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How Speeding Violations Affect Your Commercial Driver License

If you drive a truck for a living, your commercial driver license (CDL) is your livelihood. When a driving infraction threatens your license, you have to fight that ticket or lose your job. If you’ve been cited for speeding, even if you were driving your own car at the time, your CDL could be in… Read More »

Widow’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Targets Aerial Lift Manufacturer

The widow of a tree-removal worker killed in May 2015 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of an aerial lift that allegedly malfunctioned and struck her husband, who died before emergency personnel could respond. Carol A. Shaud, the administratrix of Michael D. Shaud’s estate, filed her action on February 9 in the… Read More »

Which Driver Errors Lead to the Most Crashes in Pennsylvania?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, “Some form of poor/degraded driver performance is present in the majority of [motor vehicle] crashes.” Statistics from 2015 indicate the most common driving errors that led to crashes were: Speeding — 33,176 total crashes and 467 fatal Distracted driver — 14,805 total crashes and 61 fatal Improper turning… Read More »

Pennsylvania Parents Receive $14.5M Damage Award for Birth Injury

A jury in Pennsylvania awarded a couple $14.5 million in damages after finding an obstetrician’s negligence during delivery of their child caused brain damage, cerebral palsy and other permanent harm. According to the Altoona Mirror, the trial in federal court lasted two weeks and the jury deliberated four hours before returning the verdict, which apportioned… Read More »

Why a Public Defender isn’t Your Best Option

You’re sitting in the courthouse on the most stressful day of your life waiting to see make your case in hopes of avoiding months or years in jail when a woman in a wrinkled blouse walks up to you.  In her arms is a heaping pile of papers and folders which threaten to scatter to… Read More »

PA Lawmaker Wants to Reduce Penalties for Pot Possession

As marijuana laws have been changing rapidly throughout the country, Pennsylvania has remained steadfast in its opposition to the substance. Who could have imagined that a 71-year-old Republican lawmaker and former Pennsylvania State Trooper would be the one leading the movement to reform the law by lessening penalties for possession? Early in 2017, Rep. Barry… Read More »

Is the Vena Cava Filter the Latest Faulty Medical Device?

In recent years, many medical devices patients relied on have proven to be defective: artificial hips, implantable defibrillators, catheters, and vaginal meshes, to name a few. Recently, injuries allegedly caused by the inferior vena cava (IVC) filter have given rise to numerous lawsuits throughout the country. The PennRecord recently reported on an example of this… Read More »

Free Legal is a Bad Bet

You’re sitting in the courthouse on the most stressful day of your life waiting to make your case in hopes of avoiding months or years in jail when a person in a wrinkled shirt walks up to you.  In their arms is a heaping pile of papers and folders which threaten to scatter to the floor as you are asked for your… Read More »

How Can You Restore a Suspended Driver License in Pennsylvania?

Losing your driver license can cause all sorts of problems for you personally and professionally. Fortunately, depending on the facts of your suspension, you may be able to apply for an occupational license or a probationary license that gives you limited driving privileges throughout your period of suspension. Here is a brief outline of the… Read More »

How an Innocent Mistake Can Lead to Felony Weapons Charges in Pennsylvania

Can a misplaced stroke of a pen make you an accidental felon? It can if you make it on a gun application. In Pennsylvania, intentionally making a false statement on a firearms application is a felony. But when you check the wrong box on a form, how can authorities tell if you intended to lie… Read More »