Largest Verdict in a Personal Injury case
in Pennsylvania history
Largest-ever compensatory verdict
Then-second largest Product
Liability verdict in U.S. history
Auto Accident Verdict
Largest single-victim fatality settlement
Civil Rights verdict
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Premises Liability Lawyers
Pennsylvania - New Jersey - Delaware - New York - Nationwide
Landlords, employers, elevator companies, mass transit authorities. They can all be responsible for injuries on property or equipment they operate. Each year, people are injured in accidents that occur when premises are not properly maintained and managed.
Most recently, in April 2008, following five weeks of trial, Kline & Specter completed a $35 million preliminarily approved settlement with 16 defendants in the Bridgeport Fire case. The firm represented more than 100 businesses and individuals in the class action for losses suffered in the massive fire that ravaged the Continental Business Center in Bridgeport, Pa. in 2001. (See Bridgeport)
One of the most notable premises liability cases in the Philadelphia area arose from an incident that occurred on Nov. 27, 1996 when five-year-old Shareif Hall and his mother rode the escalator at a subway station in North Philadelphia. Shareif’s foot was torn off in the escalator. Kline & Specter attorneys reached a settlement with the escalator manufacturer and won a $51 million verdict against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. (Hall v. SEPTA). The firm has also won settlements and verdicts in cases involving a train mishap (Harris), drownings and swimming pool accidents (Weightman, Slaughter) and various landlords (Shapiro, Village Green) ranging from $1 million to $40.5 million. A 2003 case involving a construction worker killed at a Delaware oil refinery (Davis/Motiva) resulted in the largest-ever reported settlement of its kind – $36.4 million.
Kline & Specter in January 2004 announced a $29.6 million settlement stemming from the collapse of Pier 34 in which three young women were killed. More than three dozen people were sent sprawling into the chilly Delaware River in the May 18, 2000 mishap.
In a recent case, the firm filed suit on behalf of the Pittsburgh-area family of a woman who died after she was shocked and burned by a fallen high-voltage power line. The June 2009 incident involved an Allegheny Power line that fell from a pole in the yard of Carrie Goretzka, 39. (See The Goretzka Case.)
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Kline & Specter handles cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and Nationwide, working with local attorneys in states outside PA, NJ and NY.
In Pennsylvania, Kline & Specter handles cases in and around: Allentown, Altoona, Bethlehem, Chester, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Easton, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Johnstown, Lancaster, Levittown, McCandless, McKeesport, Monroeville, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Radnor, Reading, Scranton, State College, West Chester, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York.
In New Jersey, the firm handles cases in and around: Atlantic City, Bayonne, Brick Township, Camden, Cherry Hill, Clifton, Edison, Elizabeth, Fort Lee, Jersey City, Lakewood, Millville, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, Pennsauken, Plainfield, Toms River, Trenton, Union, Vineland, Voorhees and Willingboro
- A Jury says New York City should pay $22.9 million to a man paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury he received in a Staten Island ferry crash. The boat had about 1,500 people aboard when it slammed into a pier at full speed, killing 11 people. Its pilot was on painkillers and suffering from extreme fatigue.
- A Florida jury finds Wal-Mart liable for a woman’s injuries and awards her $1 million in a premises liability case. The woman slipped and fell on a mixture of water and oil that came from the store’s rotisserie chicken display. She has since had to have several upper spine surgeries and now has a permanent titanium cage stabilizing her neck. (Full story)
- New York State appeals court upholds jury’s premises liability verdict that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent in safeguarding the World Trade Center before a 1993 terrorist attack that killed six people and injured 1,000. Damages have not yet been determined, but the estimated potential payout could total over $50 million.(Full story)
- Family of a high school coach killed in a bizarre bus accident outside Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium will receive a minimum of $4.4 million premises liability award.(Full story)
- Delay causes college student to suffer brain damage Settlement reached against Pitt campus police (Full story)
- One of two Aramark workers injured in an elevator accident at Citizens Bank Park has died.(Full story)
- Dillard's Department Stores settles personal injury lawsuit with woman who was injured by a falling clothing rod. (Full story)
- Scientific panel says Erin Brockovich was right that hexavalent chromium in drinking water causes cancer. (Full story)
- Quadriplegic woman’s personal injury lawsuit against trampoline company may be headed to Ohio’s Supreme Court. (Full story)
Click on the links below to learn more about some of Kline & Specter's premises liability cases.
THE COZZOLINO CASE
Child killed when school table collapses
Manufacturer agreed to pay $10 million to settle suit
THE HALL V. SEPTA CASE
Tot's foot torn off in subway escalator
Jury awarded $51 million, judge fined SEPTA
THE HARRIS V. SEPTA CASE
Boy is killed in mishap on SEPTA train
SEPTA to pay $250,000, fix locks on motormen's booths
THE PATRICK CASE
Ram fan beaten at Eagles game
Tom Kline represents victim; assailant pleads "no contest"
THE PIER 34 CASE
Pier collapse kills three, injures dozens
Complex case yielded $29.6 million settlement for victims
THE SHAPIRO CASE
Old woman dies in heat wave
A jury found landlord negligent for shutting A/C
THE VILLAGE GREEN CASE
Six killed in explosion at apartment complex
Settlement of $40.5 million reached for victims
THE WINCEK CASE
PSU student suffers spinal injury in walkway fall
Incident occurred when railing broke on second floor
THE WOOLFOLK CASE
Baby hurt in fall from apartment window
Landlord agreed to pay $12.25 million for injuries
THE ATWOOD CASE
Worker injured at city hotel
Jury handed down verdict against elevator maker
THE DAVIS/MOTIVA CASE
Worker dies in oil refinery explosion
Probe revealed hazards, record $36.4M settlement reached
THE DRUM CASE
Worker hurt in fall from fork-lift
A jury in Pittsburgh awarded $7.9 million
THE GRIFFIN CASE
Boy drowns in hotel pool
Settlement reached in case of inattentive lifeguard
THE SLAUGHTER CASE
Boy drowns in pool at summer camp
A jury handed down a $6.6 million verdict
THE WEIGHTMAN CASE
Girl brain damaged in Upper Darby pool mishap
A jury awarded $24 million vs. apartment complex, pool manager