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Personal Injury & Accident

Personal Injury Verdicts

$1.4 Million Dollar Settlement in Motor Vehicle Accident

Thomas R. Smith, Esq. recently obtained a $1.4 million dollar settlement on behalf of a driver whose vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer’s blown-out tire.

The Plaintiff was driving his company vehicle when the Defendant’s tractor trailer had a tire blowout. The tire skin hit the Plaintiff’s windshield. The Plaintiff, in an attempt to avoid contact, jerked his car to the side of the road, coming to a stop in a shallow ditch.   In doing so he suffered significant injuries to his lower back and neck and was subsequently subjected to four back surgeries.   He was left with extensive loss of functions and significant economic loss.

It is also of note that shortly before the incident the Defendant drove his fully- loaded tractor trailer, despite a flat tandem tire, to be repaired.

$400,000.00 Settlement for Construction Accident

Thomas R. Smith, Esq., obtained a $400,000.00 settlement after a pipefitter of 23 years fell while trying to get out of a trench dug by another contractor. The fall resulted in total knee replacement and a compound fracture. The contractor who dug the trench failed to adhere to OSHA safety standards for trench dimensions, which caused plaintiff’s injuries. The case settled before trial in plaintiff’s favor.

Client receives $90,000.00 from Condominium Association

Thomas R. Smith, Esq., obtained a $90,000.00 settlement after client, an 83-year old woman, slipped on a rolled up rug negligently left in the common area of a condominium. The fall caused a fractured patella requiring surgery. The case settled prior to trial for $90,000.00.

Client receives $130,000 in slip and fall

Bruce Silfan, 62 years old from East Windsor, fractured his right shoulder when he fell on a wet floor in the Burlington Coat Factory on August 11, 2009.  Mr. Silfan was employed as a salesperson and working at the time for Burlington Coat Factory, when he slipped and fell on a wet floor that had just recently been cleaned by an outside maintence company, the defendant Affordable Building Services, who created the dangerous condition and failed to provide the appropriate warnings.

A lawsuit was filed and pending in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County.  The matter was settled before trial for a gross amount of $130,000.

$13,750 Settlement For Police Officer in Deli Revenge Case

A $13,750 settlement for a police officer who was subjected to food intentionally adulterated by the delicatessen's vindictive cook.

Confidential Settlement for Sexually Assaulted High School Female

A confidential settlement for a Camden County female high school student sexually assaulted by a volunteer employee of the school.

$1,675,000 Settlement for Restaurant Slip and Fall

Attorney Edward Slaughter settled a case for $1,675,000 on behalf of Cynthia Vena.  Ms. Vena had an accident at Tessara's Restaurant, which is operated by Koray, LLC, on January 11, 2008.  On that date she suffered a fall on the restaurant premises and suffered a severe head injury.  She was taken to Capital Health Systems - Fuld Campus by EMS service.  She had suffered a skull fracture, a brain contusion, and bleeding into her brain space.  Because her condition was severe she had to have an operation on her head and brain.  She later underwent additional surgery to place a shunt into her head because of fluid buildup in her brain space.  She had a total of four surgeries.
 
She underwent rehabilitation at both The Kessler Institute and St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center. 
 
Prior to the accident she was employed by Bohren's Moving and Storage as a clerk.  She has not been able to work since the accident.  She has limited ability to take care of herself and needs nursing care.

$800,000 for Auto Accident Victim

Jed Kadish was recently awarded $800,000 on behalf of a client who was  rear-ended by a dump truck owned by Stony Brook Sewer Authority.  Since the accident the client has undergone three leg surgeries as well a lumbar surgery.  Jed Kadish, a partner who specializes in Personal Injury matters including auto, construction and product liability accident cases, represented her in the suit.

$600,000.00 Awarded to Construction Worker

A 37 year-old construction worker suffered an accident on a work site in East Amwell, NJ when the floor upon which his ladder was resting gave way and he fell to the floor below. He suffered an achilles tendon rupture and reconstruction. The plaintiff was able to return to work in his current employ after approximately two years out.

 

The defendant subcontractor carpenter had installed the temporary floor improperly. The plaintiff was employed by the general contractor who does maintain overall safety for the site and should have inspected the work done by its sub. Despite the workers' compensation bar (not allowing the plaintiff to collect from his employer in a third party matter), the plaintiff still resolved the case favorably. The case settled before trial for $600,000.00.

 

The plaintiff was represented by attorney Sherri Warfel who concentrates her practice in the area of accident and injury law. She can be reached at swarfel@pralaw.com.
 

$571,626.66 Jury Verdict for Trip and Fall Accident

After a five-day trial, Jed S. Kadish, Esquire and partner at Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, obtained a $571,626.66 jury verdict in Middlesex County for a 60-year old woman in a trip and fall accident. The plaintiff, an administrative assistant, suffered a work related injury and has been unable to return to work. The defendant was hired to replace slate on the steps in the front of the pro shop at Forsgate Country Club. As part of the process, the defendant used a mason line, which was stretched across the face of the steps to insure that the steps are even while the mason is making repairs. At the moment that the plaintiff was walking down the steps the defendant stretched the mason line the length of the steps causing her to fall to the ground onto her right side. The plaintiff sustained a non-displaced, intra articular fracture of the 5th metacarpal base, triangular fibrocartilage complex with tear and subsequent surgery, TMJ, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy right wrist. Due to the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome the plaintiff faces unremitting pain and crippling, irreversible changes in spite of treatment.

 

Jed S. Kadish, Esquire is a partner at the law firm of Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman. He assists clients who have been injured as a result of automobile accidents, fall down accidents, dog bites, construction accidents and other cases of personal injury.

$350,000 Verdict for Back Injury

Sherri L. Warfel, a Senior Associate and a Member of the Personal Injury Department at Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, achieved a substantial settlement from a personal injury matter wherein the plaintiff had injured his back, which resulted in surgery while trying to open a defective gate on his employer's property. The employer owned the premises but under a different company name so the question in the case was whether the bar of suing your employer would deprive the plaintiff of collecting altogether. The matter eventually settled for $350,000.00 after a lengthy litigation.

$1.3 Million Dollar Settlement for Accident on GW Bridge that Resulted in Death of Tractor Trailer Operator

Attorney Edward Slaughter, Jr., who specializes in accident and injury cases, recently settled a case on behalf of the widow of Celestino Marshall who was killed in a one-vehicle tractor-trailer accident that occurred on the George Washington Bridge for $1.3 million.

Mr. Marshall was driving a tractor-trailer that ran into an open manhole, struck a sidewall and burst into flames.  Mr. Marshall was killed as a result of a fire that consumed the cab.  The suit alleged that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had failed to maintain the manhole cover properly and that as a result, it became dislodged.  It was also alleged that the tractor was not crashworthy and that its design defects caused it to burn and prevented Mr. Marshall from escaping from the cab.

Among other experts, Mr. Slaughter retained the services of a nationally known metallurgist to explain how years of wear had made the cover vulnerable to coming loose and that welds that had been applied to hold it in place failed.

$2 Million Settlement in Negligence Case

A passenger in a SUV suffered a broken neck and other injuries when the vehicle rolled over because of the negligence of the driver and because of the failure of a tire on the SUV. The passenger was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of the accident, was hospitalized for a period of time and later died as a result of his injuries. His estate settled with the driver and tire manufacturer for $2 million.

$95,000 for Man Injured in Auto Accident

A 47 year old man received $95,000 in a settlement to compensate him for a serious fracture to his right wrist suffered in an auto accident. Although the fracture required surgery, the man made a good recovery from his injury. Settlement was reached in only two years, which is a fairly speedy settlement in the context of litigation for personal injury.

$650,000 Settlement to Woman Injured in Truck Accident

The driver of a Verizon van, who was injured when a tri-axle dump truck crossed the center line of Route 31 in Hopewell Township and hit the van, settled her case on January 25, 2008 after two days of a jury trial before the Honorable Andrew Smithson, in Mercer County Superior Court.

Nancy Arnwine, the plaintiff and driver of the Verizon van, suffered fractures of both femurs and several of her ribs were broken. She was out of work for ten months, after which she was able to return to her job as a Verizon technician.

$315,000 to surviving family of woman killed in auto accident

The Personal Injury department secured a settlement of $315,000 for the surviving family on a wrongful death action. A female Princeton resident, 65, driving west across Route 1 on Carnegie Center Blvd., was killed when the driver of a dump truck traveling north on Route 1, ran a red light and collided into her car. $315,000 was awarded to the victim's surviving family members.

Car accident victim suffering severe injuries awarded $250,000

A New Jersey driver swerved into an improperly installed guardrail/partition which, upon impact, impaled the vehicle and severed the plaintiff’s left leg.

Despite a series of complex circumstances, and the plaintiff subsequently expiring due to an unrelated medical condition, we settled the case in favor of the driver for $250,000.

$1,250,000 for construction accident victim

In preparation for the next day's work, our client was moving a "roustabout", a small derrick on wheels used to raise and position the large heavy pipes. As he pushed it through a large puddle, and stepped on a small piece of reinforcing steel which was submerged and invisible in the water, left behind by a pipefitter working there the day before.

Our client fell forward, extended his left hand to break his fall, causing injury in his left wrist, which progressively worsened and subsequently required four surgical procedures involving the hand, wrist and elbow. Furthermore, he has developed herniated discs and injury to the nerve connected to his left arm for which surgery is pending.

The plaintiff has been out of work since 2004. His prompt report of the injury, even if he wasn't sure its severity, helped to eliminate issues that could have arisen in the case.

The settlement was made with eight different defendants for a total package of $1,250,000. For further information, please contact our Personal Injury & Accident Attorneys

$1.1 Million Pre-Trial Settlement for Auto Accident Victim

A construction foreman driving his pick up truck south on the NJ turnpike was struck from behind and forced across two lanes of traffic by a commercial bus. The victim suffered severe lower body injuries and despite undergoing surgery, was left with permanent physical damage. Our attorneys worked diligently to settle this case out of court, helping our client to avoid the delay and expense of a lengthy trial.

$3.5 Million for Down’s Syndrome Adult In Auto Accident

The life of a 46-year-old New Jersey woman, already challenged by Down’s Syndrome, became even more difficult due to seriously injury in a head-on auto accident while riding the bus to her job. Suffering broken teeth and a severed tongue led to extensive hospital treatment and lengthy, but full recovery. However a crushed larynx led to permanent, disabling injury damage from the auto accident. She must breathe through a tracheotomy tube for life. In addition to her physical injury, this woman's career prospects are gone and her sense of at least some independence has completely diminished. And, of course, her medical and custodial care needs have grown tremendously. That's where our New Jersey injury attorneys focused: Get her the money to provide for future care needs, especially as her aging parents pass on. Our lead New Jersey injury lawyer invested considerable time, effort and expert expenses to build a convincing case for the jury with every expectation of going to court to get the full funds required. As the defendant's lawyers saw our case unfold during discovery, depositions and other trial preparation, they recognized the quality of the case and representation, and decided to sign an agreement that would guarantee our client’s future care in return for no admission of liability.

$500,000 for Senior’s Personal Injury in Crossing Street

When a vital and active partner in a nursery and garden store crossed the street at 7:40pm one November evening, he was mowed down by a fellow hometown resident distracted by looking at an accident on another road. Perhaps, the defendant was anxious to get to his family and holiday season activities after his long work day and commute home. We all have busy lives these days, especially during the holidays. But that does not excuse a driver’s responsibility for causing an auto injury. According to personal injury lawyer Edward Slaughter, Jr., our client suffered permanent auto injuries from a fractured hip and pelvis. Despite state-of-the-art treatment at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and extensive physical therapy and other rehabilitation, our client’s auto injury permanently restricts his hip movement and requires him to walk with a cane. At 73-years-young our client, and his wife, lose years of activity and intimacy and gain years of pain, pills and pause. Our client, despite it all, recognizes that he shares some responsibility – and so did the jury – because he did not use the crosswalk nor where any brightly colored clothing. Our client’s share of the total damages was reduced from $500,000 in proportion to his share of responsibility determined by the jury.

$700,000 to Diabetic Plumber Injured at Construction Site

Climbing down a ladder, a union plumber, stepped on nail protruding from wood left at a construction site in Jersey City by the general contractor, or sub-contractors, who had performed framing on the multi-million dollar housing construction site project. While the injury appeared minor at first, our client, who is a type-1 diabetic, suffered amputations of several toes on his left foot and other diabetic complications. Although our client was covered by Workers' Compensation, for which we also represented him, there was additional liability, leading to this third party litigation.

$2 Million for Stem Cell Researcher from Spinal Injury Auto Accident

A PhD, post-doctoral fellow conducting original molecular bio-chemical research into neurology and stem cell research, was driving in the center lane of a local commuter interstate, when a tractor-trailer truck behind her veered to the right lane, cutting off and striking another auto that then struck our client's car and caused her to lose control and swerve into the right lane where she was struck by the truck. As a result of the accident, she suffered multiple severe injuries, including closed head injury, torticollis (contracted state of neck muscles producing a permanently unnatural "tilted" head position), double and blurry vision, and traumatic spinal cord injury (sub-occipital craniectomy with neuro-vascular decompression of the 11th nerve bilaterally). The spinal condition required a very rare surgery. Once a vibrant, productive, athletic woman in her prime, our client was now mostly confined to a wheel chair with limited walking and unable to pursue her clinical research. Her health tragedy led to economic hardships as well, because she and her husband moved to a less costly and more convenient place to live, out of state, and then her husband lost his job while trying to balance career with caring for his wife. Our attorneys specializing in auto injury cases recovered the most possible money from the limited amount of available auto insurance coverage, achieving a structured settlement that met our client and her husband's wishes to quickly get back on their feet, to get on with their lives, and to guarantee a life-long stream of reasonable income. Hopefully, some day, she will benefit from some of her own bio-chemical neurology and stem cell research.

$2 million ... and hope ... for auto accident spinal injury to Stem Cell Researcher

A promising, vibrant, athletic and young post-doctoral fellow was conducting original molecular bio-chemical research through a major pharmaceutical company's neurology and drug discovery group and pursuing stem cell research in collaboration with another company until one day while driving home in her car at moderate speed in the center lane of a busy New Jersey highway. A tractor trailer truck veered from behind her into the right lane, cutting off and striking another auto that then struck the doctor's car and caused her to lose control and swerve into the right lane where she was struck by the truck. The doctor suffered severe injuries, including closed head injury, torticollis, double and blurry vision and traumatic spinal cord injury. She required rare surgery. She and her husband faced severe financial hardships, as well as health, as a result of the auto accident injury. Now confined mostly to a wheel chair, she hopes, perhaps, some day, to benefit from the stem cell research she helped to further. Our attorneys were able to recover for her the maximum monies available from all the parties' insurance policies, which we hope will, at least, ease the financial burdens.

Senior Pedestrian Wins in Auto Injury, Despite Crossing at Night in Rain and Outside Crosswalk

Our client, a senior citizen, began walking the mile or so to her home after church one evening, when it started to lightly rain. Concerned about getting home before a downpour and wanting to be seen while crossing the street, she chose a spot directly under a streetlight about halfway down the block from the unlit crosswalk. Although she thought she looked carefully for oncoming traffic, a reflex for most of us, she apparently did not see an approaching car. Neither, it seems did he see her. The driver, also a senior citizen, said he had just turned on his wipers and had slowed from the 25 MPH speed limit to about 15 MPH in order to prepare to turn at the upcoming intersection, and did not see our client because she was wearing dark clothes. As newspapers, and now the New Jersey state government have acknowledged, our streets are not friendly to senior citizen pedestrians who need them more than most to get around and remain active. Our attorneys have been aware of this problem for quite a while; and so when other law firms would not accept this kind of case, personal injury lawyer, and department chair, Edward Slaughter, Jr. did.

$1 Million for Boiler Repairman’s “Scalding” Premises Liability Injury

A boiler repairman responded to the call to repair a leaky pipe in an apartment complex basement. As he walked through the dark basement toward the leaky pipe, he fell into an unmarked, uncovered 6-foot pit of scalding water run-off from the boiler system being installed. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to more than 30% of his body, requiring multiple skin grafts, extensive physical therapy, and further reconstructive procedures. Despite vigorous opposition, we proved that warning should have been given.

$1.1 Million for Professor’s Mental Health Injury in Auto Accident

A Ph.D. student in mathematics just shy of earning his degree, was conducting very promising research as a 2-year Honored Fellow at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, where Albert Einstein had worked, and looking forward to his first position as a professor at the University of Illinois, when his car was rear-ended by an Amtrak truck on Route 1, causing him loss of memory and, subsequently, severe depression. A professor who cannot remember or think clearly cannot produce research; so our client lost his job as a result of the accident. Personal injury attorney Edward Slaughter, Jr. had to fight the additional challenges of bias against mental health injury as well as the usual auto injury case challenges.

$1.35 Million for Steel Trucker’s “Unstable Load” Injury

A 37-year-old yard jockey was raising the dolly wheels to move a trailer in a steel supply company’s lot when a 50-foot steel girder weighing several thousand pounds fell off the truck and across his body. Although the trucker had advised our client, the yard jockey, that 2 of the 8 steel girders had been dropped and bent by the stevedores, while loading the truck back at the dock, our client claimed that he did not realize the load was actually very unstable. This was a sticky issue for our attorneys to overcome. Yet our workers’ compensation team won a significant claim against the steel supply company. Then PR&A personal injury attorney Edward Slaughter, Jr. won a $1.35 million third party injury claim against both the stevedores and trucking company by proving that they too had some responsibility in causing this accident.

$100,000 for Knee Injury in Dog Attack

When the UPS driver pulled into the driveway and got out to deliver his package, he was greeted by a charging, barking dog. While escaping the attack, he injured his knee. Although never physically harmed by the dog, the fear of possible harm certainly led to the injury. In addition to winning our client a Workers’ Compensation award against his employer, our attorneys also won this third-party injury award against the homeowner, because the dog owners are required to restrain their pet for both visitor and dog’s protection.

$100,000 for Personal Injury in High, High-Heel Stairway Fall

When a woman fell down the steps of a building, the building owners said her high heels were too high. The jury disagreed.

$14.3 Million for Editor’s Severe Head Injuries in Auto Injuries

A magazine editor was driving her visiting mother to a family reunion when a truck ran through a stop sign and flashing red signal, slamming into the side door of her car. She was left in a coma and her mother killed. She eventually emerged from the coma, but continues to require physical therapy and psychological rehabilitation. She remains unable to read, remember, walk or speak well. The other driver denies running the light and sign, claiming our client was not paying attention to the road. It’s his word against hers, at least to the degree she can remember or speak. Personal injury lawyer Edward Slaughter, Jr. speaks on her behalf.

$2.55 Million in “Stop Sign” Auto Accident

Two teenagers ran a stop sign that was fully blocked by overgrown shrubbery that personal injury attorney Edward Slaughter, Jr. proved should have been maintained by the township and county. The jury decided that the fact the teen was speeding did not cause this accident. Furthermore, the jury upheld the responsibility of the government to keep their traffic signs clearly visible to motorists expected to comply.

$260,000 in Slip & Fall Injury from “Tooth Fairy”

When a child slipped and fell in a Laundromat, she lost two front teeth but won $260,000. The conditions were negligent and the overall injuries were serious.

$4 Million for Paralyzing Injury from Amusement Park Waterslide Ride

A college student, as instructed, headed down a waterslide at a popular Jersey shore amusement park and snapped his neck, instantly rendering him a quadriplegic – paralyzed from the neck down – for life. Our personal injury lawyers investigate and find the ride was not correctly designed and not properly maintained. Further, our personal injury lawyer discovers that no lifeguard or staff came to his aid, but rather a vacationer and National Guard reservist rescued our client, who was immobile, bleeding from the mouth and now in danger of drowning. A few years later, when our client’s trust account appears to be mismanaged, our commercial litigation attorneys demand restitution, filing suit against the Trustee bank.

$4.47 Million in Paralyzing Injury from Swimming Pool Diving Accident

When a 19-year-old woman dove into an aboveground swimming pool, she fractured her neck and became a quadriplegic for life. There were no warning signs, although law requires them.

$425,000 for Neck & Spinal Injuries in Missile Silo Clean-up “Missing Floor Fall”

While cleaning up an abandoned US Air Force missile silo, our client fell through an unmarked missing floor in a dark room. He suffered serious neck and spinal injuries, requiring two surgeries.

$5.5 Million for “Electrifying” Construction Site Injury

An apprentice carpenter was working on a highway extension construction project when an unattended crane on a wet surface with its arm brake off suddenly swings over and hits high-tension wires, causing high-voltage electricity to flow through the crane and throw her high into the air. She lands hard on the ground, injuring her back with permanent neurological damage and severely herniated discs. She required 2 disc removal surgeries and fusions and a pump implanted for continual flow of medicine that must be recharged every 3 months and replaced every 4 years. She walks only with crutches and both legs in full braces. Personal injury lawyer Edward Slaughter, Jr. studied boxes and boxes of company documents for several weeks, until discovering one that proves the New Jersey Department of Transportation has significant control for managing this construction site and, therefore, is partly responsible for the negligence as a third party defendant. In addition to her successful workers’ compensation, she wins this personal injury case.

$750,000 for Defective Product in “Scalding Water Leak” Injury

A delivery driver brought his car in to the dealer for a water leak repair. A week later he returned because the leak continued. He was told to continue driving the car and return a few days later. But on his way out of the dealership lot, leaking water that had been collecting in the car’s heater core, due to a clogged drain, poured onto his foot. The scalding hot water caused third-degree burns requiring a partially successful skin graft and a permanent nervous system disorder (called reflex sympathetic dystrophy) that creates a constant burning sensation across the instep and lower leg. Our client also had to quit his job.

$750,000 for Leg Injuries in “Swerving” Unidentified Motorist (UIM) Auto Accident

A vibrant 64-year-old garment worker is driving in the center lane on the New Jersey Turnpike toward New York when an unidentified driver suddenly cuts him off, causing him to swerve and smack into a concrete barrier. He sustains multiple fractures of his left leg, including fractures of the left knee involving the tibia and a dislocation fracture of the left ankle. After initial treatment at the hospital, he fails to improve, so he eventually undergoes a total knee replacement. After a life-threatening accident, extensive treatments and rehabilitation programs, and permanent limitations on his mobility, our client has been forced to curtail his work and personal activities substantially. He will never be truly the same.

$8.8 Million in Paralyzing Swimming Pool Injury

A former Penn State track star was swimming in an unlit swimming pool one night, when he dove underwater through a rubber inner tube, hit the bottom head first, and became a quadriplegic for life. There was no warning about proper diving safety, even surface diving. There were no lights. The owners of the pool should have done both. The swimming pool manufacturer should provide warnings to consumers about diving shallow and “steering up” when surface diving in residential pools. Both the manufacturer and the homeowner were held liable.

$900,000 for “Crash & Drag” Injuries at Construction Site

A construction worker is guiding the cement truck chute when suddenly the hydraulic support line breaks, sending the chute crashing down on his knee. Then someone moves the truck forward, dragging our client along the ground, flipping over his body, and severely injuring his back. Despite surgeries on both his lower back and right knee, permanent damage prevents him from ever lifting more than 20 pounds. In addition to his successful workers’ compensation claim, our lawyers find that the cement truck not properly maintained and was defective, the truck manufacturer had offered a $25 part to fix the defect, and the truck owner chose not to pay for the part. That made both responsible for our injury. When you are injured on the job but products, individuals or companies other than your employer (“third parties”) contribute to your injury, then you may have rights to both a workers’ compensation claim and a third party personal injury claim.

$950,000 for Spinal Injuries in a Friend’s Car Auto Accident

A 17-year-old student was a passenger in her friend’s car when suddenly her friend lost control and hit a tree causing spinal fractures that require several extensive surgeries using steel rods and bone grafts to repair our client’s shattered spine. She was even in a body cast for 6 months. But doctors discover from her worsening lower back pain that the accident has caused this young woman to suffer from degenerative spine, as well. Our attorneys presented her doctor's finding to the jury and, furthermore, had the doctors testify that because they cannot fuse her entire spine and already half of her spinal bones are fused, there is little they can do, except treat the pain itself. Our attorneys went all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court for a decision on who is responsible.
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