Verdicts & Settlements

Our personal injury department regularly delivers outstanding results for our clients.  Here are a few of the verdicts and settlements we’ve achieved in construction accident cases, slip and fall or trip and fall cases, and motor vehicle accident cases.

 

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

 

 SETTLED for $1.5 million:  A 38 year-old construction worker was injured when the ladder he was using to manually raise trusses into position tipped.  As a result, he sustained injuries which left him unable to work.  After three years of hard-fought litigation, we were able to negotiate a settlement of more than $1.5 million dollars.

 

SETTLED for $1.1 million:  A construction worker who sustained severe burns after embers from welding operations ignited his pants leg.

 

SETTLED for $1,070,000:  A 48 year old steamfitter who tripped on construction debris while walking to his work shanty injuring his shoulder, back, and knee and requiring him to undergo surgery.

 

SETTLED for $900,000:  A tile-setter who tripped and fell on studs in a room on a construction site, injuring his knees and back.

 

SETTLED for $700,000:  A carpenter who tripped over a piece of electrical conduit on a construction site, injuring the meniscus in his knee and aggravating pre-existing arthritis.

 

SETTLED for $670,000:  A carpenter who slipped and fell on ice at a convention center, partially tearing his rotator cuff and aggravating a previous shoulder problem.

 

SETTLED for $500,000:  A brick-layer who sustained leg injuries when he was struck by a piece of construction equipment.

 

SETTLED for $475,000:  A construction worker who fractured his left leg when struck by a backhoe on the job site.

 

SETTLED for $440,000:  A 54 year old carpenter injured his back in a fall from a ladder trying to retrieve plywood on a construction site.

 

SETTLED for $275,000:  A 53 year-old worker was injured when he stepped off of a ladder and onto a piece of debris that had been left on the ground by a cleaning crew.  We defeated a motion to dismiss the case, convincing the judge that the general contractor was required to keep the jobsite free from debris.  The case later settled for $275,000.

 

SETTLED for $260,000:  A 62 year old tile finisher who tripped and fell on a zip-tie on a construction project injuring his right knee and sustaining a re-tear of the meniscus, without surgery.

 

VERDICT:  A 32 year-old laborer was injured when a piece of concrete flew into his eye as he was breaking up a concrete curb.  Before trial, the defendant offered $2,500 to settle the case.  After a jury found the defendant 65% at fault for the happening of the accident, the case settled for $250,000.

 

 SETTLED for $245,000:  A 37 year old carpenter who fractured his left wrist when he fell from a broken ladder on a construction job.

 

SETTLED for $220,000:  A 61 year old electrician was installing track lights in a 11-12′ high ceiling during a renovation of a restaurant when he fell from an 8 foot A-frame ladder and fractured his skull.

 

SETTLED for $187,500:  A 61 year old plumber who injured his left knee and back when he tripped and fell, requiring knee surgery and later had to retire due to his injuries.

 

SETTLED for $175,000:  A 42 year old roofer who fractured his left heel and missed fifteen months from work after falling from a ladder.

 

SETTLED for $95,000:  We obtained a settlement of $95,000 for a 29 year-old worker who fell 20 feet during a construction project based on the defendant’s failure to provide appropriate safety equipment.

 

JUDGMENT:  We won summary judgment for a sheetrock carpenter who fell from a ladder while spackling the area around a skylight.  Our client testified that to reach the area where he needed to work, he needed a baker’s scaffold.  Although he was given one to use the day before, when he asked for it on the day of the accident he was told to use a ladder instead because someone else was using the scaffold.  The defendant produced witnesses who said that they had seen a baker’s scaffold in the area where our client was working.  A judge ruled in favor of the defendants and dismissed the case, but on appeal the court reversed that decision and instead ruled in favor of our client because the defendant’s witnesses had not proved that the scaffold was in the plaintiff’s area at the time he was doing his work.

 

JUDGMENT:  We won summary judgment (a ruling that the defendant was entirely responsible) for a longshoreman who ruptured his bicep tendon when his glove got caught on a steel reinforcement bar as he tried to lower himself from one concrete beam to another, leaving him dangling in mid-air.  The defendants appealed the decision in our client’s favor, and on appeal it was upheld.

 

PREMISES LIABILITY CASES

 

SETTLED for $1.8 million:  A nurse who slipped and fell on a wet floor, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament and later developing reflex sympathetic dystrophy (also known as chronic regional pain syndrome).

 

SETTLED for $1.5 million:  A transit worker who suffered head injuries and cognitive loss when he was struck by a garage door that had been negligently installed.

 

SETTLED for $900,000: A 50 year old maintenance worker who fell from a roof.  The case was originally been dismissed by a judge who found that the State had no liability.  On appeal, the judge’s decision was reversed and the appeals court found the State 100% responsible.

 

SETTLED for $450,000:  A 63 year old nurse’s aide slipped and fell on wet plywood that had been left by a company that was doing construction at his place of employment, injuring his neck and back injuries and disabling him from work.

 

SETTLED for $450,000:  A truck driver who sustained leg and back injuries when he fell between the truck and a loading platform due to a negligently placed dock plate.

 

SETTLED for $283,500:  An HVAC mechanic stripped and fell on fallen shelves while trying to exit a room where he had been repairing a broken air conditioner.

 

VERDICT:  A worker broke his wrist when the forklift he was operating fell into a gap between a truck and the loading dock.  The defendant refused to make any offer at all before trial, but the jury returned a verdict finding it 100% at fault.  Grey & Grey was then able to settle the case for $275,000.

 

SETTLED for $195,000:  A 62 year old NYC school aide slipped and fell on a puddle of water in the lobby of building, tearing a tendon in her knee.  Our investigation defeated the management company’s claim that the condition had been completely resolved the night before the accident, and the case settled after depositions for $195,000.

 

SETTLED for $175,000:  A 79 year old woman who injured her leg when it became tangled in shrink wrap left on the floor in a store.

 

SETTLED for $150,000:  A 57 year old park aide who tripped and fell on a cracked sidewalk at a shopping mall, injuring her knee and rupturing her spleen.

 

SETTLED for $130,000:  A 57 year old delivery driver who injured his ankle in a slip and fall in deli parking lot.

 

SETTLED for $90,000:  A 43 year old woman aggravated a previous shoulder injury when she slipped and fall on snow in a parking garage.

 

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

 

VERDICT:  $750,000 for a passenger who fell and fractured his leg when a New York City Transit bus pulled away suddenly from a bus stop.

 

SETTLED for $640,000:  A school bus driver who sustained neck and back injuries in a motor vehicle accident.

 

SETTLED for $360,000:  A 58 year old electrician who was a passenger in a shuttle bus which stopped short, throwing him out of his seat, causing neck and back injuries and disabling him from work.

 

SETTLED for $140,000:  A postal worker who injured her knee in auto accident.

 

VERDICT:  The $100,000 policy limit for a transit worker who injured his shoulder when struck by a car while trying to cross a busy intersection.

 

SETTLED for $100,000:  A traffic enforcement agent was the victim of a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi cab.  The injury was a torn meniscus in the knee.  Our extensive investigation resulted in the medallion owner’s insurer offering the full policy limit of $100,000.

 

SETTLED for $100,000:  A pedestrian was struck by a car in an intersection, breaking her nose. Grey & Grey obtained the policy limit of $100,000.

 

VERDICT:  The $50,000 policy limit for sisters who suffered soft-tissue injuries when their parked car was struck by a passing motorist.

 

GENERAL NEGLIGENCE

 

SETTLED for $715,000:  A 51 year old nurse whose leg was injured when a doctor lowered an operating room table onto it without warning while performing surgery.  The accident caused an infection that left her permanently disabled from work.  The doctor, hospital, and manufacturer defended the case vigorously for many years before finally settling after their motions to have the case dismissed were denied.

 

SETTLED for $500,000:  A 49 year old bus operator who injured his back when his bus hit a pothole created by roadway construction job.  Our client had back surgery and missed almost a year from work.

 

SETTLED for $290,000:  A 66 year old woman who fractured her hip when a transport company failed to properly secure her wheelchair.

 

SETTLED for $85,000:  A child fell from poorly designed monkey bars at school and ruptured his spleen.

 

 

 

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