Medical misdiagnosis: What you need to know to protect your loved ones

When you go to a doctor because something isn't feeling right, you should expect excellent care, diagnosis, treatment and ultimately positive results. But sometimes, the care that you receive is marred by mistakes by medical professionals, from misdiagnosed illnesses to conditions that are simply missed by doctors and hospitals. That's when you need a lawyer to help you fight for damages from medical professionals who have not done their due diligence in protecting your health...

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What to do if you are injured in an accident: take notes, get witness corroboration and talk with a competent attorney

Life is uncertain, and accidents do happen. But if an accident happens to you and results in a serious injury, then you need to be your own best advocate and get the help and support that you need to collect damages for your medical bills, lost wages and for your pain and suffering. That means taking all the right steps right after a serious injury so that you protect your rights and any future legal...

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U.S. traffic accident deaths down, but there is still plenty of room for improvement

For the first time in almost 60 years, fewer people died in traffic accidents on U.S. roadways last year than in any year since 1950, according to new statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The death toll for 2009 was 33,308 people, which was a 9.7% decline from 2008 when 37,423 people died on U.S. roads, according to the NHTSA figures. The 2009 death toll was the lowest in our nation since...

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Just what we need: Wine vending machines and potentially more drunk driving in PA

Drunk driving was the cause of 11,773 traffic deaths across the United States in 2008, according to the latest available U.S. government statistics. Drunk drivers, on average, cause the death of another person every 45 minutes in the U.S., according to the group, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). So, of course, shouldn't we make it easier to buy alcoholic beverages so that more people can imbibe and operate a motor vehicle while they are impaired?...

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Summer Safety: Sharing the Road with Bicycles and Motorcycles means Being Careful

With the warm, lovely weather of summer upon us, it's a great time to remind drivers that we're sharing the road with others who aren't wrapped protectively in vehicle cocoons of steel, plastic and rubber. Thousands of others are out there on the roads with only two wheels on bicycles and motorcycles and are much more vulnerable to serious injury. As motorists, we all need to be careful and more aware to protect ourselves from...

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Court rules that hormone replacement therapy plaintiff should not suffer due to statute of limitations

Patients who have sued in connection with serious injuries from hormone replacement therapies in the last decade just received a potentially promising ruling from the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In a decision handed down on Dec. 31, 2009 in the case Simon v. Wyeth, the court said that a two-year  statute of limitations that forced the reversal of an earlier $1.5 million damage award for the injured plaintiff should not have been applied, according to a...

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Pennsylvania Taking Baby Steps On The Cell Phone Front…

Driving while texting: proposed Pa. law would levy $100 fine Tired of seeing drivers texting from cellphones and PDAs while they’re behind the wheel of their cars, minivans and trucks? So are we, as is every other rational person who doesn’t want to get hurt in a vehicle accident due to someone else’s carelessness. Well, some good news came out of the Pennsylvania State Senate yesterday – a bill passed the Senate by a 44...

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Philly Steps Into The Cell Phone Void

A person talking (and especially texting) on his cell phone is as impaired as one who drives while intoxicated. Both impairments are equally dangerous for others on the road and can, and often do, result in catastrophic injuries. We have handled many cases where subpoenaed cell phone records demonstrate that the at-fault drivers were using their phones during the accident. In one such case, we even proved that a local clergy person was using his...

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Accomplishing More Than Fair Compensation

Sometimes MyPhillyLawyer accomplishes more than getting fair compensation for our clients or their family. Recently, we handled a tragic medical malpractice case where a hospital allowed their nursing staff to pull extra shifts where the hospital had openings in their nursing shifts. A nurse with no triage experience signed up to work in the Emergency Department and in fact ended up as that shift’s triage nurse. With no formal triage training that nurse allowed a...

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