McEldrew Young – Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys

We’re ready to go to court and fight for you and your family.

McEldrew Young is a personal injury law firm located in Philadelphia, PA. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience in litigation involving medical malpractice, birth injuries, catastrophic auto & railroad accidents, workplace injuries and other types of personal injury lawsuits. We are seasoned attorneys with the trial experience, dedication and proven history of success that you deserve.

At McEldrew Young, we are fully committed to helping accident victims recover the full value of their losses. Every client we serve benefits from prompt and direct access to the founding attorney, so the guidance you receive is that of a seasoned professional with an outstanding reputation for results and integrity.

Our practice focuses on complex litigation against tough opponents. Most of the cases our firm handles involve one or more of these characteristics: serious or disabling injuries, multiple defendants, insurance coverage problems, disputes as to liability, or highly complex or technical facts that require expert analysis and testimony. We have the experience and resources necessary to develop and present the strongest case possible on behalf of our client, even when opposed by huge corporations, major law firms or multinational insurers.

We take a selective approach to our practice, and work closely with clients throughout the legal process. At McEldrew Young, we have built our reputation on a commitment to personal service, carefully selecting the cases we handle so that every client gets our full energy, effort and attention, which is why we have won well over $100 Million for our clients to date.

Jim’s Philosophy

“At McEldrew Law, our philosophy is to fight for you and your family everyday until you get the result and the peace of mind that you deserve. For the past 30 years, my goal has been to maximize your recovery for one reason: I care. I see every client as a partner and a friend, and take a vested interest in each case.

I understand that injured people do not need additional stress, and it’s not fair to leave them to fend for themselves with complex insurance rules or uncertainties about the legal system. All the injury attorneys at McEldrew Law take a vested interest in your case, and work on a contingency fee basis meaning that it doesn’t cost you a dime unless we win because we view ourselves as partners in your case. Every client we serve benefits from prompt and direct access to me, the founding attorney. All of my clients have my personal cell phone number – the same one my wife and children have.

I have dedicated my life to helping injured people. I understand the level of investigation, preparation and courtroom skill necessary to overcome stiff opposition such as huge corporations, major law firms or multinational insurers, which is why I have won over 100 million dollars in settlements for our clients. Tomorrow, we will continue to fight.”

– Jim McEldrew

We Help Victims Of:


Jim McEldrew and his team have helped thousands of clients recover when a family member is injured by a doctor or hospital’s negligence.


In thirty years of practice as a Philadelphia trial lawyer, Jim has seen it all.  Failure to properly diagnosis medical illnesses.  Birth injuries from problems with the delivery of a child.  Mistakes that have cost a family one of their loved ones or led to a life-altering injury.


When railroad workers are injured in Philadelphia and need an FELA attorney, they call Jim.


Jim has been representing people and employees injured on the nation’s railways for more than 20 years.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys for nearly ten years and was President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 2001 to 2002.   Jim knows the Federal Employers’ Liability Act well.


Are you fighting with insurance to cover injuries sustained while on the nation’s road and highway system?


We’re prepared to represent you in commercial truck and catastrophic car accidents as well as injuries involving SEPTA or a railroad.


When disaster strikes, you need a team of trial attorneys working on your behalf.


Has someone in your family been injured in a railroad derailment?  Taken a pharmaceutical drug and suffered severe side effects?  We’re ready to help you get compensated for your loss.


Life isn’t fair.


We’re ready to litigate complex and unusual cases on behalf of your family.  A simple slip and fall that ends in traumatic brain injury.  Extreme nursing home neglect of a parent. We can’t predict all of the ways that you or your family might be injured – but we’re ready to help when they do.


Over $100,000,000 in Wins for Personal Injury Cases

The Philadelphia accident and injury lawyers at McEldrew Law have won over $100,000,000 for our clients in various personal injury related cases including medical malpractice, birth injuries, railroad negligence motor vehicle accident cases, and others. Below is a sample of recent cases won:

Medical Malpractice

  • $13.3 million verdict in ob/gyn case concerning failure to promptly deliver 26-week pre-term twin infants in the face of chorioamnionitis. The twins suffered neurological damage.
  • $1 million (policy limit) settlement in an ob/gyn case arising from defendant’s failure to deliver a 35-week fetus in the presence of significant fetal distress resulting in the death of the baby.
  • $7 million settlement (4.5 million plus medical for life for 2.5 million) on behalf of a 46-year-old man who suffered aortic artery damage during an L4-L5 laminectomy necessitating extensive surgical repair and resulting in nerve damage.
  • $2 million settlement (policy limit) achieved on behalf of a child whose mother was not properly diagnosed and treated for an infection and, as a result, the baby was delivered prematurely suffering permanent vision loss.
  • $1.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 66 year old for the urologist’s failure to diagnose bladder cancer that was allowed to metastasize to the liver.
  • $2.5 million settlement on behalf of a 28-year-old woman for failure to diagnose huge disc herniation, which evolved to cauda equina syndrome, resulting in emergency surgery and leaving the patient with permanent bowel and bladder problems as well as drop foot.
  • $1.8 million when a hospital failed to transfer a patient, resulting in delivery of a child with mild cerebral palsy.
  • $1 million settlement (policy limit) for failure to timely deliver a 32-week fetus in the presence of fetal distress, low biophysical profile and meconium.
  • $2 million settlement (policy limit) on behalf of the family of a 55-year-old man who was misdiagnosed with gastritis at the emergency room and sent home, where he died overnight.
  • $1.65 million settlement to a 66-year-old plaintiff who underwent a knee replacement and developed an infection. The post op plaintiff was then sent to a rehab for treatment of the infection. While in rehab the plaintiff developed compartment syndrome resulting in 2 surgeries and was left with foot drop. The case was settled with the operating physician for $650,000 prior to trial. During trial a settlement was reached with the internist assigned to plaintiff at rehab center for $250,000. The case went to verdict against remaining physiatrist for $750,000.


Over 100 settlements & verdicts between 250,000 – 1,000,000

  • $750,000 award on behalf of an employee who developed kidney disease requiring dialysis as a result of long-term exposure to solvent products.
  • $2 million settlement on behalf of a coach cleaner who sustained electrical burns when on top of an MU when the safety catch failed to properly secure the pantograph.
  • $1 million settlement for a non-operated herniated disc sustained as a result of a fall on oil in a receiving yard.
  • $925,000 settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old pilot who sustained knee injuries resulting in surgery as well as back injuries in a crane accident.
  • $850,000 settlement on behalf of a car man who sustained thoracic outlet syndrome as a result of carrying railroad ties without proper equipment.
  • $185,000 settlement for a Plaintiff who was injured coming down from high rail vehicle and lost footing on ballast he underwent medial meniscus arthroscopic surgery and lost 6 weeks of work.

Accidents on Highways and Roads

Involving Negligence By Commercial Truckers

  • $4.5 million from a defendant driver of a trucking company who failed to stop at a stop sign and crushed a mother of a 5-year-old child. Defendants were in violation of the hours of service laws.
  • $2.9 million settlement on behalf of a single woman’s survivors when a truck driver failed to properly perform a pre-trip certification and inspection of wheels. As a result, the truck’s wheel came off and struck plaintiff’s vehicle, killing her.
  • $1.8 million settlement on behalf of a 43-year-old woman whose vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that crossed the center line, causing multiple traumatic injuries and disability.

Other Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • $925,000 settlement for auto accident (policy limits) in which plaintiff was a 19-year-old passenger in a vehicle which was hit by oncoming vehicle when driver went through a stop sign. Both parties tested positive for drugs (Montgomery County, PA). Plaintiff had back surgery with hardware but never followed up with physical therapy.
  • $650,000 ($500K – design defect of DOT; $100k – wrong doer; $50k – underinsurance) on behalf of a 56-year-old school teacher who sustained head injuries and cognitive deficits.
  • $250,000 on behalf of a woman who sustained a knee injury resulting in multiple surgeries and inability to play sports (uninsured motorist claim; still pursuing).
  • $1.35 million ($900k – auto manufacturer; $450k – disputed uninsured motorist claim from employer) on behalf of an estate of a 58-year-old man who was struck while waiting in traffic. ($400k under uninsured motorist claim still ongoing).

Accidents Involving Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

  • $4.5 million settlement on behalf of a police officer who suffered a below-the-knee amputation when he was hit by an uninsured motorist. ($750k – $250k, civil rights; $250K – DRAM shop case; $250k verdict for bad faith).
  • $650,000 award on behalf of a woman who suffered several fractures of her foot in a rear-end collision.
  • Multiple policy-limit settlements in the range of $100,000 to $500,000.