It's not uncommon these days for insurance companies who settle Pennsylvania injury lawsuits to insist on a confidentiality clause. The clause requires that people who accept a Pennsylvania injury settlement keep certain facts about the settlement (like the fact there was a settlement and the amount) secret, even from close friends and family. Injured people often accept such a clause because, they think, "No one really enforces those clauses. Besides, how would they know if I just told my family?"
Everyone knows that Erie injury lawyers compete with each other, right? That's true, of course. After all, we're all marketing ourselves in search of the same work. But Pennsylvania injury attorneys also collaborate with one another. In fact, some of our best clients are other Erie car accident lawyers who send their cases to us when a trial is necessary. One of those lawyers recently allowed us to publish a very nice note he sent us about how helpful it was for him to be able to tell the defense lawyer (and the defense insurance company) that we'd be trying his case if they weren't able to get it settled.
Erie injury lawyer Eric J. Purchase is featured on the new website for the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers ("WPTLA"). The site, which features only those Pennsylvania trial lawyers who commit to support the organization at the President's Club level, was recently launched and provides helpful information about the organization, its mission and the community projects it undertakes.
Last week, an Erie County jury rendered a Pennsylvania car accident verdict that should make State Farm think twice before trying to take advantage of injured people in northwestern Pennsylvania. In Engel v. Palmer and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, a case tried for the plaintiff by Erie injury lawyer Eric J. Purchase, the jury found for the plaintiff and awarded damages of $375,968.32. Prior to trial, State Farm had offered no more than $18,000.
Our Pennsylvania car accidents library is one article larger today than it was last week. We added an article entitled "Tips from an Erie Car Accident Lawyer: Teach Your Teen to Drive in Pennsylvania." We write all of our articles with an eye toward being helpful but this one's origins stem from my personal experience.
The Erie lawyers of Purchase & George, P.C. are frequently called upon by Erie television news programs to offer insight on newsworthy legal issues of the day. Recently, Eric Purchase spoke to an Erie reporter on the plight of a Pennsylvania family who said they might lose their home after following the advice of a California law firm. (To see the story and segments of the interview of Erie attorney Eric Purchase, click HERE.)
Our Pennsylvania car accidents blog is frequently a forum for distracted driving information. As Erie auto injury lawyers, it's a favorite and recurring topic. Still, we couldn't resist adding some new information that allows us to "rank" some of the most common driving distractions in order of danger.
An Erie motorcycle accident near the Waldameer entrance this past Wednesday claimed the life of the motorcycle driver and his passenger is in critical condition at UPMC Hamot. Also injured was a passenger in the car involved in the Pennyslvania motorcycle collision.
As Erie car accident lawyers, we've felt an obligation to try to spread the word about the dangers of texting and driving. That's why we partnered with the Pennsylvania State Police and WJET to make presentations to area high schools and employers about the risks of texting and driving and it's why we have spent so much time on that risk in other posts on this Erie accident law website. Today's news brings another example of the risks of texting while driving.
Two Erie car accidents are in the news today.