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Police officer struck on way to work in Pennsylvania

When police are on the job, they're constantly in danger. There is always a threat that they'll be shot at, hit by a vehicle or otherwise put in danger. In most cases, it's simply a matter of time before an officer suffers a work-related injury.

When an officer does get hurt, they usually have a right to workers' compensation to cover their financial needs. They are also typically entitled to additional benefits that can help them recover.

What kinds of compensation can you seek after a personal injury?

A personal injury changes lives from the moment it occurs. While your life is the one most prominently affected, others are affected as well. Your injury could mean that you need more support or aid, transportation to hospital visits and rehabilitation sessions or other assistance.

In many cases, it's family members who step into the role of caretakers for those who get hurt. As a result, they may miss work or have their personal lives impacted. For that reason, it's important that your family also looks into obtaining compensation as part of your personal injury claim.

What are some things to do after you get hurt?

A personal injury can be anything from a head injury to burns and scarring. As someone who has suffered an injury at the hands of another party, it's important that you know what to do to help yourself the most.

While some people feel guilty asking others to pay for their treatments, it is wise to understand that in most cases, it is not the individual who will directly cover your losses. Instead, it's normally their insurance provider that will pay for your medical care and lost wages. It is simply business to file a claim, not a personal affront.

Get medical care as soon as possible after any electrocution

If a person is electrocuted, it is important that they receive immediate medical help. While not all electrocutions result in life-long injuries or acute wounds, there is always a potential for lasting symptoms and side effects.

Electrocution is known to produce some neurological side effects along with physical injury. The severity of an injury is based on the voltage as well as external conditions, like what you're wearing or doing at the time of the electrocution.

Crash leads to DUI, homicide charges against 26-year-old woman

Crashes happen every day. Sometimes, they're a result of weather or malfunctions in vehicles. Other times, they're a result of a person's poor decisions and mistakes on the roads.

Take, for example, a recent case from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A woman is now facing DUI charges as well as charges for homicide by vehicle due to a crash she allegedly caused.

W.A.T.C.H. releases annual list of most dangerous holiday toys

Each year, the nonprofit World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) releases a list of holiday toys that could harm children. The hazards of each toy are generally quite straightforward, such as small parts that could be swallowed or projectiles that could cause eye injuries. Nevertheless, not all of the toys are subject to recall.

Every three minutes, a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury, according to W.A.T.C.H. The nonprofit is dedicated to educating the public, raising awareness about dangerous toys, and encouraging a more responsible marketplace for children's products. For 2018, the following toys were selected as the 10 most dangerous:

Who is liable after a car accident?

When the days are short and the temperatures drop, car accidents become a daily possibility. Icy roads, vision impaired by snow and slick intersections are the ingredients for a stew of bumper-to-bumper crashes.

When examining automobile insurance coverage, it's important to remember that Pennsylvania is one of the few states that offers "choice no fault" insurance. This means you can choose to carry no fault insurance or traditional insurance.

Class-action lawsuit calls electric scooter companies negligent

Companies offering transportation services with dockless electric scooters promote these devices as cheap and efficient ways for city dwellers to get around. However, scooters also present safety hazards to people in Pennsylvania. A class-action lawsuit filed on the West Coast on behalf of people who have suffered scooter-related injuries details a long list of complaints.

The lawsuit accuses Bird, Lime and their manufacturers of gross negligence. According to the court filings, the defendants inflicted injury or property damage on scooter riders, pedestrians and other members of the public. Plaintiffs attributed their broken bones, facial cuts, torn ligaments and dental damage to accidents with scooters. Their injuries arose from tripping over scooters left on the ground, riding scooters or being struck by scooter drivers. The lawsuit calls upon scooter companies to increase their warning messages and improve safety.

What happens if I fall during holiday shopping?

The holiday season is hectic for retail spaces, with busy shoppers running in and out searching of gifts. Add melting snow dripping off everyone's footwear and into the aisles, and it can be a dangerous place.

If you slip and fall while buying presents for loved ones, it can result in a serious injury. What should you do if this happens?

Including charitable gifts in an estate plan

When people in Pennsylvania think about planning for the future, they may wonder about how they can include their plans for charitable gifts into their broader estate plans. While many people want to focus on passing on their assets to their family, others want to place a strong focus on philanthropy. Even more want to combine both in one comprehensive estate plan. Continuing that giving after they pass away can be a key concern for people who have contributed to charities throughout their lifetime.

Charitable giving can provide benefits on many levels from tax incentives to personal fulfillment. Continuing a generational legacy of giving can also help make families come together around their philanthropic support. When planning to include this type of gift in a will or another estate document, it can be important to select a cause that is personally important or moving. In addition, a person can also identify the specific assets he or she would like to pass on. Charities can always accept cash gifts, but property, securities and even art can also be of great value. Donor-advised funds can provide guidance to smaller recipients who may be unsure how to handle these items.

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