May 16, 2016 |
Three weeks after the crash of Amtrak Train 188, Aaron Levine, 80, woke up in Temple University Hospital's intensive care unit. He was on a ventilator. He had nine broken ribs, which had punctured his right lung, collapsing it. The area around his lung had filled with blood. He took so long to wake up, doctors had worried about brain injury. Unable to speak because of the breathing tube, he mouthed the words to family, nurses, doctors, everyone: "Let me die. " Levine, one of 238 passengers, was a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Washington.
February 12, 2016 |
THADDEUS JOHN Bartkowski II, a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Villanova, died Feb. 4. He was 67. Bartkowski grew up in Bridesburg and attended St. John Cantius Elementary School and La Salle College High School. After graduating from Villanova University, he received his law degree from the Villanova School of Law in 1973. Although he enjoyed being a lawyer, his family said his true passion was being a devoted husband and father. "My father coached a lot of sports my brother and I were involved in," said son Thaddeus John Bartkowski III. Among those sports were track and ski racing.
February 10, 2016
Call it a clash of cultures. The investigation into the horrific crash of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12, 2015, is proceeding along two paths, and the two couldn't be more different. The National Transportation Safety Board so far has taken the lead, opening its probe one day after the crash. Its cautious and collaborative approach to rail and aircraft disasters has won praise for encouraging witnesses to open up, but also criticism for seeming to pull punches. Dozens of personal-injury lawyers also want a crack at explaining what happened, and have filed 111 lawsuits involving the crash.
May 28, 2015 |
To improve safety, Amtrak will install video cameras to monitor the actions of engineers in locomotive cabs, Amtrak chief executive Joseph Boardman said Tuesday. The use of such cameras has beenurgedfor five years by the National Transportation Safety Board and opposed by the engineers' union. The cameras will allow managers and accident investigators to review engineers' actions. Similar cameras, facing outward from the front of the locomotives, already are in place. The action is the second major safety move by Amtrak after the May 12 derailment of Train 188 at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured about 200 passengers.
April 22, 2015 |
After all the courtroom jostling and legal swordplay, it may in the end come down to this - the word of three witnesses against one. Any day now, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto is expected to issue his second and likely final ruling on the $1 million penalty he imposed on insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor. This decision has had the city's legal community buzzing. The emerging consensus is that the penalty, unprecedented in its magnitude, isn't justified based on the alleged offense and sets a terrible precedent.
November 28, 2014 |
Philadelphia taxis carry much less insurance coverage than cabs in many other cities, providing less protection for passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists in case of accidents. The minimum insurance requirement for taxis in Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania is $15,000 per injured person and $30,000 for all people injured in any incident. That requirement, the same as for private motorists, has not changed since 1974. It compares with minimums of $20,000 and $40,000 for taxis in Boston, $30,000 and $60,000 in Baltimore, $100,000 and $300,000 in New York City and Los Angeles, $350,000 in Chicago, and $500,000 in Dallas.
May 27, 2014 |
Life fell apart quickly for the young Marine when he returned home to Philadelphia from Iraq a few years ago. While deployed, he worked as a guard, sometimes protecting convoys from ambushes. Back home, the veteran slept with a knife under his mattress. Or a sword. He could not sit with his back to a door. He could not handle crowded SEPTA buses. He was tormented by nightmares and would wake up sweating and screaming that he was under attack. His girlfriend couldn't take it anymore.
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A Center City personal-injury lawyer ran a slip-and-fall insurance scheme and paid 45 people to help him stage bogus claims, District Attorney Seth Williams said Wednesday. A grand jury alleged that Andrew H. Gaber, 52, a sole practitioner, ran the scam for seven years from his office at 15th and Walnut Streets. Twenty-one insurance companies were defrauded of almost $400,000, the grand jury said. In announcing the investigation, Williams said Gaber - who was aware of the grand jury's work and pending fraud charges - committed suicide April 15. Gaber's death cast a pall over Williams' news conference detailing two years of work by a county investigating grand jury that heard from 20 witnesses, and examined about 360 documents and exhibits.
April 1, 2014 |
LIKE SO MANY long-suffering Sixers fans, I walked into Wells Fargo Center feeling like the two Delaware County teens who sat in nosebleed seats with a handmade sign: #WITNESS27 . If the Sixers were going to lose their 27th game in a row Saturday night, earning them the longest losing streak in major American pro sports, I wanted to see it. "We are true Sixers fans," said Joe Bakey, 16, of Brookhaven, who held the sign. "But this is a big moment in sports history. " His cousin, Ryan Stephano, 14, of Garnet Valley, said, "LeBron James' motto is 'Witness.' And we are here, witnessing.
February 5, 2014 |
WHAT'S IN THE WATER over at the news stations? Everyone's getting pregnant. NBC10's Deanna Durante will have to find a red maternity gown when she co-hosts the upcoming Red Ball with colleague Keith Jones . Durante is expecting her second child with hubby Tim Swan . She hasn't announced on air yet, but the station knows Durante is expecting. The couple welcomed their first child, Maya Elizabeth Swan , back in August 2011. Jones and Durante will host the annual Red Cross fundraiser at the Please Touch Museum on March 8. Then there's CBS3's Nicole Brewer , who announced she was pregnant with her first child, tweeting a picture of her 8/2/14 due date.