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...

Tags: Wrongful Death
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...

Tags: Civil Rights, Civil Rights Settlement
March 08, 2017

Misdiagnosis of medical conditionA significant number of medical malpractice cases are due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition. Lack of a correct diagnosis can lead to incorrect or delayed treatment, worsening of a patient’s condition, and in severe cases, resulting in death.

In a case of misdiagnosis, the responsible medical professionals are...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Misdiagnoses, Delayed Diagnoses
March 07, 2017

In a decision that included important rulings on medical costs for victims of medical malpractice, Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a $10.1 million verdict against Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The recent ruling stemmed from a case in which a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury in late 2015 found for a mother and her son, whose delayed diagnosis for meningitis at the CHOP emergency room resulted in deafness and developmental and learning delays.

In its ruling, a Superior Court panel unanimously upheld the largest portion of the verdict -- $7.5 million for the child’s pain and suffering. The defense had claimed the...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, verdict
February 28, 2017

Birth Injury LawyersThe birth of your child should be one of the most important and celebrated moments in your family’s life. However, a birth injury can instead cause your child and family unforeseen pain and loss. When you suspect that your infant has been harmed during birth because of the negligence of medical professionals, there are important steps you can take to protect your child and your legal case.

Seek Medical Help for Your Child

The first priority is always your baby’s well-...

Tags: Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice, Cerebral Palsy
February 13, 2017

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. That was the amount of a settlement reached last week between attorneys for defendants including the Salvation Army and a real estate speculator and the estates of the seven people who were killed and 12 injured when a structure being demolished collapsed on top of a...

Tags: building collapse, Premises Liability
January 20, 2017

Any time that you or your family visit a physician or other medical provider, you should have an expectation that you will be given proper care. A medical provider should do no harm and, therefore, diagnose you correctly, and only give you care that will help improve your condition. However, there are far too many cases in which doctors fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a patient’s illness. In other cases, the physician or another medical provider may make a mistake that has serious and long-lasting repercussions. When mistakes like these cause serious injury or death, it may be considered...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
January 13, 2017

Victim’s lawyer: “Something good came of something bad”

More and more, headlines across the country have been filled with news of police officers shooting innocent civilians, events that are often followed by lengthy investigations and public protests.

But one recent case in Philadelphia showed how, through the use of the civil litigation, a tragic incident was resolved in a way that benefited all involved, including the police, the victim and...

Tags: Civil Rights Settlement, Police Shooting
January 09, 2017

Lawsuit settlements that not only provide compensation for victims but also help improve society as a whole are the main objective for preeminent plaintiff attorneys. Such a result was achieved recently when it was announced that the City of Philadelphia will pay $4.4 million to a young man who was gunned down by two plainclothes police officers as he was delivering take-out food in West Philadelphia. Additionally, the settlement for Philippe Holland will result in the Philadelphia Police Department...

Tags: police lawyer, safety improvements, Civil Rights
December 27, 2016

Many people trust public transportation to get them to their destinations inexpensively, efficiently and—most importantly—safely. Tragically, on the morning of September 29, 2016 that trust was broken when a New Jersey Transit (NJT) rush-hour commuter train barreled into Hoboken Station at more than twice the speed limit. More than 100 people were injured and one person was killed. Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old attorney, was standing on the train platform when she was crushed by falling debris from a partial collapse of the terminal.

Lawyers for the family have now filed a lawsuit in the matter. One of them, Philadelphia...

Tags: Philadelphia attorney, doctor lawyers, Motor Vehicle Accidents