Pennsylvania residents often overlook a very powerful tool at their disposal - the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law ("UTPCPL"). In simple terms, the law gives people who buy goods or services for personal, family, or household purposes a way to privately sue businesses for illegal behavior and even for behavior that is deceptive or predatory. The behavior prohibited by this law is broken out into twenty-one categories. The Pennsylvania legislature was generous enough to make the twenty-first category broad enough to encompass almost any scenario: "any other fraudulent or deceptive conduct which creates a likelihood of confusion or of misunderstanding." Perhaps the most attractive part of the law is the ability of people to request the following: up to three times their actual damages, the fees used to pay for their attorney, and the court costs for filing the action. To sum, this law levels the playing field between individual consumers and more powerful businesses.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court unanimously ruled that liability for neglect and abuse can be imposed on a nursing home under a corporate negligence theory in Scampone v. Grane Healthcare Company, _A.2d_, 2010 WL 2780315 (Pa. Super. July 15, 2010). The Court observed that such liability is already imposed on hospitals, HMOs and medical professional corporations that have total responsibility for the coordination of care and management of all patients. Reasoning that a nursing home is analogous to a hospital in the level of its involvement in a patient's overall health care, the Court held that the nursing home corporate owners and operators were liable to the deceased victim of systemic neglect and abuse for its grossly inadequate and incompetent staffing. The Court said: "If a health care provider fails to hire adequate staff to perfom the functions necessary to properly administer to a patient's needs, it has not enforced adequate policies to ensure quality care....the existence of this persitent lack of adequate staffing constituted a violation the [nursing home corporate owner's] duty to formulate, adopt and enforce adequate rules and policies to ensure quality care for its patients."
If you've suffered a serious work injury you may very likely be out of work for a very long time. First and foremost, you need an attorney and a Law Firm who will fight for you to make certain that you receive the Worker's Compensation Benefits to which you are entitled. Let me assure you that the Law Firm of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford will fight to protect you and your financial well being.
Frequently I am asked the above question. The answer is almost always "yes". If the police call you and request you go to their station to discuss a matter in which someone has accussed you of criminal activity, before granting the interview consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The police have a report that you or maybe your child has done something criminal. Their information may be incomplete or suspect and your interview will fill in the gaps in the complaining party's story.
As his father's fiancée lay in bed, nine months pregnant, Jordan Brown picked up a .20-gauge shotgun and fired a fatal blast into the back of the woman's head, killing her and the fetus. Our criminal justice system is set up to punish those responsible for these horrific acts. Prosecutors have a duty to show the calculated mindset of the accused and to ask a jury to levy the punishment against those found guilty.
I am the firm administrator of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford. We are a mid-size general practice firm in Montgomery County, PA, and life at the firm is never dull. There is activity galore. We see clients throughout the day and into the evening for a variety of legal issues. We practice in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County and Lehigh County. Each of our lawyers handles one, two or three areas of practice giving them the ability to be specialized in these areas. This also provides us the opportunity to handle just about all areas of law for our clients. We are grateful for each and every client particularly in these difficult economic times. Kathy, our long-time receptionist, greets each client with a smile making them feel welcome from the moment they step through the door. Clients tell us all of the time that the welcome feeling does not end there. They see it thoughout the entire representation process. We strive not only to provide our clients with high-quality legal services but also treat them with care, compassion and respect. Our clients comment often on the extreme knowledge, expertise and ability of our attorneys as well as the wonderful treatment they received during the entire process. We strive to never forget our values and take extreme pride in what we do. If you are in need of legal services, we would welcome your call today.