Ronca, a partner at Anapol Weiss, was named Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year in the 2015 edition of Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers.

Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers, a part of The Best Lawyers in America® compiles its list of exemplary attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of the top lawyers confidentially evaluate attorneys in the same geographic location who concentrate on the same practice area. Jim’s recognition as Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year came not from the magazine, but from thousands of personal injury attorneys throughout the region.

A civil trial lawyer with more than 30 years experience, Jim has successfully represented clients in a wide array of cases including car and truck accident lawsuits, pharmaceutical liability and medical device litigation.

On June 16, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) elected Lawrence Cohan of Anapol Weiss as the new President of the organization.

For more than 50 years, PTLA has sought to protect the rights of all individuals, and it has become a growing force in the community. The organization is made up of more than 1,000 trial lawyers who aim to preserve the legal system and create new laws to protect the rights of the community.

“Because of the Trial Lawyers, the workplace in Pennsylvania is safer,” Cohan said. “Products are safer because manufacturers know we hold them responsible, and perhaps we have also helped make it safer to be a patient in a hospital in Pennsylvania.”

December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a chance for everyone to address the difficulties disabled people face in the community and to promote accessibility and understanding on a global level. At the same time, the day is a great opportunity to remember that some disabilities happen by accident when an infant is delivered in the hospital. Sometimes, the carelessness or mistake of a health care professional can leave a newborn with a lifetime of disabilities, and that isn’t fair.

Over one billion people live with a physical and emotional disability, according to the United Nations. These people often face stigmas, discrimination and inequality, and some must overcome significant obstacles on a daily basis. But accidents sometimes happen and leave people with disabilities they never had before. Families’ lives can be interrupted suddenly and without warning by a hospital error or medical negligence. Sadly, babies can suffer birth injuries that leave them with permanent physical and mental challenges that they may not have had if someone had given their delivery a bit more care.

Although today’s technology has minimized the risks involved in giving birth, health care professionals still sometimes fail to provide appropriate care during labor, delivery, prenatal or postnatal period. Hospital negligence can result in a life-long birth injury that creates a difficult situation for both the child and the parents. Suddenly, parents may have to think about long-term medical care, therapy, medication or equipment, all because of someone else’s mistake.

At least one person was infected by the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria at the Comfort Suites hotel in Grantville PA. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been investigating the hotel since the first report of Legionnaires’ disease last month.

The Department of Health is confident that they have notified all recent guests of the hotel who may acquire Legionnaires’ disease, also known as Legionellosis. As source explained that “… there is no reason to believe there is a general risk to the community.” In accordance with Pennsylvania law, state officials have been working to isolate the source of the contamination and to notify all those who may have been infected.

Establishments such as hospitality businesses and medical facilities sometimes fail to properly clean and manage their large scale water systems. Legionella bacteria can then contaminate water sources such as faucets and showers, and people inhale the bacteria to acquire Legionnaires’ disease. Past outbreaks of the disease have had fatality rates of 30 percent. In some cases, death rates can reach 50 percent when the disease is left untreated.

Who knew the quest to make touchdowns for a living was so fraught with the potential for brain traumas?

In June 2012, lawsuits representing more than 2,100 National Football League players were filed, claiming the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuries to permanent brain damage.

According to pending lawsuits, “We believe that the long-term medical complications that have been associated with multiple concussions – such as memory loss, impulse anger-control problems, disorientation, dementia – were well documented, and that factually the NFL knew or should have known of these potentially devastating neurological problems, and yet it didn’t take any active role in addressing the issue for players,” said Anapol Weiss Attorney Larry Coben, who was quoted in the New York Times article.

What happens when a drug that you have been prescribed by your doctor has been recalled and nobody bothered to tell you?

You’re not alone. It’s a frequent occurrence, one that has a potential quality-of-life altering impact.

Every year dozens of pharmaceutical drugs are recalled because of numerous reasons but adverse side effects and contamination seem to be the most prevalent reasons.

Who’s minding the store? Why aren’t pharmacists and doctors paying attention? It’s quite possible they are not being alerted as the two notification systems – the FDA and MedWatch have a 20 to 40 percent failure rate.

According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the FDA fails to effectively report as many as 40 percent or more of all Class I drug recalls. And is it only the FDA’s responsibility or are the drug manufacturers at fault too?
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Unsecure cargo and overloaded cargo cause truck accidents in Pa.

Yes, there are laws on the federal, state, and locally to govern the weight of commercial vehicles, i.e. trucks and big rigs. However, these laws are difficult to enforce and are not such a deterrent to prevent overloading which in turns helps to prevent accidents.

Trucking companies overload trucks because time is money. The fewer the trips made, the higher the cost of fuel, and the pressure to meet a tight schedule are all reasons why trucking companies overload cargo.

It might seem like a good idea initially but over the long haul and the life of the truck, overloading cargo shortens the lifespan of the transmission as well as the tires and makes each journey riskier regarding braking and controlling the vehicle. Not only does the trucking company put the driver at risk but every other car, vehicle, and passengers on the road and damage to the load.

Loose cargo that falls off of a big rig can cause traffic problems and other people could be hurt or killed, especially during a quick stop or crash.
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