Remove Medical Malpractice Reform from Trump Budget

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The Trump Administration’s budget proposal for 2018 includes another attempt to pass tort reform for medical malpractice lawsuits. We strongly oppose this effort to weaken compensation for injury victims and urge you to inform your elected representatives that you do not support it.

One Third of Drugs Have Safety Issue After FDA Approval

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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that almost one-third of new drugs in the United States have a significant safety issue in the first decade after FDA approval. This is a very concerning but not unexpected analysis as our lawyers have worked with many patients harmed by inadequately disclosed drug and medical device side effects over the years.

McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt Secures $1.836 Million Verdict for Injured Worker

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After a seven day trial conducted by McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorneys Jim McEldrew and Dan Purtell, our client has been awarded a verdict of $1.836 million by a Philadelphia jury for a spinal injury.

Jury Orders J&J Pay $1 Billion for Pinnacle Hip Implants

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A Texas jury last week awarded more than $30 million in damages and more than $1 billion in punitive damages to six plaintiffs who sued Johnson & Johnson for defective metal-on-metal hips made by its DePuy unit. It’s the third largest jury award in 2016.

New Warnings of Stryker Hip Failures with LFIT Component

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A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery last month identified five cases of catastrophic trunnion dissociation in Stryker Accolade TMZ Femoral Hip Stems. What does that mean in lay terms? It means that the hip implant device fails painfully in a small percentage of patients with certain risk factors approximately 7 to 7.5 years after surgery. And the $1.4 billion settlement for patients with defective Stryker hip implants following hip replacement surgery may not be the end of the lawsuits for the company.

Self-Driving Cars to Meet Personal Injury Lawyers

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot system engaged in May. The car occupant’s death is the first involving a self-driving car. The debate over who is responsible for the car accident could impact the future of both the technology and plaintiff’s attorneys.

Pharma Patients at Risk with New Drugs, Corruption

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Two reports on the pharmaceutical industry issued recently put the safety of drugs into question, with one questioning whether new drugs are put on the American market too soon (before all the risks are known) and the other noting the global risks of corruption within the drug industry on public health.

15 Year Low in PA Medical Malpractice Jury Verdicts

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We have previously written about the drop in PA medical malpractice lawsuits since the legislature required plaintiffs to obtain a certificate of merit from an expert to file a complaint. It turns out that we are also seeing new lows in the number of jury verdicts reached in Pennsylvania courts to resolve medical malpractice disputes.

One Year Anniversary of Amtrak Derailment

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Today is the one year anniversary of the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 at the Frankford Curve in Philadelphia. Sarah Feinberg, the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, called it the “most deadly rail accident we’ve had in a very long time.” We thought we would take a look at some of the changes that have been made since the accident and some of the news that is expected in the next week or so.

Deborah Rocco Certified in Workers’ Comp By PA Bar Association


Deborah RoccoOur Of Counsel, Deborah Rocco, has been certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section. Less than 200 attorneys across the state of PA have earned the designation.

In 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section as the first bar association entity in Pennsylvania to certify lawyers in the area of workers’ compensation law. Certification was granted to 149 lawyers who took the exam in 2013, 32 lawyers who took the exam in 2014, 20 lawyers who took the exam in 2015, and 18 who took the exam earlier this year.  We are very pleased to announce that Deb was one of the 18.

Deb passed the certification examination that focuses on workers’ compensation law and rules and leading case law.  She also successfully completed the 2016 certification process by submitting a variety of documents showing that at least 50 percent of her legal practice is in the specialty field of workers’ compensation, that she has practiced in the field for more than five years, and that she actively participates in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in workers’ compensation law and related fields.

If you are in need of a Philadelphia worker’s compensation lawyer, you can learn more about Deb Rocco by visiting her online profile: click here.

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