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Settlements and Verdicts

Medical Malpractice

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Transportation and Motor Vehicle Accidents 

  • Harris v. The Lutheran Home at Topton
    $28.75 Million verdict for a child that was rendered a paraplegic in a motor vehicle accident.
  • David Crossan v. Kaolin Mushroom Farms
    $6.9 Million settlement for collision causing permanent injuries
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    $5.5 Million recovery from truck accident.
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    $3.8 Million settlement for a Fortune 500 executive who was rendered completely disabled after being sideswiped while traveling on vacation.
  • Rowan v. Lex Electric
    $2.75 Million settlement for a motorcycle accident involving a 64-year-old man and Lex Electric work vehicle.
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    Seven-figure
    settlement in a products liability and motor vehicle accident case resulting in the deaths of a mother and a teenage girl when a cement truck crashed into the family vehicle at an excessive rate of speed. The women survived the impact from the truck, but ultimately died when the concrete mixer truck rolled over on top of the car and discharged thousands of pounds of concrete onto them, suffocating them as they remained trapped in the vehicle’s front seat.

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Construction and Work-Related Injuries 

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    $35 Million recovery for a man who was ejected from the seat of a tractor trailer he was driving after the brakes failed when he applied them. The Plaintiff was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but the vehicle jack-knifed and was forced off a highway and crashed into a guardrail. The seatbelt failed to restrain the man in his seat and he hit the top of his head, breaking his neck and was ejected through the driver side window. The injuries resulted in catastrophic injuries to the man including quadriplegia.
  • Litka v. Atlantic City Electric Company
    $7.2 Million verdict for an electrocution case in Camden County.
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    $3.3 Million settlement for truck driver who sustained severe electrical burns when his dump trailer contacted uninsulated electric utility lines.
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    $1.6 Million settlement for an ironworker injured in fall at construction site.
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    $1.55 Million total recovery for laborer who suffered head injury as a result of defective scaffolding, which caused a crank handle to spin around and strike him in the face and forehead.

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Toxic Substance Injury

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Products Liability

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    $35 Million recovery for a man who was ejected from the seat of a tractor trailer he was driving after the brakes failed when he applied them. The Plaintiff was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but the vehicle jack-knifed and was forced off a highway and crashed into a guardrail. The seatbelt failed to restrain the man in his seat and he hit the top of his head, breaking his neck and was ejected through the driver side window. The injuries resulted in catastrophic injuries to the man including quadriplegia.
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    An eight-figure products liability settlement against a leading smoke detector manufacturer and major mobile home company where a family of seven perished in a fire. The victims, including five children ages four to eleven, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation causing their deaths.  The victims’ mobile home came equipped with smoke detectors with ionization technology which failed to provide a timely warning of, what the Pennsylvania State Police investigators determined, was a slow and smoldering fire.
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    Seven-figure
    settlement in a products liability and motor vehicle accident case resulting in the deaths of a mother and twin sister of a teenage girl. The family’s vehicle was struck by the driver of a cement truck driving above the speed limit while carrying an overloaded amount of concrete in a cement mixer truck.  The women survived the impact from the truck, but ultimately died from mechanical asphyxiation when the concrete mixer truck rolled over on top of the car and discharged thousands of pounds of concrete onto them, suffocating them as they remained trapped in the vehicle’s front seat. The cement mixer truck was defectively designed in various ways, including a high center of gravity that increased the risk of rollover.  The concrete mixer truck was also not equipped with safety devices to prevent the contents of the truck from spilling in the event of a rollover.   The Defendants made no material changes to the truck design since its original manufacture in the 1970’s, and continued to replicate its dangerous design, despite tremendous advances in technology over the past 40 years to prevent rollovers like the one that ultimately occurred.
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    $3.7 Million for death of a nine-year-old boy as a result of a fire in an apartment building.
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    $3.3 Million settlement for truck driver who sustained severe electrical burns when his dump trailer contacted uninsulated electric utility lines.
  • Tompkins, Natasha on behalf of Ariaha Riley, A Minor v. Confidential
    $2.9 Million settlement for a products liability action involving a 3-year-old girl who was burned by an electric potpourri pot.
  • Jane Doe v. Harbor Freight, et al.
    $2.225 Million settlement for 11-year-old burn victim.

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Pharmaceutical/Drug Product Injuries 

  • Acromed
    $120 Million total settlement for plaintiffs injured as a result of implantation of spinal bone screws into the spine during spinal fusion procedures.
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    $20 Million total settlement for clients injured as a result of ingestion of the diet drug Fen-Phen.
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    $1.25 million total recovery for a client who suffered permanent damage to his heart as a result of his physician’s negligence in prescribing a dangerous dosage of Vioxx.
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    $1 Million recovery for damage to the heart valve of a New Jersey woman from the ingestion of diet drugs/Fen-Phen.

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Fires, Burns and Explosions

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    An eight-figure products liability settlement against a leading smoke detector manufacturer and major mobile home company where a family of seven perished in a fire. The victims, including five children ages four to eleven, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation causing their deaths.  The victims’ mobile home came equipped with smoke detectors with ionization technology which failed to provide a timely warning of, what the Pennsylvania State Police investigators determined, was a slow and smoldering fire.
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    $3.7 Million for death of a nine-year-old boy
  • Tompkins, Natasha on behalf of Ariaha Riley, A Minor v. Confidential
    $2.9 Million settlement for a burn case involving a 3-year-old girl who was burned by a defective electric potpourri pot.
  • Jane Doe v. Harbor Freight, et al.
    $2.225 Million settlement for 11-year-old burn victim.
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    $1.5 Million total settlement in defective smoke alarm that didn’t sound, resulting in death of a child in Gloucester County, New Jersey.
  • UPA Electrical Specialists, Inc. v. Mumma Realty
    $1.4 Million for a company whose business equipment, inventory, tools and personal possessions as well as a portion of the property UPA was leasing was destroyed in a fire.

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Premises Liability

  • Gustafsson v. Trigen-Philadelphia Energy Corp.
    $85 Million jury verdict in February of 2008, against Trigen-Philadelphia Energy Corporation on behalf of a University of Pennsylvania medical student who fractured his back after falling through an open manhole cover in Center City Philadelphia. The verdict is the largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania history.
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    $1.2 Million recovery for 81-year-old woman with brain injury as a result of an injury at Philadelphia International Airport.
  • Weidinger v. Yager-Krol
    $1.075 million partial settlement involving a motor vehicle accident due to a shopping center’s negligence in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. The owners and the property management company of the center failed to maintain proper landscaping and signage causing obstruction of vision for both drivers. The negligence caused an accident resulting in traumatic aortic dissection and surgery and multiple orthopedic fractures for the defendant.
  • Agresta v. Pulte Homes, et al.
    $954,000 jury verdict for Mr. Agresta who slipped and fell on ice at the Springton Point Condominium Association sidewalk where his family resides in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. The sidewalk was a common element under the control of the townhouse community; however, it was contracted by Wentworth Property Management to maintain.
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    $750,000 settlement for a hotel employee who was rendered disabled while falling into a hidden construction ditch in the employer’s parking lot..

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Consumer Rights

  • Reynolds vs. the University of Pennsylvania
    $435,000 jury verdict against the University of Pennsylvania to Mr. Frank Reynolds in a case involving breach of contract and violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Injuries to Children

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    An eight-figure products liability settlement against a leading smoke detector manufacturer and major mobile home company where a family of seven perished in a fire. The victims, including five children ages four to eleven, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation causing their deaths.  The victims’ mobile home came equipped with smoke detectors with ionization technology which failed to provide a timely warning of, what the Pennsylvania State Police investigators determined, was a slow and smoldering fire.
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    $8.6 Million verdict for a family of a child who suffered severe brain damage because her delivery was inexplicably delayed.
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    $6 Million settlement for cardiac defect (tetralogy of fallot) in an infant which went undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in death of the infant.
  • Jane Doe v. Philadelphia Daycare Center
    $5.75 Million settlement for wrongful death of a two-year-old at a Philadelphia daycare center.
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    $4.05 Million settlement for the family of a child who suffered severe brain damage as a result of post-delivery neglect by the hospital staff.
  • Tompkins, Natasha on behalf of Ariaha Riley, A Minor v. Confidential
    $2.9 Million settlement for a products liability action involving a 3-year-old girl who was burned by an electric potpourri pot. The child suffered partial thickness burns on her right arm, right breast and shoulder. The Defendants were aware that the pot was defective and had injured other young children, but continued to market and sell it.
  • Jane Doe v. Harbor Freight, et al.
    $2.225 Million settlement for an 11-year-old burn victim.

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Negligent Security

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    $1.3 million for the assault of a building occupant due to negligent security services provided by a property management company and security provider.
  • Hines v. ABC Store
    $675,000 settlement for a Philadelphia County man who sustained physical and psychological injuries as a result of being shot while working at a retail store.  The man had made prior threats; therefore, the attack was foreseeable and the store owner was negligent for failing to provide adequate security.

Wrongful Termination

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    $215,000 settlement for a woman who was harassed, discriminated against and ultimately terminated from her employment on the basis of gender and perceived disability. She suffered a loss in income and benefits as well as emotional distress.

Alcohol Related Injuries

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    $625,000 settlement, for a man who was struck by a drunk driver who was a patron at a bar where she was visibly intoxicated and continued to be served.
  • Wilson, Estate of Edwin v. Starting Gate Lounge et al.
    $561,000 verdict in Gloucester County, NJ for the family of a man who was involved in a motor vehicle accident after being served alcohol at an excessive level while a patron at the Defendant’s bar.

 

 

 

 

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