The following are some of the larger publicly disclosed settlements and verdicts obtained by Kline & Specter attorneys.
Punitive damages verdict against J&J involving the drug Risperdal, linked to the growth of female breast tissue in boys. Verdict is the largest in PA history and among largest ever in the nation. (Risperdal)
Verdict against Ford in death of a boy run over by truck with defective parking brake. The then-second largest product liability verdict in the nation. (White) (Jury awarded $52 million in retrial of punitive damages.)
Verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a vaginal mesh case. The verdict included $100 million in punitive damages and was the largest contested liability verdict in Pennsylvania history. (McFarland)
The jury verdict included $48 million compensatory and $61 million punitive damages for the family of a woman killed by a fallen electric line. (Goretzka)
Verdict against J&J for a Media, Pa., woman in a vaginal mesh case. Verdict included $50 million in punitive and $30 million in compensatory damages, the largest compensatory award in the ongoing mesh litigation. (Mesigian)
Verdict against Johnson & Johnson for a Pennsylvania woman permanently injured by a defective vaginal mesh device. (Ebaugh)
Verdict in a birth injury case involving oxygen deprivation which resulted in cerebral palsy.
Verdict against the Philadelphia mass transit agency in a case in which a boy’s foot was severed in an escalator. SEPTA was also fined for concealing documents. (Hall)
Settlement: Missed breast cancer diagnosis delays treatment more than two years.
Verdict in a hospital error case that left a young man severely brain damaged. The award set a Pennsylvania record at the time for a medical malpractice case. (Caruso)
Largest medical malpractice verdict in federal court in Pennsylvania history, for a child injured in a post-birth procedure. (Harker/Baldacchino)
Jury verdict – $8.02 million compensatory and $38.5 million punitive – against a security company for the families of two women killed by a disgruntled employee at Kraft Foods plant in Philadelphia. (Brown/Wilson)
One of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Pennsylvania history for a girl badly injured at birth at a Philadelphia hospital. (Fortson)
Verdict in Harrisburg federal court for an infant who suffered severe brain damage because of a botched forceps delivery. Defendant was the U.S. government, which employed the doctor. (Armolt)
Verdict against Johnson & Johnson for a Lancaster, Pa., woman who suffered permanent serious injury due to implanted vaginal mesh device. (Emmett)
Settlement in explosion that killed six and injured six others at apartment complex where basement flooding had caused a gas line break. (Village Green)
Delaware County verdict in auto accident case for girl injured at notoriously dangerous intersection. (Robley)
Settlement with oil refinery in death of a worker, believed to be the largest-ever reported settlement nationally for a single-victim employee fatality. (Motiva)
Largest settlement of its kind in Arizona history against a healthcare system over alleged Medicare fraud.
Settlement on behalf of more than 100 businesses and individuals for losses in the 2001 Continental Business Center fire in Bridgeport, Pa. (Bridgeport)
Lehigh County verdict in the case of a missed diagnosis of breast cancer that resulted in a woman’s death. (Welteroth)
Settlement for a young child who suffered severe brain damage due to improperly managed anesthesia during a routine procedure at an area hospital.
Settlement in 2018 for a worker severely injured when he fell from a cell tower when a ladder rung to which he was tethered dislodged. (Jeglum)
Settlement in the Pier 34 collapse that left three women dead and dozens injured. (Pier 34)
Jury verdict in the case of a Philadelphia woman injured after exercising for a promotional video for replacement knees. (Polett)
Settlement: Misdiagnosis and failure to properly treat retinopathy of prematurity in twin boys resulting in blindness.
Jury verdict against two doctors found negligent in the death of a patient, herself a doctor, after a routine fertility procedure. (Matteo)
Settlement: Failure to diagnose life threatening cardiac problem following open heart surgery resulting in cardiac arrest and death.
Settlement: Tractor trailer slammed into a vehicle occupied by a Philadelphia school teacher, who suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis.
Jury verdict in a premises liability case involving a three-year-old girl’s near-drowning at an apartment complex swimming pool. (Weightman)
Delaware County , Pa., jury verdict for a man who was left blind as the result of prolonged back surgery. (Drainer)
Jury verdict for child born with severe brain injury. The verdict, which includes periodic payments, was a record for an Erie County, Pa., personal injury case. (Graham)
Medical malpractice verdict for boy who went blind after birth. The $20 Million verdict is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Montgomery County history. (Lee)
Verdict against Johnson & Johnson for a New Jersey woman injured after she was implanted with a vaginal mesh device. (Engleman)
Settlement: Teenage boy who underwent routine surgery for sports injury suffers anoxic brain injury.
Settlement: Negligent care during labor and delivery causes a catastrophic brain injury.
Jury verdict for a college student who suffered brain damage after nurses failed to respond in time to an alarm. (Gallagher)
Verdict for a patient who was assaulted while in the hospital, suffering severe injuries. Record Delaware verdict. (Sparber)
Settlement: Failure to diagnose infection and dislodged tube results in brain injury in young woman.
Jury award against Merrell Dow for boy born with club feet after his mother had taken the morning sickness drug Bendectin. (Blum)