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Wrongful Death Police Shootings and Brutality

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

A black security guard was recently shot down by police during an active shooter situation in a bar outside of Chicago. The security guard had successfully detained the shooting suspect, but when police arrived, they shot and killed the security guard, who was dressed in his security uniform. Sadly, this type of story makes… Read More »

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The Risk of Letting Unauthorized Individuals Drive a Vehicle

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

In recent news, a Philadelphia woman has had charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter dropped. The case though, is ongoing and has many different facets. While the most serious charges were dropped, the woman is still facing charges. It was in June of 2018, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer, when Stephanie Hernandez allowed… Read More »

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What is a Certificate of Merit in Medical Malpractice Cases?

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

Medical malpractice cases are some of the most complicated in the area of civil law. It can be challenging to prove that a doctor or other healthcare professional was negligent, and these cases can take an extremely long time before a settlement is reached or compensation is awarded by a judge. Medical malpractice cases… Read More »

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Is Pennsylvania a No-Fault Auto Insurance State?

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

Car insurance is going to be an issue anytime there is a auto accident. The insurance company of either the at-fault driver or the injured driver will be responsible for providing accident benefits to help cover medical expenses, lost income, and in some cases, even pain and suffering. Most states have a tort, or fault,… Read More »

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van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin – 10 Best Law Firm in Pennsylvania For Client Satisfaction

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

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Pennsylvania’s Criminal Law Firm, Van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin as Two Years 10 Best Criminal Law Firm for Client Satisfaction. Read the full Press Release here.

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Governor Tom Wolf Issues First Act of Clemency in Two Years

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

On December 19, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf commuted a drug dealer’s life sentence. It was his first act of clemency in over two years. With the governor also considering commutation for another individual serving a life sentence, this is good news for anyone currently serving or facing a life sentence in Pennsylvania. Drug Dealer… Read More »

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First Phase of Clean Slate Bill Goes into Effect in Pennsylvania

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

There’s good news for Pennsylvanians! The Clean Slate bill that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in June of 2018 has now started to take effect. This new legislation now provides hope for anyone that has been convicted of minor misdemeanor charges in the past ten years. For those that have misdemeanors… Read More »

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Does Pennsylvania Place Caps on Damages?

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

When someone in Pennsylvania is injured and it is the fault of another person, the accident victim may be able to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit can help accident victims claim compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, and even pain and suffering. While many states place a cap, or limit, on… Read More »

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How to File a Lawsuit Against the City of Philadelphia

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

When a person has been injured by another person’s reckless or careless actions, the injured individual can file a lawsuit against the person at fault for their injuries. A lawsuit can provide compensation to cover expenses such as medical bills, repairs to damaged property, and even pain and suffering when another person has been… Read More »

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What is Reasonable Doubt?

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

Being convicted of murder in Pennsylvania may seem like a hopeless situation. However, those that have been convicted and are currently serving time in jail just received a bit of hope, thanks to the language a judge used in a murder case. The Case of Basil Brooks The case in question was that of… Read More »

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