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A contingent fee agreement, by its very nature, requires a lawyer to screen and accept only cases with merit (or else perform work with no realistic prospect of being paid). Such agreements also improve access to justice for people with limited funds because large retainers are not required.
The defect in Wendy Engle's spine probably developed in her childhood, perhaps as a result of gymnastics. Two little fractures in her bottom vertabrae, one on either side of the bony bridge that circles her spinal canal, the defect probably didn't c...
1. Don't forget the Bookwork! This is an exciting time for you and your teen. She's likely taken driving classes in school and she's passed her Pennsylvania permit test. It's time to drive! Before you head out on the road, slow down and ta...
Erie car accident lawyers know that winter results in more Pennsylvania auto injuries than any other time of year. The mix of ice, low visibility and distracted drivers is dangerous. Sometimes, though, it seems certain areas and roads produce more P...
Pennsylvania car accidents are the top killer of children age 1 to 12 years of age. One of the easiest ways to protect children from the risks of an Erie car crash is to make sure the proper car seat is used as intended. Here are five easy safety t...
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Effective April 2, 2012, a new law in Pennsylvania imposes specific responsibilities on and creates legal protection for both motorists and bicyclists in an effort to enhance the safety of bicyclists. Whether you're a bicyclist or a driver, here's w...
Car accident victims, their families and the Erie County car accident lawyers of Purchase, George & Murphey share a common goal. They want to agree to a fair settlement that helps people recover from car accidents. ...
The new trend of mixing alcohol with popular energy drinks is a dangerous fad that places drinkers and others at risk.
People who combine alcohol and energy drinks like Red Bull and Rockstar are three times more likely than alcohol-only drinkers to leave a bar drunk and are four times more likely to drive drunk, according to a recent University of Florida study...
Post-Traumatic Vertigo refers to dizziness that follows a head or neck injury. There are many potential causes of Post-Traumatic Vertigo, including: a. Positional Vertigo or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV); ...
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Diffuse Axonal Injury occurs when axons (the parts of nerve cells that allow neurons to send messages between them) are disrupted. It is an injury to multiple areas of the brain. It is among the most common of brain injuries and can occur in all type...
Cervical vertigo refers to dizziness and imbalance following a substantial neck injury. The usual symptoms occur with movement of the neck and typically do not involve tinnitus (ringing of the ears) or hearing loss, although ear pain and neck pain ar...
Postconcussion syndrome is a combination of headache, dizziness and mental disturbance following a head injury. It is usually attributed to a "Traumatic Brain Injury" or "TBI" which are general terms for head injuries affecting the brain. ...
Some brain injuries can lead to vertigo or sense of spinning or dizziness. People who've suffered these injuries can benefit from representation by personal injury lawyers who understand the complexities of proving causation and damages associated with such injuries.
Temporal bone fractures can lead to severe consequences and symptoms, including facial paralysis and brain infection. Victims of such injuries who need legal representation can benefit from the experience of lawyers who understand inner ear injuries and their presentation in a personal injury context.
Meniere's syndrome or disease is an abnormality of the inner ear causing dizziness, noise or hearing changes. Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. are Erie personal injury lawyers with experience with litigation related to post-traumatic Meniere's syndrome. More information about Meniere's disease and the Erie Meniere's Syndrome lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. is available here.
One of the lesser known injuries associated with trauma to the head and neck is Positional Vertigo or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) but it can be a severe and disabling condition for its victims. If you've suffered post-traumatic positional vertigo click here for more information from the Erie personal injury lawyers of Purchase, George and Murphey.
Head and neck injuries are common and can lead to various types of post-traumatic vertigo. This is an explanation of Positional Vertigo or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
Spinal fusion surgery is a surgery most often performed on the lower back to permanently connect two or more vertebrae so as to eliminate motion between the two vertebrae. The back injury lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. have experience with cases involving spine fusion surgery and here offer information, links and animated demonstrations of the technique for people considering spine fusion surgery for themselves or their loved ones.
Discectomy is a surgery performed on the lower back to remove damaged disc material that is causing pain and other symptoms. The Erie back injury lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. offer information, links and animation of this procedure for people considering this procedure for themselves or their loved ones.
A lumbar laminectomy is a surgery performed on the lower back which removes a bony portion of the spine known as the lamina. The lawyers of Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C., have experience with cases involving lumbar laminectomies and provide information and access to a cool animation of the procedure for people who are contemplating the surgery.
Anatomy of the Spine - A lawyer's description of spinal anatomy.
Real Life Question and Answer Series: A False Witness is Lying About My Car Accident Case. What Can I Do?
A man hit my car from behind he now has a false witness what can i do there was other cars around but no standing witnesses and both myself or the other driver did not get any witnesses before we left the scene...
Real Life Question and Answer Series: Who' s Responsible When Driver Pulls Out of Parking Spot and Hits Double Parked Car?
My daughter was parked in a parking lot. When she backed out she hit the door of a double parked car . Would she have been given a citation ? Would the person illegally parked been cited ? Who pays for the damage ? My daughters car was undamaged....
Real Life Question and Answer Series: I Caused an Accident and Hurt Someone While Driving My Grandmother's Car. Now What Do I Do?
I was driving my grandmothers car and caused an accident. The medical bills for a person in one of the other vehicles supposedly are more than the insurance policy covers. Can I get sued? I am 18 and I have a 500.00 a month job. I own nothing and do ...
Pedestrian Accidents are not Inevitable: Measures Your Community can take to Increase Pedestrian Safety
There are measures that we can take as a community to reduce the risk and severity of pedestrian motor vehicle accidents. These accidents can be reduced by measures that separate pedestrians and vehicles by time or space; that increase visibility and that reduce speeds. Other measures such as community education programs also help. Read on for more information and what your community can do to reduce the tragedy of pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents.
Provides helpful information to people looking for help following a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident and are looking for highly rated lawyers with experience in pedestrian accident cases you can find helpful information and free books here.
While any sort of distraction while you are driving can be dangerous, what makes texting and driving such a deadly combination is that it involves all three main types of distractions.
Seat belt use is the single most important safety measure you can take. Here are just a few statistics that make the case.
Often, mere numbers fail to convey the true loss which is being quantified. Like the number of U.S. Soldiers and Marines who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or, like the number of our fellow citizens who are killed every year in Pennsylvani...
In northwest Pennsylvania, snow and ice blanket the region for about a quarter of the year and the law imposes special requirements on drivers that you may not know. To avoid penalties and be safe, read on for two unique winter driving laws you may not already know.
Hit While Walking, Running or Cycling in Erie, Meadville, Warren or Franklin Pennsylvania? Six Tips to Help You Make Things Right Again
Learn some of the reasons why the playing field is tilted against you after your car or truck accident in Erie or Meadville Pennsylvania. And what you can do about it.
Hurt in a car accident? We can help. Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 for a free consultation with one of our Erie injury lawyers.
Hurt in a Northwest PA car accident? Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 for a free consult with a Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. accident lawyer. No fee if no recovery.
Hurt in a Car Accident? Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 for a free consult with a Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorney. No fee if no recovery.
Hurt in a pedestrian accident? Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 to get a free, no-strings attached consultation with a Purchase, George and Murphey Attorney.
Read the Senate bill raising the minimum car insurance coverage required in Pennsylvania or call for a free consult with an Erie injury lawyer: 814-580-5017.
Pennsylvania's latest law to limit distracted driving and more injury and accident info. Call for a free injury lawyer consult today: 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548.
Listen to the Interview by Rem Jackson of Tim George and Eric Purchase About Pennsylvania Car Accident Cases
Wondering about the biggest challenge faced by people after a car accident? Or how to choose a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer? Listen here for answers. In September of 2010, Tim George and Eric Purchase gave an interview to Rem Jackson, renowned President and CEO of Top Practices, on the subject of car accidents and car accident injury cases in Pennsylvania. Rem got the answers to these questions and more in the interview, now available for free here.
Hurt by a distracted driver in Pennsylvania? Get a free consult with our Erie attorneys. Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 today.
Perhaps you're considering handling your personal injury case on your own without the help of an Erie injury lawyer. You've come to the right place. Here are a few quick tips to consider as you consider how to proceed with your car accident injury ca...
Rear end accident with an admitted injury ends in defense verdict in Erie County car accident injury trial. Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. was not involved in any way in the trial of this case. It is nevertheless instructive as to the risks faced by injured people in even the seemingly easy cases.
El Departamento de Transporte de Pensilvania ofrece un controlador de Pennsylvania manual y lo ofrecemos a usted aquí para su referencia. Ya sea que usted está estudiando para su licencia o simplemente buscan refrescar en la conducción segura, este manual es una guía útil para los conductores de Pensilvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers a Pennsylvania Driver's manual and we offer it to you here for your reference. Whether you're studying for your license or just looking to brush up on safe driving, this manual is a useful guide for Pennsylvania drivers.
If you've been seriously injured in a Pennsylvania car accident case, we recommend that you talk to an experienced Erie car accident lawyer before you talk to an insurance company. But if you really insist on doing it yourself, here are three more tips for dealing with the other guy's insurance company, including a summary of your rights and responsibilities, when to make a written demand and a descriptions of the options available to you.
In this second part to our article on, "How to Deal with the Other Guy's Insurance Company" we offer three tips on subjects including how to handle your initial disclosures, whether to give a recorded statement, and what to expect about the insurance company's request for a medical authorization.
If you've recently been injured in an Erie car accident you'll have questions. One of them may be, "How do I deal with the other guy's insurance company." There's only one good reason for talking to the other guy's insurance company and several rules to follow if you choose to talk to them.
If you've been hurt in a Pennsylvania car crash, you may have heard that the way you deal with your doctor can ruin your car accident injury case. There are three common mistakes that car accident victims make that can be easily avoided.
If you've been injured in an Erie car crash, one of the first questions you'll want an answer to is, "Who will pay my Erie car accident medical bills?" The answer depends on your insurance and your status in the accident.
Help! I've Been in a Pennsylvania Car Accident and Now an Insurance Company Wants Me to Give A Recorded Statement
After a Pennsylvania car accident, it's common for your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company to ask for a recorded statement. You'll want to know when you have to give a recorded statement; when you don't have to consent to a recorded statement and absolutely should not give one; and how to avoid the mistakes people make when giving a recorded statement that can ruin an Erie car accident case.
If you were recently involved in an Erie car crash, you may have questions about how to deal with your own insurance company. We offer answers to your questions, including when to notify your company, what your rights are with regard to your car repairs and what to expect if you were at fault and someone was injured in the car accident.
You've just been in a Pennsylvania car wreck. What do you do? Should you move your car? Do you need to call the police? Is there information you should get? Answers to these questions and more about what to do immediately after a Pennsylvania car wreck can be found here.
In November of 2009, Eric Purchase gave a seminar to lawyers who wished to update their knowledge of the law pertaining to car accidents and car insurance claims. These materials were provided to participants who attended the seminar. The event was sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association and was held at the Erie Convention Center.
Suffered an Injury to a Joint Like an Ankle, Knee or Hip? Don't Forget to Investigate and Be Compensated for Your Risk of Post-Traumatic Arthritis.
If you've suffered injury to a joint or ligament, you may be at risk for developing post-traumatic arthritis. If your injury is the subject of a car accident or other injury case, failure to properly investigate such a possibility can put you at risk of settling your case without being fully compensated for the harm you may suffer in the future.
Cell phone use while driving is a large and growing problem. If you've been injured in an accident in which you suspect the other driver was distracted by texting or cell phone use, we've got information that can help you. Read the Pew Research Center report on Adults and Cell Phone Distractions or call today for a free consult with an Erie car crash lawyer at 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548.
Hydroplaning, which happens when your car, motorcycle or truck tires become separated from the road surface by a layer of water, can be caused by excessive speed or poor tire tread, but in many cases, it is caused by something completely out of a driver's control - road defects.
Judges have the power to reduce a jury's verdict in an injury case but it is one that is rarely employed. A defendant's effort to get a jury verdict of $275,000 in a car accident case reduced was recently addressed by the Court of Common Pleas of Buck County.
As winter approaches, hydroplaning becomes an increasing concern of motorists in northwestern Pennsylvania. You can access here a video that helps explain what to do in the event your vehicle begins to hydroplane. As Erie injury lawyers committed to offering helpful information about safety, injuries and the lawsuits that arise from them, we offer this and tons more free information on our site.
Are you a rescuer (for example, a policeman or fireman) injured while helping someone else? You may be entitled to compensation under Pennsylvania's rescue doctrine. A case interpreting the rescue doctrine, Yurecka v. Zappala, 472 F.3d 59 (2006) is available here for review.
You may be wondering, "Should I get snow tires this year? Geez, with all these holiday expenses, can I afford to get snow tires?" Well, our advice as Erie accident lawyers is an unqualified, "Yes!" Here are four of the most frequently asked questions about snow tires and our answers.
As we move inexorably toward winter, it may be helpful to review tips for driving in the snow. The Pennsylvania injury lawyers of Erie and Meadville offer these helpful tips just in time for the first "big snow" forecast for region.
You may be interested in learning about Pennsylvania's law on child restraint systems in your car. Maybe your child is at that age where she may be old enough to do away with the booster seat and you just want to be sure you're doing the right thing. Here's the latest information on PA law, current through January 2011, for your review.
Hurt in a Pennsylvania car accident? Get a free consult with an experienced Erie injury attorney. Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548. No fee if no recovery.
Commercial Truck Accidents
The challenges of Pennsylvania roads, negligence, and vehicle defects are common reasons for Pennsylvania truck accidents. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one call the experienced Erie truck accidents lawyers of Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. today at 877-505-9548 for a free consultation.
Delivery truck drivers may work unfamiliar routes under tight schedules which can lead to aggressive or distracted driving. The truck accident lawyers of Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. know what to look for when investigating and preparing truck accident cases for settlement or trial.
Most people don't know that trucking companies often have separate insurance policies representing the tractor, the trailer and the driver. Since most trucks are owned by large corporations, you are not only fighting them but maybe several insurance companies as well. Tractor trailer crashes are different than car accidents and the lawyer you choose must know the differences when preparing your case.
Ten safety tips for motorists to safely share the road with motorcyclists.
As Northwest Pennsylvania lawyers who help people injured in snowmobile accidents, we've come to learn a few safety tips about the popular winter sport. To avoid being another one of our snowmobiling injury clients, check out these safety tips.
The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety site offers a manual for motorcycle operators. It is available here.
Pennsylvania's Motorcycle Safety Program offers a helpful brochure with Ten Things All Car and Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles.
Manual del motociclista [PDF]
El Departamento de Transporte de Pensilvania ofrece un Manual de Pennsylvania de Motos de Operador y lo ofrecemos a usted aquí para su referencia. Ya sea que usted está estudiando para su licencia o simplemente buscan refrescar en las prácticas de seguridad de la motocicleta, este manual es una guía útil para los motociclistas de Pennsylvania.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a groundbreaking study on motorcycle accident factors in 1981 that continues to be an important source of information in motorcycle accident research today. To understand the factors that lead to motorcycle accidents and steps that can be taken to minimize them, read the study, a copy of which we provide.
Pennsylvania insurance claims lawyers have long known that insurance companies have been using computerized models to value claims and, despite insurance company claims to the contrary, that those models are intentionally used to underpay claims. No...
Erie County insurance claim lawyers can help you increase the amount of your accident insurance claim and reduce the stress caused by your insurance company. Call an experienced Pennsylvania insurance claims lawyer at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. at 877-505-9548 for more information about how to get an equitable settlement for your accident claim.
Real Life Question and Answer Series: My insurance company settled a claim against me even though I wanted to fight! Can I sue them?
In our "Real Life Question and Answer" Series we present actual questions that have been posed by real people and the answers we've provided. In this case, a woman is upset that her insurance carrier settled a claim against her. She wanted them to fight! She had questions. We offered answers.
I was in a car accident where the other driver was at fault. he cut in front of me and totaled my car.at the time i thought i was covered and later found that the car was covered but i wasn't, was considered an excluded driver but never remembered si...
Real Life Question and Answer Series - Is a fractured nose a " Serious Injury " under Pennsylvania Law?
In our "Real Life Question and Answer" Series we present actual questions that have been posed by real people and the answers we've provided. In this case, a woman with limited tort suffered a broken nose when she was rear ended at a STOP sign She had questions about whether her injury was a serious injury as defined in Pennsylvania law. We offered answers.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that insurance companies may deny uninsured motorist benefits in phantom vehicle accidents when insured fails to give law enforcement notice of accident within 30 days [PDF]
Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that insurers may deny uninsured motorist benefits when insured fails to notify law enforcement of accident involving phantom vehicle within 30 days of accident in State Farm v. Foster even without showing of prejudice.
Insurance Companies Who Wrongly Refuse to Pay Medical Benefits Owed Under Policy Must Reimburse Attorney Fees of Successful Challenge [PDF]
Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas issues opinion which correctly determines that insurance companies who wrongly decide not to pay medical bills for their insureds must reimburse the attorney fees incurred by an insured or provider who successfully challenges their refusal to pay medical benefits owed under the policy.
Supreme Court Holds that Insurers Not Entitled to Deny Uninsured Motorist Benefits for Insured's Failure to Comply with Contractual 30 day Phantom Vehicle Notice Requirement Absent Proof of Prejudice [PDF]
Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion in Brakeman v. Potomac holds that failure of insured to comply with contractual requirement to give notice of accident involving phantom vehicle does not relieve insurance company of obligation to provide uninsured motorist benefits unless insurer can demonstrate prejudice as a result of the delay.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Prejudice Requirement Associated with Failure to Provide 30 Day Notice of Phantom Vehicle to Uninsured Motorist Carrier [PDF]
Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that 30 Day Phantom Vehicle Reporting Requirement of the MVFRL does not relieve insurance company of obligation to provide uninsured motorist coverage absent proof of prejudice to the insurance carrier.
We offer a lot of information for people who've been injured and might have to sue to get compensation for their harm. Here, we offer information for people who caused the accident and are being sued. And we've got good news. Your insurance company will take care of almost everything. They'll pay to compensate the injured person. They'll pick and pay for a lawyer to defend you. Really, insurance makes being a defendant a much easier process than you might think. You just have to follow these simple rules.
Prudential loses effort to deny underinsured motorist benefits to their own insured in case where their insured was operating a rental truck and Prudential argued that their insureds lose coverage when they get in a truck that weighs more than one ton.
Superior Court Recognizes Limits of "Regularly Used Auto" Exclusion in Underinsured Motorist Coverage [PDF]
In Dixon v. Geico the Pennsylvania Superior Court recognized an important limit on the scope of the regularly used auto exclusion found in typical Pennsylvania insurance policies that provide uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage. In circumstances in which an employed mechanic was driving his employer's vehicle for purposes of delivering it (either incidental to or following repair) the Court found that it would be possible for a jury to conclude that such vehicle was not a vehicle "furnished for the regular use" of the employee.
The Supreme Court has decided to review a case in which an insurance company is attempting to deny coverage to its insured. GEICO insured both vehicles involved in the Ayers case but is nevertheless trying to deny coverage to its insured claiming that the household vehicle exclusion in their policy gets them off the hook for paying out on both policies. The Pennsylvania insurance claim lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey will monitor the matter closely and report on it as more develops. [PDF]
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided to accept a case that may narrow the reach of the household exclusion in Underinsured Motorist and Uninsured Motorist car insurance policies. In GEICO v. Ayers, the Court will determine whether the household vehicle exclusion is enforceable in circumstances in which the same insurance company insures both vehicles. The case has the potential to limit the application of the Court's previous ruling in Erie Insurance v. Baker to those circumstances in which different insurers write the policies at issue.
In Erie Insurance v. Baker, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court upheld the validity of the so-called "household exclusion" in the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage portion of a Pennsylvania auto insurance policy. The household exclusion applies to deny UM/UIM coverage to people who are injured while occupying another vehicle owned by the insured (or a resident relative) that is not insured on the same policy. The decision in Erie v. Baker definitively resolves the question of whether or not the household exclusion is enforceable under circumstances where the vehicles involved are insured by different carriers. Still unresolved (but working its way through the appellate system) is the question of whether the household exclusion is enforceable when the UM/UIM coverage at issue is provided by the same insurer albeit via different policies.
Superior Court Issues Sackett III - Pennsylvania Insurance Companies must follow rules before denying their insureds the benefit of stacked uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage [PDF]
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has issued an opinion in Sackett v. Nationwide Insurance (Sackett III) that summarizes this case's lengthy appellate history and confirms the rules that now apply in order for an insurance company to deny its insured the benefit of "stacked" benefits under the underinsured motorist and uninsured motorist portions of the policy.
These materials were provided to participants at a seminar given by Eric Purchase on April 1, 1998. The seminar was directed at insurance professionals, including claims adjustors and defense lawyers. The materials were intended to update attendees on the state of the law relating to first party auto insurance benefits.
Injured in a car accident at work? Erie Insurance denies UM coverage to injured workers and Allegheny Court agrees [PDF]
In Erie Insurance v. Conley, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas denied uninsured motorist coverage to a man injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of a co-worker. The Court reasoned that because the injured man was in the scope of his employment at the time of injury, Pennsylvania's Worker's Compensation Act made his co-worker immune from suit and therefore the immune co-worker did not qualify as a person from whom the injured plaintiffs was "legally entitled to recover damages."
Motorcyclist Denied UIM Benefits by Allstate - Allegheny County Court holds that household exclusion in car insurance policy bars coverage when operating motorcycle not insured on policy [PDF]
In Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. v. Hymes, the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County held that a motorcyclist injured when struck from the rear was not entitled to UIM benefits from his own auto insurance policy due to the household exclusion in his own auto policy.
A Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. client recently won a substantial battle in a bad faith insurance case against ACIC for its handling of her Uninsured Motorist Claim. The court found ACIC in bad faith for misrepresenting UM policy limits; refusing to arbitrate (despite policy language requiring arbitration); misleading their insured about their intent to file an appeal of the arbitration award; low balling; delay; and seeking release of bad faith claims as condition of payment of UIM benefits.
Believe it or not, surgeons sometimes operate on the wrong thing. Patients have been mixed up with one another. Other times, surgeons just get confused about which part of the body is to be operated upon, mixing up the right leg for the left, for example. There are things you can do to minimize your chances of being victimized by confused surgeons or hospital staff.
Physicians who ignore the signs of pediatric meningitis expose children to terrible risks, including brain damage and even death. If your child was misdiagnosed and suffered severe injury from meningitis, we'd like to help.
If you or your child was injured as a result of failure to diagnose or properly manage a pregnancy complication, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, long term care costs and other harms.
If you suspect your child was injured because of oxygen deprivation during childbirth, a condition known as birth asphyxia or birth depression, you may want to protect your child's rights to compensation.
If your child was injured as a result of failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis, you may want to protect your child's rights and ensure that your child's medical costs, long term care costs and future security are protected. Your child may be entitled to compensation and we'd like to help.
If your child was injured as a result of failure to diagnose or properly manage a childhood illness or condition, you may want to protect your child's rights and ensure that your child's medical costs, long term care costs and future security are protected. Your child may be entitled to compensation and we'd like to help.
If you've lost a child as a result of failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of Ewings Sarcoma, you may need answers and you may be entitled to compensation. We'd like to help.
If your child was harmed as a result of failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of a childhood cancer, you may need answers and you may want to protect your child's rights and ensure that your child's medical costs, long term care costs and future security are protected. Your child may be entitled to compensation and we'd like to help.
If you or someone you love was harmed as a result of failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of colon cancer, you'll want answers and you may be entitled to compensation. The Erie medical malpractice lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. want to help.
Cancer used to be a death sentence. With advances in research and technology, however, early diagnosis and treatment are yielding better and longer lives. Prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, rectal cancer, can...
If you or someone you love was harmed as a result of failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of breast cancer, you'll want answers and you may be entitled to compensation. The Erie medical malpractice lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. want to help.
If you or someone you love was harmed as a result of a medication error, including dosage mistakes or wrong medication errors, you'll want answers and you may be entitled to compensation. The Erie medical malpractice lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. want to help.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a surgical error, you may be frustrated in just figuring out what happened. None in the O.R. will talk and the operative report reads like a summary of a textbook operation. Still, something went terribly wrong. Why can't you find out what happened and why? The technology is here to cheaply and easily videotape these procedures and it may be time to introduce recording devices to the O.R.
Victim of a medical mistake in Pennsylvania? We can help. Call for a free consult with an Erie medical malpractice lawyer today. Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548.
If a delay in cancer diagnosis has harmed your chances of recovery, call the Erie, Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers: 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548.
Among health care professionals it's widely known that many people are needlessly injured in American hospitals everyday. Hospital acquired infections, bed sores, accidental lung punctures and blood clots, for example, are injuries that are largely ...
There are simple things you can do to minimize your chances of being the victim of a medical mistake. Many of these techniques are simple consumer techniques with which you are already familiar. Others involve using resources that are readily available on the web. If you or someone you love is facing a medical procedure, a long term condition or just needs regular care, read this to find out what you can do to protect yourself from carelessness of your medical providers.
Birth injuries can range from the comparatively mild to the catastrophic. Compared to just a few decades ago, serious birth injuries are an unusual event. Still, serious birth injuries occur and many of them are completely avoidable. If your child was injured in birth, you may have questions about how you will protect your child, provide the best medical care and ensure her financial security.
Pennsylvania's legislature is continuing its work to take away citizen rights. The latest? House Bill 495 which prevents Pennsylvania medical malpractice juries from knowing when a doctor admits that a drug or alcohol problem caused the doctor to hurt a patient or is otherwise at fault.
Babies are at risk of brain injury if born at night. You can get free info or help from PA Malpractice Lawyers here or call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548.
Other Personal Injury Practice Areas
Here are 8 simple tips to prevent your dog from attacking others and instructions on what to do if a bite should occur.
By following these 7 simple tips you can reduce the chance you'll be bitten by a dog. We also offer helpful information on what to do if you've been bitten by a dog.
In our "Real Life Question and Answer" Series we present actual questions that have been posed by real people and the answers we've provided. In this case, a woman on vacation was injured when the railing on a staircase at her vacation home came apart. She had questions. We offered answers.
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by a negligent landowner, you are about to find out that the insurance companies who defend these cases are going to pick apart every aspect of your case. There are things you can do to be prepared.
Icy and snowy conditions are common causes of slip and fall injuries. Unfortunately, snow and ice are part of the reality of living in Northwest Pennsylvania and property owners aren't responsible for all snow and ice related accidents. However, there are times when a property owner is responsible for creating or failing to remedy a snow and ice hazard. Whether your fall on snow and ice is the property owner's fault or not will depend on several factors unique to your case.
A property owner isn't responsible to pay damages merely because someone was hurt on their property. Legal responsibility arises from the property owner's negligence or carelessness. What that means, generally, and specific examples of property owner negligence, are explored further here.
If you've been seriously injured as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else's property, you may have questions about whether you're entitled to compensation to offset medical expenses, lost wages and other harms. The answer to your question requires some complex legal analysis which necessarily involves determining your status as a guest, business visitor or trespasser. We offer an overview of the law pertaining to the impact of an injured person's status on the analysis of property owner liability.
Pedestrian safety is a serious issue in America, even in small and medium-sized towns and cities in Pennsylvania. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were nearly 4,400 pedestrians killed in 2008 and another 69,000 were injured in the United States. On average, there is one crash-related pedestrian killed every two hours and a pedestrian injury every eight minutes.
In our "Real Life Question and Answer" Series we present actual questions that have been posed by real people and the answers we've provided. In this case, a consumer wonders whether a lawsuit can be brought after work gloves are found in a new box of plastic spoons. The consumer had questions. We offered an answer, although it may not have been what the consumer wanted.
Learn about the law of Pennsylvania dog bite cases. We offer free information in this site, including information about what to do if you or child has been bitten, safety advice on how to avoid an attack and information about how a Northwest Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer can help you to use homeowner's insurance to both compensate the victim and minimize expense and inconvenience to the responsible dog owner.
Whether some else is responsible for slip and fall injuries is determined by the unique facts of each case, but there are some general rules that come into play. In general, to hold another person legally responsible for injuries you suffer from a fall on someone else's property, one of the following three things must be proved.
Bitten by a dog in northwest Pennsylvania? We can help. Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 for a free, no strings legal consult. No fee if no recovery.
Hurt in a swimming accident? Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 for a free consult with a Pennsylvania Pool Accident Attorney. No fee if no recovery.
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Pennsylvania injury lawyers are not unique in understanding how dangerous fireworks can be and improper handling only makes them more dangerous. Yet it can be difficult to find good safety information about fireworks because they are, after all, mo...
Safety Steps to Prevent Hair Entanglement and Body Part Entrapment in Spas, Hot tubs and Whirlpools [PDF]
The CPSC has published a guide on preventing hair entanglement and body part entrapment in spas, hot tubs and whirlpools. It is available here for review or download.
The CPSC has published a flyer on simple pool safety tips titled "Steps for Safety Around the Pool." This full color brochure is easy to read and helpful and available for your review of download here.
The CPSC has published "Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools" and it is available here for your review or download.
A CPSC publication on How to Plan for the Unexpected - Preventing Child Drownings is available here.
The CPSC has published detailed guidelines for making pools and spas safer regarding entrapment hazards. Those guidelines can be downloaded directly from the CPSC and we've made them available at our site for your convenience.
An average of 350 children under age 5 are drowned each year in home swimming pools and spas. The key to safety is layers of protection. This CPSC publication alerts parents to the importance of supervision of children and other safety measures.
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You need a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to help you protect your rights and recover damages after an accident. Read this article to learn how a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer can help you. Contact an Erie County accident attorney at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. at 877-505-9548 today for more information.
Ten tips to get your son or daughter to wear a bicycle helmet. It's tough to get kids to wear their helmets and tougher still to get them to wear their helmets ALL the time. Here are ten easy tips to make it happen.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy is a surgery performed on the neck to remove damaged disc material that is causing pain and other symptoms. The Erie neck injury lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. offer information, video and animation of this procedure for people considering this procedure for themselves or their loved ones.
The knee is a complex joint and understanding its anatomy is one of the key elements to successfully presenting and litigating claims of knee injury. The largest and heaviest of the body's hinge joints, the knee must not only move forward and backward but also must twist and rotate. It does this using four bones, bands of connective tissue, tendons and other structures.
Free information on Pennsylvania wrongful death, who can sue, what can be recovered and the distinction between a wrongful death action and a survival action in Pennsylvania.
If you've been injured and are looking for an Erie lawyer who handles injury claims, car accident claims or insurance claims, you may have a hard time figuring out how to choose the right lawyer for you and your case. There are so many advertisements...
You may have never given it a second thought, but what you're doing on facebook right now may be ruining your personal injury case. Social media is more and more common and insurance companies and defense lawyers are exploiting the snippets of information they find there to avoid paying injured people. Learn why honesty isn't enough and get tips on what you can do to avoid damaging your personal injury case.
ABC News referred to her case as "the poster child of excessive lawsuits." Most of us have heard this story, but how many of us know what really happened? Here, we share five things that shed light on what really happened which might cause you to wonder why the case received so much attention.
A recent opinion out of Philadelphia rejects a recent attempt to restrict access to the courts by injured people. In Keystone Freigh Corp. v. Stricker, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas rejected a corporation's attempt to penalize an injury law firm for suing on behalf of an injured client.
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Injured in Pennsylvania? Get info on the top injury verdicts and more. For a free consult with an Erie injury lawyer, call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548.
Get information on the top injury verdicts in Pennsylvania and other resources. For a free consult with an Erie injury lawyer, call 814-580-5017 / 877-505-9548.
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Information on the 2011 PA judicial candidates. For more Pennsylvania legal information or for a free injury consult, contact Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C.: 814-580-5017.
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Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. announces good news for its clients in it's first newsletter. Attorneys Eric Purchase and Tim George combine to add power and flexibility to the representation of their clients and debut a newsletter that is fun and informative offering news about Tim's recent deployment to Iraq with the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade; the curative power of laughter; a thank you for referrals from clients and other lawyers; and more.
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Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. is announced in the Erie Times News Business Section, "The Buzz."
Bars Liable for Both Statutory Violations and Other Acts of Negligence for Serving Visibly Drunk Patrons who Cause Injury [PDF]
A Pennsylvania Court holds in wrongful death case that a bar may be sued for both a Dram Shop Act violation and other common law negligence claims for serving a visibly intoxicated patron who then causes car accident resulting three fatalities. The opinion is reproduced here and does an excellent job reviewing the relevant case law.
Purchase, George and Murphey are proud to be associated with the New Blossoms New Life Foundation and to be a major sponsor the 2010 Golf Tournament. NBNL supports Erie area families who need help with the costs of fertility treatments and adoption. We've put the flyer for sponsorship and signup for this year's tournament on our site for your use.
These materials were provided to seminar participants at a seminar I gave to trial lawyers on September 24, 2008 at the Manufacturer's Association Conference and Learning Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. The seminar was entitled, "Trial Advocacy: Making the Most of What 'Ya Got." These particular teaching materials focused on the use of deposition transcripts at trial.
Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress was the subject of a seminar given by Eric Purchase on March 23, 1994 to insurance defense lawyers, insurance claims adjustors and other claims professionals. These materials were provided to attendees at the event and include the now somewhat notorious, "Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Flowchart." This flowchart was reportedly kept handy by numerous insurance claims professionals for years after the seminar. I'd be interested in learning if anyone still uses it.
Teaching Materials - 2002 Seminar to Insurance Professionals - Surveillance Video, Zero Sum Verdicts and the Effective Use of Expert Witnesses [PDF]
These teaching materials pertain to personal injury cases and the disclosure of surveillance video in such cases, zero sum verdicts and the effective use of expert witnesses at trial. These were provided at a seminar given by Eric Purchase to lawyers, insurance adjustors and other claims professionals on April 4, 2002.
These materials addressed the state of the law in 1995 with regard to a personal injury victim's obligation to reimburse public liens from the proceeds of a personal injury settlement or verdict. The materials were provided to a group of insurance adjustors, claims professionals and lawyers on March 22, 1995.
Tim George and Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. were featured this month in the newsletter of famed legal marketing guru Ben Glass. Ben Glass is the recognized authority on education based legal marketing strategies and his newsletter goes to lawyers around the country. We think it's pretty cool to be featured this month and reproduce it here for you.
Just in time for black Friday shoppers, the Erie injury lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. offer a toy safety brochure for parents. The brochure is provided by the U.S. P.I.R.G., a federation of state public interest research groups, and offers helpful information on choking hazards, toxic elements and other safety hazards in toys marketed for children.
The injury lawyers at Purchase, George and Murphey help people in Crawford County and Meadville who've been injured as a result of someone else's carelessness. We've been representing clients in the Court of Common Pleas of Crawford County since the early 1990's but haven't formally introduced ourselves to the market. Attached is our Meadville injury lawyer ad appearing on the cover of the Meadville phone book.
At Purchase, George and Murphey, we are Erie lawyers with a commitment to helping our community. One of the ways we give back is to take on cases that can have a substantial positive impact on the quality of life for the area's residents. In one recent case that has attracted media attention, P and G is helping WQLN to shed the light of day on secret dealings at the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.
Called for jury duty in Erie County, Pennsylvania? We have Erie County's answers to some frequently asked jury duty questions. For more information about the trial of injury, malpractice and insurance cases, call today for a free, no-obligation consult at 814-580-5017 or toll free at 877-505-9548.
What kind of Pennsylvania injury lawyer are you looking for? Maybe an aggressive one? One who will frighten the insurance company into giving you all that you hoped for and then some? To find out more, read on or contact us at 814-580-5017 or toll free at 877-505-9548.
Looking for a real Erie injury lawyer? Worried about out-of-town mills posing as local? Call 814-580-5017 or 877-505-9548 for a free consult today.
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What is Joint and Several Liability? Why does it make sense for Pennsylvania? What harm can result if Pennsylvania eliminates it? Find these answers and more.
Injured in Erie, Pennsylvania? You may have a case. Call 814-580-5017 / toll free 877-505-9548 for a free consultation today. No fee if no recovery.
Looking for Erie lawyers that support our community? Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. has been the major New Blossoms Tournament sponsor since its beginning. Call 814-580-5017.
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