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Tractor-Trailer Company Settles with Family for $26.1 Million in Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Suit

When an individual is involved in an accident and has an extended family, a settlement or award can be awarded to family members.  That amount can then be distributed between all the surviving members for the sustained injuries and wrongful death that occurred. In what may be one of the largest multi-survivor wrongful death and… Read More »

Aviation Employer Fights Workers’ Comp Claim by Alleging Employee Did Not Lose Her Leg on the Job

Employers sometimes go to great lengths to deny a workers’ compensation claim, and one tactic they may use is to assert that the employee was not actually “on the job” when the injury occurred. That tactic was tried recently, although unsuccessfully, by Starr Aviation, based at the Pittsburgh International Airport, when one of the company’s employees… Read More »

Pending Pennsylvania Case Could Extend Liability in Texting-While-Driving Accidents

There are good reasons that texting while driving a car in Pennsylvania is a violation of the state’s Motor Vehicle Code. Reading, writing, and sending texts take a driver’s attention off the road and has increasingly led to car crashes. In Lawrence County, one judge’s court opinion could force drivers to think twice before viewing… Read More »

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 »