You may have seen recent front page articles in the Bucks County Courier Times and its sister paper, The Intelligencer, about members of a prominent Bucks County Family criminally charged in an alleged massive insurance fraud scheme. The story is big news at many levels. The defendants are of course presumed innocent and the State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We will leave to others, discussion of the case and the persons charged.
We've all experienced unevenness in a sidewalk, one block higher than the one next to it. A small unevenness, not seen until it is too late, can cause one to trip and suffer a serious injury: a fractured bone, ruptured/torn ligaments, muscles or tendons, damage to a joint, and/or a head injury. A very important decision in favor of the victim was handed down by the Pennsylvania Superior Court on January 15, 2015 in the sidewalk defect case of, Reinoso v Heritage Warminster and Kohl's Dept. Stores. The Court, sitting "en banc" (i.e. the full court, not just a 3 judge panel of the court), held that the trial court had erred in deciding, as a matter of law, that a sidewalk unevenness which measured only between 5/8 and 1-1/8 inches, was too "trivial" to allow the victim to recover damages. The Bucks County trial court thus erred in throwing the case out of court rather than letting the case go to trial and be decided by a jury. At Goldman Law Offices, we have substantial experience in recovering money for clients injured in fall downs and many other types of incidents.