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
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