Case Results

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case.

This case was a big triumph for our client after Allstate tried to play hardball tactics that backfired in court.

Our client, a 58-year-old self-employed mother, was a passenger in a car going straight through a green light when it was hit by vehicle making a left turn in front of them. She suffered a fractured wrist that required surgery. Her injury and discomfort was exacerbated by a recent diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (now called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), a rare disorder that is characterized by chronic, severe pain.

Allstate refused to offer any money on the case until three months before trial, at which time a low five figure offer was made. We felt this offer was unreasonably low. We believed the circumstances had a minimum six figure value.

It was not until the middle of the trial that the attorneys representing the other vehicle and on the directions of Allstate raised the offer to a mid-five-figure number. The accident victim, in an effort to stop the trauma of the trial, lowered her demand to a high five figure settlement. At this time Allstate shockingly withdrew its offer completely. The case therefore went to the jury and after several hours of deliberation returned a verdict for the plaintiff. Allstate settled the case immediately for a six figure settlement. Our client was thrilled.

- A Big Win against Allstate Insurance’s Hardball Tactics

Our client suffered a badly broken wrist which required surgery. She was later diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy. We litigated the case for several years and a few moths before trial Allstate decided tio make us an offer that was very very low. In fact it was a sum of money that you would expect to get on a  neck or back case. No explaination, no negotiation just “Here’s our offer,take it or leave it”. We decided to leave it.
During the trial Allstate increased their offer ,we gave them a demand(which was within their policy limits)and they decided not only not to negotiate but to withdraw their offer. A very gutsy move and one that Im sure did not include consulting with their insured. We took a verdict which resulted in Allstate quicky setteling the case

- Long Island Homemaker With Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Hits Allstate

In this case, a 37 year old man was hit by a vehicle near his home in Bayside, Queens. While crossing the street, the vehicle struck the man’s foot and he was subsequently flung to the ground. The man sustained injuries to his shoulder, wrist, ankle, and lower back. While representing this client, we were able to find inconsistencies in the defendant’s account of the accident. This helped to secure a win for our client. The victory brought our client a six figure settlement.

- Queens Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle

In this case, our client was an a Vietnam veteran in his mid-50’s. He was walking in a shopping center parking lot when he tripped over a hole that had been covered up with snow.Our client fell and sustained a severly fractured ankle that later required surgery. Through extensive investigation, our attorneys worked to show that the shopping center owners knew that the hole existed before the accident occured. They did nothing to fix it andd make the parking lot safer for their shoppers.Armed with proof, we were able to resolve the case.  Our client was thrilled with his six-figure settlement.

- Bronx Veteran Trips, Falls, and Recovers a Large Settlement

In this case, we represented a construction worker in Long Island. While at work, our client fell from an unprotected opening on the 2nd floor of the home that he was doing construction on. As a result of the fall, the man sustained life devastating injuries. Our client was unfortunately diagnosed with paralysis. Under New York State Labor Laws, we were able to show that the defendant was responsible for our client’s life altering injury. We effectively proved that our client was not provided with proper safety equipment and that the opening was a work hazard. The case was eventually resolved in trial, and we helped our client to obtain a multi-million dollar settlement.

- Worker in New York Construction Accident Obtains 7 Figure Settlement

In this case, our client, a dedicated health care worker, was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another car while in the Bronx. Our client suffered serious injuries to her shoulder as a result of the collision. Following the accident, her shoulder required surgery. Because of her injury, our client missed work for approximately eight months. Our firm wanted to help the woman to obtain compensation for her the damages she sustained, and during a mediation we were able to show that our client’s shoulder injury was in fact a permanent condition. To our client’s satisfaction, we obtained a six-figure settlement in this case.

- Bronx Mother in Car Accident Gets Big Award for Shoulder Injury

Our client, a thirteen year old female student, was sexually molested by the Dean of her school. The assailant was conivcted of sodomy and sexual molestation of a minor. Through a lengthy discovery process, our lawyers were able to show that the Board of Education should have known that the principal had a history of sexual misconduct. We helped to find that there were prior complaints from parents and students against the principal. Our client was put under the care of a phychologist for a number of years, and she was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Prior to trial, we were able to get the Board of Education to resolve this matter in the high six-figures.

- Brooklyn Teen Sexually Assaulted By a Board of Education Principal

Our client, a motercyclist, while riding on Montauk Highway in Suffolk County, was injured when the offending vehicle made a left hand turn in front of our client. The client’s motorcycle was struck causing him to be thrown from his cycle onto the ground. Our client 28 at the time fractured his wrists, hand, pelvis, knee, leg and had multiple surgeries. If you looked at his x-ray you would see that metal pins were holding him together. Unfortunately, the owner of the offending vehicle had a limited policy (that generally means limited funds from the policy). Clearly we could not accept that and we prepared the case for trial. Many lawyers would have advised their client to take the policy and suffer the loss. We felt our obligation to the client and to get justly compensation. In the end the owners of the vehicle paid, out of their pocket, an enormous amount of money. In fact, the Judge of the case said he did not remember another case where so much money was personally paid from the defendants. This occurred because of our tenacity and unwillingness to abandon the client and take the “easy” way out.

- Motorcyclist breaks half his body, awarded well above policy limit

In this case, our client was riding his motorcycle on the Montauk Highway, when the front side of his bike was struck by an oncoming vehicle as the car attempted to make a left turn. Our client sustained numerous severe injuries, including fractures in his hip, arms, and legs. Before any verdict was reached, we were able to get the defense to settle the case in the high six-figures. Also, because the defendant was under-insured, we worked to successfully collect a large sum of this settlement from the defendant’s personal assets. This helped our client to obtain a much larger settlement.

- Long Island Motorcycle Accident Victim Wins Large Settlement

Our client was a 50-year-old school aide who tripped and fell in Brooklyn on a tree stump in front of an apartment building.  She broke several bones in her hand, which required surgery. She also suffered nerve damage and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). The lawyers for the city claimed that the owner of the apartment building was responsible for the tree stump, but the building owner claimed the city had cut the tree down a year earlier and knew the stump was still there. This case was settled before the trial for a six-figure dollar amount, which the client was very satisfied with.One of the reasons we were able to get a very good settlement was because we were able to obtain documentary evidence that the city had not only cut the tree down but had requested that their workers remove the stump a year earlier. The evidence made the case much stronger.

- Brooklyn Woman Trips on Tree Stump and Receives Six-Figure Settlement

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case.

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