Landlords, employers, utilities, elevator companies, mass transit authorities. They can all be responsible for injuries on property or equipment they operate. Each year, people are injured in accidents that occur when premises are not properly maintained and managed.
The law firm has successfully litigated many major cases, including the largest recovery in history for a Pennsylvania personal injury case -- a $95.6 million arbitration award for a woman who was catastrophically injured in the highly publicized Center City Philadelphia building collapse. The recovery, by Andy Stern and Elizabeth Crawford, followed a jury verdict and subsequent $227 million settlement at the conclusion of a 17-week trial involving the building collapse that killed seven people and injured 12 others, including workers and shoppers at a Salvation Army thrift shop. (Read article) Stern’s client, Mariya Plekan, was trapped beneath the rubble for nearly 13 hours and lost half of her body in the collapse. The incident and subsequent litigation inspired a book titled "Justice Under the Rubble" by Stern and co-author George Anastasia. (Learn more)
In an earlier case, Shanin Specter in 2015 won verdicts totaling $46.5 million – $8.02 million compensatory and $38.5 million punitive – against a security company for the families of two women who were shot to death by a disgruntled former worker at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia. (Brown/Wilson)
In another case, Kline & Specter achieved a $35 million settlement in 2008 with 16 defendants in the Bridgeport Fire case. The firm represented more than 100 businesses and individuals in the class action for losses suffered in the massive fire that ravaged the Continental Business Center in Bridgeport, Pa. in 2001. (See Bridgeport)
In a 2012 case, Shanin Specter won a $109 million verdict in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court for the family of a woman who died after she was shocked and burned by a fallen high-voltage power line. The Goretzka Case settled in early 2013 for $105 million.
Tom Kline in 2013 won one of the largest settlements for an undocumented worker in obtaining a $5 million award for a man crushed to death by a collapsing excavation site. (See Arana) In the meantime, Andy Stern is currently representing one of the victims of a building collapse in Philadelphia. (See media coverage)
One of the firm's most notable premises liability cases arose from an incident that occurred on Nov. 27, 1996 when five-year-old Shareif Hall and his mother rode the escalator at a subway station in North Philadelphia. Shareif’s foot was torn off in the escalator. Kline & Specter attorneys reached a settlement with the escalator manufacturer and won a $51 million verdict against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. (Hall v. SEPTA). The firm has also won settlements and verdicts in cases involving a train mishap (Harris), drownings and swimming pool accidents (Weightman, Slaughter) and various landlords ( Shapiro, Village Green) ranging from $1 million to $40.5 million. A 2003 case involving a construction worker killed at a Delaware oil refinery (Davis/Motiva) resulted in the largest-ever reported settlement of its kind – $36.4 million.
Kline & Specter in January 2004 announced a $29.6 million settlement stemming from the collapse of Pier 34 in which three young women were killed. More than three dozen people were sent sprawling into the chilly Delaware River in the May 18, 2000 mishap.
In an earlier case, the firm, Sparber v. DuPont, won a Delaware-record $19.9 million verdict against a hospital after a 15-year-old patient was accosted by a visitor, the attack resulting in catastrophic nerve damage.
Kline & Specter represents victims and families of those injured or killed in premises liability lawsuits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Please call us at 800-243-1100 to speak with an experienced premises liability attorney.