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Things to Know if You’ve Been Charged with Domestic Violence

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

In West Manheim Township, a mother was shot in the head and killed in the early hours of the morning while she was holding her nine-month old son. She was shot by her longtime boyfriend, who had confessed to the shooting, although he stated it was an accident. Those close to the woman said… Read More »

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Product Liability FAQs

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

Bayer, one of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical world, is being sued by a number of plaintiffs for their defective birth control device, Essure. The plaintiffs are claiming that the device migrates from the uterus into the fallopian tubes, puncturing organs, corroding, and breaking into pieces. In their claims, the plaintiffs are stating… Read More »

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When do Drug Charges Become Federal?

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

Recently a Pennsylvania woman was sentenced to 77 months to be served in a United States federal prison for selling heroin. She was first arrested in June of 2016, along with two men. She was arrested again in September of 2016, that time with another woman. The woman’s sentence came after pleading guilty to… Read More »

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Who Pays for a Rental Car After an Accident?

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

Car accidents are not only frightening and confusing, they’re also inconvenient. Even if you do not sustain serious injuries as a result of the crash, you will likely have to live without your own car for a little while. Even minor crashes can result in damage that will keep your car in the repair… Read More »

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Arson Charges are Complex in Pennsylvania

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

An interesting but sad story emerged out of Plumville this week. Two volunteer firefighters were accused of setting fire to a furniture store. After being taken in and questioned by police, the two also admitted to setting fire to an abandoned garage and carport in Indiana County. The story has many people in those… Read More »

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What is a Birth Injury?

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

The birth of a child is a milestone that parents look forward to with much excitement. Unfortunately, there are times when medical errors are made either during pregnancy, labor, or delivery that turn a joyous event into one of tragedy. These mistakes often result in birth injuries, which can cause permanent harm to the… Read More »

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Can Police Search Your Phone Without a Warrant?

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

Nearly everyone today has a mobile phone they carry with them. Generally speaking, these are usually newer phones that allow you to connect to the Internet, allow you to send text messages, and use apps for daily tasks. Although smartphones today are extremely handy, they also leave a footprint of evidence that is easily… Read More »

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When is a Hospital-Acquired Infection Medical Malpractice?

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

Patients visit a hospital when they are sick and need treatment to get better. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes a person is admitted into a hospital only to find that they contract another illness. This is often the case with hospital-acquired infections, which can be deadly. When these infections develop, it can result… Read More »

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How and When to Use Police Reports in Your Car Accident Case

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

After you’ve been in a car accident and are trying to secure compensation from your own insurance company or another driver’s, you may wish to use the police report. The report, written moments after the crash, can help indicate that another driver was at fault, as an officer will include that information. It will… Read More »

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How to Challenge a Breath Test Result

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

You’ve been pulled over for a DUI and have just taken the breath test. The officer informs you that you have blown over 0.08, the legal alcohol limit in Pennsylvania. It’s easy at this point to start assuming the worst, and to think the prosecution will have an open-and-shut case against you. Fortunately, that’s… Read More »

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