Toxins in former N.J. child day care center are a reminder for parents to be vigilant

It's a nightmare for any parent, but sadly it is all too real – a Gloucester County, N.J., children's day care center was closed in January 2006 after it was found to contain levels of potentially toxic mercury vapors that were 27 times acceptable levels inside the building. Somehow the building that housed the former Kiddie Kollege day care center was located on a site formerly used by a thermometer factory where there had been...

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Drivers beware: What it means for you now that the Philadelphia police will no longer respond to minor traffic accidents

For years, if you were involved in a traffic accident in Philadelphia – even a minor fender-bender – you could call the police and they would respond with an officer who would produce an accident report. That was a good thing.  It provided details of the accident, an officer's hand-drawn illustration of the accident scene, full names of the drivers involved and information about any witnesses and other relevant details. If you were injured, this...

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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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