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What is the difference between a Wrongful Death and a Survival Action in Pennsylvania?

It is well-settled law in Pennsylvania that the victim of a tort must be compensated for harm all that they suffer from the tort of another. Boggavarapu v. Ponist, 518 Pa. 162, 167 (1988). However, many people are surprised to discover the Pennsylvania law recognizes not one, but two types of actions that can be…

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations and its Fraudulent Concealment Exception

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations and its Fraudulent Concealment Exception Many people are aware that that if they fail to bring an action for catastrophic injuries they suffer within a certain amount of time, they are likely to lose their right to recovery. However, people are often unsure of the more nuanced details…

GM Ignition Switch Recall Failures has Senators Scrambling to Fix NHTSA

Since its first announcement, the GM ignition switch defect has expanded time and time again with new recall notices being issues being issued throughout the spring and summer months. While the initial recall involved approximate 800,000 vehicles, the scale of the recall has exploded with approximately 12.9 million recalled vehicles worldwide thus far. Of those 12.8…

Is a Business Exposed by an Insurance Liability Policy that Doesn’t Cover What a Business Owner Thinks it Does?

Many small businesses purchase general liability insurance with the idea that this insurance will cover all types of liability the business can encounter. While taking out one or more policies for general liability is certainly prudent, a failure to fully understand the terms and limitations of your policy is not. Before agreeing to any insurance…

Gregory v. Cott Alzheimer’s Patient-Liability Case Shows Your Legal Responsibility is Rarely Clear-cut

A recent California Supreme Court case analyzed whether, under California law, an Alzheimer’s patient could be held liable for injuries they caused to a caregiver. In the past, a number of courts imposed liability on adults with mental deficiencies even if they were unable to appreciate that the conduct was wrongful. However, changes in public…

Why is there Pressure to Eliminate Drowsy Driver Safeguards from the Trucking Industry?

Last year on July 1, 2013, new federal hour-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers went into effect. These new rules were intended to improve roadway safety by reducing commercial driver fatigue and were more stringent than the regulations they replaced. At the time the new rules went into effect, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stated,…

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Philadelphia and Beyond

Driving on a road, street or boulevard presents additional challenges and dangers that are not typically found on highways and freeways. That is, these more locally-oriented roads are generally punctuated by numerous interspersed intersections and are often shared by motorists with pedestrians and bicyclists. In fact, bicyclists are especially present in Philadelphia with Philly routinely…

Defective Tires May Endanger Your Family’s Lives

When you set out on a fall weekend trip or are taking your kids to their first day of school, you are likely to be concerned with everything from whether the kids have packed their lunch to your estimated time of arrival. Speaking plainly, you have at least a thousand different tasks and considerations running…

14-Year-Old Girl Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury at Youth Soccer Game

Many parents would prefer their child to play a sport like soccer due to the perception, accurate or not, that it is safer. While traumatic brain injuries are typically considered to be more common in sports like football, hockey, and lacrosse a TBI can occur during any activity – athletic or otherwise. When playing a…

2 Serious Accidents at Michigan Carnivals last Weekend: Can it happen to you?

Fairs and carnivals are classic activities for a hot August weekend with friends and family. Perhaps part the appeal is that it seems a fair has something for everyone:  rides and animals for the kids and teens while adults may be entertained by the many vendors and food stands. In short, carnivals have developed a…

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