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Woman suffers traumatic brain injuries when hit by 8-pound rock

Four suspects in Danville, Pennsylvania, are accused of dropping a soccer-ball sized rock through a vehicle's windshield, severely injuring a passenger inside. The incident occurred on July 10 as the victim was riding with her husband and daughter from Ohio to New Jersey on a business trip. The 52-year-old woman, a teacher in Ohio, suffered life-threatening traumatic brain injuries when she was struck by the massive rock. Two teens, ages 17 and 18, are facing criminal charges including aggravated assault in connection with the incident, and two other younger suspects have also been questioned.

The woman's daughter was behind the wheel of their vehicle at the time of the collision, which happened around midnight. As they drove under an overpass, the suspects reportedly threw the 8-pound rock into the vehicle below, crashing through the vehicle and striking the victim in the head. Although the family quickly called 911, responders were not able to get to the scene for 20 minutes, a period the family members describe as agonizing.

Rapper sued in Philadelphia premises liability case

Harlem native and rapper Rakim Mayers, who goes by the stage moniker "A$AP Rocky" now finds himself, among others, as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in federal court on July 17 by one of his fans.

A female fan accuses the hip-hop artist of knocking her down with a blow to the face as he tried to walk through a surge of fans at Philadelphia's Made in America festival last September. According to court documents, the woman claims that she suffers from migraine headaches, intense, radiating pain from her shoulders down into her arms and hands, muscle spasms and the exacerbation of pre-existing conditions.

Chevron implicated in shale well explosion, wrongful death

Family members of a Chevron employee who died in an explosion in Pennsylvania in February have filed a wrongful death suit against the company. The wrongful death suit alleges negligence in the death of a 27-year-old worker who perished in a Feb. 11 natural-gas blast at a shale well. An investigation in the matter is still ongoing, but attorneys say they have initiated the suit in order to gather additional information from Chevron.

Lawyers for the victim's family say that it can be key to file a wrongful death suit quickly after the death of a loved one. In many cases, if a lawsuit has not been placed on the record before an investigation concludes, it can be difficult to compel an organization to share information about an incident. The sooner a personal injury attorney can obtain additional information about a fatal accident, the faster they can begin working to achieve the financial compensation that grieving family members deserve.

Philadelphia wreck sends 5 to hospitals

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority paratransit van was involved in a recent wreck that injured five in North Philadelphia. The Sunday afternoon motor vehicle accident occurred at Cambria and 6th Streets at approximately 2 p.m.

Police reports indicate that a brown Cadillac was southbound on 6th Street and, failing to stop at the ride light, slammed into the paratransit van. The van then flipped over and knocked over a light pole, which fell on top of a 25-year-old pedestrian.

Fatal accident involves Pennsylvania State Troopers

When law enforcement vehicles are on the roads, we expect the officers, deputies and troopers to drive safely and not endanger others. Unfortunately, accidents involving patrol vehicles do happen. On July 5 at about 3:30 a.m., a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle was involved in a fatal accident in Fairview Township. There were two troopers in the 2013 Ford Explorer. According to reports, the trooper driving the vehicle was at fault in the accident.

The accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 98 and Sterrettania Road. The patrol vehicle reportedly did not stop at the intersection and crashed into a 2012 Suzuki Kizashi. The Edinboro, Pennsylvania, driver, a 57-year-old woman, died at the scene. The two troopers suffered moderate injuries and were transported to UPMC Hamot Trauma Unit after being cut from the patrol vehicle.

Medical malpractice claims more difficult to prove

Last month the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts released statistics that indicate there were 1,546 medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the state last year, up from 1,510 in 2012.

These statistics show a rather steep decline of 43.4 percent from the two-year period at the beginning of the millennium. But Philadelphia has seen the greatest decrease of all judicial districts in the state – a whopping 68 percent fewer medical malpractice lawsuits filed. Jury verdicts were also fewer last year, making 2013 the second year of the last three with a decrease.

York man gets $55.3 million for 2010 car accident

A Philadelphia jury has ordered the Honda Motor Co. to pay more than $55 million for a near-fatal accident that left a York man paralyzed. The victim, age 57, successfully argued that the faulty seat belt design inside his Acura Integra led to his permanent, catastrophic injury. The victim was involved in the serious motor vehicle accident in 2010.

The victim's attorneys argued that Honda, which owns the Acura brand, knew about the seat belt problem as early as 1992. However, it appears that the company did not make the necessary changes to improve the safety of its vehicles. Acura representatives contend that the restraint system is standard within the industry, and that there is no reason that the accident investigation should have pointed to the seat belt as the issue. Honda intends to appeal the decision.

Football players' concussion damage payout cap eliminated

The National Football League conceded to eliminate a cap of $675 million for damages in the thousands of players' claims related to concussions they suffered while on the field. A federal judge raised concerns that the cap would fail to cover the 20,000 retired NFL players.

The settlement agreement was filed in Philadelphia's federal court. Players with damage from concussions during their time in the NFL would also no longer be barred from filing suit against amateur football leagues like the National Collegiate Athletic Association, according to the revised agreement.

Ohio man drowns in Pennsylvania quarry

A 20-year-old man from Youngstown, Ohio, who was swimming recently with some friends in New Castle in a private quarry locals call "The Bahamas," drowned in the deep, cold water.

The quarry is located off of Eric Drive near Hillsville. The nearest access road to the site is about a mile away. A diver from the area said ATVs and boats had to be used to get first responders to the quarry.

Data: Pennsylvania medical malpractice rates stabilize

Tort reform is a hot topic in the wake of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but new information shows that such legal modifications may not be necessary. Pennsylvania officials say that medical malpractice numbers throughout the state have actually stabilized -- and in some areas they have even decreased. These statistics fly in the face of those legislators and health officials who are trying to weaken civil processes designed to limit victims' legal rights after they have suffered because of an incidence of hospital negligence.

Data show that Pennsylvania's medical malpractice complaint rate is actually 43 percent lower than it was 12 years ago. Further, case numbers have stabilized around 1,500 per year; information shows that 1,546 filings occurred in state court in 2013, while 1,510 were submitted in 2012. This stability effectively counters claims that rising health care costs are caused by increasing hoards of medical malpractice claims that are burdening the system.

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