Appellate Decisions

Pa. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Uninsured Motorist (Auto Insurance) Case – Attorney Daniel Siegel Serves as Appellate Counsel

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur today in Erie Insurance v. Bristol, on the following issue, “In uninsured motorist claims subject to mandatory arbitration, is the statute of limitations tolled only by the commencement of an official judicial action, or may extra-judicial actions also toll the statute of limitations?” I am appellate counsel, working with […]

Pa. Supreme Court Rules That Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Pa.R.Civ.P. 2013(3), Permitting Courts To Enforce Arbitration Agreements in Wrongful Death and Survival Actions

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), 9 U.S.C. §2, preempts Pa.R.Civ.P. 2013(e), which requires consolidation of survival and wrongful death actions for trial. Consequently, the Court held that plaintiffs’ wrongful death and survival actions must be bifurcated, and that the survival action must proceed to […]

Lawyers & Social Media – Adding Flames to Fires

Ah, social media. Facebook, Yelp, you name it, social media is out there, and lawyers are using – and misusing it. Here are some recent examples that highlight the issues confronting us – and why it is best to recognize the problems up front – so you don’t have to hire me to represent you […]

Another victory in the battle over workers’ compensation impairment ratings

Since 2012, our firm has been leading the challenge to the unconstitutionality of the current impairment rating evaluation (IRE) process in Pennsylvania. We have filed numerous briefs explaining in detail why the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Labor & Industry’s adoption the guidelines used in the 5th and 6th editions of the AMA Guides violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. In […]

Pa. Supreme Court to Address IRE Issues

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on February 3, 2016 agreed to decide an important issue concerning Impairment Rating Evaluations under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In Duffey v. WCAB (Trola-Dyne, Inc.), the Court will decide whether the Commonwealth Court erred by  concluding that an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE), which is designed to rate the percentage of disability two […]

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