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Fertig v. Horace Mann Ins. Co. | Judicial Opinion
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After the jury in separate underinsured motorist (“UIM”) beneﬁts trials awarded the insured $75,000.00 in economic damages and $175,000.00 in noneconomic damages for an aggregate gross award of $250,000.00, the combined verdicts were reduced to a net UIM award of $150,000.00 to reﬂect a credit for the tortfeasor’s liability insurance coverage limit of $100,000.00.
Plaintiff’s passing leads to substitution in wrongful death suit against Geisinger Medical Center
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Due to the death of a plaintiff, one representing the estate of a Carbondale woman who passed away from cardiac arrest three years ago while in the care of Geisinger Medical Center, another individual has been substituted to stand in for the litigation.
THE VERY FIRST POST-COVID PLAINTIFF’S VERDICT AND ONE OF LARGEST VERDICT IN BRADFORD COUNTY HISTORY
Michael Pisanchyn, News Coverage
Michael Pisanchyn was lead trial counsel with Douglas Yazinski and Bradley Moyer sitting second chair. The Defendant Monroeton Rod and Gun Club was represented by 1) Donald Carmelite, 2) Scott Gemberling and 3) Mathew Kerris sitting second chair all from Marshall Dennehey and also 4) Patrick Heffron of Chartwell Law. The Defendant Driver was represented by Attorney Robert Muolo from Wiest Muolo Noon Swinehart and Bathgate. The trial took place for 5 days with the jury deliberating about 90 minutes.
Michael Pisanchyn Obtains $2.3 Million for Client
Daily Item, Michael Pisanchyn, News Coverage
A $2.3 million resolution will keep the community safe from bars and restaurants who serve people too much to drink, said an attorney representing Scott Bitler’s family.
$2.3 Recovery Dram Shop – Pennsylvania Jury & Verdict Review
Michael Pisanchyn, News Coverage, PA Jury Verdict Review
This dram shop action arose from an automobile accident involving a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver after he consumed alcohol at two Northumberland County, Pennsylvania bars. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant bars served the driver alcohol while he was visibly intoxicated.
Berks County Children’s Home Hit With $3M Verdict for Teenage Girl’s Death
Legal Intelligencer, News Coverage
A Philadelphia jury handed down a nearly $3 million verdict against a Berks County children's residential treatment home accused of ignoring the warning signs of a mentally ill teenager's intent to commit suicide. By P.J. D'Annunzio | April 09, 2019 at 03:53 PM A Philadelphia jury handed down a nearly $3 million verdict against a [...]
Family of teen who committed suicide awarded $2.9 million against treatment facility
BY TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER Apr 9, 2019 Updated Apr 17, 2020 Comments A Philadelphia County jury awarded more than $2.9 million to the father of a teenager who committed suicide after running away from a Berks County residential treatment facility. Calvin Long of Wernersville filed suit against Bethany Children's Home in Womelsdorf, alleging staff there was [...]
Philadelphia Jury Awards $3 Million in Wrongful Death Case
Legal Intelligencer, News, News Coverage
$3 million was awarded to the father of a 16-year-old girl who committed suicide in 2015 while she resided at the Bethany Children’s Home. A Philadelphia jury found Bethany Children’s Home negligent for not properly supervising the young woman, resulting in her leaving the campus unsupervised – despite the law requiring her to be supervised off the grounds while under their care.
Jury awards $2.9 million in wrongful death case against Bethany Children’s Home
A Philadelphia jury awarded $2.9 million to the father of a 16-year-old girl who committed suicide in 2015 while she resided at the Bethany Children’s Home in western Berks County, according to court documents.
Lawsuit alleges eastern Pa. man harbored dangerous wolf-dog hybrid
Patrick Varine | Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:06 p.m. The family of a Scranton toddler who was attacked by a dog this past May is suing the dog’s owner, accusing him of harboring an exotic wolf-dog hybrid he knew to be dangerous. Katelyn Davis’ 2-year-old son, who is not identified by name in the lawsuit, [...]
Lawsuit: 9-year-old boy was abused at now-closed youth home
ZELIENOPLE. Pa. — A new lawsuit has been filed against a now-shuttered Butler County youth home with a troubled history after allegations that a young child was sexually abused there. Glade Run Lutheran Services closed in 2015 amid several abuse claims that were reported to the state's Department of Human Services. A lawsuit was settled [...]
New lawsuit filed against Glade Run Lutheran claims another boy was sexually assaulted
Michael DiVittorio | Thursday, January 10, 2019 6:32 p.m. The parent organization that ran a since-closed Zelienople youth home and recently settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a teenage sexual assault victim faces a new lawsuit of a similar nature. Attorney Michael Pisanchyn Jr. of the Pittsburgh-based Pisanchyn Law Firm filed the suit this [...]
Pisanchyn Law Firm Obtains Settlement for Sexual Abuse Victim
Butler Eagle, News, News Coverage
The Pisanchyn Law Firm has reached settlement for its sexual abuse suit with Glade Run, a nonprofit that provides youth services. The confidential settlement will enable the family of the young victim, who suffered abuse at Glade Run’s Zelienople youth service program, to adequately care for his needs for the rest of his life. The [...]
Glade Run faces new lawsuit
Eric Jankiewicz Eagle Staff Writer | January 11, 2019 Only days after settling a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse, a Zelienople youth service program is being sued again over similar accusations, including claims that the program's lax supervision led to sexual assaults in 2014. “A brief review of the facts, as stated in [the victims] complaint, [...]
Glade Run center facing another lawsuit
Ellwood City Ledger, News Coverage
ZELIENOPLE — Another lawsuit alleging sexual assault has been filed against the former Glade Run Lutheran Services youth home. The Pisanchyn Law Firm filed the complaint Monday in Butler County Court on behalf of a now-19-year-old boy, who was 13 at the time of the alleged incidents. The same firm filed two separate lawsuits last [...]
Dog attack on toddler prompts negligence lawsuit
The family of a 2-year-old boy severely injured when a dog bit him at Hollenback Park earlier this year filed suit against the dog owner Thursday, accusing him of negligence in the attack that occurred while the dog was in a fenced dog area.
Articles: Dog attack on toddler prompts negligence lawsuit
The Pisanchyn Law Firm filed suit earlier today. See some of the media that have been published all the way to Pittsburgh. We’re hoping this will make the community safer and bring attention to this issue. Can click on the three different articles below: Times Leader Trib Live Citizen’s Voice
PLF’s $6.5 M Recovery Featured in PA Jury Verdict Review
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Pisanchyn Law Firm’s recent $6.5 million recovery for the untimely death of 22-year old Wesley Sherwood due to a defective rock crusher is featured in Pennsylvania Jury Verdict Review & Analysis. Click the images below to read the full story.
$6.5M settlement for family of man killed by rock crusher
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Article by the Times Leader – Click here to view By Patrick Kernan – email@example.com | October 13th, 2017 10:04 pm Wesley SherwoodLANESBORO — Wesley Sherwood’s family has agreed to a $6.5 million settlement with two companies after he was killed by falling into a rock crusher in 2011. Sherwood’s estate was represented by the [...]
Jury Awards Woman more than $311K for DUI Crash
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This last Thursday a jury in Lackawanna County, sent a message to a Defendant awarding over quarter of a million dollars for his “outrageous conduct.” Specifically the jury awarded $311,498.45 with the largest portion $200,000 toward punitive damages. It took the Pisanchyn Law Firm through Attorney Douglas Yazinski and Bradley Moyer just one day to [...]
Late doctor’s family sues Wilkes Barre General
Citizens Voice, News, News Coverage
The Citizen’s Voice Staff writer @cvjimhalpin The family of a Pittston doctor who hanged himself shortly after being discharged from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital has sued the hospital alleging doctors there failed to act when he expressed suicidal thoughts during a psychiatric assessment. Dr. Steven Allan Azaravich, 33, of Pittston, was found dead July 22, 2015, [...]
Federal Suit Filed on Behalf of Sexual Assault Victims
Butler Eagle, News, News Coverage
The Pisanchyn Law Firm has filed a Federal Lawsuit against Butler County, its prison and their food service provider on behalf of two inmates who were sexually assaulted while serving time for low-level offenses. Attorney Michael Pisanchyn, Jr., says that the main concern of the suit is preventing future sexual assaults at the facility. “It [...]
Child Facility to Close
Butler Eagle, News, News Coverage
State won’t renew Glade Run license Child facility to close- One of Glad Run Lutheran Services’ residential buildings will soon no longer be in service following incidents of staff negligence. The Department of Human Services issues a non-renewal notice last week to the child residential facility operated by Glade Run at 70 Beaver Road. “If [...]
State Revokes Glade Run Residential Care Facility’s Operations License
By Andy Sheehan | November 14, 2016 at 7:16 pm ZELIENOPLE (KDKA) — State investigators say lax oversight at a Butler County residential treatment facility for children with autism and other developmental disabilities continues to jeopardize the safety of those who live there. On Monday, the state Department of Human Services once again revoked Glade [...]
Most Common Distracted Driving Accident Causes
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Most Common Hospital Mistakes
There are many factors that can contribute to hospital mistakes, also known as medical errors, which can lead to harm or injury to patients. Some common causes of hospital mistakes include:
Pisanchyn Law Firm’s $250K Recovery Featured in VerdictSearch
On Aug. 27, 2014, plaintiff Destiny Fertig, 18, was driving on Route 222, in Lower Macungie Township. The front driver’s side of her vehicle was partially struck head-on by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, when the driver of that vehicle attempted to turn left. Fertig claimed an aggravation of a preexisting condition and injuries to her neck and knee.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT
By following these steps, you can protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
The most common car accident injuries
The most common car accident injuries can vary depending on the severity and circumstances of the crash, but some of the most common types of injuries include:
Most common type of medical malpractice claim
Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury litigation that occurs when a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or nurse, fails to provide appropriate care, and as a result, the patient is harmed. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, birth injuries, and prescription errors. To prove medical malpractice, the following elements must be present:
Personal Injury Litigation
Personal injury litigation refers to a legal process where an individual seeks compensation for harm suffered as a result of another person’s negligence or intentional actions. This can include physical injury, property damage, and emotional distress.
Do Medical Malpractice Cases Make Health Care Costs Go Up?
There are many myths in personal injury litigation designed to scare people away from filing lawsuits after being negligently injured. There are 5 common myths in medical malpractice litigation and we want to bring you the truths behind these myths.
Can a Lawyer provide remote “Legal Advice” via phone across state lines?
The answer to this question depends on the nature of the call and what type of legal advice is being asked. A lawyer can only provide advice for jurisdictions in which the lawyer is licensed.
What are common misconceptions about lawyers?
Being lawyers, we know and understand the stereotypes against us from the general population. Some of you may have actually met the select few lawyers who fit those stereotypes of being dishonest, scheming, and money hungry. For that, we apologize for the bad taste they have left in your mouth.
Most Common Workplace Injury: Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is now the most common workplace injury in the United States—and those who work in the construction or manufacturing industries are often the most at-risk of suffering auditory damage.
Can I Get Compensation After a Winter Weather Accident?
Many people may be under the mistaken impression that simply because poor weather conditions contributed to an accident, victims may not be able to recover for their injuries. In fact, an insurance company may try and claim that the accident in which you were involved was unavoidable and did not reflect negligence on the part of the other driver.
Do lawyers bend the rules when questioning witnesses by asking impermissible questions just to get the jury thinking about them?
Good lawyers? No. Bad lawyers, maybe. Often, if a lawyer does this, it is because they don’t actually know what they are allowed to ask and what they are not allowed to ask.
Is it OK to Post on Social Media After an Injury?
How many times did you check your Facebook today? Did you Snapchat your morning coffee? Instagram the long line of traffic during the morning commute? Tweet about last night’s game? Social media has become a constant in the lives of many.
Most People Don’t Know…
Each week we compile a list of important facts that most people don’t know, and as a result, could harm them or their claim. As the week goes on we share more information on each fact.
When Just in Case Turns Into Now What
We explained yesterday what a phantom driver accident is, and what kind of coverage you should have on your insurance policy to protect yourself just in case you are ever the victim of a phantom driver. In this post we are going to go a little more in depth on what you should do when a phantom driver accident occurs.
Hit and Run…Minus the Hit?
Did you know in Pennsylvania another vehicle does not have to physically touch your vehicle to be treated the same as a hit and run?
Are You Covered?
Too often people come to us thinking they have “full coverage” on their insurance policies only to find out too late that they have the basic coverage required by law, or not enough coverage to pay for the hospital bills and damages.
Do You Know the Difference?
It’s common for us to ask if you have full tort on your insurance policy and many times people will respond with, “I have full coverage.” Full coverage and full tort are not one in the same.
Is Limited Tort Really Less Expensive?
People choose limited tort on their policy because it saves them a little money right now, but if you get in a bad accident it won’t save you anything; in fact you could cost you thousands.