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Which Insurance Companies are the Worst?

In order to determine which insurance companies in the United States are the worst, the American Association for Justice thoroughly investigated all of the major insurance companies. The AAJ went through court documentation related to insurance claims, as well as reviewing complaints made to state insurance departments. Records from the SEC and FBI were used, as [...]

Insurance Company Refuses to Pay | Insurance Claim Denied

One of the most common complaints consumers have regarding their insurance providers is that, even though they have faithfully paid their bills for months or years, when the chips are down, the insurance company gives them the runaround for months on end and then denies their claim. Such behavior on the part of an insurance company [...]

Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Suits Drop to 14 Year Low

Medical malpractice cases have reached a fourteen-year low in Pennsylvania, hitting the lowest point since 2000, when statewide tracking began. Interestingly, during that same time period, the number of physicians in Pennsylvania has grown. Over a decade ago, physicians in Pennsylvania made the case that crushing malpractice rates, driven by an increase in malpractice cases, were [...]

State lawmakers to try again with child sex abuse legislation

HARRISBURG — A group of state lawmakers who said they were frustrated that the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky and the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandals were not enough to move legislation out of committee last year, announced plans Wednesday to reintroduced a bill that would remove the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. Where [...]

Pending Sexual Abuse Legislation in Pennsylvania

Proposed Legislation in Pennsylvania Would Allow Victims of Child Abuse to Pursue Legal Claims More than 2 Years After the Abuse Has Taken Place. Rep. Ron Marsico (R., Dauphin), Judiciary Committee Chair, has expressed opposition to this important pending legislation, citing constitutional concerns. House Bill 832: Eliminates the statute of limitations for a number of enumerated [...]

Sovereign Immunity Won’t Shield Penn State

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - In the wake of the Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal, questions loom over whether or not the school, as a state-supported higher learning institution, can face civil litigation. The consensus among attorneys who have worked similar cases involving sexual abuse of minors seems to be that the university is not shielded [...]

Tort Reform: “Loser Pays” Makes You A Loser

Commentary & Opinion on Tort Reform by Paul Lauricella Did you watch the Republican candidates debate healthcare reform?  If you listened to the candidates, you'd think that medical malpractice lawsuits are the biggest contributor to the cost of health care.  Tort reform, they tell you, will solve the problem of health care.  This kind of thinking [...]

There Is Nothing “Fair” About Fair Share Legislation

Courtesy of Governor Corbett, the insurance industry has realized a prize it has sought for decades: the abolition of Pennsylvania’s “joint and several” liability.   Misleadingly titled “Fair Share" liability reform, this new legislation will severely restrict the rights of injured Pennsylvanians. It applies to all manner of personal injury lawsuits.  Medical malpractice actions, products liability [...]