TopDog Law | Philadelphia Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents

Philadelphia has seen two hit-and-run pedestrian accidents that resulted in fatalities recently. The first accident occurred Monday around 7pm on Germantown Avenue. A 21-year-old woman was crossing the street as a driver in a gray Tesla struck her. She sadly passed away at Einstein Hospital from severe head trauma. 

The second accident took place at a crosswalk in West Philadelphia Wednesday night. A 27-year-old man driving a Toyota Highlander crashed into two pedestrians, killing one of them and injuring the other. The driver faces several criminal charges; however, police have not found the driver from the first accident.

There are far too many pedestrian accidents each year. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reported over 6,500 deaths and 55,000 injuries from pedestrian accidents in 2020.

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

The NHTSA highlights numerous safety tips for both drivers and pedestrians to prevent future pedestrian accidents from happening. It’s important to always be vigilant and keep an eye out for pedestrians while on the road. Follow speed limits and never pass a vehicle that’s stopped at a crosswalk as there could be a pedestrian crossing that you cannot see.

Some safety precautions for pedestrians include always opting to use sidewalks when available, looking in all directions before crossing the street, and avoiding drugs and alcohol while walking. For more on pedestrian safety and statistics, visit the NHTSA’s website. To learn more about your legal options in the event of an accident, click here.

TopDog Law | Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center Sued For Sexual Assault

Thirteen former Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center attendees are filing a lawsuit against the center. The lawsuit states that between 2004 and 2014 they were assaulted by staff. The youngest victim was only eight years old.

Philadelphia law groups Saltz, Mongeluzzi, and Bendesky, along with TopDog Law, are the two firms representing complainants in the Devereux lawsuit, Jane Doe (X.X.) vs. Devereux Foundation, Inc. This lawsuit is believed to be the largest survivor-group complaint filed against Devereux to date. Kristen Feden of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, and Bendesky commented “… they were sexually abused by the very people who were supposed to protect them.” Feden also stated that Devereux was aware of the abuse and did nothing to prevent it.

The President of Devereux, Carl Clark, apologized for the abuse and said that all facilities will remain open while undergoing these investigations. Devereux leaders claim that safety measures have improved and safeguards have been put in place to prevent future abuse. Despite those claims since 2018, there have been four staff members charged with sexual abuse of more than ten children.

We are aware of the long-term effects that a place like Devereux leaves on someone, and we want to help. TopDog Law is taking claims from former Devereux attendees. If you or someone you know has suffered from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center, contact us immediately. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation.

TopDog Law | Maternal Mortality Rates Increase in 2019

Data shows that in 2019 maternal mortality rates in the U.S. spiked, with major disparities in age and race. It was found that black people die from pregnancy-related causes at a higher rate than non-Hispanic white people and Hispanic people.

The World Health Organization defined maternal death as “the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of pregnancy termination, regardless of the duration or site of pregnancy, and from any cause related to pregnancy or its management.”

Assistant Professor, Rose Molina, MD, MPH, said the increase in death proves the vast inequities between racial and age groups. She also said the mortality rate is similar to that seen in low-income countries.

Public officials have finally begun acknowledging this huge issue. In December 2019, the former U.S. Surgeon General released a Call to Action to try to resolve the problem. Along with the call to action, the House of Representatives called the maternal mortality rate a “national disgrace,” and demanded action to lessen the number of annual mortalities. Their goal was to increase the number of midwives, reduce racial disparity, and increase access to mental health assistance.

Molina claimed that despite the increased awareness of this issue, the medical community must continue examining racial disparities and policies that shape the experiences of patients who are pregnant or dealing with postpartum transition.

Contact TopDog Law if you feel there was a wrongful death due to medical negligence. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. 

TopDog Law | Intoxicated Driver Causes Car Accident

An intoxicated driver in Northampton Township, PA caused a major accident on March 28th, 2021 when he tried to pass a car and then crashed head-on into a second car. After the head-on collision, he was then hit by the car he tried to initially pass. This accident caused a car carrying four 17-year-old girls to catch fire. A bystander saved all the girls, but their conditions range from serious to life-threatening.

The police say the intoxicated should not have been driving at all. Not only was he intoxicated, but he was in the country on an expired work visa with a UK license. He is facing felony charges and being held with a $10 million bail. 

If you ever find yourself in an accident of any sort, TopDog Law is here to help. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are trained to help you get back on your feet. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. 

TopDog Law would like to remind everyone to never drink and drive, no matter what. We also want to send out thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this accident.

TopDog Law | Allegations Continue To Come Forward About Former Philadelphia Detective Philip Nordo

Former homicide detective, Philip Nordo, was accused in 2019 of sexually assaulting male witnesses and intimidating them to keep them quiet during criminal investigations. To this day, new accusations are still coming out.

Philip Nordo was fired in 2017 after allegations were made stating that he paid a key witness. Two years later the accusations of assault were made public after a long investigation into the ex-detective. The charges included counts of rape and sexual assault.

If you or someone you know has been attacked in any way by former detective Philip Nordo, contact TopDog Law immediately. We are taking these cases very seriously and want to help his victims through this hard time. Additionally, if you believe there was a wrongful conviction and Philip Nordo was on the case, reach out to us so we can get to the bottom of it.

TopDog Law’s Philadelphia lawyers are trained to get you compensation for your pain and suffering through difficult times. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation.

TopDog Law | Uber or Lyft Accidents

So what happens when your Uber or Lyft gets into an accident and you’re the passenger? TopDog Law takes these cases on to get you the best compensation that you deserve.

It can be scary when you’re in a strangers car and it gets into an accident. But don’t worry; Uber and Lyft drivers are required to have insurance to cover everyone involved. For example, Uber maintains auto insurance on your behalf to cover third parties in case the driver’s insurance does not apply. Their insurance can cover up to $100,000 depending on the accident.

But what if you’re hurt? The first thing you need to do is have a medical professional check you out. Once you confirm that you’re okay, contact TopDog Law and give us all the information that you can about the accident.

Every case is different, but TopDog wants to help! Our Philadelphia accident lawyers are trained to help you understand what’s happening and get you back on your feet after an accident. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation.

TopDog Law | What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

TopDog Law is a practicing personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia. But someone might ask “what is a personal injury lawyer?” The American Bar Association defines personal injury law as “designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act… the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.” 

So what kind personal injury can TopDog Law handle? Motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractices, slip and falls, sexual abuse, and wrongful conviction. TopDog also takes on class action suits such as Glen Mills School where much abuse was occurring and Gerber Baby Food where metals and lead were found in the food. 

If you or someone you know needs a personal injury lawyer, TopDog Law is the place to go. Our Philadelphia lawyers are trained to help and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation.

TopDog Law | SEPTA Bus Collision

A car collided with a SEPTA bus in West Philadelphia at North 44th Street and Lancaster Avenue on February 10th, 2021, leaving a driver in critical condition. The police reports say the impact of the crash was so strong that it knocked the trolley off its tracks. TopDog Law is always prepared to help when there is a car accident.

Firefighters worked several minutes trying to free the driver from the car. Once freed, they took the driver to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Additionally, the trolley driver was taken to the hospital due to neck and back pain. Thankfully, he was in stable condition.

So what happens when an accident involves public transportation? Despite popular belief, those injured can be compensated for their pain and suffering. This is where TopDog Law comes in! Our Philadelphia accident lawyers are trained to help you get back on your feet. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. 

TopDog Law | Three Speeding Accidents Result In Injuries And Fatalities

Three accidents that occurred on March 25th, 2021 are under investigation after multiple fatalities in under an hour. Philadelphia police say speed was a major factor in all three. If you ever find yourself in an accident, call TopDog Law ASAP.

The first incident was in the Callowhill section of Philadelphia. An SUV was traveling at a high speed when the driver lost control, leading them to hit a pole and then a cement wall. The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Later the same night, a tractor-trailer overturned on the westbound side of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City, causing several lanes to shut down. The truck lost control which caused it to flip on its side according to the police report. No word yet on the driver’s condition.

Around the same time as the tractor-trailer accident, there was an out-of-control driver that crashed in the Parkside section of the city. The driver of a Chevrolet Impala crashed after driving at a very high rate of speed. Unfortunately, the driver did not survive the accident.

Car accidents happen all the time, but TopDog Law wants to remind you to drive safely to avoid injury or death. If you ever find yourself in an accident of any sort, we are here to help. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are trained to help you get back on your feet. Call us at 800-215-7211 or send us a message to speak with someone and get a free consultation. 

TopDog Law would like to pass along our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by these unfortunate car accidents.

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