Monday, December 30, 2013
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The population of Pennsylvania is aging, we are currently ranked 4th in the U.S. by percentage of population of residents age 65 and older. This translates into almost 2,000,000 Pennsylvania residents that are 65 and older. Pennsylvania has approximately 710 nursing homes which houses, on average, 81,000 Pennsylvania residents. This number is only going to rise, and by 2020, Pennsylvania’s 60 and older population is expected to balloon to more than 3,000,000 people, or 25% of the total population.
With the demand for nursing home care so high and only rising, these facilities are currently understaffed, and the employees are poorly trained. These two factors are a perfect recipe for disaster because the residents depend on the staff for the most basic requirements of life like food, water, medicine, and personal hygiene. If a nursing home fails to provide appropriate treatment to maintain the resident’s health to the best of its ability, the facility may be negligent. Nursing home negligence may take many forms, but the most common include: (1) failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration; (2) failure to assist with personal hygiene, including providing adequate services for incontinent residents; and (3) failure to prevent and/or treat bedsores.
In fact, two of our most recent nursing home cases have involved bedsores, otherwise known as pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers. In both cases the nursing home failed to properly prevent and treat the bedsores and they became infected.
Because nursing home litigation can be quite complicated you need to have an attorney with the experience and knowledge to handle these claims. If you or someone you know has been the victim of nursing home negligence please allow Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr and Attorney Aaron Ling to evaluate your claim today to determine if you have a case against a nursing home. Please give us a call at (814) 946-4100.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
- Check your tires - You should always check to make sure your tires are fully inflated to manufacturer’s specifications. Usually this information is on the inside the driver’s side door.
- Check your brakes - A mechanic should be able to do an evaluation of the brake pads and braking system to ensure that they are working properly
- Check your fluid levels - You should always check your oil, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid. However, you should also be aware of your coolant levels.
- Check your battery - A battery that is not working properly may result in you being stranded this winter.
- Check your windshield wipers - If your windshield wipers are not properly clearing the windshield you may have an obstructed view of what’s ahead.
- Put together an emergency kit containing a cell phone, a heavy blanket, gloves, salt/sand, a flashlight, water and non-perishable food.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
I enjoyed an inside view of Judge Peoples. My mother, Barbara Stoehr, served as his secretary for many years in the District Attorney’s Office and later as the Judge’s secretary. I remember Judge Peoples being mentioned at the dinner table on many occasions during high school. Judge Peoples could be stern and seemingly inflexible. However, this somewhat tough exterior was his way of committing to his own beliefs. If you needed someone to jump in the foxhole with you, Tom Peoples was definitely in my Top 10.
Later in life I had the good fortune (maybe not, he was a tough grader!) to be a college student in Criminal Law I and II taught by District Attorney Tom Peoples. More often than not I managed an “A” in college. With Tom Peoples I savored my “B” in both courses! Later I was undecided whether I wanted to go to law school. I conferred with Judge Peoples after college, but the timing wasn’t right, and I entered the business world. I became more serious about law school at age 30 and discussed this with him in great detail prior to application. I was living in Virginia at the time and remember coming home for the weekend. Judge Peoples remained in his office Friday afternoon until I arrived. We talked for several hours in his chambers until early evening. Perhaps our talk was not the sole reason for attending law school, but the insight he gave me was pivotal in my decision.
Finally, I had the opportunity to try my first case as a civil litigator in a two-day jury trial before his Honor. My mother went to high school with Judge Peoples and was still his secretary. Perhaps a cynical person would believe that this relationship would give me the “inside advantage” with Judge Peoples. After all, I would merely need to smile and wink, and expect favorable rulings. It was wise on my part not to have any such expectations . . . Judge Peoples’ pretrial rulings and rulings during the trial were very even-handed. In one instance, Judge Peoples politely listened to my objection, gave me his ice-cold stare, and overruled me with such emphasis that I wondered why I had opened my mouth. Fortunately I won this “slip and fall” case but it had nothing to do with an alleged relationship I had with the Judge.
I attended Judge Peoples funeral and the Resolutions of the Blair County Bar. I spoke with Judge Peoples’ wife, Maureen, who now resides at Garvey Manor. I think she remembers me but it is not important. What is more important is the admiration and love she felt from the many mourners. The eulogy given by Court of Appeals Judge Brooks Smith reminded us that Judge Peoples was a complex man. He was steadfast in his beliefs and unwavering in his faith. Yet he was a common man with a dry sense of humor. Above all, Judge Peoples was respected by all. The Blair County Court has lost its leader and he will be sorely missed.
Attorney Doug Stoehr, Altoona
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
If you or a loved one have been attacked or bitten by a dog, you as a victim have rights. Many people do not know their rights and therefore fail to go after the compensation they deserve. Dog bite laws can be confusing and may vary from state to state. Here is what you need to know about dog bite laws in Pennsylvania:
1.) Legal liability must be proven in order to receive compensation from an attack. This means that a victim must prove that the dog owner was being negligent in order for the owner to be held responsible for the attack.
2.) Landlords may be held liable for injuries by a dog their tenant owns/takes care of if he/she is aware that the dog is a danger and fails to take action to remove the pet from the premise.
3.) If a dog is deemed "dangerous" different laws and penalties may apply. A dangerous dog is one that has a previous record of attack or has attacked without provocation or both.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for victims of dog bites and other types of animal attacks. For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Doug Stoehr is currently representing an Altoona resident who was shot by an Altoona Police Officer on April 8, 2013. Doug and his client preferred to avoid publicity but needed to respond to a newspaper article and TV spot about the incident. Most recently the case was highlighted again in the newspaper, when the Altoona Mirror obtained a copy of the formal Complaint that Attorney Stoehr filed in federal court in Johnstown.
Below is the link to the Altoona Mirror article. Although the article is not entirely accurate, it does summarize the allegations in the Complaint. This claim will now be litigated through the federal system, and Attorney Stoehr will work zealously to obtain compensation for his client, who was shot in the shoulder area. This has resulted in a permanent injury for the client, and a loss of income.