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June 2013 Archives

John Filice to Speak June 27th on Estate Planning at Retirement Forum

Are you thinking of retiring???  Do you have concerns with your financial planning arrangements?  There is a free financial planning forum coming to the Indian Valley area.  I am pleased to announce that John Filice, Esquire, of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, Attorneys at Law, will be one of the three key speakers at the event being held Thursday, June 27th, at 1:30 pm at the Maplewood Conference Center in the Peter Becker Community, 815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA.    Check out this link for more information: 3 Key Retirement Challenges.

Parents facing second faith healing death to be arraigned

Two parents who are members of a Christian fundamentalist church have been taken into custody after their eight-month-old son had died of pneumonia. The couple believes that medicine is against their religious beliefs, and cited this as the reason why they did not seek medical attention when the child became sick.

Three injured in North Philly shootings

Philadelphia police are looking for two shooters after a drive-by shooting in North Philadelphia have left three people injured. According to a Daily News report, the shooting occurred just before 4:00 on Monday afternoon. Among the people shot were a 29 year-old man who was shot twice in the elbow, a 24-year-old woman who was grazed on the thigh, and a 29-year-old pregnant woman who was shot five times.

Head-on crash surprisingly causes no life-threatening injuries

The dangers of driving are often underscored by an accident. But when a head-on crash occurs, most people would assume the injuries suffered are severe or fatal. A recent collision involving an 18-year-old male from Pennsylvania was just such an accident. Two of the three cars involved crashed into each other head-on. Fortunately, no one was killed. Authorities reported that none of the seven people involved had life-threatening injuries.

Woman falls on property, files suit against business and owner

Reports indicate that a business entity in Philadelphia has been named in a premises liability lawsuit. According to the suit, a woman from Texas was on the property where Chapman Ford Inc. is located when she encountered a defective condition. This condition reportedly caused her to slip and fall, injuring her in several different ways, the suit says. The incident occurred in February 2012 and the lawsuit was filed late last month, according to records.

Are drunk designated drivers a problem in Pennsylvania?

When groups of people go to sporting events in Philadelphia, whether it is to see the Phillies, Eagles, or Flyers, chances are that a person is selected to be the designated driver. In essence, the driver is going to remain sober and be responsible for getting his drunk friends home. 

Fatal car crash leaves family, friends, students stunned

The loss of a loved one can be hard to swallow, especially when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Car accidents are often the culprits that take away the life of someone without any previous indication of doing so and this is what recently happened to a teen from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. The 17-year-old was a well-known lacrosse and football player for the Haverford School. He was a senior set to graduate and was expected to play Division I lacrosse at a university in South Carolina before he passed away.

Medical Malpractice Suits Down in Pennsylvania

Our Administrative Office Of Pennsylvania Courts just reported that malpractice suits are down 10% from last year to 1508 from 1675 in 2011. In Philadelphia, our State's largest venue for malpractice suits, the number of cases was 389, the second lowest in a decade. Why? In 2002, the Legislature pased the MCARE Act which changed the landscape of many issues, particularly expert opinion evidence and damages. The Supreme Court also promulgated a number of rules, including a venue rule that requires a malpractice suit to be brought in the county where the event occurred and a Certificate of Merit rule designed to assure physician based probable cause to initiate a case. The trend as a result of the "reforms" has shown a statewide drop in cases without more drastice measures such as capping damages. Doctors are not leaving the State, specialities are covered, but errors continue at an unacceptable rate. And, with all the reform and resultant reduction in the number of lawsuits, premiums have not gone down as the carriers enjoy record profit. Truth: Only 1 in 5 medical malpractice cases pay so lawyers are only bringing meritorious cases with causally related damages that warrant the long term costly commitment to litigation. Truth: About 7.5% of doctors have a claim filed against them each year with fewer than 2% of doctors each year subject to a successful claim where an insurer had to pay a settlement or court judgment. Truth: The sum of medical malpractice payment made on behalf of doctors is only about 0.12% of total U.S. healthcare costs; the total cost of medical liability insurance is only about 0.36% of total healthcare costs. It's long overdue that Doctors and Hospitals unite against the carriers, government and industry that deny them fair reimbursement, that turn their offices into billing departments requiring computerized physician-patient records that are destroying the communication needed for proper differential diagnosis and treatment. The problem is not with trial lawyers or the American tort system. It is time to stand up or there willl some day be a nationalized medical standard of care and remedial system to address error where patient rights and safety are lost and the profession of medicine is reduced to systematic practices set by the government and industry.

U.S. Supreme Court approves DNA samples for arrestees

In what was described as "the most important criminal procedure case" heard in decades, the United States Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement agencies can take DNA samples of people who are arrested. The process, which commonly is conducted through a cheek swab, gives law enforcement an important tool in being able to link perpetrators to unrelated crimes (and cold cases).

Gregory R. Gifford
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    "Matthew Taylor Wilkov, Esquire, Graduates from U.S. Army War College"
    LANSDALE – Gregory Gifford, managing partner of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C. says the firm is honored to have a U.S. Army War College graduate among its ranks.Read more...

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