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The following are some of the larger publicly disclosed settlements and verdicts obtained by Kline & Specter attorneys. The list does not account for innumerable major settlements which are confidential nor for scores of other Kline & Specter seven-figure settlements and verdicts.

$153M - Product Liability

Verdict against Ford in death of a boy run over by truck with defective parking brake. The then-second largest product liability verdict in the nation. (White) (Jury awarded $52 million in retrial of punitive damages.)

$109M - Premises Liability

Largest contested liability personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania history, including $48 million compensatory and $61 million punitive damages for the family of a woman killed by a fallen electric line. (Goretzka)

$100M - Medical Malpractice

Largest-ever medical malpractice verdict in Pennsylvania, for a baby who suffered severe brain damage due to medical malpractice. (Vlasny)

$57M - Birth Injury

Verdict in birth injury case involving oxygen deprivation which resulted in cerebral palsy.

$51M - Premises Liability

Verdict against the Philadelphia mass transit agency in a case in which a boy’s foot was severed in an escalator. SEPTA was also fined for concealing documents. (Hall)

$49M - Medical Malpractice

Verdict in a hospital error case that left a young man severely brain damaged. The award set a Pennsylvania record at the time for a medical malpractice case. (Caruso)

$46.5M - Premises Liability

Jury verdict – $8.02 million compensatory and $38.5 million punitive – against a security company for the families of two women killed by a disgruntled employee at Kraft Foods plant in Philadelphia. (Brown/Wilson)

$42.9M - Medical Malpractice

One of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Pennsylvania history for a girl badly injured at birth at a Philadelphia hospital. (Fortson)

$40.5M - Premises Liability

Settlement in explosion that killed six and injured six others at apartment complex where basement flooding had caused a gas line break. (Village Green)

$38.2M - Motor Vehicle Accident

Delaware County verdict in auto accident case for girl injured at notoriously dangerous intersection. (Robley)

$36.4M - Workplace Injury

Settlement with oil refinery in death of a worker, believed to be the largest-ever reported settlement nationally for a single-victim employee fatality. (Motiva)

$35M - Premises Liability

Settlement on behalf of more than 100 businesses and individuals for losses in the 2001 Continental Business Center fire in Bridgeport, Pa. (Bridgeport)

$35M - Whistleblower

Largest settlement of its kind in Arizona history against a healthcare system over alleged Medicare fraud.

$33.1M - Medical Malpractice

Lehigh County verdict in the case of a missed diagnosis of breast cancer that resulted in a woman’s death. (Welteroth)

$30M - Brain Injury

Settlement for a young child who suffered severe brain damage due to improperly managed anesthesia during a routine procedure at an area hospital.

$30M - Product Liability

Settlement in an auto accident case in which severe injuries resulted from a rear seat lap belt.

$29.6M - Premises Liability

Settlement in the Pier 34 collapse that left three women dead and dozens injured. (Pier 34)

$27.6M - General Negligence

Jury verdict in the case of a Philadelphia woman injured after exercising for a promotional video for replacement knees. (Polett)

$25M - Motor Vehicle Accident

Settlement: Tractor trailer slammed into a vehicle occupied by a Philadelphia school teacher, who suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis.

$25M - Medical Malpractice

Settlement: Failure to diagnose life threatening cardiac problem following open heart surgery resulting in cardiac arrest and death.

$25M - Medical Malpractice

Jury verdict against two doctors found negligent in the death of a patient, herself a doctor, after a routine fertility procedure. (Matteo)

$25M - Medical Malpractice

Settlement: Misdiagnosis and failure to properly treat retinopathy of prematurity in twin boys resulting in blindness.

$24M - Premises Liability

Jury verdict in a premises liability case involving a three-year-old girl’s near-drowning at an apartment complex swimming pool. (Weightman)

$21.8M - Medical Malpractice

Delaware County , Pa., jury verdict for a man who was left blind as the result of prolonged back surgery. (Drainer)

$21.6M - Birth Injury

Jury verdict for child born with severe brain injury. The verdict, which includes periodic payments, was a record for an Erie County, Pa., personal injury case. (Graham)

$20M - Brain Injury
$20M - Brain Injury

Settlement: Teenage boy who underwent routine surgery for sports injury suffers anoxic brain injury.

$20M - Birth Injury

Medical malpractice verdict for boy who went blind after birth. The $20 Million verdict is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Montgomery County history. (Lee)

$20M - Brain Injury

Jury verdict for a college student who suffered brain damage after nurses failed to respond in time to an alarm. (Gallagher)

$19.9M - Medical Malpractice

Verdict for a patient who was assaulted while in the hospital, suffering severe injuries. Record Delaware verdict. (Sparber)

$19.65M - Brain Injury

Settlement: Failure to diagnose infection and dislodged tube results in brain injury in young woman.

$19.2M - Birth Injury

Jury award against Merrell Dow for boy born with club feet after his mother had taken the morning sickness drug Bendectin. (Blum)

$19.1M - Workplace Injury

Luzerne County verdict for mother of three left incapacitated after being struck by a van as she worked at a roadside construction site. (McManamon)

$19M - Medical Malpractice

Settlement: Surgical error during liver donor procedure for transplantation results in liver failure.

$19M - Birth Injury

Settlement: Overdose of Pitocin during delivery results in baby being born with severe brain damage and injury to mother.

$18.5M - Medical Malpractice

Verdict for medical error that caused damage to a girl’s heart and required later heart transplant, leaving her with only a 50-50 chance of living past 21. (Keen)

$18M - Birth Injury

Settlement: Infant suffers severe and catastrophic cerebral palsy due to a delay in performing a C-section.

$17.5M - Medical Malpractice

Verdict against VA for ex-Marine who suffered a stroke following dental procedure.  The verdict includes periodic payments. (Ellison)

$17M - Brain Injury

Settlement: Cerebral palsy, severe brain damage due to bacterial meningitis, chronic lung disease.

$16M - Medical Malpractice

Settlement for a man who suffered hypoxic brain injury after nurses failed to promptly administer CPR when he went into cardiac arrest following successful cardiac surgery.

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