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State College Lawyer And Coach Reflects On State High Finishing 6th In The Nation

State college lawyer Bernie Cantorna talks about his volunteer coaching and the State High Girl’s Rugby Club’s trip to nationals: 14 girls single school high school rugby teams traveled to Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri this past weekend for the Girl’s Single School National Championship. State High finished sixth in the nation, capping off a state championship and an undefeated state league season. State College faced off against Colorado state champion Summit in the first game. State college scored first and Summit responded. At halftime the game was tied. The lead exchanged one more time in the second half, with Summit defeating...

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State College High School Women’s Rugby Are State Champions

Congrats to the State College High School Rugby team who capped off an undefeated season with a State Championship.  "Every sporting team wants to win a state championship.  It is the thing young athletes dream of and something that they will look back on as a high light of their school careers", said state college lawyer and Head Coach Bernie Cantorna.  For many on the team this has been a four year journey.   Every one of the State High players, except one, had never played rugby until their freshman or sophomore years in high school.  Half the team is in their first or...

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Federal Judge Dismisses Parks-Miller’s Law Suit Describing It As Inartful and Vitriolic

Today a Federal Judge summarily dismissed District Attorney Parks-Miller's lawsuit against State College lawyer Bernard Cantorna and Bryant & Cantorna.  In a 30 page opinion the court noted that nothing Attorney Cantorna said was untrue, nor did it have a defamatory connotation.  U.S. Judge Matthew Brann denied Parks-Miller the opportunity to amend her complaint holding that a speedy resolution of the charged dispute was both efficient and proper.   Judge Brann wrote that no person should be forced to endure the looming spectre of these charges, especially when they are judged deficient by a federal tribunal.  Accordingly all charges against Attorney...

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A Call From An Insurance Adjustor

I recently had a client in to prepare for a deposition in an auto accident case.  It is a case where the other driver is clearly at fault for the injuries and damages suffered.  When I read the client his recorded statement given to the driver's insurance adjuster, his comment to me was: "I should have spoken to an attorney first".  In this client's case the interview was taken shortly after the auto - truck  accident,  while the client was medicated awaiting  surgery.   This client learned the hard way that the investigator's object was not to investigate, but to create defenses to a...

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Centre County Jury Verdict of $83,000 For Mount Nittany Hospital’s Medical Malpractice

State College Lawyer Bernard Cantorna filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Mount Nittany Medical Center alleging that the emergency room failed to diagnose his client's spinal cord injury.  Instead the suit alleged that the client was diagnosed with a sprained wrist and told to ice her injury.  The client traveled to George Washington University 10 days later where her spinal cord injury was diagnosed and treated.  The suit alleged that the delay in diagnosis and treatment cause the client further injury.  On March 23, 2016 a Centre County Jury agreed and entered judgment against the hospital.  "The jury's verdict in this medical...

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Jury Awards $4.2 Million For Loss of Leg and Failure to Diagnose

A Philadelphia jury found physicians and the hospital liable for a double knee replacement that resulted in the plaintiff's leg being amputated.  The plaintiff alleged, and a jury agreed that physicians and the hospital failed to timely diagnose an infection post surgery which ultimately led to a leg amputation. The verdict was broken down into $500,000 for past pain and suffering, $1.36 million for future pain and suffering, $127,000 for lost wages, $82,000 for past care costs, and approximately $2.13 million in future medical expenses.  ...

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Liability For Defective Medical Devices

  On July 20, the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in Cogswell v. Wright Medical Technology that the plaintiff's strict-liability defect claims related to his hip implant were barred.  Although there are no Pennsylvania Supreme Court cases on point, the Federal Court held that Pennsylvania courts would not allow a claim based on the legal theory that the product malfunctioned.  This ruling makes it difficult for injured patients to recover when medical implants fail under normal use.  ...

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High Court Revives $27.6M Verdict for Promotional Video Injury Gina Passarella, The Legal IntelligencerOctober 28, 2015    | 0 Comments SHARE PRINT REPRINTS The state Supreme Court has revived a $27.6 million verdict awarded to a woman who had to undergo four additional surgeries after taping a promotional video to demonstrate the success of her initial double knee-replacement surgery. A deeply divided court ruled 3-2 Tuesday to reinstate the verdict for Margo Polett and her husband, finding the trial court properly barred a tolling agreement between the Poletts and Margo Polett's treating physician from the trial against the manufacturer of the synthetic knee and the communications company that produced...

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Bernard Cantorna recognized in State College the Magazine

  Outside the courtroom, attorney Bernie Cantorna coaches young women on the rules of rugby, deftly translating those lessons into winning beyond the pitch. Advantage Coach By: Erika Isler       Bernie Cantorna sits behind his oversized desk and recrosses his legs. We are in a lawyer’s zone, piled high with everything one would expect — an old-style tape recorder with extra cassettes, neatly stacked manila folders and a pile of notebooks rubber-banded together. The shelves above Cantorna hold a mix of books, old and new family photos and signed and framed team photos. Behind him hangs a framed copy of a newspaper story that credits...

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