Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers know that our hospitals are a long way from the efficient, science-driven facilities that most people imagine them to be. The same institutional problems that afflict every workplace in America can be found in hospitals: institutional lethargy, problem employees and simple human error abound. As a consequence, people are needlessly injured every day in American hospitals, sometimes as a result of something as simple as leaving a catheter in too long. Medicare recently launched a quality improvement program designed to calculate the rate at which hospitals cause avoidable injuries to their patients and to penalize the worst performing hospitals in the country. According to preliminary reports, St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania had the worst possible score and was ranked in the bottom 25% of the nation's hospitals. No other local hospitals were ranked among the bottom 25%.
An Erie car crash resulted in two drivers being taken to the hospital yesterday. The collision occurred near the intersection of Zuck Road and Zimmerly Road in Millcreek Township when a motorist exiting the Country Fair parking lot pulled into traffic, setting in action a three car, chain reaction rollover auto accident.
A new study offers encouraging news about teen behavior. Generally, risky behavior like drinking, drug use and risky sex has declined materially. Unfortunately, teens continue to text while driving at an alarming rate.
An Erie bicyclist was injured when struck by a careless driver near the intersection of Westlake Road and Asbury Road in Millcreek Township yesterday. Authorities report the Pennsylvania bicycle accident occurred near 7:30 a.m. when the driver of a pickup truck struck a bicyclist in the west bound lanes of West Lake Road. The Erie bicyclist was taken to UPMC Hamot with injuries that are reported as not life-threatening.
Pennsylvania car accidents are supposed to end with an exchange of information between drivers. An October, 2013 car crash in Erie has ended with a driver going to jail for leaving the scene without providing information.
We are pleased to announce that our own Eric Purchase has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. The annual list is compiled by an independent service using a patented selection process designed to identify outstanding lawyers in particular practice areas. Mr. Purchase was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the practice area "Personal Injury Plaintiff: General." Mr. Purchase is one of only three Erie lawyers named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in this practice area.
October 11, 2012, ERIE, PA -- As Erie injury attorneys who frequently represent chronic back pain sufferers, we've been closely following the news of fungal meningitis that has been spread by tainted steroid injections. Fortunately for our Erie area clients, there is good news in the latest details.
August 25, 2012, ERIE, PA -- Among Erie car accidents, rear-end chain reaction crashes are, unfortunately, fairly common. Yesterday's four car chain reaction crash in the 1300 block of Liberty Street was another example of this dangerous type of Pennsylvania auto accident.
April 28, 2012, ERIE, PA -- A Summit Township hit-and-run auto accident has police looking for a light blue minivan last seen traveling north on Old Perry Highway. The Pennsylvania car crash occurred outside the Route 97 Country Fair about 3:15 a.m. Friday when a man standing next to the minivan was struck when it suddenly reversed.