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$1.19M Verdict in Pennsylvania Underinsured Motorist DUI Car Crash

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A Beaver County woman who was a passenger in a car that was hit head-on by a drunk driver in New Brighton, Pa., in July 2012 has been awarded $1.19 million in damages by a jury in her underinsured motorist (UIM) claim against an insurance company.

The victim, Britney Alviani, was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her boyfriend when it was struck by another car on July 18, 2012, according to an April 30 story by The Legal Intelligencer. Alviani’s boyfriend’s car was struck head-on as it was leaving a church parking lot by a vehicle being driven by Jodi Morrison, the story reported. “Morrison was passed out at the wheel and was later convicted of driving under the influence,” according to a plaintiff’s memo in the case.

Alviani was 23 years old at the time of the crash and was thrown into the car’s windshield, suffering a laceration on her face and multiple abrasions and bruises, as well as injuries to her right knee and right elbow, according to the plaintiff’s memo. The victim was taken to a hospital in Beaver, Pa., and was later “discharged with a diagnosis of body pain and abrasions.”

Her right elbow injury required “two surgeries and various medical treatments and resulted in permanent pain and residual limitations,” according to the story. A doctor diagnosed her with chronic pain syndrome following the crash and surgeries and said that the injuries are “permanent and that her symptoms and limitations will not improve,” the story continued.

Formerly an apprentice at a barber shop before the crash, Alviani won’t be able to return to her job due to her persistent elbow injury and “is unable to lift more than one pound or engage in physical recreational activities, limiting her social life,” according to the plaintiff’s memo. The victim had planned to pursue a career in barbering and open her own barber shop.

Morrison, the driver of the car that struck Alviani’s boyfriend’s car head-on, only had $15,000 in liability coverage, which was paid, the story reported. The boyfriend’s car did not have UIM coverage, but she still lived with her parents when the crash occurred and was “insured under five auto policies issued by Horace Mann Insurance Co., each providing $50,000 in UIM benefits,” according to the story.

The plaintiff sought damages of $65,000 for past lost wages, $892,000 to $1.14 million for loss of earning capacity and $250,000 for the UIM claim, the story stated.

After a four-day trial in the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas, a 12-member jury awarded Alviani more than $1.19 million in damages, including $65,488 in past lost earnings, more than $1 million in lost earning capacity and $100,000 for pain and suffering, 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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$100K Settlement for Child Hurt in N.J. Car Crash

The family of a 4-year-old New Jersey boy who was hurt in a 2014 car crash will receive a $100,000 settlement in compensation for the boy’s injuries.

The child, Liam DiLeo, suffered a serious head wound when another car collided with the vehicle being driven by the boy’s mother on May 6, 2014 in Parsippany, N.J., according to an Aug. 14 story in The (Parsippany, N.J.) Daily Record.

The boy’s mother, Lilly DiLeo of Hopatcong, N.J., was driving a Toyota Corolla east on Route 80 when Xi Lin, 22, the driver of a Porsche Cayenne, missed his exit, struck a concrete barrier and collided with the DiLeo’s Toyota, the story reported. The crash occurred in a construction zone.

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The boy was 3 years old at the time of the crash and was sitting in a rear car seat in his mother’s Toyota, the story reported. He suffered a severe gash across his forehead that exposed more than 30 percent of his scalp and required 250 stiches to close, the report continued. The boy did not suffer any cognitive or other injuries from the crash, the story said.

The boy’s parents, Lilly and William DiLeo, filed a lawsuit on their son’s behalf seeking compensation for his pain and suffering. A settlement was reached with each driver’s insurance company paying $50,000 toward the claim, according to the story, even though Ms. DiLeo was not at fault in the crash. A New Jersey Superior Court judge has approved the settlement.

The DiLeo’s have also filed a separately lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle, the report said.

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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Hiring the Right Lawyer Sometimes Means Getting a Second Opinion

If you go to a doctor and get questionable advice about a medical condition, it’s likely that you’ll go and seek a second opinion.

So why don’t people think about getting second opinions when it comes to lawyers? Actually, it’s a good question that came up recently with a client who called MyPhillyLawyer in May seeking our help in just such a scenario.

Our client, a middle-aged man in Northeast Philadelphia, was severely injured on Jan. 5, 2015, as he crossed Castor Avenue in Oxford Circle in the middle of a block.  He had walked halfway across the road and was waiting in the center of the wide street, standing between the yellow lines of the median strip, so that the remaining vehicles could move out of his path and he could finish crossing the street. As he waited, a car plowed into him in the center median and one of its side-view mirrors struck him in the head, causing traumatic brain injuries and other horrific injuries.

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The driver of the car that struck him was apparently distracted by something in the vehicle and didn’t see the man in the median as the vehicle crashed into him.

The man’s family went to a local law firm and sought legal help to seek compensation for his devastating, life-changing injuries. The crash and aftermath took away his career and put him in a wheelchair. He now lives in a nursing home and has only a limited vocabulary.

The law firm that his family hired did some research into the man’s case but sent him a letter a few months later explaining that they would not be able to help with the case. They essentially abandoned the victim and his family.

Then the family came to MyPhillyLawyer in May through a referral from another previous client.

Three months to the day after we were retained, MyPhillyLawyer was able to settle the man’s case for the maximum policy limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage, getting $100,000 in compensation so far. And that’s not all that we are doing. Now we are also planning to pursue an under-insured motorist claim from the victim’s auto insurance company since those coverages come into play if you are injured in an accident involving a vehicle in any way. With this case, we will seek additional compensation for our client to help care for him and his long-term catastrophic injuries.

So what does this all mean?

It comes back to the legal second opinions we discussed earlier. As a plaintiff, if you are represented by a law firm and you don’t feel that they are handling your case properly, then you are entitled to get a second opinion to protect your legal rights. And what often happens, as in this case, is that a fresh set of eyes and specialized legal expertise can help turn your case into one that can bring you and your family fair compensation that is needed for your injuries, pain and suffering and long-term care.

With a second opinion, you may find that something more can often be done on your behalf than is being portrayed by the original law firm. A key reason for that is that sometimes the law firm you originally contacted doesn’t specialize in personal injury cases and they may not tell you that at the outset, leaving you to find out after you have invested time and effort into seeking fair compensation for your losses. Sometimes attorneys will take cases that they are not qualified to handle just because they want your business. That’s certainly not an attorney that you want to retain.

Instead, you should hire a qualified law firm that can handle complex personal injury cases because they specialize in such case law. That’s where MyPhillyLawyer can help.

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.

When Winning Matters Most, Call MyPhillyLawyer.

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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.

When Winning Matters Most, Call MyPhillyLawyer.

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$400,000 Settlement to Woman Who Fell From Backyard Deck

As she relaxed on the backyard deck of her rental home on in Rossville, N.Y., on July 21, 2011, Lorraine Gallo leaned on the deck’s railing and was severely injured when the railing broke and she fell to the ground below.

Gallo, now 55, suffered neck, back and knee injuries from the fall, which occurred at home she rented on Barry Street in Rossville, according to an Oct. 28 story in the Staten Island Advance newspaper.

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Gallo’s lawsuit against her landlords, Z & F Realty Estate LLC and David Fogel, alleged that the property owners were liable for her injuries because they allowed an unsafe condition to exist, the story reported.

Prior to Gallo’s fall from the deck that summer, the property owners “had the railing installed and later repaired at some point before the episode,” the paper reported.

Gallo’s serious neck injuries from the deck fall required fusion surgery, according to court papers reviewed by the newspaper.

Personal injury cases like this one occur every day when innocent victims are hurt or killed in a wide variety of incidents through no fault of their own due to the actions 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 an incident or vehicle 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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$850,000 Settlement To Brain Injury Victim in Armored Truck Crash

An $850,000 settlement has been reached in the case of a driver whose suffers from a traumatic brain injury caused when his car was struck hard by an armored truck that ran a red light in April 2012 in Bensalem, Pa.

The victim, Frank Jazlovietcki, was 29 at the time of the crash, which happened when an armored truck owned by Garda CL Atlantic Inc., smashed into his car, according to an Aug. 19 story in The Legal Intelligencer. The case was being heard in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

The seven-ton armored truck, which was being driven by Garda employee Kevin Moss, struck the victim’s car on the passenger side, and then pushed the car into another vehicle and onto a grassy area, the story reported. Jazlovietcki was trapped in his car after the crash. Jazlovietcki was driving northbound on Brookwood Drive at Street Road in Bensalem on April 21, 2012, when the crash occurred.

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“At the hospital, Jazlovietcki was diagnosed with a radial shaft fracture of the left arm, and closed head injury,” the story reported. “The CT scan showed a laceration of the scalp over the right posterior frontal parietal region, as well as a subcutaneous hematoma.” His left arm was also splinted after the crash.

Several days later, Jazlovietcki returned to the hospital on April 23, 2012, “complaining of difficulty breathing, increased neck, head, jaw, left arm and right hand pain.” Tests were conducted including X-rays, as well as EKG and CT scans, the story said.

Jazlovietcki continued to have other health difficulties after the crash, including vertigo, blurred and double vision and memory loss, the story reported. He also experienced radiating pain down his legs and arms, severe wrist pain, and ongoing headaches, back pain, rib cage pain and pain in his left arm, according to the report. An orthopedist later diagnosed Jazlovietcki with a cerebral concussion, cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral pain and strain and myofasical syndrome, the report said. He continued to have ongoing medical issues.

Another doctor, a neuropsychologist, later diagnosed the victim with concentration, speech and short-term memory problems, according to the story. The doctor also diagnosed him as suffering from anxiety and depression and unable to resume work, as well as from a traumatic brain disorder. He had been employed as a material handler in a K-mart store.

On July 28, the case was settled for $850,000.

These kinds of injury cases occur every day when innocent victims are hurt or killed in vehicle crashes through no fault of their own due to the actions 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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