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When rainy days in Pennsylvania lead to personal injury lawsuits

Slips and falls in public places happen often, and for the majority of people, injuries sustained may prove minor. Yet some individuals fall due to slippery floors in grocery stores or malls and face serious injuries that may prove life-threatening, and these individuals may require significant compensation.

If you face injury due to slipping and falling in a store and want to seek compensation for your related injury expenses, you want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you bring a successful negligence case forward. These attorneys specialize in determining negligent behavior and offer advice and expertise in bringing a claim against stores or malls. If you suffer injury due to a slip-and-fall accident, do not fight for compensation alone.

Man charged with theft of $63,404 from a soccer association

Stealing money is often portrayed as a bank robbery or other elaborate heist in movies. In real life, it can occur in a number of ways, including embezzlement. Often, the theft of funds through embezzlement occurs over a period of time in small amounts, making it difficult to track. No matter the route of theft, the criminal consequences are similar, and charged individuals are often in need of a skilled attorney. A 51-year-old Pennsylvania man has consulted a criminal defense attorney, following official charges that he stole $63,404 from a soccer association.

Assualt: Woman charged with running boyfriend over with vehicle

Relationships can bring out the best and the worst in people. It is unknown what may have sparked an argument between a Pennsylvania couple, but whatever the disagreement was, it has resulted in assault charges for one woman. She has been accused of running over her boyfriend with a vehicle as well as an attack on emergency workers.

A neighbor claims to have witnessed the entire incident between the 44-year-old woman and her boyfriend. The boyfriend was walking along the shoulder of the road when the woman used her SUV to hit him. The neighbor recounts that after striking the boyfriend with her vehicle, the woman allegedly backed it up and attempted to run over him again.

Staying safe as a pedestrian in a college town

As a pedestrian walking the streets of State College, you are very close to Penn State. Making sure that you are safe while walking down the street is important at all times, but it may present more risks in a college town.

In 2017, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian deaths caused by car crashes, a significant increase from past years. 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016 were pedestrians. Whenever you are walking, make sure to take extra care.

Drunk driving: High-risk drinking anticipated with game days

Another exciting college football season is around the corner for Penn State fans. In addition to football games, a new college semester and an influx of new students, Pennsylvania law enforcement and paramedics anticipate an increased number of young adults participating in high-risk drinking. High-risk drinking can result in an increased risk for sexual assault, assault and drunk driving.

One paramedic company reports that it typically receives between 25 and 40 calls every football game day. As many as half the calls are alcohol-related. In some cases, individuals have consumed too much alcohol and are in need of comfort care. Some individuals require treatment in a medical facility while others only require the assistance of a sober friend. 

Man charged with his 6th drunk driving offense

Every criminal case is different. There are multiple factors to consider and laws that impact the charges in a case and sentencing that could occur if a conviction is secured. In particular, an accused's previous history often impacts how a drunk driving case will be handled. If it's the first offense, the potential consequences are less severe, but repeated offenses can result in more serious and longer sentences. One Pennsylvania man was recently charged with his sixth DUI offense, complicating his defense case.

The 50-year-old man was stopped for a traffic offense. He allegedly ran a red light and after suspicions of drunk driving, field sobriety tests were performed. The man reportedly failed the tests. In addition, a blood alcohol test supposedly indicated that the man's blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit. 

Special Problem For Seniors Involved In Motor Vehicle Collisions

It is not unusual for a senior citizen to be involved in a motor vehicle collision caused by someone else's negligence. In addition to the increased physical problems caused by any injuries, there are practical financial issues which are particular to seniors.

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