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Superior Court Limits Discovery of Plaintiff's Attorney's File in Bad Faith Case

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently addressed the discoverability of the contents of the plaintiff’s attorney’s files in the context of bad faith litigation in the matter of Rhodes v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., A.3d —-, 2011 Pa.Super. 204 (Pa.Super. 2011).

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Award of Attorneys Fees and First Party Benefits

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The injured person finally won a battle in the ongoing fight against insurance company. Over the course of the last five years, the law in Pennsylvania governing personal injury actions has become increasingly insurance company friendly, making it harder and harder for injured people to be compensated for the negligence of others.

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Limitation On Discovery Concerning Written Communications Between Legal Counsel and Treating Physician

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In many personal injury claims, part of the plaintiff s burden of proof is to establish a medically diagnosed injury as a result of the negligence of a defendant by way of medical expert testimony. In most typical situations, the plaintiff’s counsel seeks to rely on the plaintiff’s treating physician in order to obtain such opinions.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Clarifies the Rights of Uninsured Motorists to Seek Damages for Economic Harm

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On February 21, 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision in Corbin v. Khosla, A.3d —– (Pa. 2012), which clarifies the rights of uninsured, injured parties to bring claims against those responsible for causing their injuries.

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New Regulation Requires Attorneys Requesting Direct Payment to File All Appeals Online

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The Social Security Administration has announced that representatives who request direct fee payment must file all appeals electronically. 77 Fed. Reg. 4653 (Jan. 31, 2012).

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Victory for Injured Worker Against Auto Insurer

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently affirmed the decision of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in School Claims Service v. Gardler. In this matter, the plaintiff was a school bus driver who was injured as a result of an accident.

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PUSL Overturned

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For those of you in the plaintiff s practice who have noticed a recent roadblock in the ability to secure justice for your clients, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently removed one roadblock they had previously put in place approximately 1 year ago.

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Common Law Marriage and Social Security Survivors Benefits

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The Social Security Administration provides for the payment of benefits under another s earning record if the wage earner passes away. These benefits are called survivors benefits. A widow or widower may receive benefits under their deceased spouse s earning record in two situations.

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