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Mayerson Law, P.C.
3540 Schuylkill Road
Spring City, Pennsylvania 19475
For over 40 years, The Mayerson Law Offices P.C. has fought to uphold the rights of victims of negligence who have been confused and intimidated by insurance companies.
On July 23, 2015, Mayerson Injury Law secured the largest judgment in Pennsylvania history in an insurance bad faith case. The verdict is different from other insurance bad faith verdicts because Mayerson proved Nationwide knowingly placed its own insured at risk to suffer injury or death. The verdict includes $18 million in punitive damages and $3 million in attorney fees. The Honorable Jeffrey K. Sprecher, of Berks County Court of Common Pleas, presided over the case on remand from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The claim dispute involved Nationwide’s Blue Ribbon Repair Program and its appraisal and repair of an insured vehicle.
Judge Sprecher found that Nationwide vacated the original appraisal that the vehicle was a structural total loss due to a badly twisted frame, and secretly ordered repairs be attempted by a non-disclosed facility. The repairs failed and the vehicle was returned in a dangerous condition. Experts confirmed the vehicle’s safety components (crash crumple zones and airbag deployment) were compromised and that the risk of a subsequent collision was increased by the repair failures, which caused the tires to quickly wear to the metal belts. Judge Sprecher found that Nationwide placed its profits over safety and knowingly risked the lives of its insured, and the motoring public to save itself money. The court further found that Nationwide concealed evidence, including internal reports documenting its early knowledge of the failed repairs. Nationwide paid its own lawyers in excess of $3 million to artificially inflate the cost of the litigation, as part of a broader strategy to develop a reputation in the legal community of being tough. The $18 million punitive award represents less than 1% of Nationwide’s $14 billion in excess statutory surplus. It is hoped that the penalty is sufficient to deter Nationwide from similar future conduct, and to better ensure vehicles are properly repaired before being returned to Pennsylvania highways.
Mayerson is admitted to the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
Hy Mayerson has earned a reputation as one of the country's leading lawyers because of his in-depth knowledge and experience in important areas of personal injury litigation.
Agent Orange Class Action : Hy and his lawyers from The Mayerson Law Offices P.C., with Charles Hartz as their principal client, filed the first Agent Orange class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for the injuries that American soldiers in Vietnam suffered through exposure to toxic dioxins.
Forklift Litigation : For more than a decade, Mayerson chaired the American Trial Lawyer section on Industrial and Agricultural Equipment. These efforts on behalf of consumers resulted in the manufacturers' incorporation of operator restraints, improved instructions, and better warnings on forklifts. As a result, deaths in the United States associated with forklift accidents declined from an average of over 100 per year to not a single rollover fatality of an operator wearing a seatbelt.
Bad Faith Litigation : For the past 20 years, The Mayerson Law Offices P.C. have been fighting against insurance carriers that attempt to cheat victims out of rightful compensation. Berg v. Nationwide , discussed above, is but one example.