Philadelphia Car Accident Involving Horse-drawn Carriage Sparks Protest, Safety Questions

Two carriage drivers were sent to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with serious injuries on Monday morning following a car accident,on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. The accident occurred at around 10 a.m. when an elderly driver crashed his car into the back of a horse-drawn carriage — one of several stopped at a red light. The car’s impact forced the carriage across the street, toppling two more carriages in front of it. A number of the horses...

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Video Blog: Full Coverage vs. Full Tort

If you have full coverage auto insurance, this means you have comprehensive, collision and theft insurance for your car. However, it does not mean you will receive all of the coverage you can purchase. In this month's video blog, Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer explains the difference between full coverage and full tort. He explains why you should make sure to have full tort in order to protect you and your family in the event of...

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How to stop the “flash mob” mentality

Two weekends ago, Philadelphia's South Street residents, merchants and community suffered from yet another "flash mob" incident, where bands of teenagers summoned each other via cell phone text messages and social media Web sites including Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to hang out and get together. But as it's happened in the past,  it was way more than just "hanging out."  Many of the teens became agitated, some became violent and all became essentially out of...

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Sexting update: Court rules teen girl can’t be charged with a felony

A U.S. Court of Appeals got it right recently when it ruled that a teenaged girl whose semi-nude photo was transmitted via a cell phone text message cannot be charged with felony child abuse charges. That was the correct decision in this so-called "sexting" case that got big headlines and showed just how ridiculous the legal system can get when it is fueled by ideologies rather than by reality. We last wrote about this case...

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Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Stats Poke (Another) Hole in Tort Reform

Medical malpractice lawsuits are the talk of Washington, again, as President Obama seeks to reassure Republican lawmakers that he is willing to listen to them and consider their recommendations for fixing healthcare. For most of these Republican Senators and House Representatives, there is but one solution to our nation’s woes and that is tort reform. Even though analysts and experts have shown time and time again that medical malpractice lawsuits make up but a small...

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Damage caps on injury cases harm accident and medical malpractice victims a second time

Are you willing to give up your rights to be compensated fully for ALL of the damages caused by another? If you are injured in an accident, you can be sure that you want to recover every dollar you are entitled to for your treatment and for your pain and suffering. But insurance companies for years have been trying to fight you tooth and nail to minimize what they pay out to you for pain...

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Need a lawyer? Here are some helpful hints about how to select the right one

At some point in your life,  you will probably need to hire a lawyer. It may be for help when you are injured in a vehicle accident or fall, or if you are going through a divorce, tax dispute, criminal charges or custody or other legal issues.  It's uncommon today if at some point you don't have to at least consult an attorney about something in your life. So if that happens, where in the...

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Gun rights on Main Street: more citizens with legal “open carry” guns is not the answer

You're sitting in Starbucks having a coffee and relaxing when another customer walks in with a big, shiny handgun in a holster on his hip and heads over to the counter. Do you: A)    Hit the deck in the fear that there's about to be a robbery? B)     Feel uncomfortable because of the menacing presence of this stranger and his gun in such a non-traditional, non-threatening setting? C)    Feel reassured due to the presence of...

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Law enforcement officers and DUI: time to get to the root of the problem

Twice in the last three months, Philadelphia-area law enforcement officers have been involved in off-duty vehicle accidents that allegedly involve driving under the influence of alcohol. For law enforcement officers, who absolutely, positively must be accountable to a higher standard than the people they are sworn to protect, that is unacceptable. Last month, a 23-year-old off-duty Philadelphia Police officer was driving north on I-95 near Girard Avenue when his vehicle crashed into the rear of...

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