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.
Now that the civil trial into the 2013 Center City building collapse is over, an arbitrator will be tasked with the job of dividing $227 million among the families and survivors of the 2013 tragedy.
It happens more than 5,000 times each year, or 14 times every day, across the United States. A child falls from a window and is hurt badly enough to require treatment in an emergency room, with about one-fourth of those children injured badly enough to remain hospitalized. Some suffer injuries that are fatal. It occurred just recently, in mid-October, when a four-year-old boy was killed in a fall from a seventh-floor apartment balcony near Philadelphia’s City Avenue.
Preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease claim more lives than injuries that could have been prevented. Throughout our lives, we are exposed to unnecessary risks. Learn what you are most at risk for.
Kline & Specter led all law firms with the most large verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania, according to the latest report by PaLaw released this week. Kline & Specter had five of the Top 50 – all five being jury verdicts – and with four results in the Top 25.
Some law firms get their clients reasonable compensation for a personal injury. But not all lawyers are mindful of the broader social impact in the form of policy changes, product improvements, infrastructure repairs or medical device advanced that can result from their work.
Now that the warm weather is upon us, many people will be visiting amusement parks, carnivals, boardwalk piers, theme parks, and state fairs. Unfortunately, if the rides or attractions are not maintained or operated properly, it can lead to accidents causing severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, brain bleeds, amputations, spinal cord injuries, vertebral artery dissections or even death.
The vertebral arteries are blood vessels located on each side of your neck that supply blood and oxygen to your brain. A vertebral artery dissection occurs when there is a tear or slit in the artery and it allows blood to leak out of the vessel. After the blood oozes out it starts to form a blood clot or hematoma. If the blood continues to leak into the neck, the blood clot can continue to increase in size and eventually compresses the artery.