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September 22, 2020
5 Things to Remember When Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

5 Things to Remember When Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

When someone’s negligence has caused you injury, the best outcome, of course, is to receive fair compensation for your losses. But what factors should you consider to avoid a less-than-fair settlement, or denial of the claim entirely? A recent article in the South Florida Reporter shares some actions that can help your case. Document the […]

Municipal Liability – Sovereign Immunity – Governmental Immunity – When You Can Sue the City and for What

Municipal Liability – Sovereign Immunity – Governmental Immunity – When You Can Sue the City and for What

In Pennsylvania, the law limits when you can sue the state or a municipality, including the City of Philadelphia. The concept of “sovereign immunity” provides a defense for both the state, or Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and municipal governments, unless a statutory exception applies. The exceptions to the state’s immunity are detailed at 42 Pa.C.S. § […]

Prison Civil Rights Violations – Prison Assault and Abuse – Prison Inmates’ Suicide as Possible Civil Rights Violation

Prison Civil Rights Violations – Prison Assault and Abuse – Prison Inmates’ Suicide as Possible Civil Rights Violation

When prison officials assault or abuse inmates, the inmates may sue those officials and the municipality that runs the prison. A plaintiff inmate can hold the corrections officers directly responsible for the assault or abuse through theories of assault and battery or negligence. The inmate may also hold the municipality directly responsible through a claim […]

Premises Liability, Vicarious Liability and Negligent Security Cases for Victims of Assaults and Falls at Clubs, Bars and Restaurants

Premises Liability, Vicarious Liability and Negligent Security Cases for Victims of Assaults and Falls at Clubs, Bars and Restaurants

If you’ve been injured in a club, bar or restaurant, you may be able to seek compensation from the business for your losses, bills and pain and suffering. There are different theories of liability and different elements that you need to prove depending on the circumstances of how you were injured. If you were injured […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]