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June 2017 Archives

Murder suspect faces wrongful death lawsuit from victim's estate

Most Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuits stem from accidents, but a recent case filed in Lehigh County is based on an intentional act: the alleged murder of a woman by one of her co-workers. The victim's estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged murderer to recover damages for emotional suffering on the part of the victim's son.

Pathologist error leads to needless mastectomy

Many medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are predicated on a physician's failure to diagnose an illness. What happens when a doctor "finds" an illness that is not, in fact, present in the patient's body? The filing of a recent medical malpractice case in New York City brings this issue into sharp focus.

Chiropractor sued for wrongful death in malpractice case

Residents of Reading and Berks County frequently visit chiropractors for treatment of back pain and joint injury. Chiropractic patients rarely view their treatment as potentially dangerous, but even chiropractors can commit malpractice with catastrophic consequences. A medical malpractice case recently filed in Los Angeles demonstrates how chiropractic treatment of the cervical spine, if not done properly, can lead to serious injury and even death.

Medical malpractice suit settles just as trial was about to begin

The image of a lawsuit settling "on the courthouse steps" generally connotes a last-minute agreement by the parties to resolve their dispute without a trial. A real life example of this phenomenon occurred a few days ago in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Berks County court.

Understanding Pennsylvania's statutes of limitation and repose

Most Pennsylvanians understand that lawsuits must be brought by certain deadlines. In most cases, such as automobile accidents, the deadline is provided by the state's statute of limitation. But in cases involving liability for a defect in a building or other improvement to real property, known as premises liability claims, another deadline is imposed by the statute of repose.

Jury awards $1 million in medical malpractice case

Pennsylvania courts have long recognized that the failure to prescribe or administer a necessary medication may constitute medical malpractice. In a reversal of this situation, a recent jury verdict in a medical malpractice case resulted in an $1 million award for excessive medication.

Two-vehicle auto accident kills 1, injures another

Car accidents can happen in just a few seconds. Witnesses often disagree in their accounts of the accident. Victims can be so traumatized that they cannot accurately describe their experiences. And some accidents have no witnesses to help authorities understand what happened. A recent car accident in Penn Township appears to have occurred without any witnesses, and police are relying on their accident reconstruction experts to help them understand the accident.

The factors that make low-speed collisions high-risk incidents

Car accidents can vary in the type and severity of the injuries and damage they cause. No matter the type or cause of a car crash, any time a person suffers an injury it is a serious situation. Even a low-speed accident can cause significant damage, leaving innocent victims in pain and dealing with other serious consequences. 

Fiery chain reaction collision on I-81 in Pa. kills two

Anyone who has driven on Interstate highways in Pennsylvania has encountered a great number of fast-moving semi-trailer trucks. Occasionally, the drivers of these "big rigs" cannot able to control their vehicles, and the result can be a catastrophic truck crash. This unhappy scenario played out on May 25, 2017 on I-81 near the Frackville exit.

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