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Neil T. O’Donnell

PA Supreme Court Speaks on [and Adopts] Traveling Employee Doctrine – A Win for Injured Workers

In its self-described first examination of the traveling employee doctrine, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that employees who travel for work are entitled to a rebuttable presumption of being within the course and scope of employment during the entirety … Read More

E-Scooter Injuries

You have seen them in large cities. E-Scooters — all over the place. If you have ever wondered if people are being injured, the answer is a resounding yes. As reported in the AAJ Brief Magazine published in September, 2021, … Read More

Neil T. O’Donnell

Think the Pandemic Would Lead to Fewer Fatalities in Vehicle Crashes? Better Think Again

Last week, the National Safety Council issued a report concerning Americans driving during the pandemic. And, despite the fact that Americans drove fewer miles, the preliminary data shows 42,060 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year —including pedestrians — … Read More

Neil T. O’Donnell

Study: Women More Likely to Suffer Serious Injury from Crashes

New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrates that women are three times more likely to sustain injuries such as broken bones or concussions in frontal crashes. In side crashes, women were twice as likely to sustain severe … Read More


Earlier this week, in the cases of Sayles v. Allstate and Scott v. Travelers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that such strict language in auto policies purporting to required insureds to attend medical exams conflicted with Section 1796 which is … Read More

Better Make Sure your Auto Insurer Knows Who Regularly Drives your Vehicles

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently, and unanimously, ruled that an “Unregistered Driver Exclusion” in automobile insurance policies does NOT violate the Pennsylvania Law — or public policy. In Safe Auto Insurance v. Oriental-Guillermo, authored by Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd, … Read More

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