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Jurisdiction: Where Can a Corporation Be Sued and Why Does It Matter?

Jurisdiction: Where Can a Corporation Be Sued and Why Does It Matter?

One of the determinations to be made before filing a lawsuit is where can each of the parties be sued so as to determine where a lawsuit is best filed. Recently, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that general jurisdiction by consent my be established where a Defendant’s only contact with Pennsylvania is the Defendant’s […]

So You Were in an Accident With a Person Who Did Not Own the Car – Can the Owner Be Responsible?

So You Were in an Accident With a Person Who Did Not Own the Car – Can the Owner Be Responsible?

Whether it be in the employer-employee setting or in the permissive user/family member situation, persons driving cars are often not the actual, listed owner.  In those circumstances, after an accident, it is possible to sue  the owner and assert a claim for negligent entrustment and sue the driver and assert a claim for negligence.  Pennsylvania […]

Ruling Means More Liability Exposure for Government Vehicles

Ruling Means More Liability Exposure for Government Vehicles

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has made it easier for individuals to sue over injuries caused by government vehicles. Generally, the state has immunity from personal injury lawsuits. One exception is if someone is hurt by a government agency vehicle when it’s “in operation.” Last month, the Supreme Court broadened the meaning of “in operation.” Past […]

September 10, 2018
Child’s Needs Relevant to Support Orders for High-Income Parents

Child’s Needs Relevant to Support Orders for High-Income Parents

Figuring out child support payments where high-income parents are involved now requires more than a calculation based on each parent’s income. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the children’s reasonable needs have to be considered. Otherwise, support orders that are wildly out of proportion can result. The recent ruling came in a case where […]

PA High Court: No Immunity for PennDOT in Guardrail Injury Claims

PA High Court: No Immunity for PennDOT in Guardrail Injury Claims

You lose control of your car on a roadway in Pennsylvania and slam into a guardrail. The guardrail pierces your car and you’re injured. Can you sue PennDOT? Yes, you can, says the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In a recent ruling, the high court held that sovereign immunity doesn’t protect the state against lawsuits that allege […]

April 11, 2018
Transplant Plaintiffs: Lift Time Limit on Medical Liability Suits

Transplant Plaintiffs: Lift Time Limit on Medical Liability Suits

When something like a needle or a sponge is left in a patient after surgery, it can take years for the person to feel the effects. Normally, medical professional liability claims must be filed within seven years of an operation. But when an object is mistakenly left inside a patient and causes injuries, a claim […]

February 12, 2018
Fighting the ‘Statutory Employer’ Defense

Fighting the ‘Statutory Employer’ Defense

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act aims to ensure that workers are provided for financially if they get hurt on the job. Ironically, large corporations are using the Act to shield themselves from responsibility when their negligence causes a worker’s injury. Companies use Section 203 of the Act to claim the status of “statutory employer.” Under […]

January 22, 2018
Workplace Injuries, Third-Party Liability, and Compensation

Workplace Injuries, Third-Party Liability, and Compensation

Getting injured at work can be devastating, both physically and financially. It’s important to make sure you do all you can to get the maximum compensation for your losses. Workers’ compensation barely pays your wages and medical bills. And it doesn’t cover pain and suffering or punitive damages. But you can often seek full compensation […]

November 16, 2017
Case Shows Complexity of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Case Shows Complexity of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Six years ago, a young man fell into a rock crusher while working at a quarry in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Last month, his mother settled a lawsuit in his death for $6.5 million. Lawyers for the mother claimed the employer’s negligence and a fault in the design of the crusher led to the wrongful death of […]