August 08, 2017

A Cesarian section is often medically necessary to avoid complications during labor and delivery and to provide a safe birth for both mother and child. A C-section may be safer than a vaginal birth for many reasons, among them:

Complications During PregnancyFailure or Delay in C-Section

  • You previously had a C-section delivery or other surgery involving your reproductive system
  • You have an infection, such as genital herpes or HIV
  • You are pregnant...
July 25, 2017

Surgery on the incorrect part of a patient’s body – or “wrong-site surgery” – is rare, occurring just once in 112,994 operations, according to a study cited recently by The Washington Post...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Wrong Site Surgery
June 27, 2017

Pennsylvania Informed Consent On June 20, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in the case of Shinal v. Toms that doctors have the duty to obtain informed consent from patients and cannot delegate that duty to their staff.

The case arose in November 2007 when Megan Shinal saw Dr. Toms, neurosurgeon and Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at Geisinger Medical Center, for removal of a recurrent, non-malignant tumor from the pituitary region of Shinal’s brain. The growth of the...

June 07, 2017

On May 25, Andy Stern and Elizabeth Crawford obtained an arbitration award of $95.6 million for a Philadelphia woman catastrophically injured in the 2013 Market Street building collapse. It was the largest-ever personal injury recovery for a single person in Pennsylvania history. It followed a 17-week trial that ended in a liability verdict and a subsequent settlement of $227 million for the seven people killed and 12 injured in the tragedy. The Salvation Army, found 75 percent liable at trial,...

Tags: Premises Liability, Plekan Case
May 10, 2017

Wrongful Death and Medical MalpracticeLosing a loved one is a heartbreaking experience for any family. When that loss is caused by medical malpractice, the trust you placed in medical professionals to care for your loved one feels betrayed. The surviving family deserves answers and compensation for their loss.

A wrongful death claim can be pursued against a medical facility and medical professionals, such as nurses...

May 05, 2017

In the last decade alone, there have been a reported 435 shootings by Philadelphia police officers, with 103 civilians killed. And across the country, many police shootings have been captured on video by witnesses, sparking highly publicized protests and police firings and suspensions. In some cases, they have also resulted in lawsuits. One such case involved the 2014 shooting in West Philadelphia by plainclothes police officers of an innocent college student working as a food deliveryman to earn money to pay his tuition. Philippe Holland suffered bullet wounds to his leg and face. He survived the shooting but suffers seizures and other...

April 26, 2017

Legal Help for Brain Injury Victims When someone you love suffers a brain injury, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help or what your next steps should be. Whether injured by medical malpractice, a blow to the head, or another type of accident, victims of brain injuries often require extensive medical and rehabilitative care, and their injuries can have long-term effects on their quality of life.

As experienced brain injury attorneys...

March 24, 2017

Medical Malpractice Case Each medical malpractice case is unique. There is no set timeline for how long your case will take. To reach a final settlement or verdict in your case, it can take months to years. However, at Kline & Specter, PC, we understand that the serious injuries sustained because of medical malpractice are a costly burden to you and your family. Our attorneys fight to hold the responsible parties accountable...

March 16, 2017

Wrongful Death Losing a loved one is among the most traumatic events that a family can endure. When the loss is caused by the negligence of someone else, the family is often left with questions, confusion, and a strong desire for justice.

At Kline & Specter, PC, our wrongful death attorneys help families seek the justice they deserve and the compensation they need after losing a loved one. You may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you are...

March 08, 2017

Plaintiffs in cases that result in a jury verdict in their favor are allowed to also collect “delay damages,” or interest that begins to accrue one year after a lawsuit is filed, a provision intended to reduce delays in cases reaching trial. Should a defendant appeal a verdict, plaintiffs are also entitled to post-judgment interest if they prevail and a jury award is upheld.

The amount of these interest payments is no small potatoes, as Kline & Specter attorneys Andy Stern and co-counsel Elizabeth Crawford recently demonstrated in a case against Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A verdict of $10.1 million has now grown to...

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