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Jury Finds Against Prison Contractor in Inmate's Suicide

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal jury hit a prison health care provider and associated medical staff with a combined $11.9 million verdict after they were found to have not properly addressed the psychiatric needs of an inmate who killed himself.

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Defendant's Back Injuries Pre-existed Crash, Jury Finds

On Oct. 10, 2012, plaintiff Carmelo Vargas, in his late 60s, was rear-ended while stopped at a red light on Susquehanna Road, at the intersection with Jericho Road, in Abington. He was in a Chevrolet sedan when it was struck by a Nissan sedan driven by Deborah Maria Gormley. He claimed back injuries, which resulted in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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Phila. Jury Sides With Plaintiff in Rear-Ender

On Oct. 7, 2013, plaintiff Brian Johnson Jr., 27, was rear-ended while stopped on Chestnut Street at 55th Street, in West Philadelphia. He had been waiting at a red light, intending to turn right, when his car was struck by a sedan. He claimed back injuries which resulted in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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Family of Child With Fingertip Amputated By Game Settles

On Dec. 11, 2013, plaintiff Julian Milillo, 2, accompanied his mother to the Warrington Chuck E. Cheese, where he played a coin-operated basketball game called "Street Hoops." While playing the game, Julian reached down to grab a basketball when a sharp flap from the game mechanism came down and severed the middle finger of his right hand.

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Jury Finds Crash Led to Plaintiff's Neck, Back Injuries

On Jan. 28, 2012, plaintiff Ibrahim Ibrahim, 49, a chef, broadsided a car on Sumneytown Pike near Kristin Circle, in Lansdale. He was driving a Toyota Camry when he struck the passenger's side of a Ford Fusion sedan, which was approaching from the opposite direction and making a left turn into a church parking lot. He claimed multiple neck and back injuries.

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Jury Awards Plaintiff in Slip-and-Fall at Panera Bread

On June 5, 2014, plaintiff Jennifer Maull, 40, a regional director of an education company, slipped and fell at a Panera Bread restaurant, in Newtown Square. She had been walking toward the restroom when she slipped on a greasy substance and landed on her knees, injuring her left knee. (The fall was captured on video surveillance.)

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Accord Reached in Med Mal Suit Over Stillborn Twins

By Ben Seal |

A woman whose twins were allegedly stillborn because of improper treatment during her pregnancy reached a $4.25 million settlement with the hospital and doctors who treated her, according to a settlement petition filed with the court.

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Defense Verdict in Slip-and-Fall on Sidewalk Ice

On Jan. 26, 2013, between 10 and 10:30 p.m., Joshua Sirchio, 33, a senior director at a real estate brokerage, slipped in the 150 block of Sixth Avenue, in Conshohocken. He had been walking home when he slipped on a patch of ice, fracturing his right ankle.

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Jury Sides With Plaintiff in Snow Slip-and-Fall Case

On Dec. 13, 2013, plaintiff Luria Hall-McCallough, 56, a home health care worker, slipped and fell on a sidewalk in North Philadelphia. She claimed the sidewalk was covered with snow and ice at 5236 Magnolia St., a property owned by Jamira Real Estate Holdings LP. She twisted her ankle and fell on her right side, claimed injuries to her ankle and back.

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Plaintiff Settles Suit Over Crash Before Discovery

On Sept. 9, 2011, plaintiff Oumar Ba, 49, a laborer, was a passenger in a street sweeper that broadsided a 1997 Ford Econoline van, in South Jersey.

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Family of Man Run Over by Truck Reaches Settlement

By Ben Seal |

The estate of a man run over by a truck has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the truck's driver and its owner. The man allegedly died from causes relating to the accident, according to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum in the case.

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Disabled Boy Receives Verdict From Lancaster Jury

By Ben Seal |

A Lancaster County jury has handed up an $8.5 million verdict in a medical ­malpractice case for an 8-year-old boy who developed severe neurological ­defects after an incident at a pediatric care facility.

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Jury Finds for Defense in Sidewalk Slip-and-Fall Case

On Feb. 6, 2014, plaintiff Donald Pachucki, a municipal worker in his 50s, slipped and fell at 274 Carey Ave. in Wilkes-Barre. Pachucki, who was collecting debris in the course of his employment, stated that he fell on a patch of ice and landed on his left side. He claimed an aggravation of a pre-existing shoulder injury.

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Travelers Insurance Settles for $750,000 After Auto Accident

After two weeks of post-mediation discussion, Travelers Insurance Co. and a man who underwent multiple surgeries and years-long treatment after an auto accident have settled an underinsured motorist claim for $750,000.

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Jury Delivers Defense Verdict in Fender Bender Case

On Feb. 3, 2011, plaintiff Dennis Shepherd, a self-employed contractor in his 40s, was rear-ended on Street Road at Bustleton Pike, in Feasterville. He had stopped to make a left turn when his pickup truck was hit by a sedan. He claimed injuries to his left arm.

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Phila. Jury Finds in Favor of Four Bus Crash Victims

By Ben Seal |

Four people injured in a bus accident that had dozens of victims were awarded $5.05 million by a Philadelphia jury, including $2 million in punitive damages, following a nearly seven-week trial.

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Jury Awards $155K in UIM Case

On Jan. 3, 2014, plaintiff Daniel Ancherani, 42, a pipe fitter/laborer, was rear-ended on Washington Avenue at Spruce Street, in Scranton. He had been stopped in order to turn into a mall's garage when his Mitsubishi Gallant was struck by a Honda Accord. He claimed neck and back injuries. He settled with the other driver for $100,000 but sought coverage from Government Employees Insurance Co. under his underinsured-motorist policy.