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June 2010 Archives

Tragic Fatality Highlights Importance of Seatbelts

Tammy and I were out of town last week but received a call from family members advising us of the tragic death of young Carli Cummings. I didn't know Carli or her family but those who did report that she was a sweet and popular young woman who, despite her young age, had already had a profound positive impact on those around her. Judging by the facebook profile and commentary , it seems there are many who knew and loved Carli.

Pedestrian Hit by Car at 12th & Holland

GoErie.Com has reported that a woman was hurt Wednesday afternoon when she was struck by a car at the intersection of East 12th and Holland streets. A boy walking with her also was taken to a hospital, though he did not appear to be injured.
Erie police are investigating the accident, which happened at 12:47 p.m.

A witness said the woman was hit by a man driving an Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight. The driver of that car, which had "For Sale" signs in the windows, was not injured.

2010 PaAJ Legislative Update Postponed

The PaAJ Legislative Update planned for June 23 in Erie has been postponed. PaAJ Legislative Counsel Mark Phenicie must be in Harrisburg for votes pertaining to the House Bill that may allow lawyers in auto cases in Pennsylvania to argue specific monetary award for non-economic damages.

2010 Pennsylvania Association for Justice Update in Erie

Learn how your Association is working on behalf of its members and injured people in Pennsylvania on the Hill and across the Commonwealth. Mark Phenicie, PAJ's Legislative Counsel, will review the status of several initiatives being pushed by PAJ, and report regarding the outlook for the fall election, incl. the races for the House, Senate and Governor in Pennsylvania and the U.S. House and Senate elections.

With summer comes farm vehicles on the road which can lead to accidents for unwary drivers.

This is just a short note to readers to be aware of the road hazards of the season. I was reminded today that farm vehicles are out on the roads. So be prepared for slow moving tractors and such. They'll be out working all season. If you're prepared for them they're really no hazard at all. Still, there are far too many car accidents every year with drivers who weren't prepared to come upon a tractor just over a hill or around a bend. So, be aware and protect you and your family and the farm workers. For more information on the hazards of farm equipment on roadways, go to: http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/outdoor/Farming/26845/farm-vehicle-and-equipment-acc.asp

Insurance Laws Miss the Point

I read with interest a letter to the editor in today's Erie Times News. The writer, Carol Hunt of Elgin, wrote of an unfair situation in which one uninsured driver caused a minor accident and was cited by the police for failure to have the required insurance while another, in a different accident which caused much greater injury, was not cited by the police. Ms. Hunt correctly observed the inherent inequity that can result from discretionary enforcement of the law and asked that the law be amended so as to remove the discretion of law enforcement personnel.

Another Erie County Personal Injury Verdict in the June Term Makes You Worry About Fair Compensation for Injured People

I recently spoke with Atty. Lisa Presta about another jury verdict this term that illustrates the risk and challenge of trial. Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C. was not involved in any way with the trial or handling of this case.

Recent Erie County Verdict Illustrates Challenge Faced by Injured People

I recently spoke to Atty. Greg Zimmerman who told me about a personal injury case tried to verdict before a jury this past trial term in Erie County. Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C. was not involved in this case in any way.

Free Comic Book for Kids! Fun and safety just in time for summer!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a comic book for kids that helps to get important summer safety ideas across, primarily about bike safety. You can get it at our site for free here or you can go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and download it for free here .

Representing Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Blind Clients

If you or someone you love is deaf, hard of hearing or blind you may well have encountered significant difficulty with lawyers who fail to recognize their ethical or legal obligations to ensure that they effectively communicate with all their clients. One resource that we thought was helpful in understanding the needs of clients who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind was this article provided by Jacksonville Legal Aid, Inc. We encourage all lawyers to read this article.

New Article on How You Can Protect Yourself from Medical Mistakes

It has been reported that there are 98,000 deaths annually from medical mistakes and another 99,000 deaths from preventable infection. And these numbers do not include people who've been disabled or otherwise injured as a result of medical error.

Motorcycle Fatality in Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania

GoErie.com has reported that a 61 year old motorcyclist was killed in an intersection collision in Millcreek Township today. The article is light on detail but it indicates that the driver of a car pulled in front of the motorcyclist who was unable to stop in time.

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