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Since our founding in 1959, we have won thousands of awards and settlements for victims and their families, including million-$ and multi-million-$ settlements.

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Our litigation team obtained a settlement with
a lifetime payout of over $12,750,000 for a middle
aged woman who was diagnosed with a brain
arteriovenous malformation.   read more

A $1,280,000 settlement has been reached in
favor of a retired man seriously injured in an
auto accident at a city intersection.   read more

The insurer for the driver of a truck that swerved to
avoid rear-ending a school bus and collided with
another vehicle has paid 1.2 million for the serious
injuries suffered by the other driver.   read more

A daycare center accident that blinded one eye
of a 22-month old child and that “could have and
should have been prevented,” has been settled...
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A woman who was seriously injured when her
vehicle was struck by a drunken driver has won
a settlement of 2.5 million.   read more

Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Workers' Compensation; Products Liability
Medical Malpractice; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents; Personal Injury; Workers' Compensation; Products Liability
Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Workers' Compensation; Products Liability
Workers' Compensation; Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Products Liability
Workers' Compensation; Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Products Liability
Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents; Personal Injury; Medical Malpractice; Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect; Workers' Compensation; Products Liability

Attorney John Badal of Liever, Hyman & Potter interviewed on Malpractice

May 4, 2009 by admin

by Holly Herman
Excerpted from Reading Eagle article

Rulings by the state Supreme Court in 2003 have reduced the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Berks County Court by 33 percent, according to President Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl.

The number of malpractice cases in Berks dropped from 30 in 2002, the year before the law changed, to 24 in 2008.

In 2003, the Supreme Court began requiring that cases be heard in the counties where plaintiffs say the malpractice occurred.

The court also required that all cases be certified by a medical professional, who establishes whether the treatment was outside acceptable standards.

John R. Badal, a Reading lawyer who represents medical malpractice plaintiffs, said he does not support a cap on awards in the cases.

“A cap would eliminate malpractice lawsuits,” he said. “The most seriously injured patients would not be compensated. The clients we represent are seriously injured.”

Court officials said malpractice suits initially dropped by more than half because attorneys were reluctant to pay for the experts just to get a suit ready to file. Most people had been filing in Philadelphia, where awards tended to be bigger, but lawyers could no longer do that unless the medical care in question had been delivered there.

After three years, cases began to rise again, but not to the level they had been before the 2003 rulings.

Badal said experts usually are paid $40,000 to $70,000.

“The good lawyers were getting the experts before the new law,” he said. “We are fully in favor of the new law, and we have always been very careful which lawsuit we file.”

Badal said verdicts are higher because the cases that do get filed are legitimate and serious.


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