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Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Blog

The Pearce Law Firm, including well-known Philadelphia injury lawyer Edith Pearce, is dedicated to the personal care of each individual case. We believe in educating our potential clients on the variety of cases being filed in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The blog posts below feature accidents and events that may lead to potential law suits. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you due to car or truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, or head injuries, The Pearce Law Firm works on your behalf to provide you the compensation you deserve.

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Negligent Security at Philadelphia Hotels

September 15, 2017

If you have been assaulted or injured due to negligent security at a Philadelphia hotel, you will want to speak to a Philadelphia hotel injury lawyer with experience in premises liability.

Negligent security

Whether you’re staying in Center City or visiting from out of town to see all of the great tourist attractions, chances are you will be staying at one of the hotels in Philadelphia. When guests stay at a hotel, they have a reasonable expectation to remain safe while at that hotel.

To keep customers safe from third parties, property owners and hotel owners should provide a reasonable level of security and duty of care. Crimes occur when there is desire and opportunity. Eliminating the opportunity helps prevent a variety of assaults and physical violence. Some types of security measures which prevent these criminal acts include warning signs, adequate lighting, security officers, locks, adequate staff and surveillance.

A hotel could be held liable for negligent security if they failed to warn customers of potential harm or neglected to consider the existence of such crime. For example, a hotel in a high crime area or with a history of criminal acts should have adequate security, such as security officers, to prevent foreseeable harm.

Do I need an attorney?

After any type of injury which takes place on a hotel’s property, report the incident to hotel management right away. Please note that a written or recorded statement is not required and if you provide this they may use it against you in the future. After that obtain medical assistance and contact our offices right away for a free and confidential consultation and case evaluation with one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers.

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Never Too Old to Fall Off Your Bike

July 8, 2013

Some may joke that, at 74 years old, Justice Stephen Breyer may need to put the training wheels back on his bike. News sources report the Supreme Court Justice has been cycling most of his life and suffered three serious accidents in the last 20 years. In 1993, Justice Breyer was hospitalized with broken ribs and a punctured lung when a car hit him while he was riding his bicycle in Harvard Square. In 2011, the justice broke his collarbone after an accident while riding near his home. He recently recovered in a Georgetown hospital after undergoing surgery for a broken shoulder sustained when he fell off his bicycle this April.

Whether motor vehicles are involved or not, falling or colliding into objects while riding a bike can be very dangerous and all too common. Justice Breyer was wearing his helmet and is an experienced rider, but he still received major injuries. With this type of bicycle accident, lawyer advice and services can be an important and a vital resource for families that are hurting following a bike collision. This is especially true when another party is involved or the crash involved a moving car or truck.

Bicycle accident legal representation is available to protect individual rights and offer comprehensive legal services, and The Pearce Law Firm lawyers offer experience and dedication for these cases. This type of legal counsel can help cyclists navigate the complex and confusing court system. Resources are available to ensure all cyclists receive the compensation they deserve from insurance companies and other parties involved in the accident. If you or a loved one is recovering from the traumatic effects of a bicycle accident, legal representation can help you gather evidence, determine fault, and even recover losses.

Justice Breyer’s shoulder is expected to heal, and he’ll probably get back on his bike as soon as possible. But those who are injured in an accident that was not their fault, such as being hit by a car, may not be so lucky. An attorney can help recover the compensation due. To learn more about The Pearce Law Firm and how they can help you with a bicycle accident case, visit us at: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/

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New Jersey Governor Candidate injured in Car Collision

May 24, 2013

In February New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Barbara Buono, suffered minor injuries when her car was involved in an accident. She was leaving an event and being driven home by an assistant when her driver attempted to turn and collided with an oncoming car. The 59-year-old senator suffered a minor injury to her forehead.

Buono’s injury sheds light on the fact that car accidents and injuries occur in all walks of life. While Senator Buono likely had a team tasked with ensuring her safety, accidents are sometimes unavoidable. This is why you need a car accident lawyer who understands negligence, product liability, and more when dealing with personal injury cases.

Consider this: Automobile accidents continue to be the leading cause of injury and death in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008 alone, more than 34,000 deaths occurred. Many more were injured. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help you through these troubling times.

In some cases the accident may be caused by negligence. Sometimes that negligence falls on those responsible with maintaining safe and drivable roads. Other times the injury or death may be the result of a vehicle defect, which opens the door to product liability lawsuits. In the worst cases there may even be the option for wrongful death lawsuits.

If injuries occurred, you may need an experienced car accident lawyer to recoup medical expenses, loss of past and future income, mental trauma, pain and suffering, and more. Edith Pearce and her team offer just that. We will examine the situation, look at the facts, consult expert witnesses, and review paperwork, all on your behalf. The bottom line is that Edith Pearce and her team at Te Pearce Law Firm provide you with dedicated representation. We will fight for the financial compensation you deserve. The goal is to relieve you of the legal burdens so you can focus on healing.

Don’t wait. Call a Pearce Law Firm, p.c. lawyer today for more information or to schedule an appointment. The sooner you call, the faster we can get working on your case. Schedule your consultation today.

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A Skilled Attorney Can Help Recoup Losses Following A Bicycling Accident

April 12, 2013

Bicycling accidents happen more often than you think. It’s moments like these when people need a bicycle accident lawyer. Philadelphia, for instance, is full of children who ride their bikes which increases the potential for numerous accidents. Last month, a 10-year-old local boy from Broomall was found sprawled out unconscious on the side of the road. He was riding his bike when a Buick hit him and sped off, fleeing the scene. The accident was 100 yards from a roadside memorial for a woman killed in a separate accident.

In June 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a study indicating 52,000 bicyclists were injured in 2010. Another 618 were killed.

Children aren’t the only ones prone to incidents. Adults ride too. In October, well-known author and consultant Stephen Convey died from complications of a bike injury. He was known for writing the best seller “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

If you’ve suffered through an accident, there may be ways to recoup your losses.  Pennsylvania and Philadelphia has laws to compensate you for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of income wages if you were injured while bicycling by the negligence of someone else. You may also be able to recoup money for medical bills. If a family member passed away, there are also avenues to take the offender to civil court and recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

There are a variety of instances where you may need a bicycle accident lawyer. Philadelphia attorney Edith Pearce can help. Her skills have earned her many unique distinctions. She was named by Newsweek as one of the 20 leaders in Law, deemed a Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine, and is a Member of Mensa, a society for those with the highest IQs. Call now for more information. It may result in the compensation you deserve.

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Injured Cyclists Need Specialized Representation

January 15, 2013

On September 23, a Lancaster County college sophomore, Paul Zeigler was killed while riding his bicycle near the campus of McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas.  Paul, 20 was a member of the school’s tennis team and worked in the school’s sports information office.

According to local police who just released additional information on the accident, Zeigler was struck around 1 p.m. when a truck veered across the centerline and struck him.  The 17-year old driver was distracted by something on the front seat. Edith Pearce noted that in 2009, 630 people were killed and over 51,000 injured in crashes with motor vehicles in the U.S. according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Pennsylvania residents need to know that bicycle riders do not always get the respect and right of way they are entitled to under the law.  Cars and trucks tend to overlook or just ignore cyclist’s rights on the roadway.  Unfortunately when a car or truck collides with a bicycle, the cyclist tends to suffer more severe injuries than in a regular car accident.

Family and friends of the young Paul Zeigler are devastated by the death of this extraordinary young man, and even though alcohol and drugs are not considered contributing factors to the crash, the driver is still at fault.

A bicycle accident lawyer can help victims or victim’s families with expert representation to successfully litigate these cases.  These cases require specialized knowledge because of the extent of investigation and costs often associated with the serious injuries that are often the result of these accidents.

Damages that can be awarded to victims in a bicycle accident include medical expenses (doctor, hospitals and treatments), loss of current and future wages, and compensation for future disabilities ranging from scars to loss of mobility or limbs.  An experienced bicycle accident lawyer can help victims and families ensure that they have the resources to care for their families moving forward.  It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible while information is still clear and witnesses are available.

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Bicycle Accident Results in Acquittal

January 2, 2013

A Pennsylvania court recently acquitted a man of vehicular homicide after his vehicle struck a sixteen-year-old boy on his bicycle, resulting in the boy’s death.  There are always two sides to every story, and prosecutors argued that the man intended to harm the boy as he rode on his bicycle because he and his friends had just vandalized the man’s car.  Although the man was acquitted in criminal court, this does not prevent the boy’s family from pursuing a civil suit. When an accident becomes a criminal case, this can often complicate the legal matter.  In fact, sometimes insurance policies may exclude “intentional” or “criminal acts.”   Moreover, to be convicted, the prosecutor had to prove the man intended to harm the boy or cause the accident beyond a reasonable doubt.  In a civil lawsuit, only a preponderance of the evidence standard is required to show that the man was at least reckless or negligent.  An experienced bicycle accident attorney in Philadelphia would know how to prove the case after a criminal trial, and what insurance may cover such an accident.

Bicyclists are lawfully obligated to obey all of the rules of the road just as a motorist is.  However, cyclists can be unpredictable, especially if they are avoiding obstacles in the roadway or simply young and inexperienced.  If a motorist is not alert, an accident can happen in a matter of seconds.  All of a sudden, automobile insurance companies and doctors are involved. An experienced legal professional who speaks for your best interests can be a great source of comfort in otherwise stressful times.

Losing a loved one to a biking accident can carry a heavy emotional toll.  It can also result in large hospital bills and reduced family income if the victim provided financially for his or her family.  Faced with grief and financial uncertainty, recovering from a bicycle accident can be a difficult path.  A Philadelphia lawyer with expertise in bicycle accidents can help recovering victims and families receive financial compensation in the form of civil penalties, also known as damages.  Sometimes the government cannot make its criminal case against a driver whose actions resulted in the death of a bicyclist.  In such a case, families have other options in Philadelphia and should seek the advice of an attorney with knowledge of bicycle accident law.

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City Officials in Beaver Falls Consider Banning Dogs

December 21, 2012

Concern for human health and safety may soon trump the right to own a dog in at least one Pennsylvania community.  City officials in Beaver Falls are considering a ban on dogs in one downtown business district.  They cite the problems that arise when owners tie dogs, particularly notorious breeds like Pit bulls and Rottweilers, to parking meters along the street.  The city may have the right idea given that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that a sidewalk have at least three feet of unobstructed pathway.  Unobstructed refers to all obstacles, vertical obstructions and protruding objects, and presumably includes large dogs that may interfere with the passage of all pedestrians, disabled or not.

The Beaver Falls example, though a little extreme, highlights a larger issue: the safety of people who come into contact with aggressive dogs.  The Center for Disease Control reports that 4.5 million Americans are victims of dog bites every year.  Of these, nearly one million require medical attention and 31,000 are so injured that they require reconstructive surgery.  Dog bite statistics indicate that attacks occur most commonly against children and adult males at the dog owner’s property.

The physical and emotional toll of a dog attack can result in expensive and long-term consequences.  A Philadelphia lawyer specializing in dog bites is an excellent source of advice on victims’ options.  An attorney with expertise in dog bites will look for legal ways to make you or your family member “whole” again.  Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, is a veterinarian’s daughter, and has a unique understanding of dog breeds and the rights of victims injured by a dog attack.  Our law firm ensures that the cost of medical attention and recovery is not an additional burden a victim must face.  When another party is responsible for the supervision of a dog, the assistance of The Pearce Law, PC lawyers in Philadelphia is integral to recovering monetary damages and to restoring the health and wellbeing of dog bite victims.

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Helmet Usage Has Increased Twenty Percent

December 14, 2012

Increased efforts to protect motorcyclists are leading to safer roadways.  Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration indicate that helmet usage has increased nearly twenty percent from 2004 to 2009.  Even as motorcyclists themselves appear to be taking action to prevent injuries on the road, other motorists must also be alert and attentive to the bikers around them.  This is especially true in Pennsylvania, which has not required motorcyclists to wear helmets since 2003.

A recent hit and run in Pennsylvania led to the death of a motorcyclist and his passenger after being struck by a vehicle in a parking lot.  In this instance and others like it, a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer has the skills to represent you or your family.  For example, the location of the accident can determine the likelihood of recovering damages.  Sometimes multiple defendants must be pursued on different legal theories to make sure all the facts come out and the responsible parties are held accountable.  A parking lot is often privately owned and if managed, maintained or designed in a dangerous manner, the owner may be sued, in addition to the motorist who struck the motorcycle.

Other parties also may be involved after a motorcycle accident, and an attorney in Philadelphia can advise injured motorcyclists or their families on dealing with these special interests.  Accidents involving motorcycles and larger vehicles often result in catastrophic injury or death, leading to large medical bills.  Because all Pennsylvania motorists are required to have insurance, insurance companies and their lawyers often get involved at the early stages of an accident.  A motorcycle accident attorney will assist accident victims in obtaining the amount they deserve after being involved in a collision with another driver or perhaps navigating unsafe roadways.

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Bicycle Accidents More Common Than You Think

October 25, 2012

Well-known author and consultant Stephen Covey recently died from complications of a biking accident. Stephen Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” apparently lost control of his bike during a ride through Utah. While bikers are typically concerned about the dangers posed when they share the road with motorists, Covey’s injuries resulted from losing control of his bike. He was wearing a helmet.

Stories like Covey’s are more common than one might think. Just following his accident, a young woman in Virginia died after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bike home from work. Just as the law prescribes, she was wearing her helmet, and she had outfitted her bike with the proper reflectors and lights.

If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident, lawyers in Philadelphia have the expertise to help you recover damages if someone is at fault. When tragedy strikes, Philadelphia lawyers are an important resource for families. They act on your behalf to assist with recovering the cost of high medical bills and/or damages for the emotional toll of losing a loved one.

Brain injury is common in bicycle accidents, particularly if the biker was riding without a helmet. A brain injury lawyer can also assist in building a case in support of the cyclist and will be on your side if an insurance company attempts to not properly compensate you. A lawyer can also take a novel recovery strategy and encourage the development of a safety lane in memorial of the cyclist or use the funds recovered to establish a fund in the biker’s name to support the prevention of future bicycle accidents. When a bicycle accident occurs, a Philadelphia lawyer specializing in accidents and brain injury cases, will provide the support and knowledge families need to navigate the insurance and legal issues that arise.

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Local Truck Accident Difficult to Prosecute

October 22, 2012

A trucking accident can be traumatizing, but navigating through the aftermath as a victim can be even more emotionally frustrating. In a recent accident in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a vehicle operated by a New Jersey trucking company went careening across an intersection after the brakes failed. As of yet, authorities have been unable to properly identify the business or its insurance provider.

The accident caused serious damage to private and public property. The truck collided with another vehicle before crashing on the SEPTA train tracks. It damaged four other vehicles in the station’s parking lot. The diesel tank also spread to the nearby Stony Creek. After further inspection of the truck, Pennsylvania State Troopers found a total of 14 equipment violations.

There are also claims to be filed by the victims. However, the trucking company’s policy number is not connected to an active insurance account. While an Internet search has the company listed, the address is connected to a residential home. The phone numbers are not returning calls. This makes things extremely difficult to for authorities to prosecute and difficult for victims to recover compensation.

Support from a truck accident lawyer at The Pearce Law Firm, p.c. could help investigate this case and determine if the personal injury victim could recover compensation. The Pearce Law Firm will determine if the victim has other sources of insurance recovery, such as Uninsured Motorist Benefits. Uninsured Motorist Benefits (usually abbreviated UM on your auto policy) protect you and your family if you were injured in a car accident and the driver at fault had no insurance. It allows you to recover compensation under your own auto insurance policy. You need to have resources, like investigators that can help track down information, going above and beyond that of law enforcement. Most importantly, these companies have sophisticated insurance carriers and lawyers of their own. Having worked for almost 10 years for an automobile insurance company and for an accident defense firm, Philadelphia truck accident lawyer Edith Pearce uses her expert knowledge from inside the industry to help you recover maximum compensation.

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