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Man Paralyzed by Falling Machinery Reaches Settlement

A man who was hit in the head by a falling trolley boom lift—a type of crane attached to a truck—has settled his personal injury case for $17 million.

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FLSA Overtime Class Action Settles for $4.8M

A group of landscapers suing their employer for overtime pay have settled their class action lawsuit for roughly $4.8 million, with their lawyers netting $1.5 million in fees.

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Hospital Denied Curb, Ramp Were Dangerous Condition

On Oct. 13, 2014, plaintiff Barbara Ladyansky, 53, was exiting a hospital in Philadelphia after an eye exam and dilation. A car which she had ordered to pick her up was waiting at the curb. When she went outside, she thought she was stepping onto the handicapped ramp but in fact had confused it with the curb, causing her to trip and fall, resulting in a fracture of her left ankle.

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Man Awarded $8.5M After Being Crushed by 2,800-Pound Transformer

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man crushed and seriously injured by an electrical transformer weighing nearly a ton-and-a-half has been awarded $8.5 million by a Philadelphia jury.

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Woman Wins $9M Accord Over Crash With Sleepy Driver

A trucking company has agreed to pay $9 million to settle claims that its driver was using his cellphone before falling asleep at the wheel and colliding with another vehicle.

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Student Assumed Risk in High School Game, Defense Maintained

On April 19, 2013, plaintiff Cody Gross, 17, was participating in a "spirit event," in which students competed in various games, at his high school in Bensalem.

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Poor Loading-Dock Procedures Cause Of Man's Accident

On May 28, 2015, Paul Michalec, 47, a chief engineer for a hotel, drove with a co-worker to American Supply Co. Inc., in Philadelphia. They were picking up materials to bring back to the hotel.

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Defense: Motorcyclist Caused Fatal Crash, Not Other Drivers

On May 5, 2014, plaintiff's decedent, Lawrence Paden Jr., 26, unemployed, was riding a motorcycle west on Manley Road in West Chester. At the same time, ahead of him, Kathryn Kelleher was stopped on the road, waiting to complete a left turn onto eastbound Marley Road from a driveway on Paden's left side.

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Philadelphia Jury Hits J&J With $57.1M Verdict

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury handed up a $57.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon after a trial over allegations that its transvaginal mesh product was defective.

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Bar Patron Insisted Gunshot Resulted in Permanent Injuries

On Aug. 16, 2015, at about 10 p.m., plaintiff Gary Hudson, 52, an airport manager, was with a female friend at Carlette's Hideaway, a tavern in Lansdowne. While they were there, his friend's ex-husband, Eugene Reagan, approached and started asking who Hudson was, and whether he was her boyfriend. She told him they were just friends. Reagan then asked Hudson the same question, and he also answered that they were friends. During the interaction, Reagan allegedly told Hudson, "Well, I just want you to know I have a gun." After his continued attempts to talk to them, Reagan was escorted from the bar.

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Undiagnosed Abscess Resulted in Multiple Surgeries: Patient

On June 17, 2013, plaintiff Joseph Michael Shimko, 17, was diagnosed with hemorrhoids at Geisinger-Kistler Clinic, in Wilkes-Barre. He had presented to the facility with bilateral knee pain and what he believed to be hemorrhoids-related symptoms. He was seen by a second-year resident, who, upon diagnosing him with hemorrhoids, prescribed a suppository (he was also diagnosed with bilateral patellar tendonitis). The physician told him to return for follow-up care if his symptoms did not improve.

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Police Fired Him for Criticizing Care of Horses, Plaintiff Said

In December 2015, plaintiff Joel Allen, a hostler in his mid-50s, was terminated from his job with the Philadelphia Police. He had worked for the mounted police department for about 12 years. His duties consisted of caring for the horses used by police officers.

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Delco Jury Awards $1.125M Over Med Mal Claims

By Max Mitchell |

A Delaware County jury has awarded $1.125 million to a woman who had an extra bone removed during a foot surgery.

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Shopper Alleged Slip On Gravel in Lot Fractured Shoulder

On April 10, 2014, plaintiff Mary Kleinz, 85, was walking in the parking lot of the Blue Bell Shopping Center, in southwest Philadelphia. She was returning to her car when she slipped on some loose gravel and fell, landing on her right shoulder and fracturing it.

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Trooper Contended Force Was Necessary at DUI Checkpoint

On July 6, 2014, plaintiff Zionna Adamolekun, 38, was driving home from a wedding with her husband, who was at the wheel, when they were stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Lancaster.

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Corporate Veil Pierced in Real Estate Partners' Dispute

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia judge has held a businessman liable for more than $782,000 after determining that the corporate veil should be pierced in a business dispute involving one of his companies.