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June 2013 Archives

Guilty: Former Philadelphia cop sexually assaulted 14-year-old

We expect people in positions of power not to abuse that power, but unfortunately sometimes these individuals commit sexual crimes against the most vulnerable people in society: children. A brief scan of national headlines shows that doctors, priests, teachers, employers and police officers are not immune to criminal prosecution for illegal sexual conduct, nor are these individuals beyond being held accountable in civil court.

Reasons for decline in malpractice cases filed in Pennsylvania

It has been reported that medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania have been declining in recent years.  The number of cases has declined by approximately ten percent in 2012 from the previous year.  Our state has also seen a decline in the number of cases since 2002 just prior to Pennsylvania implementing a number of changes to medical malpractice law.

Pennsylvania woman charged in flashlight assault.

A Pennsylvania woman faces charges of simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct after an alleged domestic violence dispute. The 49-year-old woman was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly striking a 45-year-old man on the back of the head with a flashlight. Authorities were initially called to the apartment of the woman to investigate a domestic dispute in the early hours of the morning.

Workers' comp covers injuries coming about from personal task

Though a Pennsylvania worker was using the machine at work for personal use, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board nevertheless affirmed the worker had a valid claim to receive injury benefits. It was ruled that what is called an inconsequential or innocent departure from workplace routine should not be used as an excuse to deprive that worker of his workers' compensation benefits.

Victims of violent crimes gain voice in parole hearings

A new bill is on its way to becoming law following a unanimous vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The legislation will provide the victims of violent crimes with an opportunity to address the state patrol board in the event their offender has the option for parole. The bill was introduced by State Rep. Mike Vereb in response to a meeting of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole that led to citizen protests.

Pelvic mesh products liability lawsuit filed in Philadelphia

An injury lawsuit has been filed in Pennsylvania court concerning reported injuries suffered by an out-of-state woman fitted with a pelvic mesh implant device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The case has been filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The surgical implant, that took place in 2009, is blamed for the woman's infection, inflammation, scar tissue, organ perforation, dyspareunia, blood loss and pain in the pelvic area.

Proposed legislation would protect Pennsylvania students

For a child, being injured or abused by a trusted authority figure can have a lasting emotional impact that is not easy to recover from. Because of this, it is important that in Pennsylvania we ensure that children are safe from predators at all times. Fortunately, our lawmakers seem to agree. 

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