Learning to ride a bike is a quintessential part of childhood. It is often a happy memory of spending time with a parent or other trusted adult to learn a difficult but useful skill. The first time you can ride on your own is a triumphant moment, and you have mastered a skill you will have for the rest of your life. Even more importantly, it indicates the first moment of freedom because you now have your own form of transportation and can go wherever you choose. Riding a bike should be a joyous experience for all children, but that is not always the case when drivers do not take the proper precautions to avoid hitting bikers that are on the road. It is unfortunately common for bikers of all ages to be injured while riding on the road because drivers either do not see them in their path or are distracted while driving. However, it is particularly devastating when a young child is the victim of one of these horrifying accidents.

In April of 2017, a 14-year-old boy was riding his bike in Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, when he was hit by a car that crossed in front of his path. Joshua Goldinger was attempting to cross the street at an intersection when a car, driven by an 18-year-old girl hit him and sent him off his bike. Although Joshua was rushed to St. Mary Medical Center, he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. This tragic event has greatly affected Joshua’s parents and the entire Charles Boehm Middle School, which he attended. Although no information has been released about the driver, the incident is under investigation by the local police department.

Although bicycle accidents are less common than car accidents, the results are typically far more severe, due to the lack of safety restraints and the smaller frame of a bicycle. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2015 there were nearly 1,300 bicycle accidents across the state and children age five to 14 account for 22% of them. These statistics are shocking and indicate a serious problem in biking safety. Despite campaigns that aim to increase driver’s awareness of bikers on the road, the number of injuries and deaths caused by biking accidents are still far too high. We must find a better solution to help protect all bikers on the road and prevent any more deaths such as Joshua Goldinger’s.

Nothing will be able to reverse the pain and frustration that Joshua’s family must be facing after this accident. However, they can take steps to help them bring justice for his death and receive compensation for the expenses this accident created. Lawyers across Pennsylvania, such as Munley Law, can help families and loved ones suffering from bike injuries or deaths file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. These lawsuits can help grieving families, like Joshua Goldinger’s, find some sense of comfort within their grief.


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Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of spinal fractures, and account for more than 40% of spinal injuries every year. Any sort of injury to the neck or spine can be highly debilitating and stressful, and according to William Kherkher, these injuries can cause extensive medical bills and other expenses, lost wages from work, long-term disability, and major lifestyle and family-life changes. Understanding the different types of these sorts of injuries is an important step to take if you’ve been in a car accident and are experiencing symptoms in your neck or spine.

A spinal fracture is essentially what happens when vertebra in the spine cause bone fragments to pinch, damaging the spinal nerves or cord. The extent of the injury can vary from mild ligaments and strains to debilitating spinal cord damage. Some of the most common neck and spine injuries after a car incident are:

  • Whiplash: Hyperextension of the neck or rapid back and forth motion of the head cause muscles and ligaments in the neck to be pushed beyond their normal range of motion.
  • Spine instability: A result of excessive motion between vertebrae most often from torn ligaments or broken bone. More often than not requires surgery for realignment.
  • Herniated Disk: Occurs when the soft, jelly-like inside of a spinal disk pushes through the more non-permeable exterior it is encased in through a crack in that exterior, irritating nearby nerves. Pain often felt in an arm or leg; sometimes no pain is felt at all and x-rays must be taken.

Any sort of injury to the neck or spine can be highly debilitating and stressful, and according to William Kherkher, These injuries can cause extensive medical bills and other expenses, lost wages from work, long-term disability, and major lifestyle and family-life changes.


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Salmonella infection is considered one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the country. There are many types of salmonella bacteria, and salmonella contamination usually occurs more often during summer than in any other seasons. Although salmonella infection could be less serious for healthy individuals, those in vulnerable groups may develop complications that can be life-threatening.

Infants, children and older adults are more prone to develop severe symptoms. Pregnant women, those with weak immune system, and those who are under immunosuppressant medications may also develop serious complications. Due to its seriousness, it is important that people should be mindful if the food they are consuming is contaminated with potentially possibly deadly salmonella bacteria.

According to the website of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, salmonella infection could be a result of defectively manufactured food products released in the market. A food that has been mishandled during the processing, packaging, and delivery could pose threat of contamination.

Another possible cause of salmonella infection is unsanitary food handling. Lawyers from the Abel Firm say on their website that restaurant owners and staff who are negligent of the salmonella threat could pose risk of contamination to their customers.

Foods prepared at home are also not safe from salmonella contamination. So, to prevent salmonellosis (salmonella disease) in your own kitchen, always remember these safety tips:

  • Meat products should be washed thoroughly. Salmonella bacteria breeds in animal intestine and feces, and a meat that hasn’t been washed carefully might carry the pathogen.
  • Wash vegetables well, especially if they will be eaten raw.
  • Do not let salmonella bacteria hitchhike on your dirty utensils. To avoid cross-contamination, wash knives, chopping boards, and other utensils in between use while cooking.
  • Raw meats and undercooked eggs can be good salmonella carriers. Remember to cook them well before serving.
  • Finally, utensils used for raw food items should NEVER be used for cooked and ready-to-eat foods to avoid contamination.

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Swimming pool could be the best gift that you can give to your kids and your guests this coming summer. There is no better way to enjoy the heat than by spending it with your loved ones in your own swimming pool. However, swimming pools could also be the most dangerous part of your house. In fact, the website of McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm says that a large number of premises liability cases have been associated with swimming pool injuries.

As a homeowner who has (or wanting to have) a swimming pool in their own home, it is important to know the degree of duty of care you have with your occupants. According to www.crowemulvey.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/, your duty of care largely depends on how the court would classify the injured occupant:

Invitees

Invitees are people who have expressly or implicitly invited into your premises, usually for your own benefit. Tenants, invited friends, and contractors rendering services for you are all regarded as invitees. Because premises owners have the highest degree of duty to invitees, you are expected to eliminate all hazards that may trigger a swimming pool incident. Failure to do so could make you liable for all the damages an invitee might incur.

Licensee

Licensees are those who are not expressly or implicitly invited into your premises, but are otherwise allowed to enter your property. A neighbor who frequents your house could be a licensee. As a pool owner, you have the obligation to warn the licensee about the inherent dangers of your pool, and accidents arising out of your failure to warn of danger could make you liable.

Trespassers

Although according to the law, premises owners usually don’t have any duty of care to those who are not allowed by law to enter someone else’s premise, this could not be the case if the trespasser is a child. Children have additional rights in place to protect them. Under the attractive nuisance doctrine, your failure to secure an inherently dangerous attraction (in this case, the swimming pool), could make you liable for any injuries a child-trespasser may incur.


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