Monday, April 18, 2011

Nominations wanted: 2nd annual Anapol Advocate Award re spinal cord injuries

The Anapol Schwartz Foundation was established by law firm Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C., as a way for the firm to designate a portion of its profits to assist individuals affected by disabling injuries to lead better, more productive lives.

This year, Anapol Schwartz will honor an inspiring person who has enhanced the lives of individuals afflicted by spinal cord injuries. A $5,000 grant, derived from proceeds of successful cases involving spinal cord injuries, will be given to the winner’s choice of a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity serving the spinal cord injury community.

Candidacy is limited to those residing in the greater Philadelphia region. Both self-nominated and third party nominations are welcome. All nominations must be entered online at by April 25, 2011. Finalists will be determined by The Anapol Schwartz Foundation Award Selection Committee. Open Voting to determine the winner will run online from May 3, 2011 to May 18, 2011. The winner will be announced the fourth week of May.

The Anapol Schwartz Foundation assists 501(c)(3) public charities that serve victims and their families and funds research and programs aimed at advancing health and safety. The Anapol Schwartz law firm dedicates funds to the foundation as its wins cases on behalf of consumers and their families. For more information on The Anapol Schwartz Foundation, visit

Founded in 1977, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C., is a civil justice law firm with more than 25 attorneys and law offices in Philadelphia, Media, Reading and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Cherry Hill, N.J., Wheeling, W.Va., and Scottsdale, AZ. The firm has represented consumers in matters ranging from dangerous prescription drugs and medical negligence to unsafe products and hazardous work site cases.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Philadelphia's Best Lawyers: Attorney Sol Weiss

Congratulations to Sol Weiss, shareholder for Anapol Schwartz, a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm.

Attorney Weiss is currently featured on the cover of the 2011 edition of Philadelphia’s Best Lawyers, published by the Legal Intelligencer.

According to his bio, Weiss is a "lawyer's lawyer", he is able to handle the most complex case and still present the facts and law in a way that the judge and jury will understand.

He was co-lead counsel in the Vioxx settlement of $68.5 million and one of seven lawyers working together to receive $3.75 billion on behalf of Vioxx injury victims. In 2009, Sol Weiss received the Harry M. Philo Award of outstanding trial lawyer for his work on limiting Federal Preemption .

You can read more about Attorney Sol Weiss here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Foreign Travel Injury Lawsuits

Foreign Travel Injury Lawsuits
Navigating a foreign country is often difficult enough even under the auspices of a tour guide. But what happens when American tourists are injured in Mexico and the Caribbean?

U.S. attorneys must learn the complex legal lay of the foreign land in order to fight for your travel injury compensation rights. Even more challenging is representing an injured client when a travel agent or travel destination company is utilized to book the vacation package in the first place. Travel agents and travel destinations frequently turn the local tourism work over to more localized contractors whose first priority may not be personal safety.

Personal injury law firms contemplating whether or not to take on such foreign travel injury cases will review criteria pertaining to the clients, the merits of the claims, what damages ensued, and the foreign system of law. Like in the United States, every country or jurisdiction has a different statute of limitations on filing lawsuits.
Attorneys at the Pennsylvania personal injury law firm Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley have successfully represented numerous people and their families who have been injured while traveling in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Please contact them if you have suffered as a victim of a foreign travel injury.

Monday, November 1, 2010

What's new at Anapol Schwartz attorneys at law?

Anapol Schwartz is pleased to announce our merger with Coben & Associates, and welcome Larry Coben as shareholder to complement our extensive personal injury practice and our well-established mass tort practice.

Coben is nationally known for handling brain and spinal cord injury cases, with a special emphasis on helmet failure and crashworthiness, including seat belt and seat back failures, as well as air bag deployment failure, ejection and sudden acceleration.

The recipient of the American Association for Justice’s 2010 Consumer Advocacy award, Coben has obtained numerous seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements nationwide, including a $26 million verdict for a woman rendered a quadriplegic in a motor vehicle accident involving a seat failure, and a $12 million verdict for a high school football player who became a quadriplegic due to the defective design of his helmet.

He also achieved a $10.2 million verdict against Volkswagen on behalf of a Bucks County high school student who was injured as a result of her car’s defectively designed rear seat system, and a $30 million verdict in Gloucester County for a man rendered a quadriplegic due to a faulty airbag design. He is the author of “Crashworthiness Litigation,” a guide providing tactics for prosecuting such cases.

Two associates joining from Coben’s previous firm will practice out of Anapol Schwartz’s new office in Scottsdale, Ariz.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Anapol Schwartz among the best law firms in the Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs category. The ranking was based on results from an industry survey; view the methodology.

Anapol Schwartz works tirelessly to ensure that drug manufacturers are held accountable for their defective products, and we’ve earned a national reputation for handling complex, high profile pharmaceutical liability cases and medical device cases.. Some of our past successes have included settlements for deaths and injuries caused by Fen-Phen, Baycol, Vioxx and other dangerous prescription drugs. In the past several months, we’ve been actively pursuing claims surrounding the HPV vaccine Gardasil, and prescription drugs Fosamax, Yaz/Yasmin and Zocor, as well as medical devices such as DePuy Orthopaedics’ defective ASR Acetabular Hip.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer & Toy Recall Lawsuits

Miriam Barish, Anapol Schwartz personal injury attorney, informs NBC Philadelphia what parents can do to protect their children from recalled toys.

When a toy is recalled, some are still on toy shelves for sale, still in people's toy boxes, and in doctors' offices.

Watch the video to find out what every parent or guardian should know about keeping your kids safe from recalled toys.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Philadelphia Attorney Bernard Smalley Receives Award

Congratulations to Attorney Bernard W. Smalley, shareholder of the Philadelphia personal injury law firm, Anapol Schwartz.

Attorney Smalley will be honored as the 2010 recipient of the 31st Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award at a dinner held September 30 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

His practice focuses in the areas of medical negligence, pharmaceutical liability, defamation, class actions, products liability and other major personal injury cases.

Mr. Smalley is the first African-American ever elected to serve as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

He frequently lectures on trial techniques before national, state and local trial lawyer and bar associations.

He received his Bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1971, and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1980. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Smalley was the Deputy Court Administrator for Civil Administration for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

According to the PTLA website, Justice Michael A. Musmanno was one of the greatest champions of justice this country has known. As a Pennsylvania legislator, he was well known for his efforts to bring about social reforms, clean elections and economic aid to the disadvantaged. His fight for the working people through humanitarian legislation was admired by both friend and foe.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Influences Law

Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Joel Feldman has been pushing for a stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks law since his 21 year old daughter Casey died while crossing the street in summer 2009.

She was hit by a distracted driver.

The new state law which went into effect on April 1, 2010 requires drivers to stop for pedestrians, as opposed to yield to pedestrians.