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The Value of a Human Life

How does one place a monetary value on life? Some say it cheapens human life to assess a financial value. Our justice system though provides only one remedy in the event that a negligent act results in loss of life, and that is money. So lawyers are often tasked with proving damages in these cases. Judges and juries assess value on that basis.
 
Pennsylvania law divides these cases up into two…

Insurance Adjusters are People Too

An adjuster suggested that my case was worth only “nuisance value”. That means, he was willing to pay the cost to defend the case (maybe $5,000), but no more. I replied, “You may be willing to settle for nuisance value, but I have to tell you. I can be A VERY BIG NUISANCE…. Just ask my wife. The adjuster chuckled.

I try to approach my communications with insurance companies and their…

Social Host and Dramshop Liability

With Memorial Day Weekend shortly upon us, thoughts turn to safety and alcohol consumption. Drunk drivers are of course responsible for the damage they cause. But often their insurance policy limits are inadequate to cover the losses they inflict on innocents.

The search for deep pockets generally focuses on two areas, social host liability and dramshop liability.

Social host liability…

Distracted Driving and the Philadelphia Amtrak Train Derailment

Distracted Driving and the Philadelphia Amtrak Train Derailment

In what might be described as the ultimate distracted driving case, eight people lost their lives and nearly 200 more were injured as a result of the worst American rail disaster in decades. The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015 carried 258 people, including eight Amtrak employees. The train, including a…

Gay Marriage and Injury Litigation

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U.S. House to Vote Tomorrow on Capping Non-Economic Damages and Limiting Contingency Fees

The so-called “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017” is coming to a floor vote tomorrow. I am asking my readers to contact their congressperson and ask that they vote “NO” to this legislation.

If this bill becomes law, it would limit damages for pain and suffering to $250,000 for anyone who receives medical care “provided in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax…

Donald Trump and Tort Reform

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Donald Trump and “Tort Reform”

President Donald Trump is not a typical Republican President and he may not toe the party line on “tort reform”. We don’t hear him speak against “junk lawsuits” the way George W. Bush did. What can we expect from the POTUS on tort issues?

Injuries from firearms: The NRA strongly supports Trump, given his promises to “protect our 2nd Amendment”. Whether that protection extends…

Case Management Conferences

Stanley Thompson is the Director of the Case Management Conference Center, a post he has held for nine years. He served as Supervising Case Manager before becoming Director. He graciously agreed to update us on what’s new and important in this program.

The Case Management Conference is typically held 90 days after the initial filing. Conference memoranda are filed electronically fiv…

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