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Truck Accidents

Sharing the road with trucks and heavy equipment can be dangerous when drivers fail to do their job or check their equipment. Trucking accidents can be caused by several different reasons.  For instance, Failure of the truck driver to follow federal and state safety laws and regulations Poor training Failure to properly secure the load… Read More »

What Is Breach of Duty in a Personal Injury Case?

When an injured plaintiff brings a personal injury lawsuit, one of the elements he must prove is “breach of duty.” But what exactly does that mean? And what kind of proof does it require? Let’s start with the concept of duty itself. In general, common law recognizes that people in society owe a duty to… Read More »

Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage to Protect Against Auto Accidents

Under Pennsylvania law, every motor vehicle liability insurance policy issued in the commonwealth must offer the option to purchase uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. There is no requirement to purchase this coverage, and it does add to the cost of your policy. But there are many reasons to buy UM/UIM coverage, which… Read More »

Asbestos and Toxic Exposure Notice

If you believe you were exposed to asbestos or other toxins at any jobsite, you should be aware of your legal rights. Please note that based on new Pennsylvania law, if you were exposed to asbestos containing products or other toxins and have been diagnosed with a related medical condition, you may have a Workers’… Read More »

Surgeons Must Provide Informed Consent Information to Their Patients Directly, Not Through Nurse or Other Employee

Unless it is an emergency, surgical patients in Pennsylvania must be informed of the nature of the surgery as well as the risks and alternatives in advance of their surgery by the surgeon personally, not his or her nurse or other employee.  This is according to a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that… Read More »

Court Ruling Opens New Avenue of Liability in PA Asbestos Cases

A three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court recently delivered a ruling that could provide teachers suffering from asbestos-related illnesses the opportunity to sue school districts for negligence. As reported in The Legal Intelligencer, governmental immunity has prevented teachers from filing asbestos litigation against school districts. But the ruling in Geier v. Board of Public Education… Read More »

Calculating Economic Loss in Personal Injury Cases

In personal injury cases, injured plaintiffs are entitled to compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses.  But to win compensation, a plaintiff must be able to present hard numbers that justify the amount requested in the Complaint. To maximize a plaintiff’s recovery, a personal injury attorney must be meticulous in itemizing the plaintiff’s expenses related… Read More »

Is Your Elder Loved One Safe from Nursing Home Abuse?

There are about 80,000 seniors in nursing homes across Pennsylvania, but no one can say how safe these seniors are — not even the government agencies who are supposed to regulate those facilities.. Last year, Ruth McCambridge, editor-in-chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly, highlighted many of the deficiencies in state oversight of nursing homes: The questionable… Read More »

How Are Consumers Protected from Defective Medical Devices?

In the past decade, there has been a disturbing upward trend in major negative events related to medical devices, such as injury, hospitalization, disability, and death. The dramatic growth of the medical device industry partly explains the trend: more devices distributed will naturally yield more negative results as well as many more positive outcomes. However,… Read More »

What Damages Are Available in Personal Injury Lawsuits?

While the criminal law system exists to punish wrongdoers, the civil law system is designed to compensate victims. Personal injury is the area of civil law that seeks to compensate injured plaintiffs for the harm caused by a defendant’s careless, reckless, or deliberate acts or omissions. The law uses the term “damages” to describe both… Read More »