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Filing a Toxic Tort Against Your Landlord

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

Were you informed of lead-based paint, asbestos, or other toxic substances when you began renting your apartment or home? Landlords are required by Pennsylvania law to disclose this information, and if they kept it a secret, they may be held liable for your damages. Asbestos and lead are two lethal substances that can cause… Read More »


Kellogg’s Recalls Cereal after Dozens Sickened Across the Country

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

On June 14th, food manufacturing giant Kellogg’s announced a voluntary recall of certain boxes of its Honey Smacks cereal. Kellogg’s initiated the recall after being informed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the cereal has apparently sickened 73 people in 31… Read More »


Unlawful Restraint

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

A Pennsylvania man was recently charged with a laundry list of serious criminal offenses when he stabbed and shot to death his 14-year-old cousin. The 20-year-old defendant allegedly stabbed his cousin over 80 times and shot her in the temple with a firearm. She died days after the brutal attack, and forensic evidence shows… Read More »


Did the Dog Have a Bad History of Aggression?

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

Dog bites are quite common in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Millions of dog bites are treated in hospitals and at home every year, and while most only require some neosporin and a bandage, some are more serious. A dog’s saliva, like our own, is packed full of bacteria that can lead to dangerous… Read More »


Proving Nursing Home Abuse

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

Tragically, nursing home abuse seems to be on the rise in the last few years. Just recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health revoked licensing from St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare nursing home care after an inspection found a serious lack in patient care. One patient had even developed “wounds that went down… Read More »


Rape Versus Statutory Sexual Assault

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

There are many misconceptions surrounding sexual assault and the penalties that a defendant faces when charged with rape versus statutory rape (now referred to as statutory sexual assault). It is important to keep in mind that one offense is not necessarily punished the same as another. The age of the victim, age of the… Read More »


Pleading Insanity

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

One of the criteria for committing a crime is that the defendant must know, or should know, that the particular action that they are engaged in is illegal. Because of this, when a person commits a crime and is pronounced legally insane at the time of the crime, they may be found innocent of… Read More »


How Long Does a Traffic Accident Lawsuit Take?

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

If you are injured in a traffic collision, your injuries need to be treated immediately. You obviously cannot postpone necessary medical procedures in order for a lawsuit award or a settlement to come in. So how long does the average lawsuit take to win and what can be expected from it in terms of… Read More »



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

Vandalism is the deliberate destruction or damage of public or private property. Y are potentially facing heavy fines, jail time, or even time behind bars in state prison. Do not make the mistake of believing that these charges will somehow blow over or that you will be let off with a warning. You need… Read More »


Product Liability: Burn Injuries

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

A 50-year-old Alsace Township woman was critically burned while frying eggs in her home earlier this winter, as reported by WFMZ 69 News. Hot oil from the pan splashed onto her skin, causing severe burns, and the woman was transported to a local hospital by ambulance before being airlifted to another hospital for burn… Read More »

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