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Monthly Archives: March 2019

SnowRoad

Who’s Liable in a Car Accident when Icy Roads are a Factor?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Ice and snow were cited as the reason for three auto accidents involving a total of 15 vehicles on the Platt Bridge on January 12, 2019. While there were no injuries reported due to the crashes , often ice and snow can cause catastrophic accidents resulting in very serious injuries and at times, even… Read More »

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Courtroom

What is a Criminal Mistrial, and What Does It Mean for a Case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, the case of a man accused of shooting a clerk in a Pennsylvania gas station in October of 2017 ended in a mistrial. After deliberating for nearly five hours, the jury could not agree on a verdict for the charges. This is known as a hung jury and in Pennsylvania, is just one… Read More »

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NursingHome

How Reliable is the Government Star Rating for Nursing Homes?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficulty many families face. First and foremost, families want to ensure their loved one will be given quality care by supportive staff. Part of that of course, is ensuring that a nursing home follows state and federal laws. The laws… Read More »

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Interrog

What Rights Do I Have if I’m Taken in For Questioning?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The Sixth Amendment The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides many protections for those arrested, tried, or even brought into the police station for questioning . Unfortunately, this amendment is very broad, which may lead to some confusion for those being questioned. Sometimes in an effort to close a case and get… Read More »

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Does Pennsylvania Have Romeo and Juliet Laws?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Young love is a wonderful and exciting thing. However, teenagers are at a confusing age. The law still views many of them as children, yet it’s not uncommon for teens to engage in adult behavior, such as becoming sexually active. When this is the case, it’s important both teenagers involved and their families understand… Read More »

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Wrongful Death Claims vs. Survival Claims: What’s the Difference?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Losing a loved one is never easy. However, when another person’s negligence caused the death, it ‘s often even more difficult to come to terms with it. Pennsylvania law recognizes that loved ones left behind after a wrongful death are entitled to compensation. This compensation can cover the costs related to the death such… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Field Sobriety Tests in Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

When police officers suspect someone of a DUI they will pull them over and often ask them to perform a number of field sobriety tests. They will use the results of these tests to help prove that the driver was under the influence when they were pulled over. Police officers often try to convince… Read More »

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SkiResort

Are Ski Resorts Liable for Accidents?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

It’s optimal ski weather all around Pennsylvania right now. Unfortunately, a day of skiing doesn’t always result in just good memories and improved ski skills. Sometimes, accidents happen. In fact, in early February of 2019, an Allentown man was in a fatal accident at Blue Mountain Resort. It was the second death at the… Read More »

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