Holiday Parties, Drinking, Driving and Your Legal Responsibilities

With the December holidays here, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Christmas and more, it’s a good time to talk about holiday parties, social drinking and potential legal liabilities affecting party hosts when enjoying the season and serving alcoholic beverages to friends, family and colleagues. In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth doesn't recognize the legal concept of social host liability, which is when a host serves a visibly intoxicated person and that person subsequently injures himself or someone...


As Transvaginal Mesh Liability Cases Continue, Know Your Legal Rights

Juries continue to award millions of dollars in damages in pelvic mesh injury cases across the nation, including a $57.1 million jury verdict recently reached in a transvaginal mesh product liability lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In that case, plaintiff Ella Ebaugh, a Pennsylvania resident in her 50s, underwent surgery to place Ethicon TVT-Secur mesh in her pelvic area in 2007 to resolve urinary incontinence issues. The original surgery was followed by...


Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawyer

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Victims Get Help from MyPhillyLawyer

After 62-year-old Jacqueline Fox died in 2015 from ovarian cancer, her family sued Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the baby powder and other talcum powders she had used for more than 35 years. In February, a Missouri jury ordered the consumer products company to pay her family $72 million in damages after finding that her ovarian cancer was linked to the use of the products. More than 1,200 other women who have been diagnosed...


Swimming Pool Drowning Accident Lawyer

$6M Settlement in Teen’s Drowning Death in Apartment Complex Pool

The family of a 14-year-old boy who drowned in an apartment complex swimming pool in Swatara Township near Harrisburg in June 2015 has reached a $6 million settlement with several defendants in connection with the boy’s death. The boy, Benjamin Dodoo, died June 17, 2015, while he swam in a pool at the Aspen Hill Apartment complex in the 5000 block of Stacey Drive East in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, according to an earlier report...


Construction Work Injury

$1.2M Settlement to Injured Worker in Construction Fall

A construction worker who fell while walking on a 17-foot-high wall at a worksite and broke both ankles and feet in 2012 has reached a $1.2 million settlement with the contractor and general contractor in charge of the project. The worker, David Markowski, who was 28 years old at the time of his fall, was working at a construction site on Misericordia University's campus in Luzerne County when he fell from the wall on Jan....


Medical Malpractice Brain Injury

$20M Medical Malpractice Settlement to Family of Brain-Damaged Child

The family of a three-year-old San Diego, Calif., girl who was the victim of a nursing error in a hospital four days after she was born in January 2013 will receive a $20 million settlement to pay for her continuing medical care. The girl, whose name was withheld to protect her identity, was born five weeks prematurely and was placed in a newborn intensive care unit (ICU), where four days later her mother found her...


Injury From Fall

$5.5M Settlement to Child Severely Injured in Fall from Window

The family of a 7-year-old child who suffered brain damage after falling from a third-story window in an apartment in a subsidized housing development in North Philadelphia has reached a $5.5 million settlement with the developers, contractors and architects of the development. The settlement will be received by the family of Rahniya Neal, who was three-years-old in January 2012, when she was playing on the top bunk of a bed with a cousin and fell...


Slip and Fall Injury

$2.39M Verdict to Woman Injured in Fall After Knee Surgery

A Macungie, Pa., woman has been awarded $2.39 million in damages by a Lehigh County jury after knee replacement surgery in 2012 left her disabled and confined to a wheelchair. The patient, Betty L. Shiflett, had originally undergone a left knee replacement operation in the early 1990s which by March 2012 needed to be redone, according to a Feb. 12 story in The Legal Intelligencer. In April 2012, Shiflett again underwent the replacement of the...


DUI Crash Attorney

$15M Damage Award in Lancaster County Fatal DUI Car Crash Case

A Lancaster County jury has awarded $15 million in damages to the family of a 24-year-old York County woman who was killed in February 2014 when the car she was driving was struck by an SUV that was being operated by a man who was legally drunk. Kaitlyn E. Berry was killed in the Feb. 22, 2014 crash when her vehicle was struck on Lancaster's East King Street by an SUV being driven erratically by...


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