Anthony J. Baratta

Top rated personal injury attorney in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Baratta Law LLC
Anthony J. Baratta
Baratta Law LLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1989

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2023

Baratta Law LLC

3500 Reading Way
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 Visit website

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Anthony J. Baratta (“Tony”) is the founding member of Baratta Law. Tony is an accomplished trial lawyer. He focuses his trial skills in representing people seriously injured or killed due to medical mistakesdefective productscar wrecks, and dangerous property conditions. Over the past 33 years he has achieved verdicts and settlements cumulatively of over $200 Million and has tried more than 50 cases to jury verdicts. Tony has also argued before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey more than 10 times.

Tony is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate. Tony has been named as a Super Lawyer annually since 2006 (an honor bestowed on the top five percent of Pennsylvania Lawyers). Tony is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Brain Injury Association (BPIA). Tony has served on the Boards of the Philadelphia VIP and Northampton Baseball Association.

Tony grew up in the Frankford section of Northeast Philadelphia, and attended all of his schooling on Broad Street (St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School, LaSalle University and Temple Law School). After law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable James. T. McDermott of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and thereafter worked for five years in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted rape and child abuse cases. Tony stays heavily involved with his Philly roots by performing pro bono work for the Philadelphia VIP (representing indigent Philadelphians in various civil matters). In 2018, Tony was the recipient of the First Judicial District Pro Bono Award for the Civil Trial Division in Philadelphia.

Tony is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey State and Federal Courts.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Motor vehicle defects, Medical devices

  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 20% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1989, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.barattalawfirm.com/anthony-j-baratta/

Educational Background:
  • LaSalle University, B.A., Named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1986
Honors/Awards:
  • Co-Champion of Moot Court Honor Society's Polsky Moot Court Competition
  • AV Preeminent* from Martindale Hubbell
  • Millions Dollar Advocate - Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving trial verdicts and settlements in excess of 1 million dollars., Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Awarded Philadelphia VIP Volunteer of the Month for August 2010 for representing indigent motor vehicle owner at trial in a personal injury case. , 2010
  • Recipient of the First Judicial District Pro Bono Award for the Civil Trial Division in Philadelphia., 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member - Brain Injury Association of PA, 2019
Transactions:
  • Erie Insurance Exchange vs. Christiana Montesano, Anthony Montesano and Donna Montesano The court found in favor of the defendants, concluding that Christiana qualifies as an insured under the Erie policy and that the Erie is liable for $200,000.00 representing the full amount of the policy limits., 2020
  • Public Safety Change Obtained in addition to monetary settlement - pedestrian struck by motor vehicle caused by a sight obstruction created by a Northeast Philadelphia business, demanded as part of settlement that the sight obstruction be eliminated.  When it was not, Motions to Enforce that portion of the settlement were filed and won to ensure the safety of others. 
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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board Member - Brain Injury Association of PA, 2021
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Under civil laws, accidents that cause death or serious injury to a person make the party at fault liable for economic and non-economic damages. The injured party or the family of the deceased has the right to seek damages and compensation from the person at fault in the accident. But not every civil wrong, tort, or wrongful death case goes according to plan. It’s one thing to get seriously injured or to experience the loss of a loved one because of the fault of another. But proving it in court is a different ball game. The victims or their families must prove that the injury or wrongful death was indeed the result of another person’s deliberate or negligent acts. That’s where the importance of having evidence comes in. If the victims or their families are equipped with the evidence to prove the civil wrong, they have a higher chance of recovering compensation and damages from the party at fault.   Preserving Evidence After a Serious Accident: A Case Study After a serious accident, the first thing a victim should do is to seek medical attention. Afterward, they should take photos of the accident scene, get the information of the other party involved in the accident, and identify key witnesses, among others. All forms of evidence that can serve as proof of the accident should be preserved as much as possible. This is also where having an attorney becomes important, as experts know what to do and how to preserve the evidence of the accident for the court. Take for example a motor vehicle collision, one of the most common causes of accidents resulting in injuries and death. A motor vehicle driver, for example, is driving under the influence and blows through a red light, which causes a car crash. The car that was hit is set on fire. In this instance, the responsible or at-fault party is the drunk driver. However, they do not have enough liability insurance to properly and fairly compensate the victim for the injuries caused. Now, it’s the lawyer’s job to preserve evidence, i.e. the car belonging to the victim. An attorney will then ask crucial questions to determine how and why it caught on fire. Was it because of a ruptured fuel tank? Did something burst and create a fire situation? If so, it’s not only the drunk driver who can be held liable for the damages. The victim can also sue the vehicle manufacturer for the breach of their obligation to anticipate the accident or injuries caused by regular and customary use of the product. If the lawyer did not preserve the vehicle that burst into flames as evidence, the victim or injured party may forever lose the right and opportunity to have that vehicle preserved, inspected, and evaluated. Without this piece of evidence, it will be nearly impossible for the injured party to make a solid case.   Why Is It Important to Preserve Evidence? It’s vitally important that all evidence of a serious accident is preserved and maintained for later inspection by the appropriate experts. Preserving evidence not only helps gather the proof needed to create a solid case, but it also protects the injured party from losing incredibly valuable rights and allowing them to recover the compensation and damages that they deserve., Author, Why Preserving Evidence After a Serious Accident is Extremely Important, 2022
  • Every day, we use products to help us accomplish our tasks and fulfill our obligations. When we buy something, we are in fact, relying on the manufacturer of those products and putting our safety and security in their hands. We trust that their products are safe for our use. If you are using products in the way they are intended, yet become seriously injured because of it, you can have a potential claim against the manufacturer. This is called product liability., Author, When Use of a Product Causes Severe Injury, Baratta, Russell & Baratta blog, 2020
  • Driving to and from work every day may seem like a normal occurrence. Because we do it all the time, we start getting too confident in our safety. But no matter how religiously you follow traffic rules, there is no assurance that other motorists are doing the same. Car accidents happen every day, many times per day. And the results are devastating not only for the drivers but for their families. Lawyers encounter cases all the time when clients suffer serious injuries due to auto accidents, yet are faced with the frustration of not being able to recover enough compensation even to cover the medical bills. Therein lies the importance of having an auto insurance policy, particularly an Under-Insured Motorist Insurance or UIM., Author, The Importance of Under-Insured Motorist (UIM) Insurance, Baratta, Russell & Baratta blog, 2020
  • Speaker at a Philadelphia Trial Lawyer CLE function in which a verdict of over 4 million dollars achieved in a Philadelphia County trial regarding the failure to treat a bile leak following a laprascopic cholecystectomy was discussed., Speaker, How to Win Impossible Cases, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers
  • A trial lawyer and forensic psychiatrist explain how to prove physician negligence can cause or fail to prevent suicide, Co-Author, When a Patient Commits Suicide, Who is the Blame?, American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Volume 27, Issue 2, 2006
  • "When a Patient Commits Suicide, Who is to Blame?", American Journal of Psychiatry
  • As discussed in my previous blogs, a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) most likely cannot be seen on any x-ray type studies.  Since symptoms may take a long time to manifest and there exist alternative causes for the symptoms, proving a causal connection between the traumatic event and the brain injury requires a vigorous advocate with experience handling brain injury cases.  Cases can be lost even when a wrongdoer has been clearly negligent if such a lawyer is not retained. There are 3 main ways I work with my clients to ensure that I can prove the injury was caused by the trauma., 3 Successful Ways I Prove Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), barattarussell.com blog, 2015
  •  According to the CDC, head injury results in 138 deaths daily and close to 3 million emergency department visits annually.   Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries, about 40%.  Other causes include being hit in the head unintentionally with an object (15%), motor vehicle crashes (14%) and physical assaults (10%).        Those who suffer a brain injury due to the carelessness of another need an attorney who understands these very difficult to diagnose and treat injuries.  The character of Jordan Belfour in the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street said: “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”   I am passionate about understanding and educating others about brain injuries., Hiring the Right Lawyer for Brain Injury, 2015
  • The Assessment of Decision-making Capacity after Acquired Brain Injury: Legal and Neuropsychological Perspectives – Determining decision-making capacity after acquired brain injury is a challenging task even for the most experienced clinician. In this presentation, we present the medico-legal issues and process related to determining capacity, the research and recommendations regarding the components of a capacity evaluation, and clinical case examples outlining the process of assessment., Speaker, Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference, 2015
  • In 2017 the lawyers of Baratta, Russell and Baratta achieved life changing results for many clients.  Below are some of the highlights of 2017. These clients, these heroes, all had one thing in common: a careless actor had changed their life. , 2017 - A Year in Review, 2018
  • Go find your automobile insurance policy and look at the Declarations Page. Let’s make sure you have enough coverage to protect yourself and your loved ones. We are going to focus on two areas of auto insurance that people tend to overlook., 2 Reasons Why You Need to Look at Your Auto Insurance Policy – IMMEDIATELY, 2018
  • You followed the rules and did everything carefully but someone else didn’t, and now you are suffering the consequences of pain, lost time from work, mounting medical costs and the fear that the life as you knew it has been stolen from you.  Meanwhile the careless person gets to live their life as if nothing happened.Why are you the one suffering all the consequences when you did everything the right way?  Why does the person who caused the harm suffer nothing?  What can you do?, Our 10 Rules for Success in YOUR Personal Injury Claim, 2018
  • CLE Presentation at the Crystal Tea room on 3/29/2018, Speaker, CLE- Effective Ethical Negotiation , 2018
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2007
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Confidential Multi-Million Dollar Settlement  - Truck Accident causing TBI and Foot Fractures, 2020
  • $372,500 Settlement - Slip & Fall Case requiring multiple surgeries, 2022
  • $ 6 figure Settlement -  Motor vehicle accident, 2021
  • $495,000 Settlement - Night time Collision into Unmarked Parked Flatbed Trailer, 2021
  • Settlement - $750,000 in a Fatal Hit & Run , 2020
  • Confidential 7 Figure Medical Malpractice Settlement - Wrongful Death Due to a Brain Bleed , 2020
  • Settlement - $425,000  - Bicyclist knocked down by Dog causing Brain Injury , 2020
  • Jury Verdict - $400,000 in Bucks County Fall Down Case., 2019
  • Settlement $1MM-motorcycle accident, Settlement $550,000-Uninsured Motorist, Settlement $565,000 -mild traumatic brain injury in a motor vahicle accident Confidential Settlement $over 5MM - a young man who had lost both legs above his knees trying to help a motorist who had suffered a flat tire.This case involved 9 years of litigation against 4 defendants. Confidential Settlement high six figures  - slip and fall due to a wet floor in a bathroom and died due to the head injuries suffered, Confidential Settlement high six figures -  medical malpractice vs orthopedic surgeon, Verdict $625,000 - medical malpractice vs OB/Gyn, Settlement $675,000 - traumatic brain injury in SUV vs. tractor tanker wreck, Settlement $ 315,000 - Motor Vehicle Accident caused by motorist fleeing police, Settlement $350,000 - ankle fracture - slip on ice, Settlement $500,000 - Party bus accident causing mild traumatic brain injury,  Settlement $450,000 - Sexual assault case vs. defendant Church, Verdict $4 Million -  failure to treat bile leak post laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Settlement $3.8 Million - burn victim death following energy plant explosion, Verdict $1.6 Million - herniated discs in low back and neck and knee injury leading to knee replacement in fall down case, Settlement $1,775,000 - pedestrian hit by vehicle suffers brain injury,  Settlement $750,000  - failure to diagnose skin cancer resulting in death, Settlement $600,000 - foot fractures in 30 year old woman caused by MVA), Settlement $500,000  - herniated discs in low back caused by MVA, Settlement $275,000  - post-concussion syndrome suffered in slip and fall, Settlement $250,000  - nerve lacerated during surgical fixation of fracture humerous, Settlement $575,000 - wrongful death case for an inmate at the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center - failure to timely treat deep vein thrombosis leading to a pulmonary embolus and death, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Brain Injury Association Of PA

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Simply the best in his field”

“I have had the pleasure of working on several matters with Anthony and have been impressed by his attention to detail and his dedication to do what is right for his clients. He is an effective communicator who will dig to the center of the earth to find the truth on behalf of his client. On top of all of that he is a great person who is always willing to lend a helping hand.”

Office location for Anthony J. Baratta

3500 Reading Way
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Phone: 215-914-8132

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17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2023

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