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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

Corporate Governance

In the Legal's Corporate Governance supplement, read about change in control of transactions, board composition and compensation and proposals to change how directors are nominated.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Authority Must Pay $1.25 Million for Condemned Property

By Max Mitchell |

According to the pretrial memo of condemnees, John E. and Joyce E. Gearhart, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York filed a declaration of taking under the state's Eminent Domain Code in February 2014, seeking to take property the Gearharts owned that was located in York. The nearly three-acre parcel housed a vacant building that had been the York County Prison until the facility was closed in 1979, the memo said.

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Plaintiff Asserts Car Accident Aggravated Spine Condition

On March 19, 2015, plaintiff Miriam Thompson, in her mid-40s, was sideswiped on Spruce Street at 11th Street, in Center City, Philadelphia. She had been traveling in the right lane of Spruce Street when her 2001 Oldsmobile sedan was struck by a Ford Econoline van that had been in the left lane and attempted to turn right at the intersection. She claimed neck and back injuries.