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April 2013 Archives

Workers' Compensation Settlements

Attorney Weichler recently settled a workers' compensation claim for an individual that sustained a significant back injury while performing work as a laborer/machinist. The value of the settlement is $350,000. This particular settlement is noteworthy since it is of such a high value for workers' compensation claims.

AUTOMOBILE UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED MOTORIST INSURANCE

When purchasing automobile insurance in Pennsylvania, many options are offered. Liability coverage protects you when you are at fault in an accident and an injured party files a claim against you. Uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage protects you when the other driver is at fault and injures you or a family member. If the other driver has no liability insurance or does not have enough insurance to pay you for your damages, then you may be able to collect from your uninsured or underinsured coverage. Talk to your attorney or insurance agent before deciding on insurance coverage. We recommend saving money by increasing your deductibles and not by not purchasing appropriate uninsured and underinsured coverage.

Miranda Warnings: Public Safety Exception

A question we are frequently asked is whether criminal charges must be dismissed when someone is not given their Miranda warnings. Miranda warnings are only required when a person is taken into custody by law enforcement officials. Miranda warnings are only necessary when interrogation of a person in custody is commenced. If no statement is taken, then no Miranda warnings are required.

Pennsylvania driver sentenced after Alford plea for fatal crash

Criminal defendants are sometimes punished for crimes without having to state they committed them. The evidence of wrongdoing may be clear, but the accused is not forced to say "I admit my guilt." Pennsylvania courts accept these pleas provided sentences are fulfilled.

Man in 2010 Pennsylvania fatality accused of new deadly crash

This time the punishment could be significant. Last time, the 43-year-old defendant was charged with noncriminal offenses for a fatal head--on collision. Now, he is charged with running down a pedestrian and fleeing the scene.

Supreme Court last chance for Pennsylvania VA malpractice case

Calls bells were placed in all patient rooms at the Chester County Veterans Administration facility in Coatesville. The change was made since the death of a Pennsylvania Vietnam veteran, a patient at the VA psychiatric hospital. The improvement is a small victory for the widow of the late Marine corporal.

Pennsylvania wrongful death blamed on hospital and bed maker

The children of a Pennsylvania hospital patient blame a Lehigh Valley medical facility and a specialty bed manufacturer for their father's death. The wrongful death claim stated the 88-year-old man strangled and suffocated when he became caught between the mattress and bed rail.

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