December 22, 2015


PHILADELPHIA -- A jury today awarded $7 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson for an Indiana woman injured by a surgically implanted vaginal mesh. The plaintiffs claimed the product was defective and that J&J knew and failed to warn doctors about its dangers.

 The verdict followed a $5.5 million compensatory award on Monday by the same Philadelphia Common Pleas jury for Patricia Hammons, 65, who had the Prolift implant in 2009 to support her prolapsed bladder. Because of...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh
December 04, 2015

Kline & Specter led all law firms with the most large verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania, according to the latest report by PaLaw released this week. Kline & Specter had five of the Top 50 – all five being jury verdicts – and with four results in the Top 25.

The largest verdict won by Kline & Specter was a $38.5 million punitive award in Wilson v. U.S. Security Associates in which the families of two victims of a fatal shooting rampage by a fired worker at Kraft Foods sued the company in charge of security at the plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Earlier, another jury awarded $8 million in...

Tags: Premises Liability, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
December 01, 2015

Opening speeches are due to get underway tomorrow in courtroom 246 in City Hall in the first Philadelphia trial involving a device surgically implanted in women to treat organ prolapse, a device called transvaginal mesh. The case involves the Prolift made by Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson. In the current case, being tried by Kline & Specter attorneys Shanin Specter and Kila Baldwin and Adam Slater of Mazie Slater, an Indiana woman, Patricia Hammons alleges she is unable to have sexual intercourse because of pain caused by the mesh. Kline & Specter...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh, product recall, Defective Products
November 27, 2015

Many Americans will be diagnosed incorrectly at least once in their lifetimes. That is the troubling finding made in a newly issued report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The report found that diagnostic errors are by far the most pervasive in medicine, outranking medication mistakes.

An estimated 12 million patients are misdiagnosed in the United States each year. A major part of the problem is a lack of communication, according to the report.

Tags: Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Misdiagnoses
November 25, 2015

As parents head to the stores to buy toys for the holiday season, they should be aware of some that may be hazardous to their children.

As noted in an ABC-6 report, the Pennsylvania Public Interest Group (PennPIRG) had some disturbing findings when it recently examined hundreds of toys currently on store shelves. Many of the toys were revealed to present choking hazards for small children. (...

Tags: Dangerous Toys, product recall, defective toys
November 20, 2015

Concerned over an ongoing fever and other symptoms, Shantice Tillery took her baby to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Doctors there sent her away with little treatment and a presumed upper respiratory infection. She returned a second day because her son’s condition had worsened and, after treating for a presumed respiratory ailment, she and her child were sent home yet again. By the third day, due to concerns about her son’s progressive worsening symptoms, the baby was...

Tags: Misdiagnoses, Misdiagnosis
November 12, 2015

 A lawsuit filed in Philadelphia claims that birth control pills that were mispackaged led to 113 unwanted pregnancies. According to the claim, the packages were “rotated 180 degrees” and thus reversed the order in which the pills were to be taken, meaning the women took placebos during the wrong week.
 The packaging error occurred in 2011 and led some women to take sugar pills meant for the week they were menstruating at the wrong time, leaving them without contraception during that week. The mistake led the Food and Drug Administration to recall 3.2 million of the blister packs, although the company says that only a very small...

Tags: Product Liability
November 06, 2015

According the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC,) a young child is likely to die this month, strangled by a window covering cord. “Window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards in the home,” explains CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC recommends that only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children.  They are available today in the marketplace and will prevent window...

Tags: Defective Products, Product Recalls
October 29, 2015

It was only the beginning of her problems when a wife and mother in her forties suffered a heart attack. Taken to a Philadelphia hospital, she was treated for the heart attack but later suffered additional symptoms, including headache and vomiting. A resident in the intensive care unit prescribed pain and anti-nausea medicine but failed to perform a CT scan. Had he ordered the test, it would have revealed a large bleed in the frontal lobe of the woman’s brain and could have prevented a stroke that caused permanent brain damage. Today, the woman – whose name and the name of the hospital remain confidential under the terms of a legal...

Tags: Misdiagnoses, Misdiagnosis, Medical Malpractice
October 14, 2015

Braden Lepisto brings passion, conviction and heart to his personal injury law practice. He joined Kline & Specter after getting a taste of working at a few of the country's largest law firms. Lepisto is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he incidentally earned an A+ in the "Practice of Law" course taught by one of our firm's founding attorneys.

This lawyer, who looks out for the rights of...

Tags: Interview