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Personal Injury Lawsuits Involving Adults vs. Children

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

Accidents happen, and they’re often the fault of another person. These types of accidents don’t only happen to adults, though. Children are also often the victims of these accidents. When children are injured due to someone else’s negligence, parents often wonder what recourse they have, and if there is a possibility of a lawsuit…. Read More »

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Cocaine and Meth Crimes on the Rise in Pennsylvania

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

According to ABC News, certain areas of Pennsylvania have seen increased incidents of meth and cocaine abuse. These areas are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Johnstown. The uptick of drug abuse is interesting, particularly in these areas. These locations are known as hot spots, areas officials watch for potential trends throughout the state. The use of… Read More »

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What’s the Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter in Pennsylvania?

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

In February of 2019, Ryan Taylor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Danee Mower. Taylor and Mower were with other friends along the edge of the Lackawanna River when Mower drowned while face down in the shallows. Taylor stated during trial that he had blacked out after smoking synthetic marijuana. The… Read More »

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Reminder to “Slow Down to Get Around”

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

In December of 2018, a new law was passed in Pennsylvania but many residents are still unaware of it, or they’re simply ignoring it. The Slow Down to Get Around law requires vehicles to slow down when approaching certain large vehicles on the side of the road. The law was passed after a number… Read More »

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The Difference Between Theft and Embezzlement in Pennsylvania

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

Recently, the founder of Marauder Aquatic Club was accused with stealing nearly $40,000 from the aquatic club over a period of two years. Kyle Almoney, is accused of stealing the funds for his own personal expenses. Those expenses included a trip to Hawaii. Since his arrest, Almoney has been released on bail. The case… Read More »

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Who Is Liable for a Commercial Truck Accident?

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

In the middle of February, a truck accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The accident occurred when a wheel flew off a commercial tractor-trailer, crashing through a vehicle’s windshield. A family of five was in the car and the accident left a woman and child severely injured. The accident has shaken many around the… Read More »

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Who’s Liable in a Car Accident when Icy Roads are a Factor?

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

Ice and snow were cited as the reason for three auto accidents involving a total of 15 vehicles on the Platt Bridge on January 12, 2019. While there were no injuries reported due to the crashes , often ice and snow can cause catastrophic accidents resulting in very serious injuries and at times, even… Read More »

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What is a Criminal Mistrial, and What Does It Mean for a Case?

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

Recently, the case of a man accused of shooting a clerk in a Pennsylvania gas station in October of 2017 ended in a mistrial. After deliberating for nearly five hours, the jury could not agree on a verdict for the charges. This is known as a hung jury and in Pennsylvania, is just one… Read More »

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How Reliable is the Government Star Rating for Nursing Homes?

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

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficulty many families face. First and foremost, families want to ensure their loved one will be given quality care by supportive staff. Part of that of course, is ensuring that a nursing home follows state and federal laws. The laws… Read More »

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What Rights Do I Have if I’m Taken in For Questioning?

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

The Sixth Amendment The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides many protections for those arrested, tried, or even brought into the police station for questioning . Unfortunately, this amendment is very broad, which may lead to some confusion for those being questioned. Sometimes in an effort to close a case and get… Read More »

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