Over the years, suburban counties have proven an inhospitable place for plaintiffs attorneys and their clients, particularly in medical malpractice cases. Take Delaware County, for example. In the most recently completed four-year period, 2011-2014, juries delivered verdicts in 27 medical malpractice cases. The number won by the plaintiffs was staggeringly low – five. That’s five wins against 18 losses. (Even the Phillies have a better percentage won-loss record.)
But in 2015, Kline & Specter attorneys are working to reverse the trend, with three jury verdicts in Delaware County in the first eight months of the year alone. Defying the odds from the previous four years, they have tried three cases to verdict this year in the courthouse in Media and come away with three verdicts totaling $32 million. They were:
- $21.8 million for a man who went blind after prolonged back surgery, case litigated by David Caputo.
- $7.4 million for a 61-year-old man who suffered a debilitating stroke because of a failure to treat symptoms that included high blood pressure. The case was handled by Andy Stern and Elizabeth Crawford.
- $2.8 million verdict for a woman who must breathe through a tube for the rest of her life because of a medical error that damaged her larynx and trachea.
The most recent case, won by Michael A. Trunk and Gary Zakeosian in August for Aston resident Bonnie Semple, 56, followed a weeklong trial and five hours of jury deliberations.
“Kline & Specter has built a reputation of not being afraid to take our cases to trial. In fact, when we decide to accept a new case, we do so with the expectation that we’ll be trying it in court some day. Our verdicts in even the most challenging counties demonstrate our resolve and commitment to our clients.”
In general, juries in suburban Philadelphia have tended to favor defendants. Out of 60 verdicts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties combined over the same four years, only 11 have been for the plaintiffs.
Several of those verdicts have also been won by Kline & Specter lawyers. In one, Andy Youman was lead counsel in a trial that resulted in a $5.1 million jury verdict in Montgomery County in January 2014 for a woman who suffered severe injuries after she was injected with a concentrated decongestant instead of a local anesthetic before routine sinus surgery.
Kline & Specter has more than 30 attorneys, five of whom are also medical doctors such as Dr. Zakeosian, an anesthesiologist. We have won hundreds of settlements and verdicts in medical malpractice cases, more major results than any other law firm in the Philadelphia region over the past 20 years. We handle medical malpractice and personal injury cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and nationwide.