Justice Is Something You Shouldn’t Have To Fight For … But It Is

Jury Verdicts & Settlements

An injury case can resolve in two ways: by settlement or by jury verdict. Either way, we’re ready to fight to bring justice to your cause. This sampling of notable case results reflects our repeated success as personal injury and medical malpractice litigation attorneys. Remember … when selecting an injury lawyer, results matter.

Right from the start your case will be handled as if it shall require a trial and jury verdict to secure justice. This is because when it comes to case valuation, we’ve had major differences with the insurance industry concerning what sum of money represents fair and reasonable compensation. In fact, many times offers of settlement offend our sense of justice. The sampling of the jury verdicts below, best illustrates this point.

Jury Verdicts

Traumatic Brain Injury

Park v. Rizzuti

$43,000,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE BRAIN ANEURYSM RESULTING IN ANEURYSMAL RUPTURE WITH RESULTANT BRAIN INJURY

Construction Accident

Mouta v. Essex

$11,965,800
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $2 Million

ROOF COLLAPSE RESULTING IN SEVERE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Traumatic Brain Injury

Bruno v. Alastra

$6,000,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

NEGLIGENT PLACEMENT OF DRAIN INTO BRAIN MOTOR CORTEX RESULTING IN HEMIPARESIS

Construction Accident

Crespo v. DASNY

$6,000,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $985,000

LADDER AND SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE RESULTING IN MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Construction Accident

Lema v. 37 West

$2,959,251
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $750,000

SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE RESULTING IN LOWER BACK INJURY REQUIRING DISCECTOMY SURGERY

Construction Accident

Rieger v. 303 East

$2,185,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $500,000

LADDER FAILURE RESULTING IN ANKLE FRACTURE REQUIRING OPEN REDUCTION AND INTERNAL FIXATION

Medical Malpractice

Weiss v. Fields

$2,000,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

FAILING TO DIAGNOSE BLADDER LACERATION DURING HYSTERECTOMY RESULTING IN PERMANENT URINARY DYSFUNCTION

Medical Malpractice

Sutherland v. Mauri

$1,550,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

FAILING TO TIMELY DIAGNOSE CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME RESULTING IN PERMANENT GLOBAL SADDLE AREA DYSFUNCTION

Medical Malpractice

Simmonds v. Tolia

$1,475,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

NEGLIGENT PERFORMANCE OF ADULT CIRCUMCISION RESULTING IN PERMANENT ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Medical Malpractice

Jones v. Rosenblum

$1,100,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

UNNECESSARY AND CONTRAINDICATED EYE SURGERY RESULTING IN TOTAL BLINDNESS

Motor Vehicle Accident

Gonzalez v. Defoe

$1,000,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $50,000

NEGLIGENT PLACEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SIGN RESULTING IN SHATTERING OF SIDE VIEW MIRROR CAUSING BLINDNESS IN LEFT EYE

Medical Malpractice

Caifa v. Winthrop

$890,000
Jury Verdict

Insurance Company
Offer to Settle $0

MISDIAGNOSING A BENIGN TUMOR AS CANCER RESULTING IN MULTIPLE UNNECESSARY SURGERY RESULTING IN SHOULDER DYSFUNCTION

The cumulative difference between the money offered to settle these cases by the insurance companies, compared to the jury verdicts achieved is proof that justice is worth fighting for:

Insurance Company Offers: $4,285,000

Jury Verdicts: $80,125,051

Settlements

Andy Siegel and Sean Coonerty have also proven themselves to master the art of negotiation. Every so often, they do see eye to eye with the insurance industry on case valuation. Although we have a high volume of excellent pre-trial resolutions, below is a sampling worthy of note of negotiated settlements of $1 million or more.

Traumatic Brain Injury

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

$9,900,000

Negligent placement of a guidewire into the base of the brain during a procedure resulting in permanent brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

$9,485,000

Companion case settlement for a total resolution of $9,485,000 in negligently causing electrocution with resultant traumatic brain injury of a six year old patient.

Traumatic Brain Injury

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

$8,052,884

Failure to timely perform surgery on a baby’s known congenital heart defect immediately after birth resulted in a lifelong mild traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

$7,500,000

Construction worker’s improperly secured ladder slipped out, causing the worker to plummet 20 feet and sustain a severe traumatic brain injury.

Motor Vehicle Accident

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

$6,000,000

Bus strikes pedestrian crossing street in crosswalk resulting in injury to foot requiring multiple surgical interventions.

Traumatic Brain Injury

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

$6,000,000

Rider fell off a horse and sustained a TBI and other serious injuries due to an improperly maintained and defective saddle.

More Noteworthy Settlements

Traumatic Brain Injury
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$5,300,000

Young asbestos abatement worker fell off a shaky baker scaffold and suffered a moderate traumatic brain injury.


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$5,250,000

Construction worker fell from a slippery and defective sidewalk bridge, and sustained ankle, neck and back injuries which all required surgery


Construction Accident
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$5,000,000

Construction site debris that was being hoisted broke off and fell down onto worker’s head causing traumatic brain injury


Medical Malpractice
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$4,600,000

Failure to timely diagnose and treat post-operative hematoma resulting in paraplegia


Construction Accident
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$4,600,000

Construction worker fell in an elevator shaft and sustained severe knee and spine injuries, which required multiple surgeries


Premises Liability
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$4,500,000

Building door’s electromagnet fell off striking plaintiff on the head resulting in a traumatic brain injury


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$3,850,000

Worker fell 10 ft through an improperly guarded hole in the deck, suffering TBI, as well as neck, back, shoulder


Premises Liability
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$3,650,000

5-year-old boy was ejected from an amusement park ride and suffered traumatic brain injury


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$3,500,000

Construction worker fell into unprotected trench in a roadway, sustaining back injury requiring surgery


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$3,500,000

While working a construction site, a large 2×4 fell 25 feet, crushing the right side of our client’s face causing severe TBI


Construction Accident
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$3,500,000

Scaffold cross-bar failed in violation of Labor Law 240 (1) causing plaintiff to fall and sustain double ankle fractures


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$3,320,000

Delay in performing a cesarean section during labor resulted in the baby having permanent brain damage


Premises Liability
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$3,000,000

Entry gate booth operator negligently lowered a wood gate arm onto the plaintiff’s head, resulting in mild traumatic brain injury


Motor Vehicle Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,500,000

Motorcyclist got caught within construction rut and was thrown from motorcycle sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,500,000

Union worker’s ladder toppled beneath him, causing him to fall and sustain injuries requiring four surgeries


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,200,000

Worker suffered a devastating hand de-gloving while he was working on an active elevator shaft


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,200,000

Construction worker fell from a defective ladder and suffered severe wrist fractures requiring surgery


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,150,000

Scaffold collapse resulting in fracture requiring operative open reduction and internal fixation


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,150,000

Construction worker fell from a scaffold and suffered calcaneus blow-out fractures requiring surgeries


Medical Malpractice
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$2,100,000

Neck surgeon lacerated the internal carotid artery during a surgery resulting in a blood clot and stroke which caused left side hemiparesis


Construction Accident
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$2,000,000

Worker fell to the sidewalk below during dismantling of a scaffold that was maintained in a dangerous manner, and sustained double ankle fractures and surgeries


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$2,000,000

A construction laborer fell backwards off of an unstable A-frame stepladder and suffered shoulder and lower back injuries, which both required surgery


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,950,000

An improperly secured form clamp was negligently caused to fall and strike a worker resulting in spine, knee and ankle injuries which all required surgery


Motor Vehicle Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,900,000

A negligent driver made a U-turn and struck a bike rider approaching from the oncoming direction, causing mild traumatic brain injury


Medical Malpractice
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$1,900,000

Failure to timely diagnose an injury to the colon during pelvic surgery resulted in fistula formation which required corrective surgeries with colostomy and ileostomy


Medical Malpractice
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$1,900,000

Laparoscopy converted into laparotomy resulted in the failure to timely diagnose an infection


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,900,000

During surgery a doctor nicked an artery which was not diagnosed until many hours later, resulting in severe brain damage and eventual death


Slip/Trip & Fall
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$1,845,000

Plaintiff stepped in a hole in a newly formed crosswalk resulting in permanent nerve damage


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,800,000

Scaffold plank fell on a construction worker, causing a traumatic brain injury, and spinal injuries requiring surgery


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,750,000

Failure to timely diagnosis and treat Cauda Equina Syndrome resulting in permanent neurological compromise


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,750,000

Failure to timely diagnose a neuroblastoma resulted in the lesion invading the spinal canal, causing urinary compromise


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,750,000

A ladder collapsed under an asbestos abatement worker due to a broken tread, causing mild traumatic brain injury


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,750,000

Child with spinal neuroblastoma misdiagnosed as a hemangioma allowing the tumor to grow


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,700,000

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy converted to an open procedure resulting in permanent abdominal injury


Motor Vehicle Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,700,000

Driver attempted to make a left turn out of a parking lot resulting in laminectomy and revision neurolysis surgery


Slip/Trip & Fall
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$1,600,000

Slip-and-fall on a wet floor in a bathroom caused a wrist fracture and spine injuries which required surgeries


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,600,000

Collapse of floor caused construction worker to fall and suffer rib and lumbar spine injuries that required surgery


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,505,000

Construction worker fell from a ladder that slipped out, resulting in a severe wrist fracture


Slip/Trip & Fall
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,500,000

A defective outdoor stairway caused the plaintiff to fall and suffer an ankle fracture requiring surgery


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,500,000

The hospital negligently discharged the patient without performing a necessary head CT scan, causing her to sustain a blood clot which resulted in traumatic brain injury


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,500,000

Sidewalk bridge collapsed and fell on a construction worker, causing multiple pelvis/hip fractures


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,500,000

An A-frame toppled on to a construction worker, causing multiple ankle fractures requiring surgeries


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,500,000

A two-by-four struck worker in head causing him to sustain a mild traumatic brain injury


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,426,000

A construction worker’s extension ladder slipped out, which caused him to fall to the floor and sustain foot injuries requiring surgery


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,400,000

A worker fell into an unprotected and open water main trench and suffered a lower back injury requiring multiple spine surgeries


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,300,000

While a 3,000 pound cement block was being hoisted, the chain holding it suddenly broke, causing it to fall down the front of a worker’s body, resulting in knee, ankle and finger fractures which required a total of four surgeries


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,300,000

A day laborer fell from an A-frame stepladder too short for his task suffered injuries to his wrist and foot which required three surgeries


Motor Vehicle Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,200,000

A tractor trailer struck a car in the rear, which caused the car driver knee and shoulder injuries requiring multiple surgeries


Motor Vehicle Accident
SETTLED DURING TRIAL
$1,152,616

A truck driver made an unsafe lane change and collided into a car, causing the car driver to suffer permanent facial scarring


Construction Accident
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,100,000

Construction worker carrying scaffolding slipped and fell on snow and ice negligently left in a walkway, sustaining injuries to his foot and shoulder; both required surgery


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,000,000

Unsterile epidural anesthesia initiation caused an infectious organism to seed in the lining of the patient’s brain


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,000,000

A doctor failed to advise the patient that she suffered from a diagnosed blood clotting disorder, and treat it accordingly, which resulted in a blood clot and stroke


Medical Malpractice
PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT
$1,000,000

Failure to timely diagnose and treat a post-operative infection requiring operative excision of muscle mass