How You Can Choose the Right Lawyer for Your Family

Every Sunday morning, callers to our MyPhillyLawyer Court Radio broadcast dial in to talk about their legal situations. And inevitably, some of our callers, who are often avid fans of the show, explain that they were recently involved in a car crash, hired a lawyer and now are not happy with their choice of representation. They ask to make an appointment with our firm to discuss their situation. Then I ask them why they didn't...

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In 2018, MyPhillyLawyer is Here to Help You with Your Legal Needs

As 2017 ends, we here at MyPhillyLawyer want to thank all our clients and partners for their friendship, trust and confidence this past year and to let you know how much we value all of you. As 2018 arrives next week, we will be here as always to assist you and represent you in a myriad of legal situations, including personal injury cases, birth injuries, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice cases, workplace injuries, criminal defense, estate...

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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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As 2017 Closes, Get Your Legal Life Organized for 2018

The end of the year and the approach of the December holidays is a perfect time to review your personal legal matters, so you can start the new year right. It's a great time to look things over with your attorney, from making any needed changes to your will and estate, to reviewing insurance coverages, considering additional charitable gifts for tax purposes and double-checking your credit reports for accuracy. In this blog post, Saul Langsam,...

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$17M Settlement for Worker Paralyzed in Construction Site Incident

A former masonry company truck driver who was severely injured as he was making a delivery at a N.J. construction site in 2015 has reached a $17 million settlement with the manufacturer, the owner and the seller of a boom lift which broke suddenly and caused his injuries. Brian Smith, who was 42 at the time of the incident, was hurt in January 2015 as he was delivering a load of concrete blocks to a...

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$6.6M Verdict to Injured Chicago Commuter Train Crash Victim

A 37-year-old Chicago woman was awarded $6.65 million in damages by a Cook County, Ill., jury after she was seriously injured as a passenger in a 2014 crash of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) commuter train. The victim, Yolanda Montes, was one of more than 30 train passengers who were hurt when the CTA Blue Line train she was riding on at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport derailed, crashed through a barrier and landed on top...

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$5M Settlement Reached in Medical Helicopter Crash Death

The parents of a 38-year-old Alabama nurse who was killed in the crash of a medical helicopter which was responding to an emergency call in March 2016 has reached a $5 million settlement with the operators of the aircraft. The nurse, Stacey Cernadas, died March 26, 2016, when the Haynes LifeFlight medical helicopter she was riding in crashed about 12:18 a.m. west of Enterprise, Ala., after picking up a critically-injured victim from a motor vehicle...

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$4.4M Settlement to Elevator Mechanic Injured in Workplace

An elevator mechanic who was severely injured during the construction of Philadelphia's Comcast Center office tower in 2007 is receiving a $4.4 million settlement to compensate him for his injuries. The worker, Darrin Ulmer, who was 39 years old at the time of the incident, was helping to move a heavy elevator door onto a drywall cart in a lobby of the then-under-construction office building when a protective floor cover he was standing on shifted...

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$56.5M Verdict Awarded to Severely Injured Calif. Highway Worker

A 26-year-old California road construction employee who was struck by a car while working on a highway project in Eureka, Calif. in 2011 has been awarded $56.5 million in damages by a jury to compensate him for catastrophic injuries he suffered in the incident, including a severe brain injury and quadriplegia. The victim, Kyle Anderson, was working for his employer, All Phase Excavating, on a night-time  project for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) in...

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