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U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have announced the release of the 2010 Best Law Firms rankings, which marks the first publication of this annual analysis. The personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss has been included in the Best Law Firms ranking covered in the October 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report. In being acknowledged under Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs, Anapol Weiss joins the collection of 30,322 rankings of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas.

The ranking provides a categorization of law firms based on peer reviews and client assessments, and incorporates the 3.1 million evaluations of 39,372 individual leading lawyers gathered by Best Lawyers in its most current annual survey. Moreover, clients provided votes for the ranking based on a law firm’s expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether they would refer another client to a firm. Attorneys voted on the same points with integrity and whether they would consider a firm a worthy competitor added as additional aspects.

In compiling its list, U.S. News & World Report and Best Law Firms utilized specific criteria to help guide referring attorneys and clients. For over twenty years, U.S. News has given the public rankings that are precise and thorough regarding different kinds of institutions. For the practice area rankings, some information collected relates to data about the number of attorneys at a firm as well as their previous experience, the numbers of clients within various billing scales, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels, pro-bono commitment, diversity, and additional data based on several factors.

Bernard Smalley, Esquire is being honored with the 31st Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to the practice of personal injury law. A Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association announcement mentions that Mr. Smalley focuses his practice in the areas of pharmaceutical liability, medical negligence, class action, products liability, and defamation, among other areas.

Mr. Smalley earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1971 from Temple University and his law degree from Widner School of Law 1980. Before attending law school, he was the Deputy Court Administrator for Civil Administration for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

With a passion for law and helping injured clients, Bernard Smalley, Esq. is active in various organizations such as the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Smalley was also the first ever African-American attorney to be elected President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and lectures regularly on trial practices local, state and national bar associations.

Anapol Weiss believes in not only helping accident victims find justice in their cases, they also believe in educating and helping those victims, and others like them, recover and lead happy, productive lives, as reported in The Legal Intelligencer.

The Anapol Weiss Foundation was founded in 2008 and recognizes and awards local nonprofit organizations who “serve victims and their families and fund research and programs which advance health and safety.” The firm believes it’s important to contribute to local charities as their goal is to give back to the Philadelphia community.

The firm’s lawyers utilize their clients’ interests in order to determine where the focus of the foundation will be. For example, the first grant that the Anapol Weiss Foundation ever awarded was to the Burn Foundation. In an auto product liability case where a young child sustained catastrophic burns, the firm took its earnings from the verdict settlement and granted $25,000 to the Foundation, which created a mentorship program that placed burn victims with burn injury survivors in order to help victims and their families lead more fulfilled lives.

The Pennsylvania based personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss is happy to proclaim the unveiling of their new legal blog website discussion forum, In hosting blogs since March 2010, PA-Law-Blogs continues to provide resourceful and informative material relating to 18 legal categories: business law, consumer protection, criminal law, employment law, estate law, family law, FDA recalls, IDEA lawsuits, immigration law, insurance law, intellectual property, medical malpractice, personal injury law, product liability law, real estate law, social security, Supreme Court, and workers compensation.

While the law blog forum covers legal news and resources for many regions in Pennsylvania including Allentown, Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Reading, Scranton, and York, PA-Law-Blogs also focuses on national legal news and important developments within these extremely diverse areas of law.

Read more about the debut of PA-Law-Blogs here.

Some lines of work are just inherently more dangerous than others. Construction sites are always dangerous, but depending on what is being built, the danger can certainly vary. As exemplified by a recent 620-megawatt gas-fired power plant explosion in central Connecticut, the severity of construction site accidents can be great, and can often result in significant personal injury or even workplace wrongful death.

A recent article talks about an accident that took the lives of five people and injured at least 12 more. Reportedly, a Middletown power plant that is currently under construction was the site of a gas explosion. Officials from Kleen Power Plant explained that workers were purging a natural gas pipeline when the explosion occurred, but offered little explanation as to what caused the incident to occur in the first place. It is estimated that 50-60 workers may have been at the site at the time of the explosion, and urban search-and-rescue teams were sent in to comb the rubble in an attempt to find accident victims. Middlesex Hospital received 11 accident victims from the explosion, and injuries ranged from minor to more severe, with some patients sustaining broken bones and blunt trauma.
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The structures we work and live in are built to be safe. However, during the construction process, when materials are haphazardly strewn about and a building’s frame is exposed, building sites are some of the most dangerous places individuals can be employed at. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of construction site owners and foremen to provide their employees with work environments that are as safe as they possibly can be.

The single most prevalent type of accident on a construction site centers around slip and fall incidents. According to an news article, a construction worker was recently injured after he fell from the second floor of the physical science building at the University of Central Florida. The injured construction worker sustained head injuries and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. Reportedly, the building is under construction.
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A refinery fire in Great Falls, Montana recently resulted in a worker sustaining first-and second-degree burns. In an article by, the fire is described as having broken out late one night in Montana Refining Co’s Great Falls location. The facility in which the blaze took place is a 10,000 barrel per day refinery, and the fire occurred inside a unit that was being repaired at the time of the incident. According to the article, the fire ignited when propane began leaking past one of the check valves. The cause of the ignition is still being investigated by the Great Falls fire marshal.

The more potentially dangerous a work environment is, the greater the precautions that should be put into place in order to ensure employee safety. In the above mentioned incident, it has yet to be determined whether or not negligent action on the part of the employer or a third party (i.e. contractor, sub-contractor, etc.) took place and contributed towards the workplace injury accident. In the event that the employer or a third party did act negligently, the injured employee may be able to seek compensation for his injury. These damages can be used to help cover the costs associated with the accident, such as medical bills, physical therapy fees, and even wages lost as a result of time off of work.
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The personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss is pleased to introduce the debut of its workers’ compensation website: In having dedicated over 30 years to helping individuals injured while on the job seek compensation for their injuries, Anapol Weiss offers the experience and know-how that injured workers need to hold negligent companies accountable for unsafe work conditions. The launching of Anapol Weiss’s workers’ compensation website serves as a credible resource for workers seeking information pertaining to compensation, eligibility, benefits, and lawsuits centering-around workers’ compensation issues.

The workers’ compensation website seeks to serve as a valuable source of information for all things workers’ comp related. Visitors to the website can browse a variety of topics, including: Low Wage Workers Compensation, Workplace Injuries (including positional and repetitive activity injuries and slips and falls), and PA Workers Compensation Law. They may also request a free copy of The Book on Comp: A Guide to PA Workers Compensation, written by the lawyers of Anapol Weiss, that further discusses a variety of helpful facts, including: 6 common workplace injuries eligible for workers comp, 4 factors that workers’ compensation is based on, 3 questions on every injured employee’s mind, and 6 reasons to consult a workers’ compensation lawyer.

Workers’ compensation affects far too many individuals each and every year. Employers have an obligation to provide their employees with safe working conditions, and any deviation away from that can and should be deemed as negligent behavior. Injured employees have a variety of rights that protect them against negligent employers and third parties, and should never feel as though injuries sustained while on the job are completely their fault. For more information about New Jersey workers’ compensation laws or to have one of our attorneys calculate your estimated compensation rate through our Workers Compensation Benefits Calculator, please visit or call (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation with one of the skilled Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers at Anapol Weiss.

We tend to take for granted that doctors and medical professionals can sometimes be wrong and make mistakes. After all, they are human just like we are. However, when protocol is ignored and an individual suffers as a result, the question is no longer why did a doctor not know something; but rather, why that doctor did not do something when they very well should have.

A story featured on discusses a case of medical misdiagnosis that resulted in loss of life. Reportedly, a 51-year-old Fayette County woman, after visiting Uniontown Hospital and complaining of chest pains, was discharged after examination, but then died of a myocardial infarction just five days later. Allegedly, the hospital released the woman with a diagnosis of non-cardiac pain, even though the hospital was made aware of family history which indicated that a heart condition may be likely. Now, the woman’s daughter is filing a wrongful death suit against the hospital, claiming that their negligent care played a determining factor in allowing the mother’s heart condition to claim her.
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The personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss is happy to announce the launching of its nursing injury news website: In dedicating over 30 years to helping those injured while on-the-job and due to the negligence of others, Anapol Weiss is at the forefront of assisting injury victims receive full compensation for work-related injury, illness, assault and abuse. The debut of Anapol Weiss’s nursing injury website aims to provide updates on nursing injury news; serving as a valuable legal resource for nurses who have been hurt at no fault of their own while trying to do their job and help others.

The new nursing injury website hopes to help nurses better understand what qualifies as injury in the nursing profession and the possible legal avenues one may take to hold negligent employers accountable for their oversight or disregard. The website provides information about bed transfer injury, hazardous substance injury, equipment and appliance injuries, physical assault, physical exertion, slip and fall injuries, workers compensation, unsafe working conditions, MRSA infection, and much more.

Nursing injuries may occur at a hospital, medical facility, or at a private residence. Such injuries can take place for several different reasons, many of which circulate around unsafe working environments, improper training by staff members or employers, or various other types of negligence or reckless action on the part of a nurse’s employer. To learn more about nursing injury and what legal options may be available to you if you’ve suffered a nursing injury, please visit or call (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation with one of the skilled nursing injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss.

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