Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are responsible for the deaths of approximately 50,000 Americans each year and the hospitalizations of roughly 230,000 more. Many more victims go undiagnosed.
It's not just major, violent auto collisions that lead to injuries to drivers and passengers. Seemingly minor fender-benders can cause significant injury, too.
So many accidents are caused by individuals driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, it may seem as though it is the majority, and in Pennsylvania, it is no different. In a recent article, we learn of a 52-year-old Pennsylvania man who is now facing several charges after causing a wreck on the highway.
More than two months after a fatal hit-and-run accident, the distracted teen driver that hit and killed a man and his dog is finally facing charges. According to authorities, the 18-year-old female has now been charged with death by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, for the April incident.
Helping injured people is what the Pennsylvania injury lawyers at Purchase & George do every day and so, when we heard about Ian Malesiewski, a sophomore at Cathedral Prep in Erie who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in a wrestling tournament on June 3, our first thought was, "What can we do to help?"Ian Malesiewski is an unusually gifted student athlete. If you search on-line for "Ian Malesiewski Erie" you'll read about his injury, but you'll also find other articles about him. You'll read of his many athletic accomplishments as a standout wrestler and football player, accomplishments achieved as much because of hard work and dedication as his natural gifts. You'll find friends and community members who speak of his fierce loyalty and his generous nature. You'll learn that Ian is enthusiastically supportive of others, frequently leading the cheers for his classmates in sports other than football and wrestling. Ian is now recovering in Akron, OH from surgery to stabilize his fractured cervical vertabrae. His family hopes he will soon be weaned off breathing assistance and, sometime after that, can be moved to a hospital closer to home. The end of the long road ahead for Ian is uncertain, but the road itself is not. As injury lawyers who have represented people with traumatic spinal cord injuries, we know his needs are extensive and are likely to include intensive physical therapy, home modifications, nursing care and attendant care, transportation modifications and, always, medications and medical equipment.We decided it was important to help and important enough to ask all of you to help, too. In fact, we decided to issue a challenge to you, our faithful readers. If you raise $3,000 by August 31, we'll match you dollar for dollar for a total contribution of $6,000. If you raise $5,000 by August 31, we'll match you two dollars for every dollar contributed for a total contribution of $15,000. As an added incentive, we'll hold a drawing in September which includes the names of the first 50 donors who make contributions by August 31 and one lucky winner will be selected to have a dinner for two cooked by our own Eric Purchase (who, frankly, is happy to seize any opportunity to cook, eat and entertain but about whose cooking Purchase & George, P.C. makes no representations or warranties). You can help by making checks payable to "Ian H. Malesiewski Special Needs Trust" and sending them c/o Purchase & George, P.C., 2525 W. 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506. Donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. Please send your check today for $5, $25, $50 or whatever amount is right for you.
Despite all the warnings against drinking and driving, alcohol-related car accidents claim the lives of thousands each year. Here in Pennsylvania, it is sad to think that these accidents are still a major problem on our roadways, but unfortunately, they are. Recently alcohol and speed were found to be contributing factors in a car crash that claimed the life of one Pennsylvania resident and caused serious injury to four others.
Each year, thousands of Pennsylvania residents are injured or die in car accidents that occur on our state's roadways. These catastrophic events are so damaging that they can affect every member of the family. That is why it is so important for individuals that have been injured in a car accident or have suffered the loss of a loved one to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. With their help, the pain and suffering families feel after these accidents can be alleviated, and their recovery can begin.
It is an extremely sinking feeling. You're tooling down the road when your car experiences some sort of mechanical malfunction. So what should you do when your car breaks down on the road?
Red means stop, green means go and yellow means caution. These simple rules tell us all we need to know when approaching an intersection with a traffic light. And we typically learn this lesson well before we take our first driving course. Yet people still fail to respond properly to traffic signals, which leads to far too many accidents in Pennsylvania every year.
Pennsylvania injury lawyer Eric Purchase persuaded a McKean County jury to return a record verdict in a recent trial about compensation for injuries suffered in a Pennsylvania car accident. In Hodgins v. Clark, the jury was asked to determine whether a commercial property owner was liable for an accident caused when a customer leaving the property pulled into traffic and caused an accident. Purchase argued that the property owner had piled equipment and debris so near the road that customers could not see to pull out safely and that the property owner knew about this hazardous condition for months, could have easily solved the problem, but chose to allow the hazard to persist for the property owner's own convenience.