You slipped, you lost your balance, and you fell down and got hurt. Does this automatically mean it is the fault of the property owner? The answer is, “Maybe.” If the property is in disrepair or the owner knew about the risk and ignored it, you could have a claim. But before you start planning on the owner paying your medical bills, you should think about the conditions of the property, the steps the owner took to prevent an accident, and whether or not those steps were reasonable. Ask yourself these questions and then call an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can assess your options for insurance claims, or, if warranted, for a negligence claim:

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Every holiday season brings out another new fad to sweep the nation, and this year is no different:  the hoverboards are here!  However, many are wondering just how safe are these new hoverboards—and the short answer is, it’s not safe at all.

While they do seem cool in theory, these hoverboards are actually less hover and more board.  More technically, it is a two-wheel, self-balancing mini scooter.

To everyone’s eternal consternation, today’s technology has not yet reached the point where we can replicate the ride that Michael J. Fox experienced in Back to the Future.

Initially, the concern was people would fall off of hoverboards and be seriously hurt.  However, that instinctual fear has fallen by the wayside as it has been replaced with a much more real and unpredictable problem–hoverboards are catching on fire.


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The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed legislation yesterday to close a loophole that for years has let repeat drunken drivers legally stay behind the wheel. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association applauded the passage. “It is always gratifying when the legislature comes together on a bipartisan basis and takes steps to protect the public, and that is

Much to the surprise of everyone following this issue in Harrisburg, Senate Bill 76 was voted out of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, September 16. Senate Bill 76 would, among other things, impose a sales tax on most legal services. This is the furthest this type of legislation has ever progressed in the

During a preseason soccer scrimmage at Downingtown High School East, an incoming freshman going for a header collided with another player and fell to the ground in tears.  After that, her coach did something that used to be routine, but has increasingly come under scrutiny: He put her back in the game, according to a

Dogs are one of our most trusted and loved companions, and there are millions of dog owners in America. While pets can be cute and cuddly, they can also attack and cause injury to their owners and others. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that dogs bite 4.5 million people each year.
Pennsylvania Dog Bite Law:

The state of Pennsylvania’s laws regarding dog bites hold the owner of the dog liable for certain damages depending upon the circumstances. As such, the victim of the dog bite will fall into a specific category, and will be able to file a suit to recover compensation depending upon the category into which he or she falls.
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Yesterday Governor Tom Corbett signed a law that toughens the penalty for hit and run violations, a change pushed forward by a tragedy involving a 5-year-old boy.
“Nothing will ever heal the loss Kevin’s family endures, but we hope this law, which will invoke his memory, will bring some measure of justice to drivers who cause such devastation,” Corbett said.

The measure increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. The charge has carried only a one-year minimum, but “Kevin’s Law” would put the penalty on par with the three-year sentence for a DUI homicide.
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In a study performed by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, it was found that a high number of injuries happen to children when shopping carts are involved.

The study calculated between 1990 and 2011, about 66 children were treated in emergency rooms throughout the country every day following a shopping cart-related injury. That means a child is injured in an encounter with a shopping cart every 22 minutes.
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