On July 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the case of Maas v. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, 234 A.3d 427 (Pa. 2020), concluding that a mental health professional can be sued when a patient threatens to murder or seriously injure a “readily identifiable” victim and the facility fails to warn such individual of the danger….

Can You Sue a Dead Person in Pennsylvania? In this video, Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Rayne explains the rules concerning suing Dead People in Pennsylvania. Legally, a Dead Person no longer exists under Pennsylvania Law, so the act of suing a Dead Person is useless. Nevertheless, there is a way to make a legal…

Here are the things to do after hiring Tim Rayne as your Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer: Gather and send to Tim any papers relating to your accident which you have not already given to him, such as your insurance policy, police report, photos, bills, correspondence, notes, etc. Prepare a detailed narrative about how the accident…

Anatomy of a Lawsuit I’m sure you’ve seen enough TV shows to be generally familiar with the stages of a civil trial, but the trial is just the last part of a lawsuit and most cases settle long before then. Hopefully you’ll never find yourself involved in Personal Injury Litigation, but here is a brief…

How to Avoid Unexpected Liability For Wintertime Slip and Falls Winter is not over yet.  We are nearly guaranteed to have ice and snow in Chester County Pennsylvania in February or even early March.  Snow and ice lead to Slip and Fall accidents, injuries and legal liability. Here are 5 Tips to Avoid Legal Liability…

Five Ways to Ruin a Good Pennsylvania Personal Injury Case Poor choices or Bad Luck With Insurance –  In a Pennsylvania Car Accident Case, your own Car Insurance choices can significantly impact your legal rights.  Choosing Limited Tort, rather than Full Tort, can limit your rights to compensation.  Failing to purchase significant Uninsured and Underinsured Coverage…

What is a Deposition? A Deposition is part of the Discovery Process that occurs in a civil lawsuit. After the lawsuit is filed and answered, the parties engage in a period of Discovery to learn about each other’s case to evaluate the case for settlement negotiations or prepare the case for a Trial. A Deposition…

We see it on the news and often it’s captured on video.  A fight erupts in a restaurant or at a stadium and customers or patrons are injured.  Or, even worse a shooting occurs at a store or office.  Is the jointly business responsible for the harm caused by the criminal? Pennsylvania Businesses are not…

Personal Injury claims get a bad rap.  Most people hate Personal Injury Lawyers and are skeptical, if not outright hostile, to all Personal Injury claims. Some of the negative sentiment is self-inflicted, an understandable reaction to aggressive television commercials and billboards.  The publicity given to unusual cases like the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case doesn’t help…

Why Don’t Juries Hear About Insurance in Personal Injury Cases? If you were a Juror on a Personal Injury Trial and were never allowed to hear the word “Insurance” in the trial and weren’t told that an Insurance Company Lawyer was hired to defend the person or company being sued, what would you be thinking?…

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