Timing Is Everything: When Does PA’s 10-Year Look-Back Period for Enhanced DUI Penalties Begin to Run?

Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code mandates enhanced sentencing penalties for repeat DUI offenses committed within 10 years of a “prior offense.” But when does the clock begin to run? In a case of unfortunate timing for one DUI defendant, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently provided an answer. Two DUI Offenses In Commonwealth v. Mock, a driver committed…


UPDATE: PA Supreme Court Rules Flight Attendant Injured on Airport Shuttle Bus Entitled to Workers’ Comp Benefits

Last year, we blogged about a flight attendant who was injured when she slipped and fell aboard a shuttle bus at Philadelphia International Airport. The Commonwealth Court ruled that the flight attendant was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits notwithstanding her employer’s arguments that her transit was not part of her employment. Her employer, US Airways,…


Police Want Your Computer Password: Does the Fifth Amendment Apply?

The average digital consumer owns 3.23 connected devices, according to marketing research. So, what happens when police ask for your password and providing it would implicate you in a crime? Can you exercise your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to disclose it? In a victory for privacy rights, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania…


Medical Testimony and Workers’ Compensation: What You DON’T Want Your Doctor to Say on the Witness Stand

As we have previously discussed in this blog, in workers’ compensation cases, employees must prove that their injury occurred during the course and scope of their employment. Generally, this requires the employee’s physician to testify to a “reasonable degree of medical certainty” that the employee’s injury is causally related to the workplace accident. So, what…


ICYMI: Bicyclists Must Follow Pennsylvania’s Traffic Laws

In September, our blog explained that Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code requires bicyclists to follow the state’s traffic laws. Today we look at what happens when a bicyclist fails to abide by the rules of the road, gets hit by a car, and then sues for personal injuries. Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t end well for the bicyclist….