$10.6M Verdict to Woman After Losing Her Arm in a Car Crash

A woman whose arm was amputated after the vehicle she was riding in crashed and overturned on a New Jersey Interstate highway in 2015 has been awarded $10.6 million in compensatory damages by a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury. The victim, Shanika Brown, was in the front passenger seat of a minivan being driven by another woman on Interstate 295 in Gloucester County, N.J., in July of 2015 when the minivan driver swerved to...

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$1.275M Verdict for Man Who Suffered Broken Ankle in Fall on Ice

A Chester County man has been awarded a $1.275 million verdict by a Pennsylvania jury after he broke his ankle while trying to walk through an icy parking lot at his apartment building in November of 2014. The victim, Michael G. White, was walking through the parking lot at his home at the Paoli Place Apartments in Paoli when he slipped and fell in the icy parking lot, breaking his ankle, according to an Oct....

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Keeping Older Drivers Safe on the Road: A MyPhillyLawyer Guide

As drivers get older, their reaction times, eyesight and driving skills can deteriorate, making them less safe on the roads. For families which have older drivers, including grandparents and elderly parents, this can be a difficult and sensitive subject to raise, but it is important that such discussions be considered and taken on. We all remember the freedom, the thrill and the excitement of getting our driver's license when we were teenagers. With that piece...

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What to Do if You are in a Car Crash: A Guide from MyPhillyLawyer

Vehicle crashes can happen anytime, especially when winter weather turns slippery and nasty. That's why it’s a good idea to periodically review the correct steps to take to protect you and your passengers if you are ever involved in a vehicle crash with another motorist who is drunk, distracted or making bad choices on our roadways. These kinds of crashes happen when innocent drivers least expect them. Here's what you can do if you are...

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The Opioid Crisis: What You Need to Know

Opioids, the highly addictive painkillers that doctors routinely prescribe to patients to mask pain, continue to be a growing burden on American society, despite all the warning signs and overdose deaths which occur regularly across our country every day. Opioids have become so pervasive and dangerous that they are now linked to a two-year drop in U.S. life expectancy, according to a Dec. 22 story by the BBC. The U.S. life expectancy fell in 2016...

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Be Safe and Drive Sober This Holiday Season

The December holidays are here, with Christmas just around the corner and New Year's Eve coming up fast, so it's a good time to reflect on the dangers of drinking and driving amid all the holiday parties and family festivities we will all likely enjoy. In Pennsylvania, the State Police are participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" impaired driving enforcement campaign through Dec. 31, joining more...

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Shafted: Congress Strips Consumers of Their Rights to Sue Banks

American consumers should be outraged by the latest late-night shenanigans from the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress, which recently struck down an Obama-era rule that would have given consumers the right to band together to sue banks and other financial institutions for irresponsible behavior. The rule, which was created under the Obama administration in response to the 2008 U.S. economic and banking crisis, would have allowed consumers to sue banks using class actions under certain circumstances, which...

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$9M Settlement to Woman Hurt in Crash with a Distracted Truck Driver

A 44-year-old woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2015 when her vehicle was struck by a truck whose driver was distracted and falling asleep has reached a $9 million settlement with the company that owned the truck. The plaintiff, Deanne Crews, alleged in her lawsuit against Advanced Drainage Systems that its driver, 71-year-old David Cole, was distracted and falling asleep as he drove in Logan Township, N.J., on Aug. 18, 2015, and veered...

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$2.8M Verdict in Plane Crash Death in Product Liability Case

The wife of a U.S. Forest Service employee who died in 2010 when the chartered plane he was flying in suffered a catastrophic engine failure and crashed in Lock Haven, Pa., has been awarded a $2.75 million verdict by a federal jury. Daniel Snider, who was 30 at the time of the incident, died on June 21, 2010, when the Cessna T210L aircraft he was a passenger in crashed on a residential street in Lock...

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