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A Focus on Preventing Newborn Death

June 14, 2024

Fetal demise or newborn death during or shortly following delivery is a profoundly tragic event, often resulting in deep emotional and psychological impacts on the parents. Understanding the warning signs of fetal distress, the potential dangers, and the causes is crucial in improving outcomes and advocating for the unborn child’s well-being. Additionally, having dedicated health providers focused on the infant during delivery can significantly enhance care and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. Importance of Staff & Care Protocols in Preventing Newborn Death Ensuring hospitals adhere to proper protocols in staffing and medical care during labor and in the care of an infant during and immediately following birth is critical for the health and safety of both mother and child. Proper staffing means having a sufficient number of trained medical professionals, including obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, and nurses, who are equipped to handle the complexities of childbirth. Adhering to established protocols […]

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Rideshare Accidents: Causes, Consequences, and Legal Recourse

June 5, 2024

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have innovated travel, providing an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional taxis. However, with the growth of rideshare usage comes a rise in rideshare accidents. Understanding the causes, consequences, and legal recourse available is crucial for passengers and drivers involved in rideshare-related accidents. A rideshare accident attorney can guide you in navigating this complex landscape. The Rising Frequency of Rideshare Accidents The convenience of rideshare services has led to a significant increase in their usage. According to recent statistics, rideshare trips have grown exponentially, leading to a corresponding rise in Uber and Lyft accidents. A Research Brief released by the University of Chicago  found that the introduction of ridesharing accounts for a roughly 3 percent annual increase in traffic fatalities. This uptick in accidents highlights the pressing need for passengers to know the risks and their legal options. An article published in the University […]

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Attorney Michael Kowalski Selected a 2024 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer

May 21, 2024

WILKES-BARRE, PA – May 21, 2024 – Distasio, Kowalski & Yelen LLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Michael J. Kowalski has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the 16th consecutive year. He has been top rated in the categories of Personal Injury Attorney and Medical Malpractice. Distasio, Kowalski & Yelen handles the most complex cases, including birth injury, medical negligence, wrongful death, medical malpractice, auto and tractor trailer crash cases. Super Lawyers rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective is to create a comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys. Candidates are first nominated by their peers and then subjected to a multi-phase comprehensive state-by-state selection process. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor bestowed by Super Lawyers magazine. The annual selections are made […]

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Beyond the Billboard: Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney

May 10, 2024

When you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of selecting a personal injury attorney or a medical malpractice lawyer, the barrage of lawyer advertisements on billboards, social media, and TV commercials can be overwhelming. Is a flashy ad promising swift justice the best way to search for a “personal injury lawyer near me” and find capable legal representation for your injury case? These advertisements, while eye-catching, often fail to reflect a lawyer’s true experience, skill, or success rate. Relying solely on a billboard or an ad can be deceptive and perhaps detrimental to your case. Therefore, taking matters into your own hands and conducting thorough research when selecting a medical malpractice or personal injury attorney is crucial. Bigger is Not Always Better One essential aspect to review is the size of the personal injury law firm you work with. While large mega-firms may seem impressive, smaller firms offer unique advantages that can significantly benefit […]

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Do I need an estate lawyer to write my will?

April 19, 2024

Few things are as essential as securing your legacy in the grand tapestry of life. Your legacy encompasses not just your material possessions but also your values, beliefs, and the impact you leave behind. At the heart of this legacy lies your last will and testament – a document that ensures your wishes are carried out after you’re gone. While the concept of drafting a will might seem straightforward, the reality is far more intricate. This is where the indispensable role of an estate lawyer comes into play. The Vital Role of Estate Lawyers in Drafting Wills Why is it crucial to have an estate planning lawyer assist you in drafting your will? The answer lies in the complexity and importance of the task at hand. A will is not merely a list of who gets what; it’s a legal document that must adhere to specific formalities and regulations to […]

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Elder Law Attorney Answers Question on Gifting Home and Assets

April 9, 2024

As our parents age, many of us are faced with the question of what to do with their assets. Should we encourage them to gift their house or other assets to us, their children? Should we make bank accounts joint with our parents? These are important questions to consider. It’s essential to seek the opinion of an estate planning attorney or elder law attorney before making any decisions. In this blog, we’ll explore the pros and cons of gifting assets and making bank accounts joint with children and explain why seeking professional advice from an experienced probate lawyer is crucial. The Importance of Estate Planning and Elder Law Elder law and estate planning are essential for ensuring your assets are protected and allocated in accordance with your wishes. Estate planning involves designing a plan to distribute your assets after your death, while elder law addresses the legal and financial issues […]

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Main Practice Areas

Auto & Truck Accidents

Our attorneys are here to guide you through the process of fighting for justice after a serious car or truck accident. 

Medical Malpractice & Medical Misdiagnosis

Distasio & Kowalski has an exceptional record of success in fighting negligent doctors and hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Birth Injury

We understand your suffering and are here to legal representation if your baby is the victim of a tragic birth injury. 

Personal Injury

If you were seriously injured in any type of accident, they DKY personal injury attorneys will fight aggressively for you.

Wrongful Death

We are injury attorneys dedicated to fighting for the rights and recoveries of families who have lost loved ones.

Wills, Estates, & Trusts

Our experienced attorneys will hep you create a strategy to ensure that your assets move easily to the next generation.

Workers' Compensation / SSD

If you have been injured at work or are seeking SSDI or SSI benefits and have been denied, our attorneys are here for you.

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