Perhaps you've been to a bar or restaurant in Pennsylvania and noticed a bartender or server refuse to provide a visibly intoxicated patron another drink. Not only was the bartender looking out for that individual's well being, he or she was complying with the state's dram shop laws.
In our previous post, we briefly discussed a recent fatal Amtrak crash here in Pennsylvania. As we noted, investigation of the crash is ongoing and it remains to be seen what will be found in terms of the causes of the crash.
Pennsylvania readers may have heard about a train crash earlier this month in Pennsylvania. That crash, which occurred when an Amtrak train headed from New York for Savannah, Georgia, crashed into a maintenance crew, resulted in the death of two Amtrak workers and injury to at least 30 passengers.
If you're like most parents in Pennsylvania and across the country, watching your teenage son or daughter get his or her driver's license and climb behind the wheel of a car can be a moment filled with mixed emotions.
Insurance companies often recruit customers by using slogans that indicate that they are attentive, available, compassionate, neighborly, and understanding - characteristics you might find in a good friend. But at the end of the day, an insurance company is not a friend - it's a business. Insurance agents may seem friendly and many are nice people, but at the end of the day, the agent's job is to protect the insurance company's bottom line.
Getting hurt in an accident is a trying experience, whether it is a car accident, a fall, or you are injured by a faulty product. There's a lot that needs to be done in order to get your life back to normal. You need to physically and emotionally heal from the experience, and undoubtedly, there will be medical expenses associated with your injuries.
In our last post, we spoke a bit about a car accident case here in Pennsylvania in which a driver and his employer were sued for the injury of a couple and the death of their son. As we noted, the driver was determined to have been on the job at the time of the accident. Specifically, he was acting "within the course and schedule of his employment," according to sources.
Back in December, a jury unanimously ruled that the defendant was liable for injuries suffered by a couple in an accident back in 2012, as well as the death of the couple's child. The accident reportedly occurred after the couple parked on the side of the road to address a mechanical problem, when a motorist driving a pickup crashed into the couple's vehicle. The impact of the accident left the couple with multiple injuries and resulted in the death of their four-year-old son.
Last time, we began looking at the topic of comparative negligence. Picking up where we left off: here in Pennsylvania, comparative negligence law utilizes a 51 percent bar, meaning that if the plaintiff was not more negligent than the defendant or defendants together, he or she will still be able to recover.
Determining fault is an important part of personal injury litigation, and it is an area where the help of an experienced advocate is really necessary. This is particularly true in cases where the circumstances of the accident make a plaintiff less likely to receive adequate compensation.