Harry Stump, Attorney At Law

1380 Old Freeport Road
Suite 3B
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Phone: 412-281-5325
Email: hs@hstumpesq.com
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Author: Harry Stump

If you, a relative or friend were injured by a criminal assault or other crime in a store, a shopping mall, a parking lot, a bar or tavern, an apartment building or other such commercial establishment, you should consider consulting an attorney for a possible claim against the property owner. Actual or constructive notice of past criminal activity on or near the premises is an important factor in these cases. A grocery store customer was stabbed and robbed in their adjacent parking lot where the store had actual or constructive notice of prior criminal activity in and around the store including

Pennsylvania law provides that persons who are the innocent victim of a crime may be eligible for compensation including: medical expenses, counseling expenses, loss of earnings, loss of support, relocation expenses, funeral expenses, crime-scene cleanup, transportation expenses, childcare, home health care expenses, and stolen case.  Pain and suffering and most stolen or damaged property is not covered.  The overall maximum award shall not exceed $35,000 except in limited cases. The crime must have occurred in Pennsylvania.  The crime must be reported to the proper authorities or a Protection From Abuse order filed within 3 days of the crime, with limited exceptions. 

Attached is a Memorandum of Law that I recently submitted in a slip and fall case in an attempt to secure the security video evidence of the fall before my client’s deposition.  The defense argued that it should not be produced prior to the plaintiff’s deposition because of its impeachment value.  The court focused on the word “solely” in Rule 26 and ordered the production before the plaintiff’s deposition.   UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA   JAMIE E. MASSUNG, Plaintiff, vs. DOLGENCORP, LLC t/d/b/a DOLLAR GENERAL and DOLLAR GENERAL, Defendants. CASE NO. 2:19-CV-01081-PLD PLAINTIFF’S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF PRODUCTION OF SECURITY ACCIDENT SCENE VIDEO WITHOUT DELAY Plaintiff

Stairs can be dangerous especially for the very young and senior citizens.  The consequences of a fall from the top of the steps to a story lower can be devastating.  Even a fall at the bottom of the steps can cause a serious injury. According to the April, 2018 American Journal of Emergency Medicine, over 1 million patients are treated in United States Emergency Rooms for stair-related falls each year.  According to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts, falls are the third leading cause of preventable deaths and the first leading cause of preventable nonfatal injuries in the United States. The noted

 If you want the maximum protection possible from your automobile insurance policy, consider asking your insurance agent for a quote for a personal umbrella policy.  This coverage typically insures you for an additional $1,000,000 in liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.  While many people are not currently in the market for this amount of insurance coverage, it is a fairly inexpensive way to protect your own future earning capacity against accidental loss in a motor vehicle accident.  A typical personal umbrella policy requires you to carry $500,000 in liability, uninsured, underinsured, and homeowner’s coverage.  For an additional premium per year,

If you have been the victim of an automobile accident, you have certain rights which are guaranteed by law.  Basically, you have the right to be returned to the same condition that you were in before the accident occurred.   ¨  You have the right:         To the very best medical care available with no out-of-pocket expense to you. ¨  You have the right:         To recover any lost wages or loss of earning capacity which may have resulted from the incident. ¨  You have the right:         To be compensated for any pain, suffering and inconvenience from the incident.    ¨  You have the right:         To an equitable

This office ended the unjust subrogation of Heart and Lung  from police officers and other public safety personnel involved in Pennsylvania auto accidents.  In 1993, when Workers’ Compensation benefits were again subjected to subrogation in auto accident cases, governments began to claim subrogation rights from Heart & Lung benefits paid to public safety personnel. Heart and Lung Act benefits were created by the Legislature to provide full payment of salary to police officers, firemen and other law enforcement officers who are injured in the performance of their duties and by reason thereof are temporarily incapacitated from performing their duties.  These benefits

  The pit bull type dog has its fans and its critics.  The website, Pitbullinfo.org., is very supportive of the breed.  The website, Dogsbite.org., is very critical of the breed. The pit bull includes the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bully. Some also include the American Bulldog in this category.  It may also include any mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The November 2015 edition of The Veterinary Journal casts doubt on the ability to identify the breed of dogs based on appearance alone.  Animal shelter personnel missed one in five

Having Full Tort is best because Limited Tort may limit your right to collect pain and suffering damages.  But having Limited Tort on your insurance policy papers does not necessarily mean that you do not have a good case.  Some, but not all, of the exceptions that might help you are as follows: Can your insurance company prove you chose Limited Tort? Was the other driver convicted or on ARD for driving under the influence? Did the other car have out-of-state plates? Did you occupy a business, leased, rental or governmental vehicle? Did you occupy a vehicle used as a

In Pennsylvania, accident related medical bills, other than car accidents covered by first party benefits, will be paid by your own health insurance.  If you have Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation, Veterans Administration benefits, an HMO or any other private health insurance plan, there will almost always be subrogation claims in the event of a settlement.  Non-ERISA health plans may be barred from subrogation in Pennsylvania car accident cases. There are a number of legal and medical issues that can be raised in order to try to reduce the subrogation lien.   The legal issues require the collection and review of the underlying