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Personal Injury Law and Process deals with bringing a personal injury action. Essentially, procedural rules will tell you where you need to file, what the burden of proof is and what elements you need in any given cause of action. Process deals largely with the rules and regulations needed to bring a personal injury lawsuit. This is not always an area you can teach yourself through reading.

The process of bringing a personal injury lawsuit to trial can be complicated, so questions of process are best addressed with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney.

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How to Sue the Philly Police Dept.

A Temple University photojournalism student and girlfriend are suing two Philadelphia police officers. He claims the two cops falsely arrested them in 2012 when he was a photographing a neighbor's arrest, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

When a person is wrongfully arrested or injured by a law enforcement officer -- including false arrest, police brutality, or another form of police misconduct -- he or she may have legal remedies available.

But how do you sue the Philadelphia Police Department?

What Factors Affect Injury Settlements?

What factors affect injury settlements? A former University of Pennsylvania student who was paralyzed from an accident at an off-campus residence has reached an $11.6 million settlement for her injury claims, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Lorna Bernhoft's injury occurred while she was at a student gathering at the residence. She fell through a raised skylight from the fourth floor, which happened to only be covered by flex board and carpet.

For Bernhoft's case and others, what are some factors that affect injury settlement?

In Which Court Should You File Your Lawsuit?

If you suffered an injury, you might be thinking about filing a lawsuit against the party at fault. But where should you file your lawsuit?

When you're dead-set on a gavel, you need to figure out which court is the most appropriate to hear your case. Here are a few things to think about:

Suing Your School District? 3 Questions to Ask First

Should you sue your school district?

If you're dealing with a serious school-related issue that's still unresolved after hours on the phone, countless emails and lengthy discussions with school representatives, you may feel you have no other option.

Though it is the road less traveled, an injured party can potentially seek relief in court when a school violates rights or causes injuries. However, a potential plaintiff must first consider several factors.

How Much Is Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Worth?

You've been injured in an accident and you are now looking to calculate the damages of a potential personal injury claim.

The first thing you should know is that there are many different types of damages. Broadly speaking, you can seek compensatory damages which cover harm that you may have suffered, as well as punitive damages which are sought to punish the person responsible for the injuries.

By reviewing the different types of damages, you can have some idea of how much your claim is worth and whether it is worth your time to pursue a lawsuit.

Pa. Man Who Posed as Adam Lanza's Uncle Has Filed 4,000 Lawsuits

A West Chester man is finding himself in some hot water after showing up in Newton, Connecticut, identifying himself as "Adam Lanza's uncle."

Jonathan Lee Riches is no stranger to lawsuits or to court. The man has filed a record number of lawsuits, estimated at more than 4,000, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Riches is now in police custody, as he was found to be in violation of his parole terms when he ventured out to Newtown.

Halloween Dangers Lurk in the Shadows: Liability Risks

Halloween is almost here, so it's a good time to discuss potential injury concerns at Halloween.

For one, Halloween costumes can be a major cause of injury. Halloween costumes can be made with very cheap fabric. These are costumes that are not made for daily use, so it should come as no surprise that sometimes, there isn't a great deal of attention paid to the safety of these outfits.

Often, the glitter you see on the costumes is sprayed on instead of sewed on. This spray-on glitter can be flammable. This is a huge problem if there are crowds with people smoking or lighting cigarettes, and potentially near jack-o-lanterns as well.

Of course, flammable Halloween costumes aren't the only concern when talking about Halloween costumes. Masks can pose potential dangers for children, especially small children. Masks pose a suffocation risk. They also pose visibility risks for children.

What Happens to Leftover Class-Action Funds in Pennsylvania?

We've all gotten those odd notices. Some class-action settlement has occurred based on some product that we may or may not have purchased years ago, and we are now entitled to a $0.37 share of the proceeds. A lot of people, especially when the amount is a pittance, fail to claim their piece of the pie.

So, what happens to the left over class-action money?

Well, thanks to the newest rules promulgated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the residual funds from a class action award or settlement should now go towards providing legal services for low-income residents of the state, reports the Pennsylvania Record.

Jerry Sandusky to Pay Own Legal Bills?

If you were wondering how a retired assistant football coach was paying all his legal bills revolving around 50 criminal charges and multiple civil cases, the answer was that Jerry Sandusky wasn't.

Instead of paying out of pocket, the insurance company for Sandusky's Second Mile charity, Federal Insurance Co., was stuck with the Jerry Sandusky legal bill, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. But now the company is trying to get out of paying the bill.

How to Avoid a Halloween Lawsuit

Halloween can be a fun time for all. However, homeowners may want to take some precautions or they could find themselves subject to a Halloween lawsuit.

Generally, when you decorate your home and turn on all your lights on Halloween night, you are sending out an invitation to every child on the block to come stop by your house.

When this happens, this may turn every unruly child in your neighborhood to an "invitee" on your property. This is significant because then you can become liable for injuries to kids and adults on your property under the legal theory of premises liability.