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How to Safely Deep Fry Food at Home

Cooking is the leading cause of home fire in the U.S. and the leading cause of fire-related injury. Even with greater awareness and education, the rate these fires occur has been steadfast for many years.

On average, fire departments respond to 166,100 structure fires per year, which claim approximately 480 lives and result in more than 5,000 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage, reports the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

According to a recent report, cooking equipment was involved in nearly half of reported home fires, which peak on holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve.

With the holidays just around the corner, the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Hagelgans & Veronis thought it would be helpful to recap what we know about home fire safety and particularly how to manage deep frying. Continue reading “How to Safely Deep Fry Food at Home”

Safety Tips For Deep Frying A Turkey

Thanksgiving turkeyWe love fried food in the US. While it’s not the healthiest option, it is delicious. So it’s no surprise that chefs are experimenting with what they should deep-fry next.

As a matter of fact, that’s how the tradition of deep-drying Thanksgiving turkey started. It originated in Louisiana in the 60s and 70s when Cajun chefs were experimenting with cooking crawfish, or crawdads, using portable stoves. They realized they could do more than boil items on these cookers, and began playing around with fried fish and chicken. Continue reading “Safety Tips For Deep Frying A Turkey”

When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Car Accident

Every year, thousands of car accidents occur in Pennsylvania on more than 120,000 miles of roads and highways. In 2016, there were 129,395 traffic crashes reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; of these crashes 1,188 people died and 82,971 people were injured.

Car accidentBased on Pennsylvania’s 2016 population, each day 355 traffic accidents occurred or approximately 15 crashes per hour. Each day, 3 people died in a crash and 227 people were injured.

Fatal crashes and major injuries are devastating to victims and their families, however, the majority of Pennsylvania crashes are not fatal, and roughly half of all crashes in 2016 didn’t involve a serious injury.

Knowing when and when not to get a personal injury lawyer involved should be weighed carefully in Pennsylvania. The type of insurance coverage and the nature of the injury will best determine if a personal injury lawyer is needed to ensure fair and adequate compensation. Continue reading “When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Car Accident”

Brain Injuries Caused By Football

random football practiceEarlier this year, two Pennsylvania college football players got the judgement they were looking for. In a negli­­gence suit filed against Lackawanna College, Augustus Feleccia and Justin Resch claim they sustained injuries while practicing an “Oklahoma Drill.” The players were then evaluated and cleared to play by unqualified medical personal employed by the college.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in favor of the two players and rejected a previous judgment that claimed Feleccia and Resch waived their rights prior to injury—in Pennsylvania, this is commonly known as the assumption of the risk rule.

With new judgment, Feleccia and Resch can pursue their personal injury case with a jury, who will be asked to assess whether the controversial drill is relevant to the game and whether the injuries sustained are inherently equal the assumed risk of the sport. Continue reading “Brain Injuries Caused By Football”

How Does Pennsylvania Define Premises Liability?

Trying to decipher Pennsylvania’s premises liability law can be frustrating. That’s why we’ve created the infographic below. We’ve taken the law and boiled it down to some of the more important points we think property owners and their guests should be aware of.

While we’ve primarily handled slip and fall claims, a type of premises liability, if you were injured on someone’s property and you believe your injuries are due to their negligence, you can contact one of our central Pennsylvania offices for a free consultation. Continue reading “How Does Pennsylvania Define Premises Liability?”