Archive for November 2010
November 30, 2010
Christmas vacation is just around the corner and many Philadelphia families will be heading south to relax on sunny beaches. A trip to the local amusement park is de rigueur when vacationing with children and teens. While family-friendly amusement parks are usually a safe bet for family fun, Edith Pearce warns that things do sometimes go wrong, as they did for a California family attending the 2008 Calaveras County Fair. Last week a judge approved a $3.375 million settlement to ... Read More
Posted in: Accidents & Injuries
November 25, 2010
More Americans hit the highways to visit friends and relatives during the Thanksgiving Day holiday than at any other time during the year. Philadelphians traveling to grandma’s house will be sharing the Pennsylvania Turnpike with an estimated 2.7 million other drivers. Turnpike officials say the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday through Sunday) is the most heavily traveled weekend of the year on the toll road.
With so many drivers on the road, the risk of ending your holiday weekend with a serious ... Read More
Posted in: Car Accidents
November 23, 2010
Wall Street is trying to turn a profit on the tragedy of others, complain some Philadelphia personal injury attorneys. Many court-watchers are appalled, charging that Wall Street investors are trying to turn the U.S. justice system into a roulette wheel. Profit-hungry investors — large, national banks, hedge funds and private investors — are ponying up hundreds of millions of dollars to bankroll lawsuits for other people in exchange for a healthy share of any court awards. Medical malpractice lawsuits, high-end ... Read More
Posted in: Philadelphia Lawyer Commentary
November 18, 2010
As Philadelphia parents of teen-agers know, the nail-biting starts when you hand over the car keys and doesn’t stop until your teen arrives safely home. The day your son or daughter finally gets his Pennsylvania driver’s license and earns the right to drive solo is a long-awaited rite of passage for Philadelphia teens and a long-dreaded moment for their parents. According to the Philadelphia inquirer, 500 teen-age drivers have died on Pennsylvania highways in the last 5 years. Edith Pearce ... Read More
Posted in: Car Accidents
November 16, 2010
Three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court could result in a precedent-setting verdict with serious ramifications for federal antidiscrimination laws, says Philadelphia employment discrimination attorney, Edith Pearce, Esq.
— A U.S. Army Reservist in Illinois has filed a discrimination suit against the hospital where he worked for 11 years. Vincent Staub claims he was fired because his supervisor resented absences required by his Army Reserve duty, a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act. The hospital says Staub’s military ... Read More
Posted in: Employment Law
November 11, 2010
In 2003 an industrial accident severely burned two workers, smelters at Ametek Specialty Metal Products in North Strabane just south of Pittsburg. Explosion of a metal furnace sprayed the two men with molten metal, causing catastrophic burn injuries, forever changing the lives of the men and their families. This week, a Pennsylvania jury awarded the two men $12.7 million compensation for their personal injuries.
Edith A. Pearce notes that serious >industrial accidents are usually triggered by a complex cascade of events. ... Read More
Posted in: Burn Injury
November 9, 2010
Just in time for holiday baking, tainted eggs are back in the Philadelphia news. Sparked by a new outbreak of salmonella, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers note that the most recent egg recall was ordered when regular testing discovered salmonella in a barn at the Central Ohio farm of egg producer Ohio Fresh Eggs. Cal-Maine Foods, the country’s largest egg distributor, recalled 288,000 eggs purchased from the Ohio farm. So far no cases of salmonella poisoning have been linked to this ... Read More
Posted in: Products Liability
November 4, 2010
A California jury this week awarded two women $9 million for severe personal injuries suffered in a 2008 car accident. According to court documents, the truck driver for a Fresno refrigeration equipment company, Hussmann Corp., rear-ended a pickup truck driven by Susan Lutz. The force of the collision propelled Lutz’ truck into the back of a van driven by Clarice Brewer. As a result of the accident, both women sustained severe, life-changing injuries. Learn more here.
Brewer suffered a spinal ... Read More
Posted in: Car Accidents
November 2, 2010
In our last post we recounted the terrifying ordeal actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly endured in 2007 when his infant twins nearly died after being administered the wrong medication during a hospital stay. Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys say similar scenarios occur in Philadelphia hospitals and medical facilities across the country every day. Nationally, medical errors kill more than 100,000 people every year and another 90,000 die from infections acquired during hospital stays, according to the U.S. Centers for ... Read More
Posted in: Medical Malpractice