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A West Philadelphia man hurt by falling concrete in 2011 won a six-figure settlement Wednesday from the owner of the building that collapsed last week, killing six people.

Mark Gamble said he was injured by a chunk of masonry that fell from a building at 2100 Market St., just a block from last week’s fatal collapse at 22d and Market Streets.

…Gamble’s lawyer, Bentley Saul, declined Wednesday to say exactly how much his client will receive in the settlement from STB and Papa John’s Pizza…


A car accident can be a traumatic experience. Don’t make it worse by not acting to protect yourself. Five of the costliest mistakes you can make after an accident are:

MISTAKE #1. Not accepting or obtaining prompt medical attention for any injured parties, including yourself. Many times, people feel okay just after an accident, maybe because they are in shock, or maybe because the serious symptoms of their injuries do not appear right away. It is best to be examined by emergency personnel immediately following the accident, and to consent to be transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. If that is not an option, visit an urgent care center or arrange to see your family doctor as soon as you leave the scene. A decision NOT to seek medical treatment following a traumatic accident could be deadly.

MISTAKE #2. Not calling the police and filing an auto accident report. It is important to document the accident to determine who is at fault. If a person hits you with their vehicle and they just want to “exchange insurance information” and not call the police. Tell them “no,” and then call law enforcement yourself. Never leave the scene of the accident without contacting law enforcement and waiting for them to arrive and file a report.

MISTAKE #3. Making statements to the police or anyone else in which you admit you are at fault. You may or may not have been at fault, either fully or partially, but you also may not know all the facts. You may not be aware that the other driver was impaired, texting or speeding, or that their vehicle was in some way not operating properly. Never make statements admitting fault without first consulting your lawyer.

MISTAKE #4. Not gathering information at the accident scene. Not only should you get a copy of the police report, but you should be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other party or parties involved in the accident. If you are able, take photos of the damage. Most cell phones have cameras these days, so it should be easy to get the photos you need to document the facts. Also, be sure to obtain the names and telephone numbers of witnesses.

MISTAKE #5. Providing information and speaking to the insurance company about the car accident prior to first consulting a lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in car accidents. By speaking with the insurance company before you talk with your lawyer, you could be providing information detrimental to your interests and denying yourself compensation for your injuries.

Dynacraft is recalling about 5,500 electric, battery-operated purple and black-colored “City Scooters” with Monster High graphics on the front panels, seat and rear fenders, because the company has received numerous reports of the scooters accelerating unintentionally, resulting in injuries.

The scooters, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Walmart stores and through, nationwide from November 2012 to January 2013 for $249.

If you purchased this scooter, you should disconnect the battery immediately so the scooter is inoperable, and return it to Walmart for a full refund or store credit. If you have been seriously injured as a result of this malfunction, you may be entitled to compensation and should contact a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you.

The scooters were manufactured between October 5, 2012 and November 7, 2012. The model number is “8801-14″ and the date of manufacture (formatted as “YYYY/MM/DD”) is printed on a data label on the underside of the scooter’s center platform.

Serial numbers for the recalled scooters have the letters “QYCEI” followed by a six-digit number in the following range: 003125 through 014456. The serial number can be found etched on the underside of the scooter’s center platform near the data label.

Did you know that the number one cause of non-fatal injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms are unintentional falls? In a report published by the Centers for Disease Control, more than 9 million people turn up each year in emergency rooms across the country seeking treatment for injuries due to falling.

For individuals between the ages of 1 and 44, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death, before homicide, suicide and disease!

A seemingly innocent fall can very quickly turn into a life threatening brain injury. If you slip and fall, particularly if you bump your head, you should seek medical treatment immediately even if you feel okay right afterward. It is not uncommon for people who fall and hit their heads to be perfectly lucid just after, maybe even laughing and joking. Those same people, within hours, may suddenly become disoriented and start complaining of headaches. By then, it could be too late.

A fall can occur just about anywhere at any time. You don’t have to be engaged in adventure sports like so many of the famous people who have hit their heads while skiing and died. You could just being going through the routine of your day when you slip on some spilled juice in the grocery store that someone forgot to clean up, or you could trip on an unrepaired crack in the sidewalk in front of your apartment building, or you could trip over a piece of torn carpet in the hallway of your office complex.

Regardless of what causes your fall and how badly you think you may or may not be injured, always take the incident seriously and seek medical treatment. If you are injured due to someone else’s negligent or intentional acts, you may be entitled to compensation. Please, seek the advice of an experienced, knowledgeable attorney before you speak with a representative of the insurance company.