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
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