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Pizza Delivery Driver Receives $240,000 Settlement in Car Crash

A 26-year-old former pizza deliveryman will receive a $240,000 settlement from the driver of a car that smashed into his delivery vehicle, leaving him with severe injuries, back in June 2013 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The pizza delivery driver, Mahmoud Ahmad, was hurt on June 2, 2013, when his Acura TL automobile was struck in an intersection by a Nissan Maxima being driven by Mohammed Abuawada, who was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign, according to a Jan. 20 story in The Legal Intelligencer.

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The crash occurred as Ahmad was driving on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street after he had stopped at a four-way stop sign. As he continued through the intersection, his car was struck by Abuawada’s Nissan, which was traveling on K Street, the story reported. “Ahmad maintained that Abuawada struck his car at 80 to 85 mph. Ahmad suffered a fracture to his left clavicle, which he claimed was a serious impairment of a bodily function,” the report continued.

Ahmad sued Abuawada for negligence in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court following the crash. The case was settled on Nov. 6, 2014.

The crash caused Ahmad to suffer a fracture to his left shoulder, the story reported. He also suffered from contusions and back abrasions. He was treated in a hospital, where his arm was placed in a sling and he was discharged. Four days later, he saw a chiropractor for treatment of headaches and pain to his neck, back, right elbow, left hip, left leg and knees, the story reported.

He also underwent surgery to have a plate placed along his collarbone with screws to maintain stability, the report stated. Ahmad received other treatments for his injuries, including electro-muscular stimulation, intersegmental traction, vibratory mechanical massage, myofascial release, range-of-motion exercises, and therapeutic-ball exercises, through treatment through April 15, 2014, the story reported.

The injuries left him disabled and unable to return to work due to limited range of motion of his left arm, according to the story. “Ahmad claimed that he experiences pain in his left shoulder and lower back, and radiating pain into his legs, all of which impede his daily living and life’s pleasures,” the story reported.

Prior to trial, the parties settled the case for $240,000.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$847K Jury Award to Woman for Serious Injury Due to Fall on Ice

A woman who slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk in front of her Philadelphia apartment building as she was leaving her building on Feb. 1, 2011, has been awarded an $847,362 jury verdict to compensate her for severe injuries and a bone dislocation from the icy fall.

The victim, Angelit Barnes, was leaving her building at the Campus Apartments in Philadelphia early that morning when she fell and suffered a severe fracture and dislocation of her right ankle that caused a bone to go through her skin, according to a Dec. 23 story in The Legal Intelligencer. The sidewalk was covered in ice at the time of her fall, the story reported.

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The negligence case was heard in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

“As a result of her injury, Barnes had to get surgery, including the placement of pins and screws into her bone” and a cast for three months, according to a plaintiff’s memo. “During rehabilitation of her ankle, the memo said, she began to develop left knee pain and an altered gait.”

She was still experiencing pain and discomfort in her ankle on her last visit to her orthopedic surgeon, the story reported. “According to the memo, she is unable to stand and walk more than three hours per day, and her surgeon said she will continue to need annual medical visits and anti-inflammatory medication as a result of the injury.”

Based on the testimony and facts in the case, the jury awarded Barnes $762,200 for pain and suffering, $47,362 for medical expenses and $37,800 for lost earnings, the story reported.

These kinds of legal cases occur every day when innocent victims slip and fall or are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$2.5 Million Settlement in DUI Hit and Run Death of Pedestrian

The family of a 27-year-old California woman who was struck by a hit-and-run driver as she walked across a street in December 2013 will receive a $2.5 million settlement in connection with the crash. The settlement will come from the federal government because the drunken driver was at the time an aide to a California congresswoman, according to a Dec. 29 report by KSBY 6, the NBC television affiliate in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The settlement award was received by the family of Mallory Dies, who was 27 when she was killed as she walked across a Santa Barbara street one night with friends, the story reported. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government in connection with the crash.

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Dies was struck by a vehicle that was being driven by Raymond Morua, who at the time was a 32-year-old congressional aide to Congresswoman Lois Capps of California, the story reported. Morua was sentenced in May 2014 to 20 years to life in state prison after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death, according to KSBY. Morua had two prior DUIs, the station reported.

The victim died five days after being taken off of life support following the crash, according to a Dec. 11, 2013 story in the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper. Morua was charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter, and fleeing the scene of a crime after the victim’s death. She had suffered severe head trauma in the crash, the paper reported.

The Santa Barbara Independent also reported that Morua had previously served jail time for grand theft by embezzlement after he and a co-worker were caught re-using redeemed coupons at a Kmart store. He worked as a district representative for Capps since 2011 but was fired after the DUI crash that claimed Dies’ life “According to Capps’s representatives, the office did not routinely conduct criminal background checks as part of its hiring practices, but is currently re-examining its vetting procedures,” the paper reported.

After striking Dies as she was crossing the street, “Morua stopped his car, looked back without getting out, and then drove away,” the paper reported. “A carful of witnesses followed Morua and confronted him at the dead end of Anacapa near the freeway. They tried to convince him to return to the scene, but he reportedly shook his head and again drove away.”

Morua then drove farther at a high rate of speed before losing control of his car and crashing into a palm tree, the story reported. A breathalyzer test taken at the scene registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.17, the story reported.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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Happy New Year 2015 – It’s Time for an Insurance Coverage Review

As 2015 begins, it’s a perfect time to think about the year just past and how your insurance coverage is protecting you – for your home, rental property, cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, RVs and anything else that you insure against loss.

January is a handy time for such a review as we consider the changes that have occurred in our lives in the last year and look ahead to changes that could be happening in the New Year.

For drivers, that means making sure that your cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles and other vehicles have adequate insurance protections for you, your family and your other passengers in the event of a crash or other loss. Vehicle accidents happen every day, often injuring people who have done nothing to contribute to causing the accident which has ensnared their lives. Victims are injured when other cars crash into their vehicles or in a myriad of other tragic ways.

Yet learning after such an accident that one’s automobile insurance or the other driver’s insurance isn’t adequate to compensate them for a serious injury is one of the toughest things we have to discuss with our clients here at MyPhillyLawyer. It’s a relatively common scenario, and one that we’ve seen over and over again recently involving a spate of cases that have come into our doors.

Here’s how it works. There are several key categories of insurance coverage for vehicles, including liability, uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist coverages and medical expenses. If you only have $15,000 of state minimum uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, then that is the full amount that your insurance company would have to give to you under an uninsured motorist claim. And that is simply not enough coverage if your injuries are serious or catastrophic. In fact, this kind of scenario is exactly why every driver on the road in Pennsylvania and every other state really needs to do a careful review of their insurance coverage annually to be sure they are well-protected for potential injuries caused by others who are not adequately insured.

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In addition, there is a minimum $15,000 liability coverage requirement in Pennsylvania that was set some 30 years ago and has not been changed since then, which is absurd. It’s a travesty of justice for working people who drive around thinking that they have adequate insurance coverage and then find out how wrong those assumptions can be when the unthinkable happens and they are injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver. When is our Legislature going to do something about this?

It was a whole different world 30 years ago when the $15,000 minimum coverage limit was established, and unbelievably, no provisions were ever created to increase that figure annually for inflation and for changing times.

Another coverage area where drivers often find they are underinsured is for medical expenses in the event of a crash. The minimum amount for coverage in Pennsylvania is $5,000, and that miniscule, inadequate amount is what most people carry to help keep their insurance premiums lower.

Uninsured Motorist coverage, and the related Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage, are actually the most important types of coverage that you can have for your vehicle, even more so than collision coverage. Collision covers the vehicle physically, but better protecting you as the driver – and your passengers – should be viewed as a smarter investment of your policy dollars. Drivers should look at raising their collision coverage deductibles so that they can afford to pay for higher UM and UIM coverage which will better protect them against another driver’s irresponsibility.

Drivers can possibly even save money by increasing their collision deductible (and lowering their costs for collision coverage) while still obtaining increased UM and UIM coverage of $300,000 per incident.

Yes, by raising your vehicle’s collision deductible, you are taking a known risk on having to pay more if your car is damaged, but the significantly higher UM and UIM coverages will protect you if God forbid you are seriously injured in a crash by another driver.

Not having enough UM and UIM coverage is a giant risk to take. Your life, livelihood, your work and your family can all be affected in an instant if you are seriously injured and are without adequate UM and UIM coverage. In the blink of an eye a family can have a catastrophic loss and if you don’t protect yourself, nobody else is out there to protect you.

Insurance is something you likely spend a lot of money on, right up there with mortgages or rent, food and other essentials. Don’t listen blindly to your insurance agent for their recommendations for such coverage. I’ve seen client after client get bad advice from insurance agents which then leaves them with inadequate coverage that will haunt them later when a tragic accident occurs.

If you suffer a life changing injury and can’t return to work after a crash caused by another driver who has inadequate insurance, your life and future can hang in the balance. The only way you can be adequately and fairly compensated after such an event is to have the highest amount of UM and UIM that you can afford. That can be accomplished without spending more on your existing policy by increasing your vehicle collision deductible, as I mentioned earlier. If you are going to take a chance, take the chance on the property damage. That’s better than having the unknown risk of having life changing catastrophic injuries and not having the money to pay for care.

Homeowners and renters also need to review their insurance policies annually to be sure that the insurance they have is still adequate to cover the latest value of their home and of their belongings, which could have increased in the prior year.  Additional purchases of expensive large-screen televisions, entertainment systems, computer and camera gear and other expensive electronic products means that your insurance limits might need to be increased. The same goes for quality jewelry and watches.

Insurance reviews can be done with your family’s insurance agent as part of an annual review of coverages, terms, policies and more. It’s a smart and important thing to do each year so that your family stays protected from losses.

And while you are at it, be sure to take some time as the New Year begins to create or update your personal will and other estate planning documents so that your family can carry out your last wishes if something should happen to you.

Injury cases, vehicle crashes and property losses of all kinds occur every day when innocent victims are hurt or killed through no fault of their own due to the actions or indifference of others, or due to hazardous weather or other disasters. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle crash anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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OSU Student Gets $500K Settlement After Being Struck by Campus Truck

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A former Ohio State University student who lost his leg after being struck by a construction company dump truck while riding his bicycle to class on campus in 2012 will receive a $500,000 settlement from OSU to compensate him for his injuries.

The student, James Daniel Hughes, who at the time was an 18-year-old freshman chemical engineering major when he was struck by the truck on Sept. 5, 2012, lost his right leg and suffered severe damage to his pelvis and spine from the crash, according to a Dec. 20 story by The Columbus Dispatch. Hughes, of South Point, Ohio, was struck on his bike near the entrance to a construction site along Woodruff Avenue on OSU’s campus. The truck was owned by a contracting company that was doing work at the school.

OSU will also provide free undergraduate tuition so that Hughes can return to school and resume his college work toward his degree, according to the story.

Hughes and his family had sued OSU, the driver of the dump truck that struck him and 10 contractors that had been hired by the school for the construction work, alleging that the defendants had “failed to take the necessary precautions to keep students safe in what they knew was a densely packed area,” the story reported.

The family previously settled their lawsuits with the dump truck driver and the contractors, the paper reported. The construction work involved the $126 million Chemical Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry building on OSU’s campus, which was along the route that many students took to go to class or their dorms, the story reported.

“A gate at the site was left open, and construction vehicles were allowed to go in and out without any security workers or sufficient precautions for students, according to court documents,” the paper reported. “The crash was foreseeable, the documents say, and Ohio State did nothing to prevent it.”

A police investigation following the crash determined that no criminal charges would be filed against the dump truck driver, the story stated. A police report concluded that “Hughes appeared to have been riding his bike on the sidewalk, instead of in the street, and did not see the turning dump truck until it was too late, based on witness statements and other evidence. Police said they didn’t think [the truck driver] saw Hughes, because he was in the dump-truck driver’s blind spot.”

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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$1.37M Settlement for Family of Couple Killed in Crash with Truck

The estate of a young couple who were killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended their car on July 1, 2013 in Pontiac, Mich., will receive a $1.37 million settlement from the furniture company that owned the truck that caused the deadly crash.

Killed in the crash were 34-year-old Lonny Moore, Jr. and 25-year-old Kari Michelle Hinspeter, who were on their way to a babysitter’s house to pick up their five-month-old son, Jayce Moore, after spending a rare night out together in downtown Detroit, according to a Dec. 11 story on MLive.com.

The crash occurred as Moore and Hinspeter were driving at a reduced speed on northbound I-75 north of Rochester Road with their emergency flashers on, the story reported. As they drove on the highway, a tractor-trailer owned by Art Van Furniture of Warren, Mich., slammed into the rear of their car, setting off a fireball that engulfed the car in flames and dragged it down the roadway, the story reported. Moore and Hinspeter died in the crash, which left the vehicle barely recognizable.

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The $1.37 million settlement was awarded to couple’s surviving son. The couple had planned to get married, the paper reported.

The plaintiffs argued that the truck was speeding and that its driver was not paying attention at the time of the crash, the report stated.

The crash left the interstate closed for more than six hours after the incident, according to a July 1, 2013 story in The Oakland Press. Both victims had to be identified through dental records, the story reported. The driver of the tractor-trailer survived and had only minor injuries.

These kinds of tragic legal cases occur every day when innocent victims are severely hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions, inattentiveness or indifference of others. That’s why it is critical to have a legal team on your side that uncovers every fact to bolster your case and maximize your damage award.

We here at MyPhillyLawyer stand ready to assist you with your legal case if you or a loved one is ever seriously injured in a vehicle incident or accident anywhere in the United States. We represent the families of victims who die in such tragedies as well, to ensure that their families receive every penny of damages that they are eligible to receive.

Call MyPhillyLawyer at 215-227-2727 or toll-free at 1-866-920-0352 anytime and our experienced, compassionate, aggressive team of attorneys and support staff will be there for you and your family every step of the way as we manage your case through the legal system.

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