Our cases have involved vehicle collisions, work site accidents, dangerous products, medical mistakes, nursing home abuse, and accidents occurring on commercial and residential properties, as well as those occurring as a result of dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices. Many of our clients were permanently injured or are suffering the loss of a loved one.
We combine zealous advocacy with compassion for our clients.
Compassionate representation requires the willingness to listen to our clients and understand their experiences. For many of our clients, their hopes and dreams have been drastically changed. They struggle to meet new challenges and overcome significant obstacles as they try to adapt to very different lives. While each client’s struggle is unique, we have seen that there are common elements of loss for those suffering similar injuries and disability. Similarly, those mourning the loss of a loved one often encounter similar obstacles.
Listening to our clients to understand their unique stories
While we were working as hard as we could for our clients, we realized that there were many more people who were having similar struggles but who did not have viable lawsuits. We wanted to help not only our clients but other victims as well. We established the Anapol Schwartz Foundation, which is funded by a portion of fees from the Anapol Schwartz law firm’s successful cases. The Foundation has donated more than $300,000 to deserving nonprofits in order to serve those who have suffered injuries similar to our clients.
Helping MADD train first responders to give death notifications to family members
From a case in which a 19 year old woman died following the illegal service of alcohol at a bar donations were made to fund Mothers Against Drunk Driving(MADD) training for first responders in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties how to best notify family members after the death of a loved one. Absent the funding there is no training. Partner Joel Feldman participated in each of these training sessions.
From a case in which a woman who was legally blind suffered the loss of her leg as a result of improper maintenance of property a donation was made to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities for college scholarships for those with disabilities.
As a result of a medical mistake following the birth of her child Caren Sydnor suffered a spinal cord injury which severely impaired her ability to walk. Caren was successfully represented by the firm in a medical malpractice case. Caren suffered a spinal cord injury following the birth of her child and with proceeds from her settlement established a fund at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital to provide specialized locomotor training to those whose insurance had been exhausted. The firm has made additional contributions to the fund.
Along with the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, the Anapol Schwartz Foundation supported the establishment of the Magee Facility Dog program that trains dogs to support patients in their therapy and facilitate rehabilitation alongside health and human service professionals.
Through Magee’s Facility Dog program, Joey (Magee’s second therapy dog , a Labrador Retriever/ Golden Retriever mix _works alongside trained health and human service professionals to support patients in their therapy and facilitate the rehabilitation process.
Joel Feldman, a partner at Anapol Schwartz, founded End Distracted Driving (EndDD), a program that uses a scientifically-based presentation to teach teens about the dangers of distracted driving. The program has enlisted the help of hundreds of trial lawyers to bring the presentation to schools across the country. Between 2012 and 2014 EndDD.org’s Awareness Initiative has reached more than 209,199 in 41 states.
Physical therapist Curry Durborow was selected as the winner of the 2012 Advocate Award for her work benefiting the brain injury community. “This grant will enable the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania to continue to prevent brain injuries and improve the quality of life for people who already have experienced brain injury, as well as their family members. The support, education, advocacy and research the Association provides is critical to so many,” said Durborow.