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November 2011 Archives

Delay in Cancer Diagnosis: Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law

November 21, 2011, ERIE, PA -- I recently posted an article in our Pennsylvania medical malpractice library about an Erie man who was told by more than one Erie doctor that a mouth sore was nothing to be concerned about but who learned when he saw an out of town specialist that he had oral cancer. You can read the whole story HERE but my website people tell me that my articles are way too long so I thought I'd post this blog to give you the gist of it...which I just did in my opening sentence, thank you very much.

Pennsylvania Considers Increase in Minimum Car Insurance: Erie Lawyer News

November 19, 2011, ERIE, PA -- Senate Bill 1339 of 2011 has been referred to the Banking and Insurance Committee for consideration. The bill would increase the minimum car insurance required in Pennsylvania from $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident and $5,000 in property damage to $30,000 per person/$60,000 per accident and $10,000 in property damage. We support the bill because it's a step in the right direction. Let me explain why Pennsylvania needs to change it's minimum insurance requirements.

Erie Accident Attorney Gives Distracted Driver Interview for WJET-TV

November 16, 2011, ERIE, PA -- Distracted driving is a significant problem in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, people are becoming more and more aware of the problem. At the Erie injury law firm of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C., we're happy to do our part to bring attention to the issue and that is why we're pleased to announce that Eric Purchase will be featured in WJET-TV's three part series on distracted driving in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Insurance Questions: Erie Agent Gives Bad Advice

November 14, 2011, ERIE, PA -- Normally, I'm a fan of Erie insurance companies who use agents because agents usually help to increase the quality and quantity of communication with the consumer. Every now and again, though, agents make mistakes just like everyone else. Here is a story of one such mistake that offers lessons in dealing with your own Pennsylvania insurance company.

Pennsylvania Bans Texting While Driving: Erie Injury Lawyer News

November 10, 2011, ERIE, PA -- Pennsylvania has enacted into law a new bill meant to address the continuing problem of distracted driving in Pennsylvania (the full version of the bill as enacted can be found in our Articles Section HERE ). The bill makes it a summary criminal offense for a Pennsylvania driver to use any electronic device to send, read or write a text based message, although dialing phone numbers, looking up phone number information on a wireless phone and using GPS systems are expressly allowed. The law bans not just text messages but also applies to e-mail, instant messages or other wireless methods of textual communication and it applies not just to cell phones but to almost any wireless electronic device that is capable of sending or receiving voice, text or digital signals.

Erie Car Crash Settlement Only After Insurance Company Drives Costs

November 4, 2011, ERIE, PA -- I just published the details of a recent Erie car accident case settlement, which you can find in our Case Results Section HERE . The case itself was not unusual and, under other circumstances, would probably not have warranted inclusion in our published results. However, once again the insurance company involved distinguished itself by unnecessarily increasing cost; inconveniencing doctors and witnesses; and delaying the case for years.

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