Beware: lawsuit settlement cash advances can cost you far more than you realize

It’s bad enough when you are injured in an accident and then have to wait for a monetary settlement or verdict to compensate you for your injuries. It’s even worse if you are victimized a second time by one of the many companies out there that are cashing in on the anticipated cash settlements of injured people by “loaning” them money up front and then taking huge windfalls from the settlements when the money is...

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Video Blog: Birth Injuries

If your child has been injured during the birthing process, you may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical care. You may also receive compensation for suffering and loss of quality of life due to the birth injury. In this month's video blog, attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer lists the three most common ways a birth injury occurs. He also emphasizes the firm's role in securing compensation so that parents can maximize their child's...

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A bad idea: Here’s why the laws in Pa. shouldn’t be changed to allow beer sales on every corner

There's yet another effort underway in the state Legislature to try to change the decades-old laws that forbid beer sales in convenience stores and grocery stores across the Commonwealth. Right now, you also can't buy a six-pack of beer in a beer distributor in Pennsylvania -- you can only buy a full case by law. You are, however, able to buy individual six-packs of beer from bars and restaurants that have liquor licenses which permit...

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Outrageous: A death at the Olympics and a rush to judgment in blaming the victim of a deadly luge practice run

At the Olympic Winter Games, no one is supposed to die. Certainly not a 21-year-old luge competitor from the Republic of Georgia, who was in Canada for his first Olympic games. But the athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili,  died last Friday on a practice run on the luge track as he and his sled flew down the luge run at almost 90 mph.  At the bottom of the track, his sled climbed an inside track wall and...

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Insurance fraud: let the insurers who go after “fraud” first take a closer look at themselves

Have you seen those ads on television lately where some downtrodden fellow is so desperate that he arranges for his own car to be "stolen" so he can later file a claim for damages and gain a windfall? The guy ends up getting caught, of course, and is sent to jail. And the intended message from the huge, scary insurance companies: "insurance fraud is against the law, you will get caught and you will go...

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Outrage in Chester County: Five African-American voters allege Voting Rights Act violations when they tried to cast ballots in 2008

Five African-American voters in Chester County are suing the county and its Board of Elections, alleging that their rights were violated under the federal Voting Rights Act as they stood in seven-hour-long lines to vote in their polling place in November 2008. But the legal claims involve more than just long lines, according to the lawsuit, which was detailed in a story last week in The Legal Intelligencer. "The suit says the precinct, which includes...

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Update: FCC rules that Comcast can’t keep SportsNet to itself, but it’s not over yet — an appeal is likely

Hold on to your Phillies, Flyers and Sixers hats, Philadelphia sports fans -- the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled last week that Comcast Corp. now has to start making its Comcast-only SportsNet programming available to satellite TV providers. The FCC ruling came in a 4-1 decision to close a "terrestrial loophole" that had allowed Comcast to keep SportsNet all to itself and its customers for years, according to a story in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In...

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‘Sexting’ prosecution of three teens in Pennsylvania goes way over the line

What do you get when you mix an overzealous county prosecutor, cellphone pranks and a group of teen-aged girls and boys together? Well, in Wyoming County, Pa., in the Tunkhannock School District, you apparently get a huge controversy that brings in the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania to take on a county prosecutor who wants to try to set an example and prosecute the teens on trumped up child pornography charges involving "sexting." What...

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Video Blog: Work Injuries

Were you or a loved one injured at work? You may be able to file a third-party claim for pain and suffering in addition to collecting workers' compensation from your employer. In this video blog, attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer, discusses third-party injury claims. He stresses the importance of hiring a personal injury lawyer who understands the intricacies of workers' compensation law and knows how to maximize the compensation you receive.

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