April 18, 2016

 Philadelphia Common Pleas Court has added roughly $1.3 million to the $10.1 million verdict that Andy Stern and Elizabeth Crawford won last November in a late diagnosed meningitis case. Delay damages are interest that begin to accrue starting one year after a lawsuit is filed. The case involved an 11-month-old child, Shamir Tillery, who was taken by his mother for treatment at the emergency room of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Doctors there diagnosed an upper respiratory infection and Shamir was sent home with little treatment. He was returned to the ER the next day when his condition worsened but, again, he was sent home after...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Delayed Diagnoses, Misdiagnoses, Misdiagnosis
April 18, 2016

 April 2016 is National Child Abuse Awareness Month, a month the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recognizes as a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect as well as to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month and also throughout the year, the department urges communities to share strategies and activities working toward child abuse prevention. The year 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
 Child abuse affects communities throughout the country, from...

Tags: child abuse lawsuits, Sexual Abuse, child sexual abuse
April 15, 2016

Among the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are the following products:

  • Black Diamond Recalls to Inspect 1.16 million Carabiners Due to Fall Hazard
  • Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls 110,000 Headlights and Taillights Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

  • Toshiba Recalls 101,...
Tags: Product Recalls, Dangerous Products
April 11, 2016

A federal judge has allowed punitive damages to go forward in Kline & Specter’s case against Olin Corp., the manufacturer of a rifle the law firm claims is defective and resulted in injuries to a father and daughter while on a hunting trip in rural Pennsylvania. Previously, U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer of the Western District of Pennsylvania had found in favor of the plaintiffs in permitting two experts to testify in the case about a defect in the design of the Winchester Model 94 and that Olin should have issued warnings about the rifle....

Tags: Defective Products, Product Liability
April 04, 2016

Kline & Specter attorneys have won an early round in their case against a gun manufacturer involving injuries to a father and daughter during a hunting trip. A federal judge has allowed two plaintiffs experts to testify in the case not only about a defect in the design of the Winchester Model 94 made by Olin Corp. but also that the gun should have warned about the flaw and that a recall should have been initiated. The incident occurred in 2009 when the rifle fell from a position in a tree where Wayne Trask and his daughter, A.T., then 10 years old, were perched. The gun discharged while its hammer was half-cocked in the safe position...

Tags: Product Liability
March 31, 2016

A “steady stream” of big products liability verdicts have been won by plaintiffs lawyers against Johnson & Johnson recently, notes an article in The New Jersey Law Journal. It cites a judge’s order in Dallas that the company pay $502 million to five plaintiffs injured by artificial hips and a $72 million verdict in Missouri for a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was tied to J&J talcum products. The...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh, Risperdal
March 30, 2016

Among the latest product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are the following products:

  • IKEA Recalls 1,267,000 Ceiling Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard
  • Apple Recalls 895,000 Travel Adapter Kits and Plugs Due to Risk of Electric Shock
  • 375,000 Snowboard Boots with Boa Secondary Reels Recalled by Boa Due to Fall Hazard
  • CE North America Recalls 28,260 Fan Heaters Due to Fire Hazard; Sold...
Tags: Product Recalls
March 15, 2016

There’s recent news that Olympus Corp., which manufactures medical devices as well as cameras and industrial equipment, has agreed to pay $646 million as the result of a kickback lawsuit that may have only seen the light of day thanks to a brave corporate whistleblower just like those we represent at Kline & Specter, PC, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and across the country.

According to NPR, John Slowik was a...

Tags: Whistleblower Cases
March 03, 2016

The Attorney General of Pennsylvania has released an extensive grand jury report that found at least 50 priests in the Catholic Archdiocese of Altoona-Johnstown sexually abused hundreds of children over the years. The 147-page document cited a cover-up by church superiors, including bishops.

However, the grand jury did not recommend criminal charges for a number of reasons, mainly because the offenses largely occurred many years ago. Some of the offenders are dead and the statute of limitations has run out on pursuing criminal charges.

State officials, though, said the investigation...

Tags: child abuse lawsuits, Sexual Abuse, child sexual abuse
February 11, 2016

Shanin Specter and his team made it 2-0 against Johnson & Johnson in a case against vaginal mesh, a defective product that has caused permanent injury to women across the country. The latest verdict came on Wednesday as a jury in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court handed down a $13.5 million award – including $10 million in punitive damages — to a Toms River, NJ woman who had the plastic-like device surgically implanted in 2005 to relieve urinary incontinence. Instead, Sharon Carlino, now 58, suffered severe pain during sexual intercourse after the mesh eroded in her body. Two subsequent surgeries did not help. During the nearly three-...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh, Product Liability