In Pennsylvania, if you’ve been in a car accident and the other person was texting while driving, the driver could face fines, court costs, and possible jail time.
If personal injury is involved, the driver could face reckless driving charges or careless driving penalties. Texting while driving is a summary offense, but reckless and careless driving charges could mean that driver spends time in prison.
Who pays for the damage and injuries depends on who was at fault and/or what is covered by your insurance plan. Don’t try to negotiate with an insurance company without retaining a highly experienced car accident attorney. Call one of our expert auto accident attorneys, led by Gabriella Hashem Farhat.
Students in Pennsylvania’s public schools have started a highly unusual school year as some must attend online classes, others participate in a hybrid learning of digital and in-person, and still others attend traditional in-person instruction under restrictive guidelines.
The Wolf administration has issued guidelines, but no mandates. It is up to schools, on the local level, to determine how they will handle risk mitigation and fulfill educational needs while complying with education laws such as FAPE.
Many of you knew our receptionist, Cindy Styer. Sadly, Cindy Styer, our
receptionist, passed away on September 27, 2020. She was with us for 15
years and a very much loved member of our Firm’s family. She was always
smiling and she was pleasant to everyone who came into or called our office.
She was kind and helpful to anyone and everyone who came into contact with
her. She was a woman of strong faith and she dearly loved her family. Cindy
will be terribly missed by all of us, our clients, and her beloved family.
Fondly, John, Bob, Chris, Sandy, Gabby, Jeff, Al, Gerryanne, Linda, Dan, Katie, Chris P, Eileen, Savannah, Deb B, Deb F, Allison, Katrena, Lori, Dawn, Cindy M, MaryAnn, Angie, Cynthia T, Rebecca, Therese, Deb R. and all of us at PYFER REESE STRAUB GRAY & FARHAT, PC.
Guidelines regarding the impact of COVID-19 on your employment and/or workers’ compensation are still rather fluid as Pennsylvania continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve gathered some FAQs related to COVID-19, work-related injury, and loss of employment to help answer questions you have about COVID-19 and your employment.
For the most up-to-date guidance, please call our office. You also should refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage which is updated daily.
Service dogs have legislated protections in Pennsylvania: laws that impact their public accommodations and their treatment.
Pennsylvania businesses must permit service animals in any public area. Stores, restaurants, and similar establishments open to the public can’t deny service or accommodations to someone who has a service animal with them. The law that protects this public access for service animals supersedes any state or local health code.
Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC is pleased to announce that as of May 1, 2020, Jeffrey C. Murse, Esquire has been named Partner!
Mr. Murse joined Pyfer, Reese, Straub, Gray & Farhat in 2015, focusing his practice in the area of Family Law.
Mr. Murse is a native of Lancaster County and a graduate of Manheim Township High School. Following his graduation from DeSales University in 1999, Mr. Murse worked as a Conference Officer and Supervisor with the Domestic Relations Section of Lancaster County while, at the same time, attending Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg. It was during his time with the Domestic Relations Section that Mr. Murse developed his interest in Family Law matters, interacting directly with counsel and clients to establish, modify, and enforce child and spousal support Orders.
With summer officially started, paired with the months-long stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, people (and their pets) are escaping to the outdoors for some sense of normalcy and to rid themselves of cabin fever.
Across Pennsylvania, there’s been an uptick of people increasing outdoor time in both rural and urban settings. That means more chance for human/animal interaction and the risk of negative encounters with dogs. Young children are at a higher risk of dog attacks.
Pennsylvania’s dog law requires owners to have reasonable control over their dogs always. Generally speaking, an owner is liable for damages when a person is attacked by the owner’s dog–or if a person is attacked by what is considered a dangerous dog. There may be exceptions.
As many of you know, we have been operating (as best we can) remotely, with the buildings closed. In light of the Governor’s proclamations and in light of our circumstances, we believe we can now safely open and resume offering professional services, including meeting people in our offices, if and as needed. However, that is not to discourage video or phone conferencing or exchange of emails, especially among those who are already clients. We have full video capabilities; ask us for details.