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
November 22, 2016

Great law firms don’t just secure substantial verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. They make change for the betterment of the community. Kline & Specter has a proven track record of creating improvements for citizens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the general public. Here are just a few examples:

  • In addition to winning a $51 million verdict against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in a case in which a small boy’s foot was ripped off in a subway escalator, the agency later committed $30 million t...
Tags: Philadelphia lawyer, safety attorney
November 17, 2016

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. Police said a window screen leading to the balcony was...

Tags: Premises Liability
November 08, 2016

The largest settlement of a personal injury case in Ohio history came recently with Kline & Specter attorneys serving as co-counsel.

The litigation involved a 12-year-old girl suffering catastrophic injuries when she came into contact with a downed power line. The line had fallen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and remained downed and energized for days despite several calls to the power company.

Gasia Thomas touched the power line while walking home from school. She went into cardiac arrest after touching the line. When her mother found her, Gasia’s hand was stuck to the wire...

Tags: Personal Injury
October 26, 2016

Childbirth InjuriesYou may have read the headlines lately about Caroline Malatesta, a woman who fought and won a $16 million verdict against the hospital that delivered her fourth child. Because of the trauma she sustained at the hands of her nurses during the birthing process, she suffered a debilitating nerve condition and a lifetime of pain management ahead. Her story serves as a wake-up call for mothers across the country who also suffered...

Tags: Birth Injury
October 25, 2016

Kline & Specter was among the winners when the The Legal Intelligencer recently announced the its Litigation Departments of the Year for 2016. The Philadelphia-based law firm won in the category for Medical Malpractice. The nation’s oldest legal newspaper selected firms as the best in Pennsylvania in nine categories, with the winners mostly large firms for practices including general litigation, insurance, labor and employment, class action and professional liability. The winners were selected by the newspaper’s editors based on “big victories and important cases that demonstrate why...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Awards
October 19, 2016

Gregory Kuzma, an Arizona resident with an accounting background, noticed in reviewing a community health system’s Medicare filings that something seemed askew.

He brought his suspicions to attorneys at Kline & Specter and shortly thereafter officially blew the whistle on the Arizona-based Yavapai Regional Medical Center for inflating the hours worked by its employees and thus allegedly defrauding Medicare between 2006 and 2009. The case culminated on Oct. 4 with the announcement by federal prosecutors that the litigation had resulted in an agreement by Yavapai to pay $5.85 million to resolve claims that it had overbilled...

Tags: Whistleblower Cases
October 19, 2016

Medical MalpracticeThe National Practitioner Data Base has kept the records of medical malpractice actions for the last 26 years. The NPDB enables hospitals and other healthcare providers to check doctors’ backgrounds for medical malpractice actions filed against them.

However, a loophole in the system allows many doctors to escape being reported in the database. In cases where a doctor is...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
October 12, 2016

Millions of Recalls Not CorrectedOf the 109 million vehicles that were subject to recalls from 2013-2015, roughly 45 million have not been fixed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has embarked on a campaign across the south from Miami to Fort Worth, Texas, to encourage vehicle owners to respond to recalls and get vehicle defects fixed.

J.D. Power recently analyzed data to understand why 40 percent of recalled vehicles aren’t taken for repairs. The...

Tags: product recall, Product Liability