If you are bitten by a friend's dog while visiting their Philadelphia home, you may want to file a claim against their homeowner's insurance. Under those circumstances, the dog's owner doesn't experience economic hardship (although their insurance rates may rise precipitously). The insurance company will pay out the claim in a settlement, or if it goes to court and you prevail, in a judgment.
A large percentage of the personal injury suits that are filed every year in Pennsylvania are related to slips, trips and falls. Premises liability accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including the weather, building lighting and pavement maintenance. Philadelphia premises liability attorneys can help those victims of slip-and-fall accidents learn more about their legal rights in court throughout the civil litigation process.
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 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.
A 14-year-old girl was recently airlifted to Philadelphia's Children's Hospital after almost drowning in the deep end of a pool at Delaware County's La Maison apartment complex in Wayne where she was a visitor. The apartment complex is located on Sugartown Road.
Pennsylvania residents may be amused at the actions of one woman in the Pacific Northwest who has filed suit against a neighbor of her mother's after being ambushed by the woman's pet duck.
A terrifying incident at an East Coast circus left several acrobats injured when a suspension mechanism failed, sending them plunging to the ground. At least three of the acrobats were listed in critical condition, with a total of 11 injured. Three of the victims were working on the ground at the time of the incident. Questions about property owner liability are almost certain to arise in the incident, which occurred not far from Pennsylvania in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 4.
Most Pennsylvania residents would assume that any dog owner would be held responsible if the animal attacked a human. Although that seems reasonable, the fact remains that many states still do not use strict liability principles to govern cases involving dog bites. Nearby neighbor Maryland, however, has made a step to equalize dog bite legislation by eliminating provisions designed to marginalize so-called "dangerous" breeds. Under the pending legislation, victims will be able to successfully seek financial compensation for injuries suffered during a dog bite attack, no matter the breed of dog.
A student at a Philadelphia school is seeking financial compensation after suffering a serious attack from a fellow collegian. The man has filed a lawsuit alleging that Villanova University provided inadequate security on campus, causing him to suffer serious injuries when he was assaulted by another student in September 2012. The victim was so injured that he required surgeries to his nose and other facial structures.
A Pennsylvania dog bite victim is alleging that the state's legal mandates do not provide enough protection for vulnerable residents. The man, who was attacked by a neighborhood dog in late February, is calling for additional sanctions that could include the confiscation of violent animals. The man, whose wife was also nearly injured in that dog bite incident, said he had lived in fear that the dog would attack him; sadly, his anxiety was well-founded.