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What is the Limited Threshold in Pennsylvania?

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

The laws on car accidents and auto insurance in Pennsylvania are extremely complex. When purchasing insurance, a person may choose to carry full or limited tort insurance. If they choose limited tort, which many do because it’s more affordable, they cannot recover pain and suffering. However, there is an exception to this law. That… Read More »

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What is the Charge of Disorderly Conduct in Pennsylvania?

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

At the end of July, a woman was charged with disorderly conduct after urinating on potatoes at a Pennsylvania Walmart. After an employee noticed urine on the floor, they alerted the loss prevention department of the store. Surveillance footage was watched by store executives and law enforcement, and she was identified as a suspect…. Read More »

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What are Pennsylvania’s Implied Consent Laws?

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

There are many myths surrounding the DUI laws in Pennsylvania. One of the biggest is that you can refuse to take any test, at the side of the road or at a police station, if you’ve been pulled over for a suspected DUI. Under Pennsylvania’s implied consent laws however, refusing these tests is a… Read More »

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What to Do After a Dog Bite or Attack

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

Dog bites and attacks cause very serious injuries. Due to the fact that people think these are only minor incidents, they’re often surprised when one happens and they are left severely hurt. They often don’t know what to do, how they’re going to pay to treat their injuries, or if they can hold the… Read More »

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van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin has been selected as a finalist for Philadelphia VIP’s Trailblazing Partner Award

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

We are proud to share that our firm has been selected as a finalist for Philadelphia’s VIP’s Trailblazing Partner Award – an award that recognizes a law firm or corporation that meaningfully deepened its engagement with VIP over the past several years! Founded in 1981, Philadelphia VIP provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal… Read More »

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Historic Pennsylvania Law Automatically Seals Criminal Records

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

At the end of June, the second phase of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate law went into effect. That’s good news for those that have faced criminal charges in the past. Now, those records will no longer be available to employers, and others such as landlords that could keep those accused in the past from certain… Read More »

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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Pennsylvania

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

Last month, a man from Philadelphia was walking through an intersection when he was hit by a car traveling at a high speed. The man was thrown into the wall of an apartment building, yet survived the crash. It was one of the most gruesome accident scenes Philly residents had seen in some time…. Read More »

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What is Institutional Sexual Assault?

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

Recently, two married teachers were convicted of having a sexual relationship with a girl that is now 19, but was just 16 at the time. The abusive relationship lasted for over two years, with the group sometimes having as many as 80 interactions in a day that included text messages. Now, the teachers have… Read More »

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Can You Sue Your Landlord in Philadelphia?

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

According to data from the U.S. Census, Philadelphia has an owner-occupied housing rate of 52 percent. That means there are a lot of rentals in the city, and a lot of tenants using them. When those tenants become hurt on their rental property, are they to blame, or their landlord? If the accident resulting… Read More »

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Do You Have to Report Minor Car Accidents in Pennsylvania?

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

It’s common knowledge that after a major car accident that involved serious injury or death, you must phone the police and report it. However, many of the car accidents that happen every day on Pennsylvania roads are only minor. Do you have an obligation to report these accidents? When reporting any car accident, you… Read More »

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