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Common Airbag Injuries

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

Airbags are quite effective. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, using an airbag, along with a shoulder belt, reduces the risk of death by 61 percent in frontal collisions. Using a seatbelt alone reduces the risk of death by 50 percent, while only using an airbag reduces the risk of fatality by… Read More »

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In Pennsylvania, Car Theft Goes by Many Names

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

Auto theft happens quite often in Pennsylvania, but there are several different types of auto theft offenses a person may face if they steal someone else’s vehicle. The main crimes related to stealing vehicles in the state include theft, carjacking, and joyriding. Although all of these crimes carry harsh penalties, including jail time, some… Read More »

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Melvin Prince Johnakin Suit Supports Candidate Rights

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

van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin has filed a suit against the state of Pennsylvania on behalf of Melvin Prince Johnakin supporting his right to run for office without obtaining signatures during the pandemic. Attorney van der Veen and the entire team are ardent supporters of free, fair and open elections.  The firm… Read More »

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There are Many Potential Defendants in a Truck Accident Case

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

Trucks cause some of the worst crashes seen on Pennsylvania’s roads. Contrary to what many people think, these accidents are very different from collisions that involve two smaller vehicles. The injuries are much more serious and accident victims often find it challenging to determine which party was liable for the crash. In truck accident… Read More »

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The Who’s Who In PhillyLabor Show – July 28th, 2020

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

The Who’s Who In PhillyLabor Show Pain and Wellness hour with Sonny Banks Attorney van der Veen sat down for this awesome interview on WWDB-AM.  This interview highlights Michael van der Veen’s amazing energy and passion.  Attorney Banks and Attorney van der Veen are members of the same Mutual Admiration Society.  Attorney van der… Read More »

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Underage Drinking and Large Groups a Problem During the Pandemic

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

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone in Pennsylvania. During this very challenging time, people cannot work and kids cannot go to school and socialize with their friends. However, firefighters recently broke up an all-night party in the woods in rural Pennsylvania. The party-goers were all minors and many of them were drinking alcohol. Members… Read More »

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In the Age of Hand Sanitizer, Many Brands are Found to be Unsafe

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

Cleanliness has been a key term since the coronavirus pandemic broke out earlier this year in the country. Suddenly, people were placing a focus on hygiene like never before. People washed their hands more than ever before, and started carrying hand sanitizer around with them when hand washing was not always possible. It was… Read More »

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Defenses to Shoplifting Charges in Pennsylvania

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

As Pennsylvania begins to reopen after the coronavirus shut most businesses down, it means there is once again plenty of opportunity for crime and shoplifting. Recently, the police have asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that is suspected of retail theft after he visited a computer store. The man was wearing… Read More »

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What to Know About Suing the Government in Pennsylvania

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

On June 27, 2018, a one-year-old crawled onto a window ledge in an apartment building and fell 30 feet to the ground below. Now his parents are filing a lawsuit alleging wrongful death. The lawsuit names the local housing authority and other parties who manufactured the windows and locks and managed the property. The… Read More »

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The Degrees of Murder: How Pennsylvania’s Laws are Unique

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

Most states separate murder into a first or second degree offense. Pennsylvania, separates murder into an act that can be considered a first, second, or third degree offense. This is unique because we are one of only three states in the entire country that allow for third degree murder. Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek… Read More »

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