A commuter train on the New Jersey Transit Line smashed into the Hoboken Terminal on the morning of September 29th, killing one person and injuring 114 according to the Washington Post. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the following regarding the crash: "The train came at a high rate of speed into the station and crashed through all the barriers, bringing it all the way to the internal wall of the Hoboken terminal. We have no indication that this was anything but a tragic accident." According to reports, some passengers were trapped under debris from the train and many people were openly bleeding from their injuries.
Autumn is upon us and soon the snow will begin falling. Snow brings with it the joy of playing in the snow and sled riding for kids across the country. But sled riding can be a dangerous endeavor for children; according to the most recent statistics, over 50,000 children per year are treated at hospitals due to sled, toboggan, and tube related injuries.
On the morning of Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, a 10-year old girl was waiting at her bus stop and ready to go to school. When the bus arrived, her driver stopped and put the flashing lights on. The girl was attempting to cross the street when a car disregarded the flashing lights and the stop arm. The girl was clipped by the car and taken to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries. Thankfully the girl sustained only minor injuries; she was treated and released shortly after admission. The driver of the car was charged with reckless driving. To read more about the accident, click here.
Pool Safely's national public education campaign that works to reduce child (15 and under) drownings in swimming pools and spas appears to be having a positive effect. A recent report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission showed an 11 percent decrease in fatal child swimming pool drownings. To take the pledge and ensure your family is safe in the water this year, visit the Pool Safely website.
The first Monday of every September brings with it picnics, parades, a day off, and more importantly a celebration of the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day also brings with it an increase in travel, which unfortunately results in a higher number of traffic related accidents and fatalities. According to Fortune, this Labor Day could be the deadliest Labor Day weekend for drivers in eight years. Accidents have been on the rise in 2016. There were 9% more fatal motor vehicle accidents from January to June of 2016 than January to June of 2015. Experts attribute this increase to a stronger economy which encourages motorists to drive more, particularly during off days and holiday weekends. The National Safety Council is predicting that 438 people will perish in traffic accidents during Labor Day weekend. Drive smart, defensive, and be aware if you plan to be on the roads.
Young Girl Suffers Permanent Stomach Complications from Kid's Meal
This young girl contracted a food borne illness, E-coli, from eating a Kid's Meal at a popular fast-food restaurant. After the incident, the client suffered from the after-effects indicating gastric problems that required a very low-fat diet. The condition was permanent. The client experienced frequent severe stomach pain when she deviated from her strict diet due to the irreversible damage done to the pancreas. Rosen Louik & Perry attorneys were able to prove that the E-coli was introduced via the negligence of the fast food. The case was settled for $950,000.00.
Man Fatally Injured By Rolling Vehicle
The client suffered fatal injuries after a 10-year old vehicle rolled backwards pinning the client between the vehicle and a telephone pole. The vehicle had a history of drifting backwards when the emergency brake was engaged. The vehicle manufacturer was sued for producing a defective product. The manufacturer denied liability and cited millions of products on the market with properly functioning brakes during the 10-year period since manufacturing. The case settled for $420,000.00.
As a security guard for a retail store located in a mall, the client followed a young man who had stolen a leather jacket into the parking lot. The thief's car nearly ran over the client, causing the client to jump out of the way, injuring the client's knee. There was no actual contact between the car and the client. The automobile insurance carrier denied coverage to the thief claiming an intentional act exclusion. Rosen Louik & Perry, Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Lawyers, were able to prove that the thief's acts with the vehicle were not intentionally directed toward injuring the client. Such an intentional act would have nullified insurance coverage for the client's injuries. Once intentional acts were excluded, the insurance from the automobile company was required to cover the accident. The case settled for $475,000.00.
Our personal injury attorneys at Rosen Louik and Perry have real experience winning personal injury cases and settlements in the Pittsburgh, PA region. Below are a few examples of real clients we have helped receive compensation they deserved for pain and suffering caused by a personal injury caused by negligence or malice. If you think you may have a personal injury case, contact us to evaluate your claim.
Man Nearly Loses Leg to Explosives in Strip Mine: Successful Appeal to PA Superior Court Results in Higher Settlement
An explosives company was performing blasting operations as a subcontractor in a strip mine behind the client's residence. A blast produced flyrock, a piece of which struck the client. As a result, the client's lower left leg was severed and only remained attached by a few tissues. The client was lifeflighted and diagnosed with a Grade III-B open tibia fracture. A grade III is the highest category of injury to bone and B is the highest category of contamination to the skin, muscle and tissue. Emergency surgery was performed in an attempt to salvage the severed limb and a titanium rod was inserted to internally stabilize the fractures. Additional hardware inserted in the leg included a large plate and several screws. Bone was missing over several inches of the leg, as was the skin, muscle and other tissues. Tissue, muscle, veins, and arteries were harvested from the upper back and shoulder area and sewn in by microsurgery. The client had a total of four surgical procedures performed. The leg was ultimately salvaged. The blasting company and coal mining company denied liability. After a ten-day trial, a jury returned a verdict of $350,000.00. We believed that one of the jurors was biased because of a long-standing relationship with an owner of one of the Defendant companies but the trial judge refused to remove the juror. An appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania was pursued. The Superior Court agreed with our position and ordered a new trial. After this appellate court victory, the case settled for $1,500,000.00.