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Pennsylvania asbestos-related illness cases

Judicial districts in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are beginning to show new trends in asbestos litigation for asbestos-related illness. Filings for asbestos cases are remaining steady in Pittsburgh and are starting to rise in Philadelphia. The difference is who those cases are being brought against. Generally, asbestos cases used to be brought against shipyard conglomerates and industry front-runners; however, there is now more of a shift toward lawsuits that involve manufacturers of building materials that contained asbestos.

How are veterans compensated for asbestos illness?

Veterans of the U.S. military who were exposed to asbestos during their time in the armed forces and developed a disease related to the exposure are eligible to receive compensation for their illness.

If you or a loved one is a veteran who was exposed to asbestos, exposure may have happened when you came may have come in contact with it by:

A arbitrator will hear a grocery store slip-and-fall case

A woman in Pennsylvania was in a Martin's Food Market when she slipped and fell. The woman claims that she was significantly injured in the accident, and so she has filed a lawsuit against the grocery store, which is run by a company called Giant Food Stores, Inc. That company is based out of Carlisle. The case is now going to end up in front of an arbitrator.

The woman says that the grocery store was negligent, leading to the fall. According to her account, she was in the store, walking near an ice machine and there was a puddle of water on the floor. She stepped in the water, slipped on the slick surface and fell to the floor. This happened back in July 2013.

Car accident near Pennsylvania border proves fatal

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or an accident that was caused by another person, you could be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit involves a claim against a party that was responsible for the death of another person when that death was not intentional, but instead caused by recklessness or negligence. Wrongful death can come in many forms, but one of the most common types of wrongful death is a fatal motor vehicle accident.

An accident occurred recently near the border of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh. The scene is still being investigated, but police confirmed one death in the two-car accident, which caused the north bound lane to be shut down for hours. The conditions of any other parties involved have not been released.

Man awarded compensation in premises liability suit seeks payment

When a judge or jury awards a plaintiff compensation in a person injury lawsuit, the next step is to collect the money. This can be difficult if the defendant doesn't have the funds or simply will not pay. In a case out of Philadelphia, a man was awarded $25,000 in a premises liability case, but is returning to court in order to collect.

The premises liability case stemmed from an accident that happened in 2010. According to the plaintiff, he was on the sidewalk outside of the Delmar Morris Apartments, which are located on West Chelten Avenue. An interior demolition was going on in the apartment, and some of the debris crashed down on the man.

The degrees of burn injuries

Injury due to fire or an explosion leads to a time of real misery. Your body aches, you may be in constant pain and you have been told that the pain means you are healing. It doesn't feel that way at all. You could have been burned on the job by contact with an object that is on fire, falling down into a hot space or even being exposed to a chemical explosion.

Knowing what level of burn you have is valuable information. There are four degrees of burns. However, many institutions and courts do not accept the fourth degree, so only the top three will be discussed.

The duty of care owed to a trespasser

You may assume, as many people do, that you don't have to worry about trespassers who are hurt on your property. After all, you never invited them in and you didn't want them there in the first place, so if they get hurt, it's all on them. While this is true to some extent, it's important to note that you actually do owe a duty of care to someone who comes to your property without permission.

If you don't know there is a trespasser and had no way to assume such a thing would happen, the duty of care is lessened. If someone breaks into your home while it's being built and falls down a stairway that didn't have a rail, for example, that's not your fault. The home was not completed and cleared for occupancy, so you didn't need to make it safe for anyone.

Lawsuit filed for alleged contamination of property

A woman who taught at Muhlenberg High School in Philadelphia has named several defendants in a lawsuit alleging property contamination and more. The defendants in the case include Exide Technologies, Berks Products Corp., Muhlenberg School District, Berks County Commissioners of Reading, Muhlenberg Township Authority of Reading. The lawsuit was filed on April 23 in U.S. district court.

Exide is a company that handles the recycling of batteries. Berks Products provides excavation and trucking. The township is responsible for supplying drinking water for the plaintiffs. According to the lawsuit, the couple lived in a home located between Exide's battery recycling facility and the dump center the company once used. The plaintiffs claim that the environment was contaminated by the defendants with toxic chemicals and substances.

Pollock gas royalties case fairness hearing continued

During the Evidentiary Hearing held before Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell on May 4, 2015, the Court Ordered that the Fairness Hearing is continued to June 29, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 9B of the U.S. Courthouse, 700 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219. Class Members may receive notice of the continuance by U.S. Mail. Check the Class Action Website at http://www.pollockecagasroyaltyclassaction.com/.

Pollock royalties case fairness hearing scheduled for May 4, 2015

On March 5, 2015 the Court entered a final judgment after trial on behalf of Plaintiffs in the amount of $911,922.16 plus prejudgment interest, and against Defendant, Energy Corporation of America. Class Counsel for the Plaintiffs' have filed an Application for Attorney Fees and costs of 30% of the total verdict Amount and a Fairness Hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM in Courtroom 9B of the U.S. Courthouse, 700 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219.