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
April 19, 2016

 As people begin preparing their pools for the summer swimming season, they should take care in selecting toys for their children. Some are dangerous. Take, for instance, the Toypedo, a hard plastic missile whose design enables it to be thrown 30 feet underwater. The Toypedo has resulted serious eye injuries. Kline & Specter attorneys have filed lawsuits in three such cases which have resulted in settlements totaling $7.25 million.
 The latest case, litigated by attorney Michael A. Trunk, produced a $2 million settlement for a 17-year-old high school student who lost his right eye when playing with his younger brother with a...

Tags: swimming pool accident injuries, Dangerous Toys, Dangerous Products
April 19, 2016

The case involves an allegedly faulty rifle manufactured by Olin Corp. which in a 2009 hunting accident in Indiana County, Pa., resulted in a man having his right leg amputated and his then-10-year-old daughter losing part of a finger. Kline & Specter represents Wayne and A.T. Trask in a lawsuit claiming that the Winchester Model 94 rifle made by Olin Corp. was defective and should have contained a warning to users about a flaw that resulted in its firing when dropped. Although negotiations in the case have not produced a settlement, the product liability case has already resulted in one positive development – the gun maker acted to...

Tags: Defective Products, Product Recalls