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Does the store owner have to pay for your slip-and-fall injuries?

There was a slick patch on the floor in the Pennsylvania store where you were shopping, and you slipped and fell. As is common with slip-and-fall accidents, you hurt your wrist as you tried to break your fall, and you also hit your head on the floor. You needed emergency medical attention, and you missed a few days of work as you recovered. Should the store owner have to pay for the medical bills, pain and suffering, and your lost wages?

According to FindLaw, the answer to this question of liability depends on several factors. Naturally, one of these is that your injuries are directly related to your accident. However, whether the accident was someone else's fault may be more difficult to prove. 

The basics of workers' compensation in Pennsylvania

Even if your work-related injury is not life-threatening, it could still lead to medical expenses and quite a few days off from your job in Pennsylvania. Like many people, you may not have extra money to pay the costs and cover your lost wages without having to juggle your finances. At Douglas, Joseph & Olson Attorneys at Law, we often answer questions about what workers' options are after an on-the-job injury.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry's Bureau of Workers' Compensation, state law requires almost all Pennsylvania employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. This coverage should pay all of the medical expenses related to your work injury beginning with any charges on the first day of your injury and going forward.

How can estate planning benefit your aging parents?

Estate planning can help individuals manage their assets, protect their family legacy and prepare for the future. While people of all life stages can benefit from estate planning tools, specific tools may be especially relevant and beneficial for your aging parents.

Regardless of their current health or financial position, you never know what the future holds. It is important to discuss and plan for any future eventuality early on to ensure that their best interests and wishes are protected. Do you know what estate planning elements you should discuss with your aging family members?

Are deadly crashes more common in bright sunlight?

From the use of illicit drugs while driving to surpassing the speed limit and drunk driving at night, there are a number of situations in which a motor vehicle crash may be more likely. However, drivers do not always keep in mind that far more risks can play a role in an accident, even some which might seem insignificant. For example, research has shown that bright sunlight may result in motor vehicle wrecks being more likely.

Information that was shared by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that more people are injured in motor vehicle accidents when the sun is shining brightly, as opposed to regular sunlight. A study which assessed people who were sent to the hospital for auto accident injuries between 1995 and 2014 found that a life-threatening collision was 16 percent more likely during periods of bright sunshine. There are many dangers that motorists should be aware of, but the sun’s glare is clearly another factor that should not be overlooked.

Car seat accessories create hidden hazards for children

For many doting parents in Pennsylvania, their number one concern is the health and well-being of their children. Many parents go to extensive efforts to make sure their children are comfortable and have access to all of the things they need to keep them happy and safe. However, in some circumstances, a good intention can actually create a more dangerous problem than ever anticipated. 

A Georgia mother is warning other parents of infants after her 2-month-old daughter was involved in a serious car accident. Like many parents, the baby's mother had strapped her in tightly to her car seat. The base was buckled securely into the backseat of her vehicle. Also, like many parents, the mother had installed soft, sheep-skin strap covers on her infant's car seat straps to keep them from rubbing the baby's skin and making her uncomfortable. However, she is now issuing an urgent warning to other parents about the dangers of adding accessories that are not a part of the manufactured product. She claims the sheepskin covers created a slippery surface causing her baby to slide right out of her straps during the rollover.

Will Uber be held liable for fatal self-driving car accident?

On Monday, a fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a self-driving car from Uber occurred in Arizona, in what is believed to be the first fatal autonomous vehicle accident. The crash occurred at an intersection as a 49-year-old woman walked across the street with her bike. The self-driving car, unfortunately, was going faster than the speed limit in the lead up to the crash and it also never attempted to stop (according to police) as it approached the crosswalk.

In response to the fatal accident, Uber pulled all of their self-driving cars off of the road. But that is the least they could do, given the tragic circumstances of this crash. The question going forward now is, how will liability be determined?

First Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

Dogs are wonderful friends to us, so much so that we sometimes forget that they have the capacity to cause us harm. The chances of a dog bite increase when animals become stressed or overstimulated, are poorly trained, or improperly restrained or supervised by their owners. Whether a dog bite incident takes place on public or private property, you can increase your chances of receiving appropriate compensation by following the tips below: 

The New Year is here. Make estate planning your resolution.

No matter how many people say that the New Year is an arbitrary event, millions of people still set resolutions and goals to align with the upcoming 365 days. While going to the gym and getting generally healthier is always a good goal, people-particularly those who have any assets or property-should also consider placing estate planning on their to-do list. 

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