October 2016

Thank you, Thank you! I honestly cannot thank you all enough for your continuous referrals of family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to us for help in any type of injury case! Even if you cannot refer us a claim, we really appreciate you taking the time to read our monthly Newsletters! It means a lot to us. Sincerely, thank you!

Congratulations to Christine B. on winning our $50.00 cash prize concerning last month’s question.

Now for your chance to win $50.00, please answer the following: On what day (number) is Halloween always celebrated on?

Shocking Legal Question: Workers Compensation: What is the most common workplace injury? Incredibly it is hearing loss, with the buildup of ear pressure from one’s work environment. We handle workers compensation claims. If you have any type of work injury, please call us. We can help you.

Free Legal Advice: You may be seeing more bicyclists on the roadways, especially in downtown Pittsburgh. This is part of the Pittsburgh effort to go green. Some drivers feel bicyclists can be very annoying to them. It’s very hard for drivers to see them. But here is some free legal advice: Some times you just have to grin and bear it. Here is why:

Legally, if you hit a bicyclist with your car, there is a very strong likelihood you will be found at fault. Because bicyclists have little or no protection, their injuries are often quite serious. In fact, we represent several bicyclists right now in auto accident related cases. In every one of them, the insurance company has admitted their driver was at fault in causing the accident.

How You Can Help Your Injury Case – Pictures, Pictures, Pictures: (1)If you are a victim of an auto accident, it is a real good idea to document your treatment with a diary. (2)Another good idea is if you have visible injuries like black and blue marks, swelling, lumps or cuts as a result of your collision, please take pictures of those body parts immediately. With smart phones you can now take good pictures and send them over directly to my smart phone. I can then download them. Everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words. The point is to document your injuries in any way you can. Photos help. It will help us and help your case.

Big $ Verdicts – Injury Cases: What drives monster jury verdicts? In my opinion, a big reason is when juries get upset with the actions of the defendants. Jurors often want to send out a message. Think about the $40 million verdict against TGIF for serving minors to increase profits. If you have a case where you think the insurance company or the defendant acted in an underhanded way to make $, and you were injured as a result of it, please call our office. You will know that we care about you!

Criminal Cases – The Birchfield Decision: A huge decision came down recently from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding blood tests for suspected DUI drivers. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that if the police draw blood to determine a driver’s alcohol level, they must get a search warrant before doing so. This is causing a huge shift in the way DUI cases are prosecuted. It is really working to the benefit of defendants. If you happen to be charged with a DUI under those circumstances, please feel free to call me. We handle DUI and license suspension cases on a regular basis. Check out my Q & A criminal article each Sunday in the Tribune Review newspaper.

Mesh Cases: Thank you all for your continual referral of mesh cases to our office. Another type of class action claims are talcum powder cancer cases. If you have been the victim of these types of injuries, please call our office asap. We can help you.

Safety or $ – Driverless Cars: Some of you have asked me whether I am concerned about Uber and other companies starting to put self- driving cars out on the road, since a large part of my practice involves auto accidents. Truthfully no. If driverless cars prevent accidents, I am all for it. I feel the same way about reduced speed limits on the highways. I think it was a mistake to up the speed limit to 70 mph because it will cause more serious injuries and deaths.

Pittsburghers, What To Be Thankful For: Our Sports Teams: The Penguins won the Stanley Cup last year, the Steelers almost always make the playoffs and the Pirates usually put out a competitive team. That is so much better than other cities in our country. Consider Cleveland. They finally this year, won a basketball championship after a 50 year drought of no championships in any sport!

Thanks for reading and thanks for  your continuous case referrals to us!

Your attorney, friend

Bernard M. Tully, Esquire