Pennsylvania Punitive Damages Reform Update

Author: Marc L. Penchansky As we reported in January, the Pennsylvania House approved legislation that would cap punitive damages to 200% of what a jury awards a claimant for compensatory damages. The bill applies to claims filed against personal care homes, assisted living communities and long-term care nursing facilities. The bill would not apply to…

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Medical Malpractice Claims, Settlements and Verdicts, It’s All in the Numbers

Author: Joel I. Fishbein Medical malpractice lawyers, claims professionals and risk managers recently received comprehensive information from two sources about the medical claims environment in Pennsylvania during the 2011 year. First, in the 2012 Medical Malpractice Payout Analysis – Southeast Edition, a report released by Diederich Healthcare, we learned that data taken from the National…

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Social Media: Key Evidence in a Technology Driven Society

Author: Kimberly A. Potter “Social media” fifteen years ago was an unknown expression that has now infiltrated most people’s daily lives. The rise of social media outlets brings with it a host of issues forcing traditional legal concepts to evolve to keep pace with technology. The effect that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or MySpace (just to…

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