Amy Guth, a partner at Kline & Specter, represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury litigation, where she has a special interest in women's health issues, particularly cases in which women have been provided substandard care or their health has been compromised due to medical error.
In a major case, one documented by ABC's Nightline, Guth helped win a $3 million award from a Montgomery County jury for the estate of a woman who died of breast cancer after a doctor misread her mammogram. Dagmar Lackman, 58, left behind her husband, Thomas, and four children.
In a more recent case, Guth served as co-counsel in reaching a $6.2 million settlement with a Lehigh County hospital for a child who suffered brain damage following tonsil surgery. As part of the 2006 agreement, the hospital also agreed to implement policy changes to improve safety. (See Bates.)
In a 2003 case Guth helped win a seven-figure settlement for the family of Adam Covenko, a healthy 24-year-old former wrestler who checked into the hospital for a nose job two weeks before he was to be married. During the procedure Covenko was improperly intubated, resulting in a lack of oxygen for several minutes, brain damage and, ultimately, his death.
In 2004, Guth worked on a lawsuit against an anesthesiologist who allowed a patient’s blood pressure to drop too low during surgery, resulting in a stroke and paralysis. The anesthesiologist broke down during cross-examination at his trial and admitted he had provided poor care. A substantial settlement was reached in the case.
In addition to women’s health, Guth also is concerned with children's issues and has been involved in the Support Center for Child Advocates. An accomplished horsewoman, she also heads the firm's equine law practice and has investigated many equine catastrophic injury cases.
Before joining Kline & Specter, she was a shareholder at a large Philadelphia law firm, Post & Schell, where she represented a wide range of prominent medical specialists and hospitals. On behalf of both physicians and hospitals, she litigated a broad spectrum of medical negligence cases.
Guth was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She received a B.S. from The American University in 1982 and a J.D. from Widener University Law School in 1985.
She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida.