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Crash Led to Chronic Pain Syndrome, Lawsuit Contended

On Dec. 31, 2013, plaintiff Lillian Ridenbaugh, 62, a legal representative and accounts receivable clerk, was stopped on Old York Road, in Abington, when her Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck. Ridenbaugh claimed that she suffered fibromyalgia (a disorder with symptoms that include widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue).

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Lawsuit: Unguarded Slicer Blade Was Foreseeable Hazard

On July 24, 2013, plaintiff Tanya Fuller, 39, a delivery person, suffered a severe laceration to her right forearm at Easton Health & Rehabilitation Center, a nursing facility in Easton. She had been returning a repaired meat slicer to the facility on behalf of her employer, which provides knife-sharpening and kitchen appliance services to various institutions and restaurants. After dropping off the slicer, Fuller was to retrieve a loaner slicer left at the facility while its own slicer was being serviced.

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Plaintiff Had Brain Injuries Prior to Crash, Defense Said

On Nov. 14, 2011, plaintiff Tammi Peffer Grumski, 44, a nurse practitioner, was involved in a rear-end collision in Allison Park. She had been stopped at the intersection of William Flynn Highway (Route 8) and McCully Road when her Mercury Montego sedan was rear-ended by a Dodge Caravan minivan traveling 45 to 50 mph. She claimed her head struck the steering wheel and she suffered brain damage.

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Accident Aggravated Pre-existing Injuries, Plaintiff Contended

On Oct. 13, 2013, plaintiff Calvin Johns, 56, was driving in the 6600 block of north Oxford Avenue, near Magee Avenue, in Northeast Philadelphia, when his van was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle.

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Sal Army Building Collapse Case Settles For Record $227M

By Max Mitchell |

Parties in the Salvation Army building collapse civil case have settled the matter for $227 million, an amount plaintiffs attorneys say is the largest personal injury settlement out of a Pennsylvania state court.

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Jury Awards $4M To Man Blinded In Trip-and-Fall

By Max Mitchell |

A central Pennsylvania jury awarded $4 million to a man who was partially blinded when he fell outside a shopping center.

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Motorist Rejected Assertion She Struck Woman in Crosswalk

On April 25, 2011, plaintiff Nicole Harvey, a banker in her mid-30s, was in a crosswalk of a mall parking lot at 261 Old York Road, in Jenkintown. She claimed that she was struck on the left side of her body by a sport utility vehicle, causing neck and back injuries.

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Family Contended Defective Engine Caused Plane Crash

On June 21, 2010, plaintiff Daniel Snider, 30, an employee of the U.S. Forest Service, died in an airplane crash, in Lock Haven.

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Rear-Ender Did Not Precipitate Injuries, Defense Contended

On July 28, 2012, plaintiff Margaret Luzier, a graphic designer in her late 40s, was rear-ended while stopped in traffic on Robinson Town Centre Boulevard, in Pittsburgh. She had been driving a sedan, which was struck by a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle.

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With No Crosswalk, Pedestrian Stepped in Front of Car: Defense

On April 25, 2014, at about 11 p.m., Rhonda Douglas, in her mid-40s, was walking near a roundabout on Walnut Lane, in Northwest Philadelphia, when she was struck by a Chrysler Sebring. She was thrown onto the hood and hit the car's windshield; she landed on the road. She suffered an ankle fracture.

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Elevator Worker Settles Arm Injury for $4.4 Million

By Max Mitchell |

A case involving an elevator mechanic who claimed he was injured when protective flooring slipped as he was moving an elevator door has settled for $4.4 million, according to counsel for the plaintiff.

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Defense Argued Accident Was Minor, Not Cause of Injury

On April 11, 2013, plaintiff Ronald Cain, 52, a supervisor at the Philadelphia water department, was rear-ended while driving on south Interstate 95. He had been in stop-and-go traffic near the Girard Avenue exit, in Northeast Philadelphia, when his sedan was struck from behind by a Jeep Wrangler. He claimed neck and back injuries.

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Collision Prompted Legal Fight Over Severity of Injuries

On June 27, 2013, plaintiff Charles Boyle, 54, a court security officer, was driving a sport utility vehicle on Red Lion Road, in Northeast Philadelphia, when he was rear-ended by a sedan. He claimed neck and back injuries, which resulted in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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Tour Guide Gets $5.25 Million Bus Crash Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A trucking company has settled a lawsuit arising out of a tractor trailer's collision with a tour bus that left three dead and several injured.

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Platinum Company Scores $16 Million Against Junkyard

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A South African platinum refining company has been awarded $16 million by a federal jury in its lawsuit filed against the owners of a Bucks County junkyard, in receivership, for failing to pay back loans as it neared insolvency.

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Driver Argued Pedestrian as Inattentive

On April 15, 2014, plaintiff Theresa Mancini, 39, a teacher's aide, was crossing a street in the North Oakland section of Pittsburgh when she was allegedly struck by a car. She claimed a left-leg fracture.

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Shopper Twisted Ankle Leaving Shop, Blamed Sidewalk

On Nov. 14, 2014, plaintiff Nilsa Bermudez, 50, a warehouse worker, twisted her ankle after leaving a Joyce Leslie clothing store, in Northeast Philadelphia. She had stepped on a raised portion of the sidewalk (about 1.25 inches raised), which caused her to twist her right foot and tear her peroneal tendon (a tendon on the outside of the ankle, behind the fibula bone).

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Defense: After Hip Replacement, Patient Received Proper Care

On Sept. 27, 2011, James Tomsula, 68, underwent a left total hip arthroplasty by orthopedic surgeon David Hartmann at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, in Pittsburgh.

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Doctor, Hospital Hit With $14.5M Verdict Over Birth Injury

By Max Mitchell |

A western Pennsylvania jury has awarded nearly $14.5 million to a family over an allegedly mishandled delivery that led an infant to develop severe cerebral palsy.

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Truck Maker Argued Firefighter Fell Due To Error, Not Design

On March 4, 2005, Joseph Soppick, a self-employed mechanic and volunteer firefighter who was about 50, was injured while attempting to put out a fire in Conshohocken. He had been elevated in a fire-ladder truck when he was struck by a powerful water stream from another truck and fell about 15 feet to the pavement. He suffered multiple fractures to his wrist, skull and face.

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Family: CAT Scan Misinterpretation Proved to Be Fatal

On Feb. 4, 2010, the plaintiff's decedent Gretchen Altemus, 68, suffered a fall and struck her head.

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$11M Awarded to Man Shot by Escaped Devereux Patient

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man shot and critically wounded by an escaped teenage resident from the Devereux Foundation facility in Glenmoore was awarded $11 million in his lawsuit against the behavioral health and rehabilitation chain.

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Jury Faults Housing Authority for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

On Feb. 4, 2013, plaintiff's decedent, Sandra Troilo, 77, died of acute carbon monoxide poisoning in her apartment, in Monessen. She was found that morning by her grandson, who saw an open oven door, an oven knob turned to the "on" position, and an undergarment hanging from the knob. It was presumed that Troilo had used the stove to dry her clothing the night before. She was found on her bed with her legs hanging off the bed and her glasses on, which indicated that she did not die in her sleep but suddenly succumbed to carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

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Jury Finds Manager Wasn't Fired for Making OSHA Claims

In 2011, plaintiff Tracy Bracey was working as an office manager for Corco Chemical Corp., in Fairless Hills. She claimed that in the summer of that year, her employment was terminated. According to Bracey, she had made multiple complaints throughout her tenure to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for what she perceived to be dangerous work conditions. She claimed that she was fired in retaliation for making the complaints.

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Turnpike Commission Must Pay $2.3 Million for Would-Be Hotel

By Max Mitchell |

A Bucks County jury determined that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should pay $2.3 million for a 2.6-acre parcel of land that the owners said they had planned to turn into a hotel.

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Tenant Faulted Housing Authority for Stairway Fall

On Nov. 27, 2013, plaintiff Robert Adside, 51, fell through a wooden stair at his apartment building, in North Philadelphia.