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Personal Injury Verdicts & Awards

$6,250,000 Awarded in case involving death of 3-year-old child

After a 6 week trial, a Luzerne County jury awarded $6.25 million to Thomas and Lori Readler in a medical malpractice case involving the death of their 3-year-old daughter Lauren Readler. The Readler family was represented by the attorneys at HKQ Law, PC.

The award was entered against Pinnacle Health System of Harrisburg Pa. along with a number of it's affiliates and physician employees. This case involved the failure to properly diagnose and treat a condition known as an "organo-axial rotation of the stomach." If properly diagnosed, this condition can be corrected by simply re-attaching the ligaments that hold the stomach in place to the abdominal wall. In Lauren's case, the failure to properly diagnose this condition and ensure that it was surgically corrected led to a severe gastrointestinal obstruction and stomach perforation, ultimately causing Lauren's untimely death.

On May 20, 2015, the jury award included $3.7 million in wrongful death damages (including loss of future contributions, services, society and comfort Lauren would have provided her family) and $2.5 million in survival damages (including future lost earnings, pain and suffering and loss of life's pleasures). This award was one of the top jury verdicts in Pennsylvania in 2015. HKQ Law law firm located in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region is recognized in the top 20 of Top PA Verdicts of 2015, VerdictSearch, an ALM Publication, New York, NY. HKQ Law trial team was led by Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. and also included Attorneys Kevin C. Quinn, Nicole M. Santo and Brian McDonnell.

Attorney Joe Quinn - HKQ Law, Scranton & Wilkes Barre Personal Injury law firm. Attorney Kevin Quinn - HKQ Law, Scranton & Wilkes Barre Personal Injury law firm.

Attorney Nicole Santo  - HKQ Law, Scranton & Wilkes Barre Personal Injury law firm. Attorney Brian McDonnell - HKQ Law, Scranton & Wilkes Barre Personal Injury law firm.

HKQ Law, PC is led by Attorney Joseph Quinn, one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in the nation. Eighteen lawyers strong, HKQ Law represents Personal Injury, Business Law and Personal Law clients in Lackawanna, Luzerne and surrounding northeastern PA counties for more than half a century. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.

These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.


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