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
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