Pennsylvania Statutory Law

Oral Argument Matters – Here’s Proof

There are some attorneys and judges who say that oral argument doesn’t matter. Today I have proof that it does. On May 10, 2017, I argued the case of Erie Insurance v. Bristol before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. When I filed the petition asking the Court to take the case, the court rephrased the issue […]

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 […]

Commonwealth Court Declares Current IRE Process Unconstitutional in Workers’ Compensation Cases

September 18, 2015 — In Protz v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Derry Area School District), No. 1024 C.D. 2014 (Pa.Cmwlth., September 18, 2015), a divided en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court ruled that the use of the 5th and 6th Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairments to determine an injured […]

Pa. Senate Approves Increase in Minimum Auto Insurance Coverage

In a long overdue action, the Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Bill No. 928, which increases the required minimum liability insurance coverage in Pennsylvania to $25,000 per person, and $50,000 per accident; the bill also increases the minimum property damage coverage to $15,000. The current limits have been in place since 1968 and are not adequate […]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Statutory Limit on Damages Recoverable Against Local Government Agencies

In Zauflik v. Pennsbury School District, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the damages cap of $500,000 applicable to claims against local government agencies under the Tort Claims Act, 42 Pa. C.S. §§ 8501-8564.  The case involved a school student who suffered severe and permanent injuries when she was struck by a school […]

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