September 13, 2018


Tom Kline (far left) with Evelyn and Jim Piazza

 “Something good came of something bad.” Those words were uttered in the aftermath of the famous Hall v. SEPTA case in which an injury to a little boy led Philadelphia’s mass transit agency to revamp not only its escalators but also its inspections program. Now, nearly two decades later, another tragic incident has resulted in a...

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August 30, 2018

A grand jury report exposed more than 1,000 victims of child sexual abuse allegedly by some 300 Catholic priests across Pennsylvania, sending tremors not only in the state but across the country and beyond, even to the Vatican. But the report may never have seen the light of day without the effort of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and a host of others that filed briefs seeking to make the document public. And the legal fight isn’t over yet.

Although the report is quite detailed, covering 884 pages, many entries were redacted, including dozens of pages pertaining to priests accused of abusing children that were kept from...

Tags: Sexual Abuse, child abuse lawsuits, child sexual abuse
August 23, 2018

Child abuse comes in all different forms and places. Often it occurs where one would expect that children are sheltered and safe from harm. But abuse occurs in homes, foster care, school and even at church. Currently, an estimated 1,000 children are experiencing abuse in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Nadeem Bezar, a Kline & Specter attorney who litigates child abuse cases, calls the problem “an epidemic that has spread not just across our Philadelphia area but across the country, across the world” and one that victimizes...

Tags: child abuse lawsuits, child sexual abuse, Sexual Abuse
August 15, 2018

 A recently released Pennsylvania grand jury report detais decades of sexual assaults upon children by Catholic priests in the commonwealth -- more than 1,000 victims assaulted by some 300 “predator priests” – and an alleged cover-ups by church hierarchy.

 News of the report, released Tuesday, reverberated across the country, with accounts carried in newspapers and television news not only in the United States but in other countries as well. The report may also result in a wave of lawsuits by victims named in the report and those yet to come forward. (...

Tags: child sexual abuse, Sexual Abuse, child abuse lawsuits
July 19, 2018

Explosion Injury Lawyer | New Jersey | Kline & SpecterOn Saturday, July 7th, a couple in Newfield, NJ was killed following a natural gas explosion in their home. The victims of this tragic accident had installed a stove the day before the explosion, but there is no evidence as of yet to tie that installation to the explosion. In fact, according to...

Tags: Burn Injuries, Personal Injury
July 03, 2018

Are Unfavorable Results a Form of Medical Malpractice All medical procedures come with some level of accepted risk. Unfavorable results may be one of these. However, not achieving ideal results does not automatically indicate negligence. Sometimes, even tragic outcomes are simply unavoidable.

Unfavorable results may occur regardless of the steps taken by a medical professional. There are factors beyond the control of even the most attentive and adept physicians. But when unfavorable results...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
April 02, 2018

The incident occurred almost five and a half years ago when a doctor at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown wrapped a child’s head with ACE Bandages to treat swelling after she was born prematurely. The procedure, said the doctor, John O. Chan, was something he had learned during his medical training in the Philippines. It went horribly wrong. The unusual procedure left the child with a deformed scalp and unable to grow hair on most of her head.

Dr. Chan acknowledged in testimony during...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury
February 11, 2018

When on trial in a personal injury case, it is important not only to win a verdict but to ensure that it’s conducted in a manner that protects against a possible – and often probable -- appeal later on.

Take, for instance, the birth injury case that resulted in April 2017 in a $41.6 million verdict against the federal government for its employment of an obstetrician whose poor use of forceps resulted in a child suffering permanent intellectual and physical disabilities. Not only was the verdict believed to be the largest ever in a ...

Tags: Personal Injury, Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice
February 11, 2018

A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court may substantially change the future of litigation over Risperdal, the anti-psychotic drug linked to gynecomastia, the growth of female-like breasts in boys and male adolescents. A panel of the court decided to allow juries to consider punitive damages in trials over the medication made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The decision will require re-evaluation of cases already tried and could mean potentially larger verdicts in those still coming to trial. It may also encourage J&J to settle many or all of the thousands of pending cases. Without the threat...

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