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2 killed and 1 seriously hurt in fatal Monroeville accident

Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 2:22 pm    

A woman and her son were killed in a three vehicle accident in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on the evening of July 18. The accident also left the woman’s husband is in critical condition.

Authorities said 28-year-old Jennifer Sample and her 7-year-old son, Daniel Eck died in the fatal accident on the Golden Mile Highway at around 6:30 p.m. Jennifer and her husband Cody were riding in their car with their two young sons, Daniel and a 15-month-old, when a pickup driven by a 65-year-old unidentified man struck the passenger side of their vehicle after hitting another car. The pickup driver veered into the opposite lane of traffic due to an alleged medical problem that he was suffering from.

Cody was transported to a hospital for treatment of his serious injuries, while their 15-month old son was not harmed in the fatal crash.

Construction Accident at Temple University

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 5:01 pm    

A seven-story building under construction at Temple University in Pennsylvania partially collapsed on July 11th, leaving at least one worker hospitalized with injuries. According to a spokesman for the University, the collapse occurred when a broken connector caused a fifth-floor beam to fall to the fourth floor. Several other workers were trapped on upper stories before eventually being rescued by emergency personnel.

While no one in the accident suffered life-threatening injuries, this story is a reminder of the very real threats that construction workers face in their line of work. At the Law Office of Bill Pelhan, we understand just how serious these risks can be, and we are committed to helping injured construction workers fight for the financial assistance they need to help cope with their injuries. Contact us today at 717-392-6362 to learn more about what we can do for you.

6 persons injured in 3-car Mercer County accident

Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 4:16 pm    

Six people were hurt in a three-vehicle accident in Mercer County on Friday, July 12.

Police said the accident happened when a car driven by 21-year-old Susan Wright crashed into a vehicle driven by 31-year-old James Back. The accident occurred when Wright attempted to turn left on Route 358 in New Vernon. Back’s vehicle then crashed into another car driven by 19-year-old Benjamin Swogger.

Wright’s passenger, identified as Dale Thompson was hospitalized due to serious injuries he sustained. Other injured persons, including a 4-year-old boy, were taken to a hospital in Greenville.

Wright was cited for failing to come to a halt at a stop sign.

Sustaining injuries due to the carelessness of others can be devastating. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation if a careless person caused you to be involved in an accident in Lancaster. Call the Law Office of Bill Pelhan at 717-392-6362 today to learn more about your legal options in such a situation.

New Study Reveals Concussions affect Boys and Girls Differently

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 7:37 pm    

Taking part in the ongoing effort for concussion prevention in sports, coaches, researchers, and medical professionals met at Atlanta’s Buckhead J.W. Marriott hotel last month for the 7th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion. This year’s summit, sponsored by Pop Warner football, focused on how to treat and prevent concussions in youth sports.

The summit came weeks after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law “return to play” legislation, which put in place mandatory screenings for concussed athletes before they can get back on the field. The new law found support among parents and coaches who have witnessed the adverse effects of concussion firsthand on cognitive ability and overall health.

Among other issues discussed at the conference were the results of a new study conducted by Tracey Covassin of Michigan State University that found that although girls on average suffer fewer concussions than boys, the effects of concussions on girls may last longer than the effects that boys experience. One suggested reason for this disparity is that boys usually have stronger necks and greater overall body mass compared to girls of the same age. While football remains the number one cause of sports-related concussions, girls’ soccer is the source for an incredibly high number of concussions.

Although legislation and summits like this one are a step forward in making sports safer, concussions and other injuries are still common problems across the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the carelessness of another person or the malfunction of equipment, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today at 717-392-6362 for the advice and attention of an experienced attorney.

Las Vegas performer killed in 50-foot fall

Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 9:11 am    

A Cirque du Soleil veteran acrobat performer was killed after she accidentally fell during a show in Las Vegas on June 29.

According to reports, 31-year-old Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell after the wire that was holding her 50 feet in the air snapped. The accident happened during the final battle scene in which most of the performers are suspended in the air with the use of wires.

A member of the audience said they thought the accident was part of the scene until they heard screaming and other members of Cirque du Soleil crying from the stage. Sarah, who was nicknamed “Sassoon,” had been performing as an acrobat for more than 22 years.

Guilot-Guyard was the mother of two kids.

The legal team at the Law Office of Bill Pelhan sends their sincere condolences to the family and friends who were affected by this tragic loss.

Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings killed in LA car accident

Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 7:05 pm    

Rolling Stone contributor and writer for BuzzFeed Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 18, according to his employer and family.

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith reported that the 33-year-old journalist, who wrote a feature in Rolling Stone magazine that led to the resignation of U.S. general Stanley McChrystal, had been killed in a car accident. His employer at BuzzFeed was told of Hastings’ death by Hastings’ family.

According to the Los Angeles police, a fiery car accident in which a man was reportedly burned beyond recognition occurred in the Hancock Park neighborhood. After striking a tree, the car was engulfed by fire, leading to the man’s death, who was later identified as Hastings. Immediately following the crash, however, the local coroner’s office stated that an investigation would be required to identify the burned driver.

Michael Hastings’ death is a national tragedy and our lawyers at the Law Office of Bill Pelhan send their regrets and condolences to all those affected by this loss.