$17M Verdict to Survivors of 3 Killed by Truck in Road Work Crash

A Charleston, S.C., jury has awarded a $17 million verdict in the case of a family of three who were killed in March 2015 when their SUV was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer and caught fire as traffic stacked up in a highway construction zone. The victims, 34-year-old Canadian Army Private Jeremiah Cross, his 32-year-old wife, Crystal, and their infant son, Greysen, were killed when the tractor-trailer, traveling at 70 mph, smashed into their...

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$11.75M Settlement in Fatal Bicyclist Crash with Distracted Deputy

The family of a California attorney is receiving an $11.75 million settlement from Los Angeles County, four-and-a-half years after the man was struck and killed by a police cruiser being operated by a sheriff's deputy who was using his computer while he drove down a street. The crash on Dec. 8, 2013 occurred when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy, Andrew Wood, apparently swerved into a bike lane on Mulholland Highway while typing data into...

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What You Need to Know About Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage

Buying auto insurance is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of a collision, but it's something that many people don't spend enough time researching beyond just shopping for low rates. The problem is that low rates don't always mean ensuring you have enough coverage to protect yourself in the event of a crash in which you sustain serious injuries caused by another driver....

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Late Cancer Diagnosis Leads to $4.2M Jury Verdict in Man’s Death

The family of a 54-year-old Massachusetts man has been awarded a $4.2 million medical malpractice jury verdict in connection with his death following a late kidney cancer diagnosis. The man, Neil Senna of Billerica, Mass., had visited his doctor in June 2009 as part of an initial evaluation of hypertension and underwent a urine analysis that suggested the presence of red blood cells in his urine, according to an April 3 story in The Lowell...

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$20M Verdict to Family After Death of Spinal Surgery Patient

The family of a 50-year-old Ohio woman who died in January 2014 after undergoing spinal surgery has been awarded a $20 million jury verdict in Chester County in connection with her death. The woman, Sharon Kimble, had her surgery at the Laser Spine Institute in Wayne, Pa., and was discharged two hours after her procedure, according to a March 29 story by The Legal Intelligencer. She had been suffering from chronic back pain and was...

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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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$20M Settlement to Families of 2 Men Killed by Chicago Cop’s DUI Crash

The families of two men who died in 2009 when their vehicle was struck by an SUV being driven by a drunken off-duty Chicago police officer will each receive a $10 million settlement in the case. The fiery crash occurred in April 2009, when the officer's SUV smashed into the back of a disabled car on the side of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, killing Andrew Cazares, 23, the driver of the car, and...

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Opioid Maker Ends Opioid Promos to Doctors, But More Actions Needed

Purdue Pharma, the maker of the powerful and addictive painkiller OxyContin, announced Feb. 9 that it will no longer directly promote its opioid drugs to doctors. That means that instead of commission-driven Purdue Pharma salespeople pitching doctors to write prescriptions for their drugs, information about the company's opioids will be handled through its medical affairs department, rather than through the sales department. This is great news and a good first step to fight the nationwide...

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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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