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  • Landmark Cases
    • $2.2 million - Medical Malpractice
      $2.2m We obtained a $2.2 million settlement for a client with gastric cancer who was improperly diagnosed, leading to a Stage 4 progression that has severely reduced her survival outlook.
    • $1.75 million - Slip and Fall Injury
      $1.75m We obtained a $1.75 million settlement for a United States Post Office letter carrier who sustained a significant ankle injury after he fell on ice on a homeowner’s driveway.
    • $8 million - Birth Injury
      $8m We obtained a verdict in favor of our client, a pregnant woman whose labor was determined to be mismanaged, causing her daughter to suffer severe physical and intellectual impairments. The parties had entered into a “high-low” agreement of $1.5 million to $8 million and the plaintiff was ultimately awarded $8 million.
    • $1.5 million - Nursing Home Fall
      $1.5m Our client, a 34-year-old previously disabled man, suffered further disabling injuries after a fall in a nursing home facility. We argued that the rehabilitation facility did not do enough to prevent a fall in an individual who was at an extremely elevated risk of falling, and the defendant settled for $1.5 million.
    • $700 million - 9/11 World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation
      $700m More than 10,000 workers who sued New York City over health damages they claimed after the 9/11 recovery efforts have approved a settlement, clearing the way for payouts totaling $700 million – of which our clients received about $105 million
    • Confidential - New York State v. Philip Morris, Inc. et. al
      SPBMC was one of the firms chosen by the state of New York in the fight against big tobacco companies.
    • $925 million - 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
      $925m $925 million recovered in VCF awards for our clients, from both the first VCF (2002-2004) and since the VCF reopened in 2011.
    • $183 million - Black Sunday Fire
      $183m The families of the deceased firefighters and the surviving firefighters brought lawsuits against the owner of a building for allowing the construction of illegal partition walls in the apartment, which blocked access to the fire escape. They also sued the City of New York for failing to provide firefighters with personal safety ropes, which would have enabled the men to safely self-evacuate from the burning building. Five years earlier, the City had removed the personal safety ropes from FDNY gear and never replaced them. $183 Million Verdict – Black Sunday Fire.
    • $92 million - Police Shooting - Boy Paralyzed
      $92m Against the City and in favor of our client, a 17-year old boy who was shot by a police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This was a re-trial of a case which had resulted in a jury verdict of $41 Million. The policeman alleged that our client pointed his gun at the officer and was about to shoot him. But the young man claimed that he had already dropped his gun and was on his knees. The jury unanimously held that the policeman’s shooting of the plaintiff was not legally justified.
    • $75 million - MGM Grand Hotel Fire - Settlement
      $75m The MGM Grand Fire occurred on November 21, 1980 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. The fire killed 85 people, mostly through smoke inhalation. The tragedy remains the worst disaster in Nevada history, and the third-worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history. At the time of the fire, approximately 5,000 people were in the hotel and casino. In the early morning of the November 21, 1980, a fire broke out in a restaurant known as The Deli. It spread across the area of the casino in which no sprinklers were installed. A total of 85 people killed. Another 650 people were injured, including guests, employees and 14 firefighters. The fire was later found to be caused an electrical ground fault inside a wall socket. MGM agreed to settle $ 75 million in damages for more than 1,300 victims and their families.
    • Multi-million - Happy Land Fire - Settlement
      $ Multi-million The Happy Land Fire was an act of arson that killed 87 people trapped in the unlicensed Happy Land social club at 1959 Southern Boulevard in the West Farms section of the Bronx in New York City on March 25, 1990. Most of the victims were young Hondurans celebrating Carnival. The unemployed Cuban refugee Julio Gonzalez, whose former girlfriend was employed at the club, was arrested soon afterward and ultimately convicted of arson and murder. Aftermath Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. represented the families of several patrons who were killed in the fire. The action was brought against, among others, the owners of the building for various fire code violations which we claimed contributed to the spread of the fire and the inability of the victims to escape from the raging fire. We were also appointed to the plaintiffs’ committee which acted as counsel for all of the plaintiffs, including the family members of 87 patrons who died in the fire.  Gonzalez was later charged with 174 counts of murder and was found guilty on 87 counts of arson and 87 counts of murder on August 19, 1991.
    • $48.5 million - Stouffers Hotel Fire - Settlement
      $48.5m The Stouffer’s Inn was a luxury hotel and conference center located in Westchester, Connecticut. At about 10:20 a.m. on December 4, 1980, a flash fire quickly spread through the conference center’s top floor where several corporations were holding a meeting. A total of 26 people attending the breakfast meeting died, including 13 top executives of Arrow and and 11 employees of Nestle within minutes of the outbreak. The family of the dead executives won $ 48.5 million from Stouffers and other corporations in the civil suit.
    • $28 million - Worker Struck By Police Vehicle - Settlement
      $28m The firm represented a worker at JFK airport that was struck by a speeding port authority police vehicle the victim suffered catastrophic injuries including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, numerous fractures and internal injuries that required 16 surgeries.
    • $16 million - Gulliver's Restaurant Fire - Verdict
      $16m The Gulliver’s nightclub fire occurred on the early morning of June 30, 1974 on the border of Port Chester, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. The fire killed 24 patrons and injured 32, including 19 patrons and 13 fireman. The fire was caused by arson in an adjacent bowling alley that had been set to cover up a minor burglary close by.
    • $11.5 million - Negligent Tree Maintenance - Pedestrian Struck by Tree Limb
      $11.5m Our client, a pedestrian on a park pathway, was struck down by a very large dead tree limb that fell some 35 feet resulting in severe brain injury and spinal cord damage with incomplete paraplegia (ASIA-C classification) along with multiple fractures of the spine and skull which required numerous surgical procedures, extensive hospitalization and ongoing rehabilitation. It was claimed that the tree branch, which was approximately 20 feet in length, should have been removed long before the accident because of its dead and hazardous condition, which was well known to park personnel responsible for the tree’s maintenance.
    • Multi-million - 1993 World Trade Center Bombing - Settlement
      Our Firm represented Victims in the 1993 WTC Bombing. We tried the case on behalf the victims and won. The jury concluded that The Port Authority was 68% responsible and the terrorist only 32% . As a result all of our claims were settled for a total of many millions of dollars.
    • Confidential - Waldbaum's Supermarket Fire
      The Walbaums’s Supermarket fire occurred on August 2, 1978. Six firefighters died in the line of duty when the roof of the burning supermarket collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the flames. The fire began in a hallway near the compressor room as crews were renovating the store and quickly escalated. Thirty four firefighters, one emergency medical technician and one emergency services police officer were injured in the fire and the tragedy is remembered as one of the worst disasters in New York City Fire Department’s 143 year history.
    • Confidential - 80 Pine Street Explosion
      On May 3, 1972, seven people were killed when a high-pressure steam riser pipe exploded in the 36th floor offices of General Public Utilities Corporation at 80 Pine Street.
    • Confidential - Anne Street Explosion
      Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. represented the victims of the Explosion on Anne Street.
    • Confidential - Washington Square Park Crash
      On the afternoon of April 23, 1992, a car was driven by a 74 year old woman who lost control of her vehicle and plowed into crowds of people inn Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Four people were killed and as many as 27 were injured.
    • Confidential - Father's Day Fire Civil Litigation Concluded
      The Father’s Day fire civil litigation was successfully concluded in early December after eight weeks of trial in the State Supreme Court in Queens. Denise Ford and Mary Fahey, two of the widows of the firefighters who lost their lives at the fire, issued a statement thanking the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo, P.C. for their support and representation. The case was a vivid example of why firefighters who are hurt in the line of duty should always consult with Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C. to determine if they may have the right to collect monetary damages as compensation for their injuries. In the Father’s Day fire case, firefighters responded to a fire that started in the basement of a hardware store where flammable products were stored. During the course of the fire fighting operations, an explosion ensued resulting in the death of three firefighters and serious injuries to a dozen more. We not only represented the widows, but also several firefighters who were seriously injured at the fire. Showing the true spirit of the Department, the injured men uniformly were more interested in making sure that the families of those who died were properly compensated than in their own claims.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
    • $15 million - New Jersey Tow Truck Collision - Settlement
      $15m Our client sustained a traumatic brain injury in a collision with a state-owned two truck.
    • $13.1 million - Multi-Vehicle Collision - Verdict
      $13.1m For our client, who lost one leg below the knee and the other above the knee. Our client was involved in a fender-bender on a highway and was standing in front of her car when, we claimed, a tractor-trailer came to a sudden stop causing another car to swerve out from behind the jackknifed tractor-trailer and to strike our client’s car which in turn struck her. The key to our case was persuading the Jury that the tractor-trailer operator was at fault, which we successfully accomplished. The Jury also found our client to be free of any fault.
    • $11 million - Car Strikes Pole - Recovery
      $11m 37-year-old married father of two was a passenger in back seat of his own car that went off the road and hit a pole which went through the front windshield of the car and fatally struck him
    • $8.8 million - Motorcycle Accident/Paraplegia - Recovery
      $8.8m 32-year-old motorcyclist struck a turning car in order to avoid an illegally parked truck, resulting in permanent spinal cord damage and paraplegia.
    • $7.2 million - Motor Vehicle Accident/Paraplegia - Recovery
      $7.2m 23-year-old female teacher passenger in a two-car collision resulting in complete paraplegia.
    • $7.1 million - Bus Injures Bicyclist/Amputation - Recovery
      $7.1m NYCTA bus failed to stop after 26-year-old bicyclist went through a red light and hit the side of a bus, causing the bus’s rear wheel to run over his leg, resulting in a below-the-knee amputation.
    • $7 million - Cyclist Struck By Bus - Recovery
      $7m 38-year-old man on a bicycle going to work was struck by a bus that crossed over three lanes of traffic. Injuries included multiple fractures of legs, pelvis, shoulder, ruptured spleen and crushed reproductive organs, resulting in multiple surgeries.
    • $6.7 million - Multiple Vehicle Accident - Recovery
      $6.7m 65-year-old female passenger in multiple vehicle accident suffered severe head injuries resulting in her death 18 months later. She was survived by 3 adult children.
    • $5.9 million - Injured Passenger Not Provided Seatbelt - Verdict
      $5.9m In favor of our client, one of nine passengers in a rental car that was only equipped with enough seatbelts for six passengers. Our client was one of the unbelted passengers seated in the cargo area of the car when it struck a disabled tractor-trailer on the roadway on a rainy night. Our client broke her neck as a result of the impact and wore a halo brace for several months and developed traumatic arthritis in the area of her neck. The jury found the rental car company 45% responsible (for not having seatbelts for all of the passengers), the tractor-trailer 45% responsible (for failing to properly warn oncoming vehicles that it was disabled on the roadway) and the driver of the rental car 10% responsible.
    • $5 million - Road Maintenance - Recovery
      $5m Our client was driving his vehicle in the left lane of traffic when he suddenly encountered a roadway maintenance vehicle stopped in front of his vehicle. There were no lane warnings or flagmen to indicate that roadwork was being performed. When he attempted to move around the maintenance truck his vehicle was struck by a tanker truck crushing his vehicle. He suffered an above the knee amputation and serious pelvic fractures that required multiple surgical procedures.
    • $5.5 million - Motorcycle Dragged By Truck - Recovery
      $5.5m 45-year-old motorcyclist hit and dragged by truck resulting in traumatic crush injuries to both legs and eventual amputation of one leg above the knee.
    • $5 million - Child Runs Into Side of Bus - Recovery
      $5m Reached at trial for our client, a child, who ran into the side of a moving Transit Authority bus and sustained brain damage. Our claim was that the bus driver could have avoided the accident had he operated his vehicle in a more careful manner.
    • $5 million - Pedestrian Struck By Bus/Loss of Legs - Recovery
      $5m 57-year-old female pedestrian in crosswalk was run over by a NYCTA bus which failed to yield right of way, resulting in loss of both legs.
    • $4.5 million - Construction Worker Fatality - Settlement
      $4.5m The firm represented a 51-year-old day laborer who was jack-hammering near a corroded structural column that sheared from its base causing part of the second floor to collapse and the laborer to fall more than eight feet to the cellar level, causing fatal injuries. The worker left behind a wife and four children. Claims were brought against multiple defendants under New York’s Labor Law for the lack of inspections and failing to protect against a foreseeable building collapse.
    • $4.2 million - Bicyclist Dragged By Bus/Degloving Injury - Recovery
      $4.2m A 27-year-old bicyclist suffered severe damage to her left arm when she was dragged and run over by a NYCTA bus whose driver carelessly failed to see her. She suffered degloving injuries and multiple fractures to her left arm, which required several surgeries including the insertion of hardware and skin grafting.
    • $4.1 million Motor Vehicle Accident/Herniated Discs - Recovery
      $4.1m A metal portion of a passing truck became unsecured and hit a 45-year-old motorist, causing several herniated discs in his neck which required multiple surgical procedures.
    • $4 million Motor Vehicle Accident - Sanitation Truck Flips Onto Vehicle of Decedent - Recovery
      $4m The defendant knowingly operated a sanitation truck with defective brakes that caused the truck to flip onto the decedent’s car, killing her. The victim was a married, 57 year old mother of two.
    • $3.6 million - Pedestrian Struck by Rented Vehicle - Recovery
      $3.6m Was reached just prior to trial for our client, who sustained a serious back injury when a rented vehicle mounted the sidewalk and struck her. She required extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation and is now limited in the daily activities that she could perform.
    • $3.5 million - Pedestrian Struck in Cross-Walk - Verdict
      $3.5m In favor of our client, who suffered multiple bilateral leg fractures, requiring extensive hospitalization and surgery, when she was struck down by a car as she was crossing the street at the corner with a green light. The injuries left her with a one-inch shortening of the right leg.
    • Confidential - Recovery in Excess of Auto Insurance Coverage
      For our client who was injured in a motor vehicle accident where the defendant had failed to cooperate with his insurance carrier. After an inquest, a settlement was reached with the defendant’s insurance company for more than the actual policy limits using a novel application of the bad faith doctrine against the insurance company.
    • $3.5 million - Pedestrian Struck By Bus/Below-Knee Amputation - Recovery
      $3.5m 55-year old female pedestrian in crosswalk run over by NYCTA bus which failed to yield right of way, resulting in below-the-knee amputation.
    • $3.1 million - Bicyclist Dragged By Bus/Brain Damage - Recovery
      $3.1 m 16-year-old bicyclist struck by car sustaining head injuries. Emergency room discharged him without proper treatment for head injury, resulting in brain damage.
    • $3 million - Motor Vehicle Accident/Paraplegia - Recovery
      $3m 30-year-old expectant father driving home from gym was struck by a city ambulance that failed to slow down at intersection, resulting in paraplegia.
    • $2.9 million - Motor Vehicle Accident/Neurological Injuries - Recovery
      $2.9m A 61-year-old retired Fire chief while driving was struck by city owned van that ran red light causing brain trauma, coma and multiple neurological injuries.
    • $2.7 million - Motor Vehicle Accident - Rear End Collision - Recovery
      $2.7m 50-year-old corporate recruiter was in his car when it was rear-ended by a box truck resulting in herniated discs to his lumbar and cervical spine that required multiple surgical procedures.
    • $2.2 million - Jogger Hit By Car - Recovery
      $2.2m 38-year-old Nassau County Police Officer was jogging and crossing the street when he was struck by a motor vehicle making a left turn, causing him to sustain an open, depressed comminuted skull fractures, epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, requiring a right craniotomy.
    • $2.2 million - Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Two Vehicles' Successive Collisions - Recovery
      $2.2m In favor of our clients, the family of a pedestrian who was struck down by an SUV that ran a red light, which then crashed into a newsstand. A City Transit Bus operator, after seeing the SUV crash, proceeded into the intersection and ran over the victim. We proved that the Bus Operator was negligent in not stopping the bus and that our client’s husband was still alive when the bus ran him over. The Jury found both operators to be liable for his death, attributing the majority of the fault to the Bus Operator.
    • $2.2 million - Motor Vehicle Accident - Traumatic Brain Injury - Recovery
      $2.2m A 38-year-old married passenger in a taxi cab, which was struck by another vehicle, suffered a traumatic brain injury and internal injuries, requiring multiple surgeries.
    • $2.2 million - Pedestrian Killed By Van - Recovery
      $2.2m Our client, a 79 year old man, was struck and killed when the driver of a van that was backing up and didn’t see him. His wife also received compensation as she was in the zone of danger when her husband was hit by the van.
    • $2.2 million - Man Pinned Against Wall By Automobile - Recovery
      $2.2m 28-year-old accountant was assisting his father with car repair in his parent’s garage when the father inadvertently caused car to accelerate pinning son between the car and garage wall. Injuries included fractures to both legs.
    • $2 million - Car Runs Stop Sign Resulting in Death - Recovery
      $2m 66-year-old motorist, and father of two, was struck by another motor vehicle which ran a stop sign forcing his vehicle into oncoming traffic, causing him to suffer a lacerated thoracic aorta, acute subarachnoid hemorrhage, blunt force trauma to the head and multiple fractures, which led to his death.
    • $2 million - Tractor Trailer Accident - Recovery
      $2m 51-year-old was passenger in a motor vehicle hit by a tractor-trailer that ran a red light. Her injuries included closed head injury, fractures to her skull, jaw, both shoulders, nose and her right leg and hand.
    • $2 million - Handicapped Pedestrian Struck By Truck - Recovery
      $2m 24-year-old handicapped pedestrian crossing the street in her wheelchair when she was struck by a truck making a right turn. Injuries included amputated of three fingers of right hand, comminuted fracture of the right hip and leg with surgery.
    • $1.8 million - Passenger Ejected From Car - Recovery
      $1.8m 20-year-old passenger in a vehicle struck in the rear by another vehicle which caused the passenger to be ejected from the car and thrown 40 feet. Injuries included open depressed skull fracture, right frontal with dural laceration, degloving of the right hand , cervical and thoracic fractures of the spine.
    • $1.7 million - Pedestrian Struck By Bus - Recovery
      $1.7m 27-year-old female pedestrian was in crosswalk when she was run over by a MTA bus that failed to yield right of way, resulting in crushing soft tissue injuries to legs that led to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
    • $1.7 million - Rear-End Auto Accident/Multiple Injuries - Recovery
      $1.7m Our client was a passenger in an automobile that was rear ended when a motorcycle stopped suddenly in front of her car. She sustained fractured ribs, facial lacerations, two fractured vertebrae and internal bleeding.
  • Construction Accidents
    • $25.1 million - Defective Scaffolding - Laborer Falls - Verdict
      $25.1m In favor of our client, a laborer, and against the building owner and contractors involved in a construction project. Our client was in the process of assisting in the dismantling of a scaffold when the scaffold began to collapse causing him to jump and to suffer serious head injuries. We proved that our client was supplied with an unsafe scaffold and that he was improperly instructed as to how to dismantle it.
    • $24 million - Construction Worker Run Over By Reverse-Moving Excavator - Settlement
      $24 m $24 Million Settlement – for construction worker run over by reverse-moving excavator resulting in the loss of one leg and multiple internal injuries. The operator could not see behind the machine and there was no spotter in position to guide the operator rearward or to ensure that no one was in its path of travel. Further, the machine was not equipped with a rearward visual aid, such as a rear-mounted mirror or camera, to provide the operator with a view behind the machine.
    • $21.4 million - Crane Collapse - Settlement
      $21.4m Two construction workers, ages 38 and 40, were killed, and a third worker, age 43, was seriously injured when a crane they were on collapsed.
    • $5.9 million - General Negligence - Buried By Compost/Death - Recovery
      $5.9m A 38-year-old husband and father of three was killed when he was cleaning the back of his truck at a landfill and was buried alive by hot compost which was dumped on him by a careless town employee.
    • $4.5 million - Construction Bridge Collapse - Recovery
      $4.5m 37 year-old crane operator was dismantling a construction bridge 25 feet above sidewalk when it collapsed causing him to fall to street, resulting in disabling fractures of L1 vertebrae, left elbow, left ankle, left wrist and of the right ankle, requiring surgery.
    • $4.5 million - Construction Accident - Scaffold Collapse - Recovery
      $4.5m 24-year-old construction laborer was seriously injured when a scaffold collapsed on him resulting in vision and hearing loss.
    • $4 million - Fall From Truck - Recovery
      $4m A 26 year old truck driver sustained numerous fractures when he fell from his truck because construction site personnel negligently misdirected him.
    • $4 million - Demolition Accident - Recovery
      $4m 57 year-old was injured during demolition work when a beam fell on both his legs resulting in an above-the-knee amputation of the right leg and a below-the-knee amputation of the left leg.
    • $3.8 million - Worker Falls to His Death - Recovery
      $3.8m A 42-year-old construction worker was walking along a 2-foot wide foundation wall carrying materials to the back of a construction site when he lost his balance and fell through an unguarded opening.  He fell approximately 15 feet striking his head.  The case settled at a mediation for $3,800,000.00.
    • $3.75 million - Construction Accident - Roof Collapse/Man-Lift Tips Over - Recovery
      $3.75m 38 year-old bridge painter fell 25 feet from man-lift when it rolled into an unguarded trench causing it to tip over, resulting in permanently disabling bilateral leg fractures, wrist fracture and herniated lumbar disc, requiring multiple surgeries.
    • $3.6 million - Laborer Falls Through Hole - Recovery
      $3.6m Reached during trial for our client, a steamfitter who was rendered a paraplegic when he fell through a hole at a construction site which, we contended, was neither properly covered nor barricaded.
    • $3.5 million - Laborer Falls From Roof - Verdict
      $3.5m In favor of our client, a maintenance worker, who suffered brain damage and a badly fractured elbow when he fell some 20 feet off the roof of a supermarket. At the time, he was trying to replace a large piece of roofing that had been blown off by the wind when he himself was blown off the roof by a gust of wind. We proved that the building owner’s failure to furnish a safety harness to our client was in violation of New York’s Labor Law.
    • $3.475 million - Elevator Accident - Verdict
      $3.475m A freight elevator carrying construction workers malfunctioned and plummeted five stories before crashing into the sub-basement of a building under renovation – The impact caused severe back and neck injuries to our client. We took the case to trial and secured a jury verdict of $3.475 million dollars for our client.
    • $3 million - Struck By/Shoulder & Brain Injuries - Recovery
      $3m When an industrial roll of cable struck our client causing shoulder and brain injuries.
    • $3 million - Man Struck By Construction Vehicle/Death- Recovery
      $3m 37 year-old landscaper, husband and father of a 6-year-old, was at landfill construction site when he was struck by a pay loader that backed up into him crushing him in between two trucks causing his death.
    • $3 million - Construction Accident/Fatal Crush Injuries - Recovery
      $3m 48 year-old truck driver sustained fatal crush injuries at construction site when the operator of an excavator attempted to use excavator to loosen material on his truck causing the truck to topple over on to him. He was survived by his wife and daughter.
    • $3 million - Construction Accident - Fall From Excavating Machine - Recovery
      $3m 27-year-old laborer jumped off an excavating machine into a pit when he thought it was going to tip over, causing him to suffer disabling back and left leg injuries with multiple fractures, requiring multiple surgeries.
    • $2.5 million - Construction Accident - Unsafe Ladder - Recovery
      $2.5m 33-year-old carpenter fell from an unsafe ladder at construction site resulting disabling injuries, including torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the right knee, wrist fracture and herniated discs requiring surgery.
    • $2.3 million - Wall Collapse, Death - Recovery
      $2.3m A wall at a construction site fell and crushed the decedent
    • $2.3 million - Boiler Accident, Death - Recovery
      $2.3m The decedent was pinned under a boiler door that collapsed.
    • $2.5 million - Construction Accident - Scaffold Collapse - Recovery
      $2.25m A 38 year old painter died as a result of a scaffold collapse. He was survived by a wife and three children.
    • $2 million - Painter Electrocuted - Recovery
      $2m After a Verdict on Liability in favor of the estate of our client’s husband who was electrocuted by a third rail while painting a viaduct. The proof showed that the victim had not been provided with the proper protection required for the work he was performing.
    • $2 million - Laborer Falls From Roof - No Safety Harness- Recovery
      $2m After a Liability Verdict in favor of our client, a laborer, and against the owner of a shopping center in Suffolk County. Our client fell twenty feet to the ground from the roof of a shopping center sustaining serious head and elbow injuries. We proved that he had not been provided with a required tending line and harness which would have prevented his fall.
    • $1.85 million - Construction Accident - Fall From Truck - Recovery
      $1.85m A 46-year-old truck driver fell from the top of a cement truck at a construction site. He sustained a fractured ankle, which required surgery, and injured both knees resulting in multiple arthroscopic procedures and the possible need for future bilateral knee replacement surgery.
    • $1.85 million - Construction Accident - Hole in Platform - Recovery
      $1.85m 41-year-old carpenter fell through hole in platform he was standing on during building renovation resulting disabling neck, back, shoulder and hip injuries, with multiple surgeries.
    • $2 million - Construction Accident - Worker Killed By Boulder - Recovery
      $2m 48 year-old construction worker fell 35 feet into an excavation pit at a construction site and was then crushed by a boulder, leading to his immediate death. He was survived by his wife and two children.
    • $1.92 million - Construction Accident - Falls From Ladder - Recovery
      $1.92m 41-year-old female sheet metal worker fell eight feet from an unsafe ladder sustaining a disabling radial head fracture of the right arm and injury to the radial nerve, requiring surgery.
    • $1.825 million - Construction Accident - Carpenter Slips & Falls - Settlement
      $1.825m For our client, a 50-year-old carpenter, who slipped and fell on plastic sheathing that was used to cover a recently poured concrete floor at a construction site. The fall exacerbated a pre-existing asymptomatic spinal condition which required that he undergo surgery to his cervical and lumbar spine. Our client has not been able to return to work. The case was settled while on the trial calendar in State Supreme Court in Nassau County.
    • $1.5 million - Falling Roadway Plate Strikes - Settlement
      $1.5m For our client, a laborer, who sustained a severe amputation injury to his foot when a roadway plate was dropped from a hoist on a construction site. We claimed that the owner of the hoist failed to have required safety devices attached to the plate and the hoist to prevent the plate from falling.
    • $1.5 million - Defective Hi-Lo/Multiple Wrist Fractures - Recovery
      $1.5m Defective hi-lo supplied to 47 year-old construction worker caused him to fall and suffer multiple fractures to wrist and elbow and ulnar nerve damage, requiring multiple surgical procedures.
  • WTC-Related Illness
  • Firefighter Injured or Killed
    • $183 million - Black Sunday Fire - Settlements
      $183m For three Firefighters who were injured, and the families of two Firefighters who died, as a result of an apartment building fire in the Bronx. We brought suit against the building owner for building code violations, including the illegal partitioning of the fire apartment, and the City of New York for failing to provide its firefighters with personal safety ropes. After a six month trial, SPBMC won a $183 Million Verdict against both the City and the Landlord. It is the largest verdict ever obtained against the City of New York in a personal injury action.
    • $13.5 million - Firefighters Killed in Supermarket Fire - Settlement
      $13.5 m Reached at trial for our clients, the widows of six firefighters killed, and several firefighters injured, at a supermarket fire when the roof from which they were fighting the fire suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed. We claimed that the building did not contain the proper fire-stopping walls in violation of the building code, causing the fire to spread much more rapidly and, in turn, for the roof to collapse prematurely.
    • $6 million - Firefighter - Unsafe Flooring - Recovery
      $6m 41-year-old fire department captain, while working at scene of a fire, fell through an improperly supported floor resulting in burns over 75% of body and ultimately in his death.
    • $5.9 million - Firefighter Killed - Lack of Sprinkler System - Recovery
      $5.9m A 30-year old firefighter was killed in a building fire due to the lack of a sprinkler system and other unsafe conditions.
    • $5.2 million - Firefighter Killed - Lack of Self-Closing Doors - Recovery
      $5.2m A 27-year-old firefighter, married and soon-to-be father, succumbed to smoke in building when fire spread due to the improper removal of self-closing door mechanisms and because the standpipe had been turned off.
    • $2.3 million - Firefighter Struck By Car - Verdict
      $2.3m For a firefighter who was struck by a car while he was jumping off his fire truck. He was assisting in guiding the truck safely into the firehouse, when a car disregarded the lights on the truck and attempted to drive by the truck. The firefighter fractured his ankle, which resulted in surgery and an inability to continue his duties as a firefighter. The jury found the driver of the car to be 100% at fault.
    • $2 million - Firefighter Killed in Floor Collapse - Settlement
      $2m For the family of a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant, who was killed when the floor collapsed as he was investigating the progress of a fire in a vacant dwelling.
    • $2 million - Firefighter Injured - Unsafe Premises - Verdict
      $2m For our client, a firefighter, who suffered a serious shoulder injury while fighting a fire. We successfully demonstrated to the jury that the vacant building was not properly secured, which allowed vandals to remove the doors, piping and structural components and which created an increased risk of harm to our firefighter.
    • Confidential - Father's Day Fire - Settlement
      We successfully represented the widows of firefighters killed and several firefighters who were seriously injured in the Father’s Day Fire.
    • $1 million - Firefighter - Rig Accident/Crushed Foot - Recovery
      $1m Fire Engine runs over the foot of a 42-year old Fire Lieutenant, resulting in crush injuries to the foot requiring 8 surgeries.
    • $1 million - Firefighter - Fall On Debris - Recovery
      $1m 43-year-old firefighter, while responding to a fire at a construction site, fell on debris herniating 2 discs which required surgery to fuse the discs.
    • $1.1 million - Firefighter Killed in Illegal Occupancy Fire - Settlement
      $1.1m Reached during trial for our clients, the family of a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant, who became lost and disoriented in a smoke-filled 2nd-floor storage room causing him to fall out a vented large floor-to-ceiling window to his death. We offered proof that the landlord had illegally converted the room into a storage room, which did not have the legally required 2nd means of egress or proper fire stopping material.
    • $1.2 million - Firefighter - Hit By Taxi - Recovery
      $1.2m 41-year-old firefighter was standing behind his double-parked fire truck when a taxi cab crashed into it, causing him to sustained permanently disabling fractures of the right tibia and fibula requiring multiple surgeries.
    • $1.3 million - Firefighter - Hit By Fire Engine/Leg Injuries - Recovery
      $1.3m Fire engine backed up over a 41-year-old firefighter resulting in several serious fractures to his left leg and foot which required multiple surgeries.
    • $1.5 million - Firefighter Fatally Mistintubated
      $1.5m For our clients, the family of a New York City Fire Department Lieutenant, who died when he was misintubated by ambulance personnel after he collapsed at the scene of a fire.
  • Mass Torts / Complex Litigation
    • Confidential - Vioxx Litigation
      On September 30, 2004, Merck withdrew the painkiller Vioxx from the market. The drug has been found to have cardiovascular side-effects which can include heart attacks and strokes. The Firm is currently handling cases in the State and Federal Courts for some 165 clients who sustained injuries or died as a result of its use.
    • Confidential - Pregnancy Drug - Settlement
      We represented 14 victims, whose mothers took this pregnancy drug which caused infertility and cancer in their offspring.
    • Confidential - Toxic Landfill
      In the mid-1960’s, Ford Motor Corporation dumped paint sludge and other waste materials from its assembly plant in Mahwah, NJ on a 900-acre site. The site was designated a Superfund site in the 1980s. In 2005 public agencies advised homeowners of the area that properties were contaminated. Currently, the firm is co-lead counsel in a mass-claim suit against the auto manufacturer, representing over 600 members of a New Jersey Native American Indian Tribe for exposure to toxic chemicals and property damage.
    • $1.2 million - Unsafe Product - Prescription Drug - Recovery
      $1.2 m 66-year-old retired man died of kidney failure as a result of taking prescription drug that was later recalled. He was survived by his wife and three adult children.
    • Confidential - Contaminated Blood Products - HIV-Infected Hemophiliacs
      We represented over 25 hemophiliacs (or their family members) who we claimed received HIV-contaminated blood clotting factor causing them to become infected with the deadly virus, in actions against the companies who were responsible for processing the contaminated blood products
    • Confidential - Breast Implant Cases
      We have represented over 100 victims who received breast implants claimed to have caused various injuries and illnesses in a class action against the various manufacturers.
  • Mass Disasters
    • $600 million - World Trade Center Settlements
      $600m Following the conclusion of the VCF litigation, firefighters sickened by exposures at the World Trade Center continued to seek our help. We filed the first lawsuits against the City of New York and its contractors for their failure to provide respirators to rescue and recovery workers. Appointed co-liaison counsel, our firm assumed a leading role in a long, difficult fight to secure compensation for all of these brave individuals.
    • $260 million - 9/11 Victim's Compensation Claims
      $260m Pro-bono representation of 297 firefighters and 65 families of fallen firefighters in their claims with the Federal Victim’s Compensation Fund following the 9/11 attacks. We recovered $260 million for our clients – all for absolutely no fee.
    • Confidential - 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
      The Firm served as lead trial counsel in the 1993 WTC bombing case, representing all victims of the attack. A Manhattan jury found the Port Authority negligent for not taking adequate security measures in the underground garage, a finding that the appellate division has affirmed on appeal. Reports dating as far back as 1985 predicted bombing via car bombs, cited the World Trade Center as a highly attractive target, and warned the Port Authority to take action – specifically in the parking garage.
    • Multi-million - Happy Land Social Club Fire - Settlement
      $m++ For our clients, the families of several patrons of a social club who were killed in a fire that was intentionally started. The action was against, among others, the owners of the building, for various fire code violations which we claimed contributed to the spread of the fire and the inability of the victims to escape from the raging fire. We were also appointed to the plaintiffs’ committee, which acted as counsel for all of the plaintiffs, including the family members of 87 patrons who died in the fire.
    • $4 million - Neighborhood Flooding Disaster
      $4m The Firm represented a number of Queens, New York families whose homes were severely damaged when a water main broke and flooded their houses. The case was settled 13 weeks into trial for $4,075.000.
    • Confidential - American Airlines Flight 587 Crash
      We represented the families of several victims of the October 2001 airplane crash of an American Airlines plane that had just taken off from JFK International Airport en route to the Dominican Republic.
  • Medical Malpractice
    • $61.6 million - Twin Brain Damage at Birth - Verdict
      $61.6m In favor of our client, an injured twin (Twin “B”), who was delivered 42 minutes after his brother, (Twin “A”) without being continually monitored for fetal distress. Twin “B” suffered asphyxia shortly prior to birth. We proved to the Jury that proper monitoring would have revealed signs of oxygen deprivation, which would have warranted an earlier delivery via cesarean section. Twin “B”, now age 6 is intelligent, but requires the assistance of a walker or wheelchair and has difficulty with his speech. His brother, Twin “A”, is fine.
    • $26 million - Childbirth Injuries Caused By Hospital Negligence - Verdict
      $26m The jury deliberated for eight hours and returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, awarding more than $26 million for the child’s past and future pain and suffering. The jury also awarded $500,000 for the wrongful death of her twin sister, who died 28 days after birth.
    • $10.73 million - Failure to Diagnose Head Trauma - Verdict
      10.73m In favor of our client, a young girl, and against the hospital, which failed to promptly diagnose and treat the effects of head trauma that she suffered after she was hit by a car while crossing the street. As a result, the child lost all vision and remains permanently blind. We proved that the emergency room should have taken cat scans which would have revealed that there was pressure on the child’s brain, requiring emergency surgery. Had the surgery, (placement of a shunt) been performed, the child’s vision would have been spared.
    • $7.6 million - Failure to Breast Cancer - Verdict
      $7.6m In favor of our client, a Director of Nursing, who had a mammogram/sonogram of her left breast. The sonogram revealed three small cysts. Our proof was that the Doctor did not follow up on that finding over the next two years and that he was obligated to make sure the patient had additional mammograms and sonograms. When the patient felt a lump in that same breast, for the first time, (about two years after her last visit with the Doctor), she went for another mammogram and cancer was discovered shortly thereafter. The Doctor’s negligence caused the cancer to spread to the bones and then to the lungs, making the disease terminal and depriving the patient of any chance of cure or recovery.
    • $4.5 million - Cerebral Palsy - Verdict
      $4.5m In favor of our client, a newborn, and against the hospital which failed to render treatment to the infant who was having breathing difficulties. The infant had a normal delivery but developed problems breathing in the nursery despite observations by the nurse which indicated respiratory problems. No doctor arrived to assist the child, resulting in a mild case of cerebral palsy. The jury held that the child’s brain damage was a result of medical malpractice.
    • $4 million - Brain Damage Following Thyroidectomy - Recovery
      $4m For our clients, the family of a 38-year old woman who suffered brain damage and total disability after the surgical removal of her thyroid gland. We demonstrated that our client suffered brain damage after a cardiac arrest caused by the failure of hospital and medical personnel to anticipate, recognize and treat hypocalcemia, a known complication of thyroidectomy which can cause the muscles in the throat to constrict.
    • $4 million - Wrongful Deaths Caused By Doctor's Negligence - Verdict
      $4m Reached at trial for our client, the plaintiff was five months pregnant with twins when a sonogram showed signs of an increased risk for pre-term labor. The doctor did not recommend treatment and the next day, the plaintiff went into pre-term labor and delivered the twins, who could not survive.
    • $3.7 million - Failure to Perform C-Section - Settlement
      $3.7m Obtained on eve of trial for our client, an infant, who suffered permanent brain damage as a result of deprivation of oxygen, which, we asserted, was caused by the failure of the medical providers to recognize the need for a Cesarean Section in lieu of a natural delivery.
    • $3.5 million - Leg Amputation Following Heart Surgery - Recovery
      $3.5m Reached at trial for our client, a one-month old baby, who was operated on for heart surgery. We claimed that during the surgery the hospital physicians negligently impaired the circulation in the infant’s leg and thereby caused it to be amputated.
    • $3.25 million - Wrongful Deaths Caused By Doctor's Negligence - Recovery
      $3.25m Plaintiff was a 30 year old single mom with two children who presented to the Emergency Room at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in January of 2014 and diagnosed with symptoms consistent with asthma exacerbation  including wheezing and coughing (plaintiff had prior hospitalizations for asthma).  Plaintiff was admitted into the hospital from the ER and when her symptoms were not getting better, defendants failed to appreciate that she did not only have asthma, but had an infectious process going on, did not get the proper treatment or consultations (including pulmonary – although one was ordered and infectious disease), was allowed to become septic and died in February of 2014.
    • $3.25 million - Failure to Treat Vascular Condition - Recovery
      $3.25m Obtained on eve of trial for our client, a 16-year old infant, with a below the knee amputation. The client sustained a broken ankle while playing football. The hospital failed to recognize the symptoms of vascular compromise and perform a prompt surgical procedure, resulting in the loss of the infant’s leg.
    • $3.2 million - Failure to Diagnose Meningitis - Recovery
      $3.2m Reached at trial for our client, an infant twin, who suffered brain damage. We claimed that a hospital and the infant’s doctor were negligent in not properly diagnosing a baby’s meningitis. Had it been promptly diagnosed and treated, we alleged that brain damage would not have occurred.
    • $3 million - Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer - Recovery
      $3m Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo represented a patient in a medical malpractice case whose proactive steps helped saved her life at a time when her radiologist acted negligently.
    • $2.7 million - Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis - Verdict
      $2.7m Delay in diagnosing breast cancer for one year (missed on mammogram studies), 64 year old retired school teacher with one adult daughter resulting in Stage 2A when diagnosed (spread to one lymph node)  Plaintiff underwent bilateral mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, reconstruction with complications of infections requiring removal of implants, failed implants and disfigurement.
    • $2 million - Failure to Discontinue Chemotherapy - Recovery
      $2m Reached during trial for our clients, the family of a 43 year-old homemaker with Stage I Breast Cancer who died suddenly after being administered Chemotherapy drug. We contended that, based upon her prior adverse reactions to Chemotherapy, the treating doctor should have known that the patient had developed a potentially fatal hypersensitivity to the drug and thus should have discontinued the Chemotherapy.
    • $2 million - Erb's Palsy - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, an infant, and against an obstetrician for failing to anticipate or recognize shoulder dystocia during delivery, and then applying excessive force on the baby’s head, causing an injury to the nerves in the baby’s arm.
    • $2 million - Erb's Palsy - Recovery
      $2m Physician negligently delivered a baby girl resulting in Erbs Palsy and a permanent limited use of her left arm.
    • $2 million - Erb's Palsy - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, an infant, and against an obstetrician for failing to anticipate or recognize shoulder dystocia during delivery, and then applying excessive force on the baby’s head, causing an injury to the nerves in the baby’s arm.
    • $2 million - Improper Treatment of Elbow Fracture - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, who sustained a simple fracture of his elbow following a fall. He sought treatment from the defendant orthopedist who, rather than cast the arm, simply splinted the plaintiff’s elbow. As a result, there was a non-union of the elbow, which resulted in a disfiguring mal-alignment. The jury agreed that the doctor’s failure to follow up closely with the client resulted in the deformity and it unanimously found in his favor.
    • $1.99 million - Erb's Palsy - Recovery
      $1.99m Physicians at a hospital negligently delivered a baby boy resulting in injury to the brachial plexus, Erb’s Palsy and permanent damage to the arm.
    • $2.5 million - Failure to Monitor Newborn - Recovery
      $2.5m Obtained immediately before trial in the Court of Claims for our client, an infant, who lost her foot as a result of repeated IV infiltrations from the placement of IVs in her ankle.
    • $2 million - Improper Dosage of Blood Thinners - Recovery
      $2m In favor of our clients, the family of a patient who sustained a year of pain and suffering after severe loss of tissue following the improper administration of blood thinners. We demonstrated to the jury that the nursing staff administered the dosage inappropriately, which resulted in a condition known as skin necrosis. Our client ultimately died a year later of unrelated causes, but the jury nevertheless compensated him for the pain and suffering that he endured prior to his death.
    • $1.85 million - Doctor Carved Initials on Patient's Abdomen - Recovery
      $1.85m Obtained for our client only a few months after a lawsuit was filed against a doctor who carved his initials on the patient’s lower abdomen following a Cesarean Section, leaving her with a permanent scar.
    • $1.75 million - Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer - Recovery
      $1.75m Reached during trial for our client, a 44-year-old principal, who suffered from Stage II breast cancer. We contended that there was an 18-month delay in diagnosing our client’s condition due to the doctor’s error in reading a mammogram and in not having a mammogram promptly performed upon feeling a lump in her breast.
    • $1.75 million - Delay in Performing Surgery - Recovery
      $1.75m Reached on the eve of trial for our client, a government-employed architect, and against the hospital where he was treated for injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident. We claimed that our client suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the delay in treatment.
    • $1.5 million - Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer - Recovery
      $1.5m Obtained for our client, whose treating pulmonologist we claimed failed to properly diagnose her lung cancer. The patient had complained of the recent onset of asthma during pregnancy. Over the course of approximately one year, the doctor failed to diagnose the fact that she had a cancerous tumor in her lungs. The doctor claimed that the patient simply had asthma and that there were no signs of lung cancer.
    • $1.4 million - Erb's Palsy - Recovery
      $1.4m Reached during trial for our client, a newborn. Approximately 45 minutes prior to delivery, a hospital resident determined that the delivery should be performed via cesarean section and called the attending physician (since the resident was not allowed to perform a cesarean section). The attending physician denied ever receiving the call. The infant was delivered vaginally and during the delivery, the baby’s shoulder became stuck. We claimed that excessive traction (pulling) was used to deliver the infant, resulting in an injury to her brachial plexus. She now suffers from Erb’s Palsy and has limited use of her arm.
    • $1.3 million - Erb's Palsy - Recovery
      $1.3m An infant was injured at birth when a hospital doctor carelessly damaged some of her nerves causing the baby to have Erb’s Palsy.
    • $1.3 million - Failure to Refer for Proper Treatment - Settlement
      $1.3m Gynecologist failed to refer a 58 year old Brooklyn woman for cancer treatment after hysterectomy where the pathology showed a finding of an early stage of uterine cancer. As a result of the 10 month delay, our client’s cancer advanced to Stage 4 disease.
    • $1.25 million - Wrongful Death - Settlement
      $1.25m Doctor failed to address symptoms that suggested that clients bladder cancer had not been eradicated.
  • Brain Injury At Birth
    • $7.5 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $7.5m Hospital physicians failed to properly deliver a baby boy resulting in birth asphyxia and permanent brain damage.
    • $5.3 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $5.3m Hospital’s failure to properly treat pre-eclampsia in pregnant woman resulting in seizure causing loss of oxygen to baby in utero. As a result the baby was born with severe brain damage.
    • $5 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $5m Physicians failed to recognize fetal distress resulting in brain damage at birth.
    • $4.55 million - Delay in Delivering an Infant - Recovery
      4.55m A delay in delivering infant plaintiff and inadequate monitoring of fetal monitoring strips resulted in an emergency C-section the infant having substantial neurological problems, including the inability to walk and talk.
    • $4.5 million -Cerebral Palsy - Verdict
      4.5m In favor of our client, a newborn, and against the hospital which failed to render treatment to the infant who was having breathing difficulties. The infant had a normal delivery but developed problems breathing in the nursery despite observations by the nurse which indicated respiratory problems. No doctor arrived to assist the child, resulting in a mild case of cerebral palsy. The jury held that the child’s brain damage was a result of medical malpractice.
    • $4.35 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $4.35m Baby boy was born with brain damage due to negligence by the hospital physicians in failing to perform an emergency cesarean section when there were signs of fetal distress.
    • $4 million - Brain Damaged Baby - Recovery
      $4m Medical providers failed to properly perform a timely c-section.
    • $4 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $4m Hospital employees and obstetrician failed to deliver a baby after there were signs of distress resulting in oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage.
    • $3.8 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $3.8m Hospital employees and obstetrician failed to promptly deliver a baby causing the baby to become oxygen deprived resulting in permanent brain damage.
    • $3.7 million - Failure to Perform C-Section - Recovery
      $3.7m Obtained on eve of trial for our client, an infant, who suffered permanent brain damage as a result of deprivation of oxygen, which, we asserted, was caused by the failure of the medical providers to recognize the need for a Cesarean Section in lieu of a natural delivery.
    • $3 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $3m Brain damage in a newborn baby boy due to the negligence of hospital physicians during his delivery.
    • $3 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $3m Hospital’s failure to react to signs of fetal distress resulted in baby suffering permanent brain damage.
    • $2.94 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $2.94m Cerebral Palsy and brain damage suffered by a twin boy at birth because the doctors delivering him did not perform a cesarean section when they became aware of fetal distress.
    • $2.85 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $2.85m Emergency cesarean section performed on a woman who was discharged from the hospital one day earlier with vaginal bleeding, resulting in brain damage to her newborn son.
    • $2.675 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $2.675m Obstetrician’s failure to diagnose pre-term labor in woman who presented to hospital with complaints of contractions and abnormal findings on sonogram showing signs of cervical shortening, resulted in baby’s premature birth and an intracranial hemorrhage requiring surgical shunt placement with numerous revisions, hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy.
    • $2.5 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $2.5m Physician delivering twins failed to recognize that the second baby was in fetal distress resulting in oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage.
    • $2 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $2m Hospital’s failure to perform emergency c-section delivery resulted in permanent neurological injury to newborn.
    • $1.95 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $1.95m Brain damage suffered by a newborn baby because the hospital doctors who delivered him did not perform an emergency cesarean section despite warning signs.
    • $1.75 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $1.75m Newborn with permanent and devastating brain damage because his mom did not receive appropriate pre-natal care and he was not delivered timely via emergency cesarean section.
    • $1.7 million - Brain Injury At Birth - Recovery
      $1.7m Physicians failed to perform an emergency cesarean section delivery of a baby girl, resulting in brain damage.
  • Failure To Diagnose
    • $10.73 million - Failure to Diagnose Head Trauma - Verdict
      $10.73m In favor of our client, a young girl, and against the hospital, which failed to promptly diagnose and treat the effects of head trauma that she suffered after she was hit by a car while crossing the street. As a result, the child lost all vision and remains permanently blind. We proved that the emergency room should have taken cat scans which would have revealed that there was pressure on the child’s brain, requiring emergency surgery. Had the surgery, (placement of a shunt) been performed, the child’s vision would have been spared.
    • $5 million - Birth-Related Injury - Recovery
      $5m Brain damage suffered by a 3-day-old baby when physicians and hospital staff did not properly treat symptoms including a distended stomach.
    • $3.5 million - Failure to Diagnose Aortic Dissection - Recovery
      $3.5m A 38-year-old firefighter died from a ruptured aorta after he was improperly released from a hospital even though he had continuous chest pains.
    • $3.3 million - Failure to Diagnose Meningitis - Settlement
      $3.3m Reached at trial for our client, an infant twin, who suffered brain damage. We claimed that a hospital and the infant’s doctor were negligent in not properly diagnosing a baby’s meningitis. Had it been promptly diagnosed and treated, we alleged that brain damage would not have occurred.
    • $2.9 million - Failure to Diagnose Diabetes - Recovery
      $2.9m Death of a 26-year-old married father of two because his condition of diabetes was not recognized or investigated by the doctors treating him.
    • $2.5 million - Failure to Diagnose Meningitis - Recovery
      $2.5m Hospital doctors failed to properly investigate symptoms of a newborn baby including rapid breathing and fevers resulting in a delay in diagnosing meningitis and permanent brain damage.
    • $2.35 million - Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease - Recovery
      $2.35m Death of a 48-year-old man, married with one child, when his primary care physician failed to follow up and refer the patient to a cardiologist even though several prior EKGs showed that he had suffered a silent heart attack.
    • $1.95 million - Failure to Diagnose DVT - Recovery
      $1.95m A 44-year-old, married and father of four, died after his primary care physician failed to work up the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis after he suffered an ankle injury resulting in the development of a pulmonary embolism causing his death.
    • $1.9 million - Failure to Diagnose Impending Stroke - Recovery
      $1.9m A 59 year old man’s primary care physician failed to recognize the signs of an impending hemorrhagic stroke leading to a debilitating brain bleed. The decedent then died of sepsis through the negligence of a rehabilitation facility to which he was subsequently admitted.
    • $1.75 million - Delay in Performing Surgery - Recovery
      $1.75m Reached on the eve of trial for our client, a government-employed architect, and against the hospital where he was treated for injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident. We claimed that our client suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the delay in treatment.
    • $1.75 million - Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease - Recovery
      $1.75m Death of a 42-year-old married father of one child due to his primary care physician’s failure to follow up on complaints of chest pain and signs of an impending heart attack.
    • $1.25 million - Failure to Diagnose Eye Infection - Recovery
      $1.25m Physicians at an ophthalmology clinic were negligent in failing to timely diagnose and properly treat an eye infection resulting in the loss of a 40-year-old man’s eye. The delayed diagnosis and treatment allowed the infection to spread to such extent that the affected eye could not be saved.
    • $1.2 million - Failure to Diagnose Herpes Encephalitis - Recovery
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    • $1 million - Failure to Diagnose Herpes Encephalitis - Recovery
      $1m 49-year-old, married woman and mother of two, died as a result of the hospital’s failure to diagnose the signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism.
    • $1 million - Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease - Recovery
      $1m Hospital’s failure to properly treat and diagnose complaints of a 30-year-old married patient and father of one, of difficulty breathing and chest pain, resulted in his arrest due to pulmonary embolism, minutes after discharged from hospital as “stable”.
  • Surgical Errors
    • $5 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $5m 64-year-old man suffered irreversible and extensive brain damage as a result of a delay in responding to cardio respiratory arrest following surgery for a bilateral knee replacement.
    • $4.7 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $4.7m Hospital was negligent in failing to diagnose and treat post-operative complications of a 50-year-old patient’s thyroid removal causing her to lapse into a coma and suffer permanent brain damage.
    • $4.5 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $4.5m A 20-year-old woman undergoing a cesarean section delivery of her baby was negligently given anesthesia resulting in oxygen deprivation and permanent severe brain damage.
    • $4.4 million - Surgical Malpractice - Short Bowel Syndrome - Recovery
      $4.4m A 51 year old woman suffered sepsis and the loss of a significant portion of her large and small intestines due to surgical errors that took place during surgery for an intestinal obstruction. She now suffers from small bowel syndrome.
    • $4 million - Brain Damage Following Thyroidectomy - Recovery
      $4m For our clients, the family of a 38-year old woman who suffered brain damage and total disability after the surgical removal of her thyroid gland. We demonstrated that our client suffered brain damage after a cardiac arrest caused by the failure of hospital and medical personnel to anticipate, recognize and treat hypocalcemia, a known complication of thyroidectomy which can cause the muscles in the throat to constrict.
    • $3.5 million -Mishap During Heart Surgery - Recovery
      $3.5m Reached at trial for our client, a one-month old baby, who was operated on for heart surgery. We claimed that during the surgery the hospital physicians negligently impaired the circulation in the infant’s leg and thereby caused it to be amputated.
    • $3.1 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $3.1m When performing an outpatient laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon negligently lacerated a young woman’s blood vessels resulting in injuries to internal organs and extended hospitalization.
    • $2.9 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $2.9m A 27-year-old married mother bled to death shortly after the birth of her second child because the hospital doctors performed a hysterectomy causing a hemorrhage.
    • $2 million -Improper Dosage of Blood Thinners - Recovery
      $2 m In favor of our clients, the family of a patient who sustained a year of pain and suffering after severe loss of tissue following the improper administration of blood thinners. We demonstrated to the jury that the nursing staff administered the dosage inappropriately, which resulted in a condition known as skin necrosis. Our client ultimately died a year later of unrelated causes, but the jury nevertheless compensated him for the pain and suffering that he endured prior to his death.
    • $1.9 million -Orthopedic Malpractice - Verdict
      $1.9m An orthopedic surgeon failed to properly treat a labral tear and biceps tendon tear resulting in shoulder damage.
    • $1.975 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.975m Death of a 37-year-old married father of three after spinal surgery resulting from the hospital staff’s failure to diagnose the signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism.
    • $1.7 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.7m 56-year-old husband and father of three died after a benign polyp was removed from his colon because the hospital doctors failed to diagnose and treat his post-operative complications.
    • $1.6 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.6m 42-year-old married mother of two had an unnecessary right breast mastectomy when her pathology after a biopsy was negligently read incorrectly.
    • $1.595 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.595m During an unnecessary procedure to remove pelvic adhesions, a doctor carelessly perforated a 31-year-old patient’s colon causing her to need a colostomy.
    • $1.5 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.5m A 48-year-old married father of two died as a result of being prematurely extubated following surgery. In addition, the anesthesiologist was not equipped to re-intubate when the decedent suffered respiratory distress soon after the pre-mature removal of the ventilator.
    • $1.15 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.15m A plastic surgeon, who was not board certified, performed liposuction on a 37-year-old patient’s thighs so incompetently that she was permanently scarred and almost died.
    • $1.2 million - Death of Baby and Injured Mother - Recovery
      $1.2m When physicians punctured the mother’s uterus and failed to timely deliver the baby.
    • $1.25 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.25m While performing a hysterectomy, a 41-year-old patient’s gynecologist perforated her colon and failed to discover it, requiring her to have a temporary colostomy and several surgical procedures, as well as damage to her bladder.
    • $1.3 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.3m A 27-year old man, single, who was born with his heart’s major vessels reversed suffered a respiratory and cardiac arrest during a routine cardiac catheterization due to the negligence of the attending physician who administered an excessive amount of anesthetic resulting in his death. He was survived by his parents.
    • $1.4 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.4m 35-year-old woman, suffered a stroke after the doctors failed to diagnose post-operative bleeding resulting in a severe drop in blood pressure.
    • $1.4 million - Surgical Malpractice -Perforated Stomach - Recovery
      $1.4m A 38 year old man suffered a perforated stomach when his surgeon negligently performed a laparoscopic banding operation and installed the wrong sized banding device.
    • $1.475 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.475m Diabetic woman in her mid 60’s suffered a below-the-knee amputation after a surgical incision in her lower leg became infected and was not treated properly.
    • $1.5 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1.5m 43-year-old man, who had a laparoscopic banding procedure, suffered from an infection resulting in a massive hernia in his abdomen due to sepsis caused by bowel injuries during the procedure that were not diagnosed.
    • $1 million - Surgical Error - Recovery
      $1m A 53-year-old mother of three, caring for a son with multiple sclerosis died because of negligently performed gall bladder surgery.
  • Other Medical Malpractice
    • $5.3 million - Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia - Recovery
      $5.3m Hospital’s failure to properly treat pre-eclampsia in pregnant woman resulting in seizure causing loss of oxygen to baby in utero. As a result the baby was born with severe brain damage.
    • $5.2 million - Surgical Injury to Pancreas/Paraplegia - Recovery
      $5.2 m A 70-year-old man became a paraplegic when his surgeon injured the patient’s pancreas during the surgery and didn’t diagnose and treat the complications but instead went on a vacation.
    • $5 million - Birth-Related Injury - Baby Dropped After Delivery - Recovery
      $5m Newborn baby fell in the delivery room floor as a result of physician’s failure to pay appropriate attention during the delivery. As a result of the fall, the newborn suffered extensive neurological injuries for which she would require life-long care.
    • $4.6 million - Failure to Treat Blood Disorder - Recovery
      $4.6m A 31-year-old woman suffered the amputation of one of her arms and a stroke affecting the other arm due to the negligence of the hospital staff in failing to provide appropriate thrombolytic and anticoagulation therapy.
    • $3.5 million - Failure to Treat DVT - Recovery
      $3.5m Death of a 27-year-old woman as a result of the failure on the part of her doctors to treat deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism.
    • $3.5 million - Negligent Eye Care - Recovery
      $3.5m A 35-year-old patient who was blind in one eye had his functioning eye examined by a hospital doctor who carelessly put his contact lens into the wrong solution, blinding his sighted eye.
    • $3 million - Failure to Properly Use Medical Equipment - Recovery
      $3m Hospital’s negligent assembly of a heart lung bypass machine resulted in a 3-year-old boy suffering a stroke while undergoing surgery. As a result, the child suffered left sided paralysis, seizures, gross developmental delays and cognitive and perceptual disability.
    • $3 million - Improper Monitoring of Newborn - Recovery
      $3m Hospital and its medical personnel were negligent in failing to properly monitor a newborn infant who suffered a cardio respiratory arrest and did not receive timely intervention resulting in severe neurological injuries.
    • $2.9 million - Failure to Treat Head Injury - Recovery
      $2.9m Hospital emergency department’s delay in treating 58-year old patient’s head injury resulted in her death.
    • $2.5 million - Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia - Recovery
      $2.5m 39-year-old mother of two died shortly after the birth of her baby because hospital doctors caring for her did not properly treat hypertension and pre-eclampsia.
    • $2.6 million - Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia - Recovery
      $2.6m A 35-year-old married mother died 6 days after the birth of her second child because physicians failed to properly treat pre-eclampsia around the time of childbirth.
    • $2.5 million - Failure to Treat Pre-Eclampsia - Recovery
      $2.5m 47-year-old, married and mother of two, suffered brain damage when a urinary tract infection was improperly treated causing her to have an extremely high fever and seizures that caused brain damage.
    • $2.15 million - Failure to Diagnose and Treat Kidney Disease - Recovery
      $2.15m Failure to diagnose and treat kidney disease in 30-year-old man resulted in need for kidney transplant and a shortened life expectancy.
    • $1.35 million - Dental Malpractice - Jaw Infection - Recovery
      $1.35m A 44 year old woman acquired an infection in her jaw from an injection used to help open her mouth in order to fit a prosthetic device used to treat TMJ. Her dentist failed to appreciate her complaints over the next few days leading to the spread of the infection and permanent jaw damage.
    • $1.5 million - Emergency Room Neglect - Recovery
      $1.5m Failure to properly treat and administer emergency care resulted in death of 38-year-old mother of four.
    • $1.7 million - Birth-Related Injury - IV Infiltrate - Recovery
      $1.7m Loss of three fingers on the right hand of a pre-mature baby because physicians in the hospital negligently inserted an IV, causing an IV infiltrate.
    • $1.75 million - Birth-Related Injury - IV Infiltrate - Recovery
      $1.75m Negligent I.V. placement for surgery in a 2-week-old baby resulted in an I.V. infiltrate and loss of parts of her fingers of her right hand.
    • $1.8 million - Birth-Related Injury - IV Infiltrate - Recovery
      $1.8m Premature baby boy suffered a burn to his hand due to an IV infiltrate at the hospital where he was born resulting in skin graft surgeries and therapy.
    • $1.85 million - Doctor Carved Initials in Patient's Abdomen - Recovery
      $1.85m Obtained for our client only a few months after a lawsuit was filed against a doctor who carved his initials on the patient’s lower abdomen following a Cesarean Section, leaving her with a permanent scar.
    • $2.05 million - Failure to Administer Blood Transfusion - Recovery
      $2.05m 50-year-old firefighter died when hospital doctors who knew that he had been bleeding internally failed to give him a transfusion and when his surgeon who was five minutes away didn’t come to the hospital. He was survived by his wife, two adult children and a 17-year-old son.
  • Municipal Liability
    • $92 million - Police Shooting - Boy Paralyzed - Verdict
      $92m Against the City and in favor of our client, a 17-year old boy who was shot by a police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This was a re-trial of a case which had resulted in a jury verdict of $41 Million. The policeman alleged that our client pointed his gun at the officer and was about to shoot him. But the young man claimed that he had already dropped his gun and was on his knees. The jury unanimously held that the policeman’s shooting of the plaintiff was not legally justified.
    • $14.45 million - Police Car Strikes Pedestrian - Verdict
      $14.45m Against the City Of New York for the negligent operation of a police car that struck down a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the block resulting in permanent and disabling brain damage. The Jury found the police officer to be 100% at fault.
    • $14.6 million - Woman Struck By Subway Train - Verdict
      $14.6m Against the Transit Authority and in favor of our client, a 36-year old woman, who lost part of her hand and received serious skull fractures when she was hit while on the subway tracks. We proved that the train operator had been warned of her presence but he nevertheless failed to bring the train to a safe stop.
    • $5.13 million - Man Struck By Subway Train - Verdict
      $5.13m Against the Transit Authority and in favor of our clients, the family of a 56-year old man who died when he was struck by a train. He had been standing on a subway platform when he became dizzy, collapsed and fell on the subway tracks. We proved to the jury that the train operator was negligent in not noticing the plaintiff on the tracks in time to bring the train to a safe stop.
    • $3 million - Defective Cross-Walk - Pedestrian Falls - Recovery
      $3m Our client was injured when she walked into a pothole that had been created as a result of defective roadway repairs. She severely injured her shoulder which required surgery. The jury agreed that the defective repairs had been negligently made.
    • $3 million - Driver Strikes Tree - No Guardrails - Recovery
      $3m Reached during trial for our client, who sustained serious head injuries when her vehicle left the road surface and struck a tree adjoining the road. It was successfully demonstrated that a guardrail should have been installed along the road surface to prevent vehicles from striking the trees, which were set too close to the road. We demonstrated that the placement of trees two feet from the side of a major cross street was an improper design and that it was the cause of our client’s injuries.
    • $2 million - Municipal Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian - Verdict
      $2m Before reduction for comparative fault of our client, who was crossing the Cross-Bronx Expressway at night when he was struck by a New York City Department of Parks vehicle. He suffered permanent brain damage and had no recall of the incident. The jury found that the accident was caused, in part, by the negligence of the driver of the City vehicle even though our client was crossing a major highway in the dark.
    • $2 million - Police Cars Collide at Intersection - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, a police officer, who was injured in an intersection collision between two police cars that were each responding to emergency calls. Our client sustained a fractured jaw requiring open reduction and internal fixation and a fracture of the cervical spine.
    • $2 million - Excessive Use of Police Force - Head Injuries - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, a truck driver, who was beaten by police and who sustained a fracture of the skull and a hearing loss in one ear. The jury found, unanimously, that the police officers used excessive force and then tried to cover up what they had done.
    • $1.9 million - Student Injured During School Trip - Verdict
      $1.9m For our client, a third grade student on a school trip, who was struck by a taxi. The student’s shoelace became untied and when she reported it to the school aide, she was not permitted to stop and tie it. Rather, she was told to keep moving so that they would not lose the rest of the group. When she got to the intersection, someone stepped on her untied shoelace, causing her to fall and roll on the street where she was hit by a taxi. The student suffered from multiple fractures to her right leg. The jury found the Board of Education 85% liable and the taxi 15% liable.
    • $1.8 million - Child Abuse in Foster Home - Verdict
      $1.8m Against Foster Care Placement agency and in favor of our client, a 10-year old child, who was repeatedly molested by her foster father during a four-month foster care placement. The jury found the placement agency liable for their failure to provide warranted therapeutic care which would have disclosed the ongoing abuse.
    • $1.75 million - Police Pursuit - Pedestrian Injured - Verdict
      $1.75m In favor of our client, a young boy, who was playing in the street with his friends when he was struck by a stolen car that was being pursued by a police car. We proved that the police conducted a negligent chase at a dangerous rate of speed. Our client suffered from a head injury and a broken leg. The jury found the City of New York 100% liable.
    • $1.6 million - Trip an Fall on Subway Grating - Verdict
      $1.6m Our client suffered a badly fractured elbow, requiring surgery, when he was walking down the street and tripped on a raised portion of the subway grating on the sidewalk. We demonstrated that the Transit Authority failed to inspect and repair the subject area and that Transit Authority personnel were supposed to check each subway grating on a monthly basis. The jury agreed that the failure by the Transit Authority to correct the defect resulted in our client’s fall.
    • $1.5 million - Defective Sanitation Truck Transmission - Recovery
      $1.5m For our client, a City Sanitation Worker, who suffered a crushed pelvis when a garbage truck he had brought to a stop and just exited suddenly began to roll down a hill and ran over him as he attempted to jump back into the cab. We demonstrated that the truck’s transmission shifter was defective and our expert asserted that this defect caused the truck to go out of neutral and into drive thereby causing the accident. *Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
    • $1.6 million - Rock Slide - Fatal Auto Accident - Recovery
      $1.6m Against the New York State Thruway Authority and in favor of our clients, a passenger and family of a driver of a car struck by a boulder during the course of a rock slide on the State Thruway. The driver was killed and the passenger sustained post-traumatic stress disorder. We discovered documents from 1957 which revealed that the State’s own engineer recommended, on the basis of a recent rockslide, that the face of the mountain bordering the Thruway be removed to avoid future rockslides. Ignoring it’s own engineers’ recommendation, the State instead merely “bolted and strapped” boulders in the area of the rock slide.
    • $1 million - Pedestrian Struck By Bicycle - Recovery
      $1m 51-year-old pedestrian and father of two was struck by a bicycle going the wrong way on a one-way street, causing him to sustain a head injury which ultimately resulted in his death.
  • Defective Sidewalks and Roads
    • $11.5 million - Negligent Tree Maintenance - Pedestrian Struck By Tree Limb - Recovery
      $11.5m Our client, a pedestrian on a park pathway, was struck down by a very large dead tree limb that fell some 35 feet resulting in severe brain injury and spinal cord damage with incomplete paraplegia (ASIA-C classification) along with multiple fractures of the spine and skull which required numerous surgical procedures, extensive hospitalization and ongoing rehabilitation. It was claimed that the tree branch, which was approximately 20 feet in length, should have been removed long before the accident because of its dead and hazardous condition, which was well known to park personnel responsible for the tree’s maintenance.
    • $3.01 million - Roadway Defect - Tree Too Close to Road - Recovery
      $3.01m Tree planted too close to road was struck by vehicle operated by 30-year-old doctor causing permanent brain damage.
    • $3 million - Defective Cross-Walk - Pedestrian Falls - Verdict
      $3m Our client was injured when she walked into a pothole that had been created as a result of defective roadway repairs. She severely injured her shoulder which required surgery. The jury agreed that the defective repairs had been negligently made.
    • $3 million - Driver Strikes Tree - No Guardrails - Recovery
      $3m Reached during trial for our client, who sustained serious head injuries when her vehicle left the road surface and struck a tree adjoining the road. It was successfully demonstrated that a guardrail should have been installed along the road surface to prevent vehicles from striking the trees, which were set too close to the road. We demonstrated that the placement of trees two feet from the side of a major cross street was an improper design and that it was the cause of our client’s injuries.
    • $1.6 million - Rockslide - Fatal Auto Accident - Recovery
      $1.6m Against the New York State Thruway Authority and in favor of our clients, a passenger and family of a driver of a car struck by a boulder during the course of a rock slide on the State Thruway. The driver was killed and the passenger sustained post-traumatic stress disorder. We discovered documents from 1957 which revealed that the State’s own engineer recommended, on the basis of a recent rockslide, that the face of the mountain bordering the Thruway be removed to avoid future rockslides. Ignoring it’s own engineers’ recommendation, the State instead merely “bolted and strapped” boulders in the area of the rock slide.
  • Emergency Vehicle Accidents
    • $14.45 million - Police Car Strikes Pedestrian - Verdict
      $14.45m Against the City Of New York for the negligent operation of a police car that struck down a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the block resulting in permanent and disabling brain damage. The Jury found the police officer to be 100% at fault.
    • $2 million - Municipal Vehicle Strikes Pedestrian - Verdict
      $2m Before reduction for comparative fault of our client, who was crossing the Cross-Bronx Expressway at night when he was struck by a New York City Department of Parks vehicle. He suffered permanent brain damage and had no recall of the incident. The jury found that the accident was caused, in part, by the negligence of the driver of the City vehicle even though our client was crossing a major highway in the dark.
    • $2 million - Police Cars Collide at Intersection - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, a police officer, who was injured in an intersection collision between two police cars that were each responding to emergency calls. Our client sustained a fractured jaw requiring open reduction and internal fixation and a fracture of the cervical spine.
    • $1.75 million - Police Pursuit - Pedestrian Injured - Verdict
      $1.75m In favor of our client, a young boy, who was playing in the street with his friends when he was struck by a stolen car that was being pursued by a police car. We proved that the police conducted a negligent chase at a dangerous rate of speed. Our client suffered from a head injury and a broken leg. The jury found the City of New York 100% liable.
  • Police Assaults and Shootings
    • $92 million - Police Shooting - Boy Paralyzed - Verdict
      $92m Against the City and in favor of our client, a 17-year old boy who was shot by a police officer, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This was a re-trial of a case which had resulted in a jury verdict of $41 Million. The policeman alleged that our client pointed his gun at the officer and was about to shoot him. But the young man claimed that he had already dropped his gun and was on his knees. The jury unanimously held that the policeman’s shooting of the plaintiff was not legally justified.
    • $3 million - Police Misconduct - Wrongful Death & Head Injuries - Settlement
      $3m Our client, a plumber’s assistant, was punched in the face by a police officer. He fell backward and sustained a fracture of the skull. He was then arrested and handcuffed, which is a gross violation of police conduct. Hospital doctors later induced our client into a coma due to the severity of his injuries, but he unfortunately died eight days later. Ten days into trial, we negotiated a settlement behalf of the client’s widow for wrongful death, economic loss, and pain and suffering.
    • $2 million - Excessive Use of Police Police Force - Head Injuries - Verdict
      $2m In favor of our client, a truck driver, who was beaten by police and who sustained a fracture of the skull and a hearing loss in one ear. The jury found, unanimously, that the police officers used excessive force and then tried to cover up what they had done.
  • Subway / Bus Accidents
    • $12.9 million - Subway Accident, Multiple Injuries - Recovery
      $12.9m An 18-year-old student while leaving the subway dropped her Bible and when she leaned over to pick it up she was caught by the subway door which dragged her and badly damaged her left leg. She fractured her pelvis and leg in multiple places and severed a main artery. Much of the skin of her leg was torn off. She required multiple surgeries to insert hardware in her leg and hip, and to graft the skin that she had lost.
    • $12 million - Pedestrian Accident - Recovery
      $12m A 39-year-old female pedestrian in a cross-walk was struck by a bus making a right turn. She sustained crushing injuries to her right leg which may ultimately result in the loss of her leg.
    • $5.13 million - Man Struck By Subway Train - Verdict
      $5.13m Against the Transit Authority and in favor of our clients, the family of a 56-year old man who died when he was struck by a train. He had been standing on a subway platform when he became dizzy, collapsed and fell on the subway tracks. We proved to the jury that the train operator was negligent in not noticing the plaintiff on the tracks in time to bring the train to a safe stop.
    • $5 million - Child Struck in Subway Authority Bus Accident - Recovery
      $5m A 12-year-old pedestrian was struck down by a New York City Transit Authority bus. He suffered crushing injuries to his left foot and a closed head injury which resulted in mental deficits including impairments to his ability to concentrate, memory, and verbal skills.
    • $5 million - Pedestrian Struck by Bus - Recovery
      $5m 57-year-old female pedestrian in crosswalk was run over by a NYCTA bus which failed to yield right of way, resulting in loss of both legs.
    • $4.2 million - Bicyclist Dragged by Bus - Recovery
      $4.2m A 27-year-old bicyclist suffered severe damage to her left arm when she was dragged and run over by a NYCTA bus whose driver carelessly failed to see her. She suffered degloving injuries and multiple fractures to her left arm, which required several surgeries including the insertion of hardware and skin grafting.
    • $3.5 million - Pedestrian Struck by Bus/Below Knee Amputation - Recovery
      $3.5m 55-year old female pedestrian in crosswalk run over by NYCTA bus which failed to yield right of way, resulting in below-the-knee amputation.
    • $3 million - Pedestrian Accident - Settlement
      $3m A 89-year-old pedestrian was crossing 1st Avenue at its intersection with East 23rd Street in Manhattan when he was struck down by a NYCTA bus making a right turn. Plaintiff sustained severe crush injuries to his left foot and lower portion of his left leg, resulting in a below-the-knee amputation. He also sustained a fractured right hip and suffered aggravation of a pre-existing mild cognitive impairment.
    • $2.2 million - Subway Accident - Recovery
      $2.2m 56-year-old husband and father of one fell on the subway tracks and was killed when the subway operator failed to properly react and stop his train in time.
    • $1.75 million - Pedestrian Struck By Bus - Recovery
      $1.75m 27-year-old female pedestrian was in crosswalk when she was run over by a MTA bus that failed to yield right of way, resulting in crushing soft tissue injuries to legs that led to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
    • $1.6 million - Pedestrian Struck By Bus/Orthopedic & Neurological Injuries - Recovery
      $1.6m 72-year-old male pedestrian in crosswalk was struck down by a NYCTA bus which failed to yield right of way, resulting in head injury with cognitive deficits, and injuries to his back, left shoulder and wrist requiring surgery.
  • Premises Liability
    • $25 million - Unsafe Premises - Gas Leak - Recovery
      $25m A 43-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter suffered 70% and 50% total body surface burns, respectively, when a gas explosion occurred in their apartment. The father died from his burns and was survived by his wife and three children.
    • $10.5 million - Defective Circuit Breakers in Apartment - Verdict
      $10.5m In favor of our client, whose 4-year old daughter died in an apartment fire but only after she frantically tried to save her. The verdict was against the building owner which improperly installed the wrong circuit breakers in the apartment building. As a result, heat which was generated from an overloaded circuit caused a fire in the apartment. Expert testimony demonstrated that the fire would have been prevented had the appropriate circuit breakers been installed to shut down the electrical source of the heat, which ultimately resulted in the fire. Jury unanimously held that the owner was negligent in failing to have adequate circuit breakers and rendered one of the largest awards ever for the death of an infant.
    • $9.6 million - Unsafe Premises - Door Sill - Recovery
      $9.6m 33-year-old intoxicated tenant tripped on a defective metal door sill as he was leaving his building, causing him to fall over parapet wall and down cellar steps, rendering him a paraplegic.
    • $6.25 million - Unsafe Premises - Fire - Recovery
      $6.25m 51-year-old housewife sustained 3rd degree burns to 70% of her body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors.
    • $6 million - Unsafe Premises - Fire - Recovery
      $6m 7-year-old child sustained 3rd degree burns to 50% of her body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors.
    • $5.5 million - Worker Falls From Telephone Pole - Verdict
      $5.5m Our client, a telephone lineman, was rendered a paraplegic when the telephone pole he had climbed fell over. The pole had previously been cut by his employer. We proved that the Utility Company was negligent in failing to maintain the pole or in not warning our client of the danger.
    • $5 million - Pool Accident - Recovery
      $5m Our client, a 2-year-old girl, nearly drowned in an improperly installed above-ground pool. In addition to obtaining contributions from the pool owner, the pool seller, the pool installer and the filter manufacturer, we defeated a specific policy exclusion and recovered $1,000,000 from the insurance carrier for our client’s own parents.
    • $4 million - Fall Causes Aggravation of Multiple Sclerosis - Recovery
      $4m Our client, a deliveryman, tripped and fell over a concrete footing that was being constructed. The major injury claimed was exacerbation of underlying multiple sclerosis. Defendant argued that such a condition could not be aggravated by trauma. We successfully proved to the Jury otherwise.
    • $4 million - Delivery Man Shot in Apartment Building - Recovery
      $4m Reached during trial for our client, a deliveryman, shot by two unknown assailants who were able to gain entry through the unattended front door of an apartment building. Our client was left paralyzed below the waist. We claimed that the building’s security was inadequate in not having a guard posted at the entrance at all times in light of the history of crime in the building area, according to records we obtained.
    • $3.5 million - Unsafe Premises - Rotted Tree - Recovery
      $3.5m 35-year-old motorist was impaled by a rotted tree limb that broke off a diseased tree during a storm causing fractured pelvis and internal injuries requiring multiple surgical procedures.
    • $3.385 million - Unsafe Premises - Paint Fire - Recovery
      $3.385m Death of 66-year-old father and of a 68-year-old mother of three adult children, with two of the adult children, ages 42 and 45, sustaining 16% and 25% total surface body burns when their building caught fire because of the improper discarding of paint supplies which acted as an accelerant when negligently placed together with the daily garbage.
    • $2 million - Unsafe Premises - Defective Stairway - Recovery
      $2m 48-year-old building porter fell down stairs due to defective handrail resulting in permanently disabling back, neck and shoulder injuries, with multiple surgeries.
    • $2 million - Unsafe Premises - Fire - Recovery
      $2m 3-year-old toddler sustained burns to 18% of her body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors.
    • $2 million - Unsafe Premises - Lack of Security - Recovery
      $2m 13 Year old girl prevented safe entry into building and sexually assaulted by an intruder who entered into building due to long broken front door intercom buzzer system.
    • $3 million - Unsafe Premises - Building Collapse - Recovery
      $3m Demolition caused building facade to collapse on top of 50-year-old grandmother walking on sidewalk resulting in bilateral leg fractures requiring surgery which left terrible scarring.
    • $3.25 million - Unsafe Premises - Fire - Recovery
      $3.25m 4-year-old toddler sustained 3rd degree burns to 30% of her body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors.
    • $1.95 million - Student Injured on School Trip - Verdict
      $1.95m For our client, a third grade student on a school trip, who was struck by a taxicab. The student’s shoelace became untied and when she reported it to the school aide, she was not permitted to stop and tie it. Rather, she was told to keep moving so that they would not lose the rest of the group. When she got to the intersection, someone stepped on her untied shoelace, causing her to fall and roll on the street where she was hit by a taxicab. The student suffered from multiple fractures to her right leg. The jury found the Board of Education 85% liable and the taxicab 15% liable.
    • $1.5 million - Unsafe Premises - Defecive Elevator - Recovery
      $1.5m Malfunctioning elevator caused a 39-year-old tenant to fall two stories, resulting in hip and pelvic fractures requiring surgery.
    • $1.625 million - Unsafe Premises - Fire - Recovery
      $1.625m 36-year-old housewife sustained 3rd degree burns to 32% of her body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors.
    • $1.625 million - Unsafe Premises - Fire - Recoverypool
      $1.625m 31-year-old restaurant worker sustained 3rd degree burns to 50% of his body as a result of a building fire where there were no self-closing doors. He died 13 days after the incident.
  • Product Liability
    • $5 million - Pool Accident - Recovery
      $5m Our client, a 2-year-old girl, nearly drowned in an improperly installed above-ground pool. In addition to obtaining contributions from the pool owner, the pool seller, the pool installer and the filter manufacturer, we defeated a specific policy exclusion and recovered $1,000,000 from the insurance carrier for our client’s own parents.
    • $3 million - Electrocution - Recovery
      $3m For our client, a man who was left in a persistent vegetative state after electrocuting himself on a machine he had hot-wired to move under its own power, rather than push. We successfully argued that the machine had a defective safety switch which, if operating properly, would have prevented electrocution.
    • $1.8 million - Electrocution - Recovery
      $1.8m For our client, a woman who was rendered a paraplegic after falling from the upper deck to the lower deck of a cabin cruiser. We successfully argued that the hatch, like any opening in a well-traveled floor, should have a cover or guard around it if it is left open.
    • $1.67 million - Worker Injured by Defective Pasta Maker - Verdict
      $1.67m In favor of our client, a pasta chef who got his hand caught in a pasta-making machine, which the Jury found to have been defective. Our client sustained a partial amputation of four fingers which had to be reattached by microsurgery.
    • $1 million - Inadequate Warnings on Toxic Finishers - Recovery
      $1m Reached during trial for our client, a wood finisher, who, we contended, was caused to suffer permanent disabling damage to his central nervous system as a result of his use of certain spray and padding lacquers. According to our expert, the labels on these wood finishing products did not properly warn him of the health hazards associated with exposure nor properly advise him of the need for proper ventilation and masks.
    • Confidential - Auto Transmission Design - Settlement
      Reached against auto manufacturer and driver during Trial in which we were lead plaintiffs’ trial counsel for over 20 victims struck down, some fatally, by an out-of-control car. We claimed that the operator had inadvertently pressed down on the accelerator, instead of the brake, as she shifted from “park” into “drive”, causing the car to suddenly accelerate, which in turn caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. We contended that the vehicle was defectively designed for not having a brake shift interlock to prevent the operator from shifting into gear unless the operator’s foot was on the brake pedal.
    • Confidential - Car Driver's Seat Design - Settlement
      Reached shortly before trial against the automobile manufacturer and offending driver, and for our client, a driver who suffered paralyzing neck injuries when his stopped car was rear-ended by another. The claim was that, due to its defective design, the driver’s seat-back collapsed rearward in this low-speed impact causing our client’s neck to hyperextend and for his head to strike the rear seat seat-back thereby causing his injuries.
    • Confidential - Seatbelt Design - Ejection
      Our client’s wife was killed when she was ejected from the motor vehicle she was operating went off the road and subsequently crashed. We claimed that she was wearing her seatbelt but because the belt was attached to the door, and not the door frame, when the door opened it extended the belt so that she was, in effect, no longer restrained by it. We argued that to have the belt attached to the door was a defective design because of the risk of ejection even when belted once the door opened.
    • Confidential - Defective Stove Design and Flammable Fabrics - Settlement
      In this case, a young girl was severely burned while reaching across her kitchen stove to turn off one of the burner controls located in the back of the stove. Her shirt caught on fire when it came in contact with one of the burners. The action was brought against the manufacturer of the stove for the improper placement of the controls, and against the manufacturer of the shirt which we claim was highly flammable. The case resulted in a confidential settlement.
    • $1 million - Inadequate Warnings on Toxic Finishers - Recovery
      $1m Reached during trial for our client, a wood finisher, who, we contended, was caused to suffer permanent disabling damage to his central nervous system as a result of his use of certain spray and padding lacquers. According to our expert, the labels on these wood finishing products did not properly warn him of the health hazards associated with exposure nor properly advise him of the need for proper ventilation and masks.
  • Defective Work-Related Products
  • General Negligence / Personal Injury
    • $2.1 million -General Negligence - Shark Attack - Recovery
      $2.1m Our client, a 38-year-old banker had his left leg amputated as a result of a shark attack. An action was brought against the resort because it allowed swimming at its beach despite its proximity to a shark feeding area.
    • $1.5 million -General Negligence -BB Gun - Recovery
      $1.5m 15-year-old female shot in the eye with a BB gun by another teenager, resulting in a ruptured globe and scleral lacerations requiring multiple surgeries and residual limited vision.
    • $1.05 million -General Negligence - Beach Party Accident - Recovery
      $1.05m 17-year-old high school student was at a beach party when one of the attendees threw a gas canister into a bonfire which exploded and cut the left side of her head. Injuries included a skull fracture with open reduction and internal fixation.