Distracted Driving: Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers

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Every driver should feel safe on Pennsylvania and West Virginia roads. However, distracted driving continues to rise, contributing to the increase in serious injuries and fatalities. 

Tractor trailers are also guilty of distracted driving. Unfortunately, when a truck driver becomes unfocused for a moment, the consequences can be tragic. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the neglectful actions of a distracted driver, you are not alone. Our tractor trailer accident lawyers are here to help.

At D’Amico Law Offices, LLC, our Pennsylvania and West Virginia distracted driving accident lawyers have been helping families for decades. We are a family of legal professionals who will protect your best interests and fight to recover the compensation you need to move on with your life. 

Schedule a free evaluation of your case today by clicking here or dialing (412) 652-9300. Our family is standing by. 

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Asbestos Exposure: How Much Is Dangerous?

You may have heard of asbestos, that it was a building material used in old construction, and that it was dangerous. Unfortunately, much like lead paint and lead pipes, anywhere asbestos still resides creates a dangerous environment, and it isn’t just in old, condemned buildings. 

We at D’Amico Law Offices have represented asbestos cases in the Rust Belt area (Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Our lawyers advocate for workers and residents who’ve been impacted by asbestos fibers and asbestos cancer, also known as mesothelioma. An aggressive cancer, mesothelioma is uniquely caused by asbestos exposure.

If you have a diagnosis of mesothelioma, or other conditions that may have arisen from exposure to asbestos-containing materials, call us at (412) 652-9300 to discuss your circumstances. Our years of experience investigating asbestos exposure points, and providing proof under the law, may help you and your family seek the resources you need for treatment and justice. 

We have compiled the following information on asbestos exposure, and the levels of danger involved, so that you may better protect yourself and your family.

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Damages in a Mesothelioma Lawsuit

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Due to their strength and heat resistance, asbestos fibers were often used to make a variety of things such as flooring, insulation, shingles, and brakes. However, when broken up, asbestos can create dust, which can settle in the lungs or stomach if inhaled or swallowed. This asbestos exposure can have many serious and often life-threatening consequences, such as mesothelioma cancer, that show up years after exposure.

While banned for most purposes in the 1970’s, many major companies continued using asbestos even after its harmful properties were known. Instead, they suppressed evidence of just how serious the conditions linked to asbestos could be. By putting profits above people, many individuals were exposed and suffered and/or died as a result. For this reason they should be held accountable for their actions and the manner in which they harmed so many.

Mesothelioma can cause many serious consequences, which although cannot be undone, should be considered when receiving monetary damages. Whether you’re inundated with medical bills, trying to stay afloat despite disability and lost wages, or enduring unfair pain and suffering, a mesothelioma lawsuit can hold those responsible accountable and can help with your financial wellbeing.

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What to Do After an Accident With a Truck in Pennsylvania

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If you’re in a wreck with an 18-wheeler, you might not know what to do next. The trucking company will often send a representative to investigate the accident and minimize the claim as much as possible. Learn more about which steps you should take after an accident with a truck.

Immediately After the Accident

If it’s safe to do so, remain in your vehicle and don’t move it. Regardless of the accident’s severity, call 911 and see if the police will come to the scene. In Pennsylvania, officers are not required to go to the scene of a minor accident, but you should still see if they will respond to the call. If you or your passengers have injuries, seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should also write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of every involved party, including any witnesses. Then, take pictures to document your injuries and the damage to each vehicle. Collecting evidence after a truck accident can be crucial for your case. Lastly, you should notify your insurance provider of the accident.

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Three Types of Ovarian Cancer Risks

Ovarian cancer affects one of three different cell types in the organ. Depending on the affected cell, the woman may develop one of three types of ovarian cancer. Understanding the symptoms of these diseases may facilitate early detection and treatment.

Epithelial Cell Carcinoma

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This ovarian cancer type is the most common, representing about 89% of cases, according to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. It occurs when cancer develops in the cells that line the ovaries. Because ovarian epithelial cell carcinoma rarely shows symptoms early on, diagnosis is often delayed until the disease has progressed. Women are more likely to develop this type of cancer with a family history of ovarian cancer and colon cancer, ovarian cancer and breast cancer, or ovarian cancer alone. This risk is even more pronounced if you have two or more first-degree family members with this type of cancer history. Individuals with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which indicate a high risk of breast cancer, also have an elevated risk of ovarian cancer. Treatment for epithelial cell carcinoma depends on the extent of the disease’s spread. In the early stages, the doctor typically recommends surgery to remove the cancerous growth, often followed by chemotherapy.

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Four Common Car Accident Injuries

While many car accidents result only in minor cuts and bruises, others can sometimes cause serious personal injuries. Because of physical forces, positioning, and other factors, some types of injuries occur more often than others. Understanding the symptoms of common car accident injuries can help you determine when to seek medical care after a collision.

Soft Tissue Injuries

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These injuries affect the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the body, also known as soft tissue. The sudden impact that happens in a collision often damages the soft tissue in the head and neck, causing whiplash. Sprains to the middle and lower back are also common since the impact imposes sudden movement on the spine. Pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility characterize the soft tissue injuries that occur in a car accident.

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