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Kristopher’s Law to Hold Elevator Safety Standards to a Higher Level

HKQ Personal Injury Lawyer, Nicole Santo Tuesday, October 2, 2018, marked the day that Senate Bill 934, known as Kristopher’s Law, was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, following a unanimous approval by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. Senators Lisa Baker (R-20th) and John Yudichak (D-14th) introduced the Bill following an incident involving Luzerne County Corrections Officer Kristopher D. Moules.  In 2016, Officer Moules and an inmate died after an altercation and a fall down an elevator shaft at the Luzerne County Prison.

The new legislation includes an Elevator Safety Board. Membership to the board will include those with expertise in elevator safety. They will conduct a monthly review of issues related to elevator construction, maintenance, and inspection.  The body will also have regulatory authority, including the ability to grant exceptions and variances to existing codes.

“By passing this legislation, we are honoring the life of Luzerne County Corrections Officer Kristopher Moules as we work proactively to ensure that more stringent safety measures for elevators are considered by the Department of Labor and Industry,” said Representative John Yudichak.

Attorney Nicole Santo of HKQ Law was present at the signing of the Senate Bill at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. “We are honored to represent the Moules family and to be present at the signing of this historic legislation in the state of Pennsylvania. These necessary regulations in memory of Kristopher will improve elevator safety standards and help to avoid future tragic, life-changing injuries,” said Attorney Santo.


About HKQ Law

HKQ Law is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nine attorneys at HKQ Law were recently named to the 2019 Best Lawyers List and has been designated a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury, medical malpractice litigation labor law and corporate law in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history on behalf of injured clients. The firm was also recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A. Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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