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Joe Petka Obtains Factual Cause Defense Verdict in Philadelphia UIM Trial

Mr. Petka defended a national UIM carrier in a lawsuit for first-party benefits.  The plaintiff, who was a 45-year-old sprinkler fitter, was struck by an out-of-control vehicle on Roosevelt Boulevard.  The plaintiff alleged herniations in his lower back and a meniscal tear in his left knee.  The tortfeasor’s carrier quickly tendered the minimal policy limits […]

Joe Petka Wins Spine Surgery Trial

Mr. Petka won a Chester County trial resulting from a 2013 car accident in West Chester.  Mr. Petka’s client, a 24-year-old woman, was sued after rear-ending a 68-year-old disabled veteran’s SUV. The plaintiff underwent spinal fusion surgery two years before the accident, and alleged that the accident had caused the fusion to become loose.  The […]

Strong Cross Examination of Liability Expert by Eamon Merrigan Leads to Defense Verdict for his Client

At a hard-fought premises liability trial, Plaintiff claimed to have slipped and fallen on Defendant’s sidewalk.  Plaintiff asserted that virtually all water from Defendant’s property pooled on an area of Defendant’s sidewalk due to poor grading and the home’s drainage system discharging directly onto the sidewalk.  Plaintiff further alleged that insufficient lighting turned the area […]

The 7 Minute Defense Verdict

A Delaware County jury deliberated for less than seven minutes before deciding that Joe Petka’s client did not cause plaintiff’s injuries. The case involved a car accident in Marple Township, Pennsylvania. The defendant admittedly became distracted and entered the oncoming lane of traffic, striking the plaintiff’s vehicle head-on. The impact caused the plaintiff’s airbags to […]

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