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Understanding the Crime of Forgery in Pennsylvania

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

On August 14, 2019, a woman was arrested for attempting to cash a forged check at Midland States Bank. Now, she faces multiple charges including three counts of forgery. While attempting to cash a forged check may sound like a minor crime, Pennsylvania takes the crime of forgery very seriously. It comes with harsh… Read More »

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Medical Diagnostic Errors are Medical Malpractice

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

When people are sick, they visit a doctor and place a lot of trust in that physician. Patients believe that the doctor will determine what sickness they are suffering from, and quickly get them on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Millions of people are the victims of medical diagnostic errors… Read More »

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How Long Will Your Personal Injury Case Take?

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

No one relishes the thought of fighting with insurance companies or negligent parties for weeks, months, or sometimes even years. However, in personal injury lawsuits, sometimes it happens. Personal injury cases are complex and involve determining liability, collecting evidence, retaining expert testimony, and more. When clients first start pursuing a personal injury case, one… Read More »

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Understanding Simple Assault in Pennsylvania

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

Earlier this month, a Hanover, PA man was charged with assault after punching a woman in the stomach. She had recently given birth via a cesarean section and suffered significant bleeding. Now, he is facing charges of second-degree simple assault. Assault is one of the most common offenses in Pennsylvania, mainly due to the… Read More »

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Understanding Theft by Deception in Pennsylvania

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

A little-known type of theft was recently reported. That is theft by deception and a Pennsylvania couple is now facing charges after lying about the death of a child. Kaycee and Geoffrey Lang faked the birth and death of their son on July 3. It was on the same day Kaycee posted a picture… Read More »

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Are E-Commerce Websites Liable for Injuries Involving Third-Party Products?

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

A recent case involving a Pennsylvania woman has many talking about the state’s product liability laws and how they apply to e-commerce websites, such as Amazon or eBay. Heather Oberdorf had purchased a retractable dog leash off Amazon through a third-party seller. While using the leash, Oberdorf retracted it and it recoiled with such… Read More »

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Is Theft from a Motor Vehicle Burglary in Pennsylvania?

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

In early July a jack hammer was stolen from a truck. The jack hammer was valued at $190. It’s unknown if there was any damage to the truck, but the story is an interesting one. Theft cases involving items stolen from motor vehicles are common. How do the courts define this crime, though? Is… Read More »

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Is There a Difference Between Motorcycle Insurance and Car Insurance in Pennsylvania?

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

In Pennsylvania, all motorists, including those on a motorcycle, are required to have proper insurance. This insurance can provide compensation for expenses resulting from an accident, such as medical bills. Motorcyclists, particularly those that are new to biking, often think that motorcycle insurance in the state is the same as car insurance. However, there… Read More »

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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

Pennsylvania is a motorcycling state, and now is the time of year when enthusiasts love to hop on their bike and get out to enjoy a nice ride. Unfortunately, not all of these rides end safely. Even when a biker has worn the proper safety gear, taken a motorcycle course, and remained vigilant on… Read More »

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What is Aggravated Indecent Assault in Pennsylvania?

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

In the middle of July 2019, a Pennsylvania man was arrested in New Jersey for allegedly raping a girl repeatedly near Bethlehem. He was sent back to Pennsylvania and is now facing a total of 130 charges. Of those charges, he faces 20 counts of aggravated indecent assault. Pennsylvania has many laws pertaining to… Read More »

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