October 05, 2016

car accidentsHenry Avenue carries 23,000 vehicles each day through East Falls. Several of its intersections are prone to auto accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. A review of accident statistics from the last five years show that the intersection of Schoolhouse Lane and Henry Avenue is one of the top three dangerous intersections in the Fourth Council District.

In recognition of...

Tags: Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents
September 20, 2016

Kline & Specter has filed suit in a wrongful death case reminiscent of the litigation for which he won a $109 million for the family of a woman killed by a fallen power line in suburban Pittsburgh. That case involved Carrie Goretzka, who was struck by a line that fell in the yard adjacent to her home. The latest case claimed the life of Thomas Poynton, Jr. on the other side of the state, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Poynton,  31, a high school teacher and assistant football coach, was in his home with his wife, Sarah, when they heard a loud explosion behind their house on a sunny July morning. They noticed sparks and fire at the...

Tags: Personal Injury
September 16, 2016

Top Fatality RisksPreventable 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.

Adults Over Age 65

After age 65, adults are most at risk for falls. Roughly 70 elderly adults die each day...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Car Accident
September 09, 2016

e-cig explosionsLawsuits are being filed across the country over exploding e-cigarettes claiming that the manufacturers made and sold defective products that are a danger to e-cigarette smokers.

Plaintiffs claim the batteries that power e-cigarettes are unregulated, poorly manufactured and not adequately labeled to warn consumers of the danger they may pose.

In California, a woman was...

Tags: Defective Products, Dangerous Products
September 02, 2016

Tesla Car CrashSelf-driving cars seem to promise a safer future on our roadways by eliminating the risk of human error. However, the recent death of a driver in a Tesla car using the Autopilot feature calls the safety of self-driving cars into question.

The car accident killed Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio when his Tesla Model S hit a tractor-trailer that was turning left in front of his vehicle...

Tags: Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Defective Products
August 26, 2016

Takata Airbags RecalledThe recall of Takata Airbags has been expanded to nearly 70 million U.S. vehicles and 100 million vehicles worldwide. In the United States only about eight million airbags have been replaced so far. Officials are prioritizing states with hot and humid climates that make the devices more prone to rupture.

The latest recalls are for airbags that do not have a drying agent to prevent moisture buildup, which can contribute to airbag...

Tags: Product Recalls, Product Liability, Defective Products, Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents
July 13, 2016

Peanuts, seafood, gluten – they are all foods that have attracted heightened awareness in recent years among restaurant owners for causing allergic reactions and health sensitivities. And when serious injuries result, what follows is often a lawsuit. But in a recent article, The Legal Intelligencer ...

Tags: food allergies, Personal Injury
July 13, 2016

 Tom Kline was called upon by several media outlets to comment on the unsealing of controversial court documents in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, documents that cast doubt on assertions that the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno and other school officials were unaware of sexual abuse of minors prior to 2001. The documents include never-seen-before depositions in which at least one detailed account of abuse dates back to as early as 1976. The testimony was revealed as part of a lawsuit between Penn State and one of its insurers over nearly $100 million in settlements paid to 32 of Sandusky’s victims. It detailed a 1976 account in which a 14-...

Tags: child sexual abuse
July 08, 2016

The fourth-floor balcony 
that collapsed in 2014

After a fire escape collapsed in Center City Philadelphia in January 2014, killing one young man and injuring two other people, Kline & Specter attorneys not only filed suit on behalf of the victims, they pressed for reforms to mandate stricter maintenance and inspections of the structures.

That effort produced results with the...

Tags: fire escape, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death
May 09, 2016

new study by patient safety researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published recently showed that the third leading cause of death in the United States is now medical errors. These medical mistakes claim 251,000 lives and account for 9.5 percent of all deaths each year in the United States.

Professor Martin Makary, who led the research, stated that, “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care." Medical errors now cause more deaths each year than respiratory disease, accidents,...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death