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Personal Injury

In conjunction with Patricia Pierce, Harry J. Kane, Jr. leads our firm’s personal injury practice group. Mr. Kane has over twenty-seven years’ experience in civil litigation with over twenty of those years devoted to personal injury practice from both the plaintiff and defense side. Mr. Kane has served as in-house defense counsel for a major insurance carrier and a large public utility before devoting his practice full-time to representing injured parties in civil litigation. Mr. Kane is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has tried numerous cases to verdict in both jurisdictions. On New Jersey matters, Mr. Kane often consults with Len Baker, Director of GPFF’s New Jersey office as well as Retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge Irvin Snyder who is Special Counsel to the firm. In addition to representing injured parties, Mr. Kane frequently serves as an Arbitrator in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas compulsory Arbitration Program and as Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Dispute Resolution Center, working to resolve cases. Mr. Kane is also often asked to serve as an Arbitrator in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Proceedings or as a solo Neutral Arbitrator in Private arbitration.

Automobile Accidents

Automobile accidents present many issues beyond assessing fault for the occurrence. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, complex issues of insurance coverage, first-party medical benefits and choice of law provisions make even the simplest fender-bender a matter which requires the expertise of trained professionals in order to protect your interests and maximize any recovery on your behalf. GPFF successfully represents injured parties in motor vehicle cases throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and most of Southern New Jersey. We have achieved excellent results incases ranging from property damage to multi-party claims involving automobile fatalities. Whether in settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration or trial, GPFF will work to achieve the best results for our clients.

Premises Liability

Premises Liability cases involve claims against land-owners, business establishments, and municipal and county governments for injuries arising out of dangerous and defective conditions of real estate, sidewalks, highways and other property. Often referred to as “slip and fall” cases, these matters can often be complex, as finding the appropriate responsible party against whom to bring a claim requires analysis of deeds, leases and other agreements. Additionally, claims against county and municipal government entities require a thorough understanding of the relevant sovereign immunity statutes under which government entities are provided protections not afforded private citizens or corporations. At GPFF we are experienced with both the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims act in Pennsylvania and Title 59 which governs claims against government entities in New Jersey. At GPFF we have successfully represented clients in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey in premises liability matters. When possible, we can resolve these matter without the necessity of litigation. When needed, we possess the experience and ability to handle the case from the filing of the Complaint through jury verdict.

Private Defense Cases:

Occasionally, our attorneys are asked to privately represent Defendants in Personal Injury litigation for which there exists no insurance coverage. Our years of experience allow us to successfully and cost-effectively represent these clients, who are exposed personally to liability arising out of automobile accidents, property matters or other incidents. We have handled many such matter for clients who did not have insurance coverage. In these instances, we have been able to strike the important balance of zealous representation and cost-efficiency.

Workers Compensation Matters:

We often represent injured workers in third-party litigation arising out of work-related injuries. In such matters, we consult with Workers Compensation counsel to insure that our client’s third-party rights are properly preserved and not negatively impacted by the Workers Compensation case. We also effectively negotiate with Workers Compensation lienholders to maximize our client’s recovery in the third-party litigation.

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