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Workers’ Compensation Be Aware of Your Rights!

Workers’ Compensation is a benefit that is dictated by state law. All employees in the state of Pennsylvania are required to cover their employees under work comp. These benefits are mandated by state law and are not optional. Any injury in the course and scope of employment is covered by work comp wage loss and… Read More »

Family Awarded $5 Million for Dad’s Death Following Hip Replacement Surgery

When more than one hospital is involved and more than one doctor has provided treatment, a medical malpractice lawsuit can become quite complicated. One particularly complicated — and tragic — case involved a 57-year-old Mercer County man, who was first treated in an emergency room and then underwent surgery for a broken hip but whose… Read More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Eliminates Premature Terminations for Workers’ Comp Benefits

Last summer, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania set a precedent when it struck down a key part of the state’s workers’ compensation law that had been in effect for more than 20 years. By ruling in favor of Mary Ann Protz, a 54-year-old Westmoreland County woman who had injured her knee in a slip and… Read More »

One Missed Step During a Pittsburgh Gallbladder Surgery Results in $2 Million Malpractice Award

Any surgery carries risks, but patients have a right to expect that the medical professionals operating on them will act according to a certain recognized standard of care that minimizes those risks. Unfortunately for Denise Westwood of Pittsburgh, who underwent surgery to remove her gallbladder, a fairly common procedure led to ongoing complications, and she… Read More »

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 »