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SEPTA Wrongful Death – Settlement Reached in Teen’s Electrocution

The Legal Intelligencer - September 24, 2008 By Amaris Elliott-Engel A $2 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death and survival action over the death of a 19-year-old who drank at the home of a friend before being electrocuted on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Route 100 line. The deceased's parents, Benjamin S. and [...]

Sexually Assaulted Woman Wins $3 Million Verdict vs. Treatment Center

A Philadelphia jury yesterday awarded $3.025 million to a woman assaulted by a client housed at a Bucks County treatment facility for juvenile sex offenders. At the time of the assault, the client was on an excursion with a counselor from the facility who lost sight of him. The Legal Intelligencer  - June 30, 2002 By [...]

Woman Wins $2.4 Million in Suit vs. Doc Who Sewed Towel into Her Abdomen

A Philadelphia jury awarded nearly $2.5 million yesterday to a woman who had a towel left in her abdomen by the same doctor who was ordered to pay $1.7 million last week in another case for failing to diagnose breast cancer. By Lori Lichtman Of the Legal Staff In February 1992, Dr. Marvin Kalafer performed a [...]

Jury Awards $1 Million in Staple Case

The case of the "Million-Dollar Staple" has become the case of the million-dollar fax. by Shannon P. Duffy U.S. Courthouse Correspondent Based partly on "smoking-gun" proof that spewed innocently out of a fax machine, a federal jury decided yesterday to award $1 million to a Montgomery County widow despite finding that she and her late husband [...]

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 [...]

Tort Reform | Politicians Saving You from Yourself

The American civil jury system remains one of the great contributions to our democracy.  It provides every citizen with the right to seek redress for injuries.  It enables the weakest to confront and challenge the most powerful. It is a system through which an average American can stand up to powerful insurance companies, and demand justice. [...]

Crisis? What Medical Malpractice Crisis?

If your business was able to win 90 per cent of its lawsuits, you'd be hard-pressed to argue that the justice system was stacked against you.  But that is exactly what the insurance industry wants you to think when it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits. Outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, doctors win more than ninety percent of [...]