Verdicts & Settlements

On this page, you will find information on many of the seriously injured people like you we have helped at Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C.

With more than 40 years of experience in personal injury, our attorneys have won many settlements and verdicts for our clients and their families, so that they can pay medical bills, have money to live, and are justly compensated for their pain and suffering.

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Catastrophic injuries

Construction accidents

Medical malpractice

Motor vehicle accidents

Municipal liability

Premises liability

Catastrophic injuries

Case: 56-year-old elevator mechanic was injured while performing an elevator repair. He slipped and fell, severely injuring his left ankle, requiring multiple surgeries.

Settlement: $1.775 million

Date: 2013

Case: 73-year-old patient underwent routine bypass surgery but given blood transfusion with the wrong blood type. He suffered kidney failure and below-knee leg amputation.

Settlement: $3 million during trial

Date: 2005

Case: 25-year-old woman, working as live-in nanny, was exposed to toxic acetone fumes when her employer's home was cleaned to remove paint. This was done without her knowledge. She suffered toxic damage to the protective coating of her brain, causing neurological problems.

Settlement: $2.21 million settlement during trial

Date: 2005

Case: 48-year-old electrician fell 40 feet through sheetrock that covered top of elevator shaft, landing on top of the elevator car. He suffered severe internal injuries, including massive abdominal bleeding and a ruptured pancreas, a burst-fracture of T-10 vertebra, and a crushed right ankle and right hand. He died 12 days later.

Settlement: $4 million

Date: 2001

Case: 42-year-old steamfitter fell from ladder due to extreme heat conditions, causing him to become woozy. He suffered broken bones in his left upper arm, broken ribs and pelvis. He also suffered from head trauma, resulting in post-traumatic epilepsy and psychiatric problems.

Settlement & verdict: $7.5 million settlement, after jury verdict for $15.3 million. Verdict included $5 million award for injured worker's wife for loss of services.

Date: 2000

Construction accidents

Case: 47-year-old electrician fell from an inadequate makeshift ramp. He suffered serious back injury, including herniated disks.

Settlement: $775,000

Date: 2013

Case: 40-year-old electrician slipped and fell on ice on a construction project. He severely injured his back and neck, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $1.5 million

Date: 2013

Case: 55-year-old electrician fell from the fourth step of a ladder that broke. He suffered severe injuries to his lower back, neck and left shoulder.

Settlement: $1.3 million

Date: 2013

Case: 51-year-old electrician caused to fall down a flight of stairs when a temporary handrail snapped. He suffered injuries to his neck, upper back and left shoulder with a rotator cuff tear.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2013

Case: 49-year-old electrician who was caused to slip and fall while walking on a wooden ramp covered with snow and slush. He injured his left shoulder with a rotator cuff tear, requiring arthroscopic surgery

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2013

Case: 48-year-old electrician struck by a wheel barrow, injuring his knee

Settlement: $435,000

Date: 2013

Case: 30-year-old window service technician tripped while descending a defective scaffold. He injured his ankle and shoulder.

Settlement: $400,000 settlement (after successful jury trial on liability)

Date: 2013

Case: 40-year-old electrician slipped on a small patch of ice on a construction site. He injured his neck and lower back, resulting in surgery to fuse his neck bones together and to implant a device to reduce pain in his lower back.

Settlement: $2.5 million

Date: 2012

Case: 25-year-old apprentice electrician fell from a ladder that slipped out from underneath him. He suffered a knee injury. Requiring arthroscopic surgery to reconstruct his ACL and repair the torn cartilage in his knee.

Settlement: $850,000

Date: 2012

Case: 50-year-old electrician slipped and fell on a snowy, slushy ramp. He suffered severe injuries to his wrist, resulting in surgery to cut nerves and fuse bones.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2012

Case: 40-year-old electrician received a severe electrical shock, causing him to fall from six-foot A-frame ladder. He suffered severe injuries to his left shoulder, requiring arthroscopic surgery

Settlement: $425,000

Date: 2012

Case: 30-year-old elevator mechanic's helper received an electric shock. He suffered from physical injuries to his left shoulder, back and neck, and psychiatric and emotional disorders.

Settlement: $4 million

Date: 2011

Case: 28-year-old apprentice electrician was struck in the head by a cement-filled shovel that was accidentally dropped from a higher floor of the job site. He suffered from severe neck injuries, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Settlement: $2.7 million

Date: 2011

Case: 58-year-old electrician received electric shock while working on ladder, causing him to fall 20 feet. He suffered a dislocation of and fractures in his right ankle and fractures in his lower leg, requiring several surgeries.

Verdict & settlement: Jury verdict in excess of $4 million, resulting in a $3.25 million settlement

Date: 2010

Case: 42-year-old electrician was performing repair work on a subway tunnel when he tripped and slipped on debris on narrow catwalk. He suffered severe injuries to the bones of his lower back, requiring surgery to remove a disk and fuse his spine. This left him with a permanent left foot drop.

Settlement: $2.5 million

Date: 2010

Case: 54-year-old electrician who tripped on a masonite floor covering that was not properly taped down. He suffered severe injuries to his knee and wrist.

Settlement: $1.9 million

Date: 2010

Case: 56-year-old electrician stepped into an uncovered nine-inch opening on a third floor catwalk. He suffered severe injuries to his neck, lower back, shoulder and wrist, requiring surgery and injections in his spine to ease the pain.

Settlement: $1.2 million

Date: 2010

Case: 47-year-old electrician tripped and slipped on debris in hallway. This aggravated pre-existing arthritis in both of his hips, requiring surgery to resurface both hips.

Settlement: $1.05 million

Date: 2010

Case: 37-year-old electrician received an electric shock, causing him to fall from a ladder. He suffered injuries to his right shoulder, requiring arthroscopic surgery, and to his neck, requiring spinal injections ease the pain.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2010

Case: 57-year-old electrician fell from ladder. He suffered a fracture of his right heel.

Settlement: $400,000

Date: 2010

Case: 42-year-old electrician tripped and fell on "stub-ups" (remnants of old conduits) at the bottom of the stairway. He suffered injury to his shoulder, requiring surgery, and a herniated disk in his lower back.

Settlement: $2 million

Date: 2009

Case: 39-year-old electrician was knocked off her ladder by water when a nearby pipe burst. She suffered from a pinched rotator cuff and a compressed spinal cord root.

Settlement: $1.05 million

Date: 2009

Case: 55-year-old electrician slipped on oil/grease on loading dock. He suffered injury to his right wrist, requiring surgery, including the removal of bones in his right thumb and limited fusion of the bones of his hand.

Settlement: $800,000

Date: 2009

Case: 55-year-old electrician slipped and fell on an empty water bottle. He suffered tears in the cartilage of his right knee.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2009

Case: 31-year-old electrician was kneeling on a scaffold when it collapsed, causing him to fall eight feet to the concrete floor below. He suffered severe injury to his kneecap, breaking it in two, and a tear in the cartilage of his knee. These injuries required several surgeries, with one of those surgeries to partially remove the cartilage in his knee.

Settlement & verdict: $10.5 million settlement (including interest) following $8.9 million verdict (reduced to $7.6 million on appeal).

Date: 2008

Case: 40-year-old electrician attempted to break the fall of his co-worker as his co-worker was falling from a ladder. The electrician suffered severe injuries to his neck and shoulder, requiring surgeries to decompress and fuse the discs in his neck and to repair a partial tear in his rotator cuff.

Settlement: $3.1 million

Date: 2008

Case: 40-year-old sheet-metal worker was working on a ladder when he was struck by a duct for an air conditioning unit. He suffered severe injuries to his neck and shoulder.

Settlement: $1.25 million

Date: 2008

Case: 42-year-old electrician who slipped and fell on stairway. He suffered a torn rotator cuff that required surgery.

Settlement: $900,000

Date: 2008

Case: 40-year-old laborer was working on a sewer line installation project when an excavation collapsed on him. He suffered severe injuries to his left knee, requiring knee reconstruction surgery.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2008

Case: 41-year-old electrician fell from ladder when he passed out due to excessive heat, suffering a fractured ankle requiring surgery.

Settlement: $550,000

Date: 2008

Case: 46-year-old electrician was working on a ladder when the top step collapsed. Although he was able to grab another step to prevent himself from falling, he suffered tears in both his rotator cuffs, requiring surgery on both shoulders.

Settlement: $550,000

Date: 2008

Case: 35-year-old electrician fell through an inadequately protected floor opening. He suffered torn cartilage in his right knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery. While he was convalescing at home, his knee gave out while walking down the stairs, injuring his shoulder that required surgery.

Settlement: $550,000

Date: 2008

Case: 37-year-old electrician tripped and fell on a defective stairway. He suffered an injury to his lower back, requiring arthroscopic surgery for a herniated disc. He did not improve and his condition progressively worsened, severely restricting his ability to walk and stand for any length of time.

Settlement: $4.9 million

Date: 2007

Case: 38-year-old female electrician tripped on uneven masonite protective floor covering. She suffered injury to her neck, requiring surgery to fix herniated disks and to fuse her neck bones.

Settlement: $2.5 million

Date: 2007

Case: 34-year-old electrician fell from a ladder. He suffered severe injuries to his neck, herniating the disks, requiring decompression and fusion surgery.

Settlement: $1.5 million

Date: 2007

Case: 49-year-old electrician tripped on an uneven floor. He suffered injury to his right knee, aggravating prior degenerative arthritis, tearing cartilage, requiring arthroscopic surgery.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2007

Case: 36-year-old electrician slipped on an oil leak and suffered a bulge through an opening in his abdominal muscles, requiring surgery. Prior to the accident, he already had five surgeries to address a health condition of his abdomen.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2007

Case: 63-year-old electrician was struck by falling debris. He suffered injuries to his right shoulder and both wrists, requiring shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff and wrist surgery to correct carpal tunnel syndrome.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2007

Case: 37-year-old electrician tripped/slipped on partially coiled cable strewn on the floor near an elevator shaft. To prevent himself from falling, he grabbed a nearby safety railing, but wrenched his shoulder, tearing his rotator cuff and inflaming the rotator cuff muscles. His condition required three operations.

Settlement: $2 million

Date: 2006

Case: 43-year-old electrician fell from ledge in a tunnel, aggravating prior neck and low back injuries and herniating lower back disks.

Settlement: $1.5 million

Date: 2006

Case: 46-year-old electrician fell through an unguarded floor opening. He suffered head injury, causing blood to pool outside his brain.

Settlement: $1.25 million

Date: 2005

Case: 50-year-old electrician with pre-existing, degenerative arthritis in both knees, tripped and fell due to floor opening. He suffered injury to his knee, requiring a knee replacement.

Settlement: $1.2 million

Date: 2005

Case: 33-year-old ceramic tile laborer tripped on debris, falling into a foundation ditch and striking his knee against a pipe. He suffered torn cartilage and ligament, requiring knee replacement.

Settlement: $800,000

Date: 2005

Case: 40-year-old electrician fell from ladder, fracturing his right collar bone and right wrist and injuring his lower back.

Settlement: $800,000

Date: 2005

Case: 40-year-old electrician fell from catwalk in a tunnel onto tracks below. He suffered a back injury and risks future spinal fusion.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2005

Case: 49-year-old electrician tripped and fell on debris on stairs. He tore the cartilage in his knee.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2005

Case: 34-year-old electrician fell from a ladder. He suffered injury to his lower back, herniating a disc.

Settlement: $590,000

Date: 2005

Case: 50-year-old boilermaker tripped on a ground cable. He suffered a fractured kneecap, requiring surgery

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2005

Case: 37-year-old carpenter foreman was supervising the delivery of heavy materials when they shifted, starting to fall. Jumping off the truck to avoid being struck by the falling load, he suffered injury to his knee, including tearing the cartilage and ligaments. His injury required two arthroscopic knee reconstruction surgeries. Left with an impaired gait, he also developed chronic low back injury.

Settlement: $2.5 million

Date: 2004

Case: 28-year-old electrician fell from a ladder. He suffered a compound fracture of a bone in his spine and a crushed wrist, requiring a surgical implant.

Settlement: $2.5 million

Date: 2004

Case: 38-year-old electrician slipped and fell on debris on stairway. He suffered injury to a disk in his neck, aggravating pre-existing arthritis.

Settlement: $1.6 million

Date: 2004

Case: Electrician slipped on debris on stairway. He suffered injury to his lower back, including herniating a disc with herniated disc and compression of nerve roots in his lower back, requiring spinal epidural injections to ease the pain.

Settlement: $1.5 million

Date: 2004

Case: 44-year-old electrician fell from a ladder. He suffered severe injury to his right wrist, requiring surgery to insert a plate and screws and a follow-up surgery to remove the screws and file the remaining plate.

Settlement: $825,000

Date: 2004

Case: 46-year-old electrician fell through an inadequately guarded opening to the bottom of a shaftway. He suffered multiple soft tissue injuries in his neck, shoulder and lower back.

Settlement: $600,000

Date: 2004

Case: 43-year-old elevator mechanic/foreman slipped on sand and other debris. He suffered severe injury to his left knee, requiring several knee operations.

Settlement: $1.6 million

Date: 2003

Case: 34-year-old laborer was installing drainage pipe in excavation trench that collapsed upon him. He suffered severe injury to his ribs, back and knee, requiring an epidural injection to ease his back pain and steroid injections to his knee.

Settlement: $705,000

Date: 2003

Case: 50-year-old electrician fell off a ladder. He suffered injuries to his right wrist and to the soft tissue of his right elbow, right shoulder, neck, back and right knee.

Settlement: $625,000

Date: 2003

Case: 53-year-old electrician was working on an eight-foot ladder when the ladder tipped. He suffered injury to his wrist while trying to prevent himself from falling, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2003

Case: 40-year-old electrician slipped and fell on debris in a stairway. He suffered injury to his lower back, herniating his disk.

Settlement: $420,000

Date: 2003

Case: 33-year-old electrician fell from a six-foot ladder. He suffered compression of the tendons in his right (dominant) shoulder, inflammation of the tendons of his upper arm and a torn rotator cuff, requiring arthroscopic surgery.

Settlement & verdict: $3.7 million settlement, after $4.9 million jury verdict

Date: 2002

Case: 40-year-old construction worker fell from a ladder. He suffered and suffered fractures in his shin bone and smaller bone of his right ankle, requiring surgery to insert an implant.

Settlement: $2.5 million

Date: 2002

Case: 44-year-old laborer was struck in his back by man lift. He suffered injury to his neck, requiring surgery to fuse his neck bones. He also injured his shoulder, inflaming his tendons, and his lower back, causing sprain.

Settlement: $2.375 million

Date: 2002

Case: 26-year-old construction worker fell through an opening in the roof. He fractured his wrist, requiring surgery to insert an implant, place an external fixative device, eventually fusing the fractured bones together.

Settlement: $1.75 million

Date: 2002

Case: 29-year-old electrician fell off a ladder and stepped on debris on the floor. He fractured his ankle, requiring two surgeries followed by an ankle fusion

Settlement: $1.3 million

Date: 2002

Case: 51-year-old electrician fell from ladder. He suffered multiple herniations of the disks in his neck, chest and lower back, along with deep cut to the palm of his hand, requiring sutures.

Settlement: $1.3 million

Date: 2002

Case: 31-year-old electrician fell through a ceiling. He suffered fractures his left upper arm, requiring surgery to insert an implant. He also sprained his right knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery, and sprained his back.

Settlement: $900,000

Date: 2002

Case: Electrician fell from a ladder. He suffered three broken ribs and sprains of the neck, lower back and shoulder.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2002

Case: 57-year-old electrician tripped over a door frame lying on the floor. He suffered injury to his right knee, requiring two arthroscopic surgeries followed by a total knee replacement.

Settlement: $700,000

Date: 2002

Case: 32-year-old construction worker fell from a scaffold. He suffered injuries to his neck and back, including bulging discs, as well as a partial tear of the muscle at the front of the thigh.

Settlement: $650,000

Date: 2002

Case: 39-year-old electrician tripped on extension cord on stairs. He suffered a tear of the muscle at the front of the thigh, tear in the cartilage of his knee and an injury to his lower back.

Settlement: $600,000

Date: 2002

Case: 54-year-old laborer foreman was seriously injured when a heavy Jersey barrier crushed his foot. This injury required surgery to insert an implant. Although the lower court dismissed this case, we were successful on appeal in reversing that decision and reinstating the lawsuit.

Settlement: $600,000

Date: 2002

Case: 56-year-old electrician tripped and fell on a raised floor panel. He suffered a sprain of his lower back and bulging disk.

Settlement: $525,000 after a successful trial verdict.

Date: 2002

Case: 59-year-old worker fell while attempting to climb from the elevated basket of a bucket truck. He suffered multiple fractures, including fractures of his left hip, pelvis and left arm. The arm required surgery to insert an implant.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2002

Case: 48-year-old electrician fell 40 feet through an elevator shaft way and landed on top of the elevator car. He suffered severe internal injuries, including massive abdominal bleeding and ruptured pancreas, burst fracture of a spinal bone and crush injuries of the right ankle and right hand. He died 12 days later.

Settlement: $4 million

Date: 2001

Case: 50-year-old electrician fell from a ladder, after receiving electric shock. He fractured his left heel in several places, requiring surgery to insert an implant, eventually requiring the ankle to be fused. He also tore his knee cartilage, arthroscopic surgery.

Settlement: $2.65 million

Date: 2001

Case: 33-year-old electrician fell from a ladder when a cable sprung back and struck him. He suffered severe injury to his left shoulder requiring two operations.

Settlement: $2.1 million

Date: 2001

Case: 48-year-old electrician fell from a ladder. He fractured his elbow and tore his rotator cuff, requiring surgery. He also injured his knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery.

Settlement: $2 million

Date: 2001

Case: Electrician slipped on steps covered with lubricant. He suffered a hyperextension of the knee, requiring two surgeries to reconstruct his ligament.

Settlement: $950,000

Date: 2001

Case: 36-year-old electrician tripped and fell. He injured his hip with resulting in the death of bone due to lack of blood supply.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2001

Case: Pedestrian near a construction site was struck by a vehicle. Pedestrian suffered a broken ankle requiring surgery.

Settlement: $650,000

Date: 2001

Case: 31-year-old electrician slipped while climbing down ladder. He strained his shoulder and tore his rotator cuff, requiring two surgeries.

Settlement: $600,000

Date: 2001

Case: 43-year-old HVAC construction worker fell from a scaffold. He fractured his wrist, requiring surgery to insert an implant. He also sustained injuries to his back and knee.

Settlement: $600,000

Date: 2001

Case: 52-year-old electrician tripped and fell. He suffered injury to his knee, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2001

Case: 32-year-old electrician received an electric shock. He suffered a torn rotator cuff.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2001

Case: 42-year-old steamfitter fell from ladder due to extreme heat conditions, causing him to become woozy. He suffered broken bones in his left upper arm, broken ribs and pelvis. He also suffered from head trauma, resulting in post-traumatic epilepsy and psychiatric problems.

Settlement & verdict: $7.5 million settlement, after jury verdict for $15.3 million. Verdict included $5 million award for injured worker's wife for loss of services.

Date: 2000

Case: 45-year-old electrician fell from a ladder. He suffered a bulging disc in his lower back, requiring surgery, and torn cartilage in his left knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery. Consequently, he put added stress on his right knee; it also required arthroscopic surgery.

Settlement: $1.7 million

Date: 2000

Case: 49-year-old electrician was on a ladder when he received an electric shock, causing him to fall. He suffered electrical burns, a fracture/dislocation of his right shoulder and inflammation of the tendon in his left rotator cuff, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $1.5 million

Date: 2000

Case: 46-year-old electrician tripped while descending stairway. He suffered severe injury to his lower back, knee and both wrists, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $1.4 million

Date: 2000

Case: 54-year-old electrician slipped in a school hallway under renovation. He suffered severe injury to his lower back, causing damage to the root of the nerve, and requiring epidural injections to ease the pain. He also tore his rotator cuff, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $950,000

Date: 2000

Case: 39-year-old electrician fell through a ceiling. He suffered injury to his shoulder, requiring arthroscopic surgery and injury to his wrist, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Settlement: $425,000

Date: 2000

Case: 55-year-old electrician slipped and fell on stairs. He suffered injuries to his right knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery, and injuries to his lower back, requiring epidural injections to ease the pain.

Settlement: $400,000

Date: 2000

Medical malpractice

Case: 49-year-old woman underwent a relatively routine abdominal surgery. During this procedure she developed a twisting in her small intestine, cutting off the blood supply. This caused two thirds of her small intestine to die, necessitating the removal of most of it. This condition further required a combined small intestine and pancreas transplant.

Settlement: $6.2 million

Date: 2012

Case: 47-year-old woman underwent a significant, but uneventful abdominal surgery. While recovering, the hospital incorrectly placed a catheter in the carotid artery instead of jugular vein, causing a stroke, resulting in weakness on one side.

Settlement: $4 million

Date: 2011

Case: 29-year-old woman who underwent prolonged labor lost the muscle tone in her uterus due to a delay in performing a C-section. After the C-section, she bled profusely, requiring a laparoscopic hysterectomy designed to leave her cervix intact.

Settlement: $400,000

Date: 2011

Case: 69-year-old woman underwent hip replacement surgery, causing damage to the nerve on the outside of her leg, resulting in a right foot drop syndrome.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2010

Case: 48-year-old man underwent routine blood tests that showed moderately elevated PSA levels, an early sign of prostate cancer. However, his physician failed to inform him, doing nothing for one and a half years until the PSA levels had doubled and the prostate cancer had spread. This reduced his chance for a favorable outcome and required him to undergo removal of his prostate, followed by radiation and chemotherapy.

Settlement: $3 million

Date: 2006

Case: 73-year-old patient who was undergoing routine bypass surgery was given a blood transfusion with the wrong blood type. He suffered kidney failure and below-knee leg amputation.

Settlement: $3 million settlement during trial

Date: 2005

Case: 59-year-old woman, while undergoing surgery to graft a vein to an artery for dialysis, suffered high blood pressure, kidney failure and nerve damage to her left arm.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2005

Case: 16-year-old victim of a knife attack suffered from feces getting into his lungs when the hospital failed to detect and treat a hole in his intestine.

Settlement: $2 million

Date: 2002

Case: Woman suffered an acute inflammation of her kidney.

Settlement: $1.75 million

Date: 2001

Motor vehicle accidents

Case: 49-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. She suffered injuries to the bones in her neck, lower back, knee and ankle. She also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Settlement: $1.4 million

Date: 2011

Case: 53-year-old man was a front-seat passenger in a van that rear-ended a stopped dump truck. Instinctively, he reached out, placing his right hand on the dashboard. The van's airbag deployed on impact, making direct contact with his hand. The man suffered fractures of both bones in his forearm, requiring surgery to insert an implant. He also suffered from restriction of motion of his fingers and thumb and pain in his right shoulder. This resulted in a "frozen shoulder" condition.

Settlement: $1.85 million

Date: 2010

Case: 34-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle that backed up unsafely. He suffered injury to his knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery. He also suffered injuries to his neck and lower back, causing bulging disks and compression of the nerve root.

Settlement: $790,000

Date: 2005

Case: 46-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. She fractured her leg bone and torn cartilage in her left hip socket.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2005

Case: 25-year-old passenger in a motor vehicle suffered a fractured arm, requiring surgery to insert an implant.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2005

Case: 72-year-old motorist collided with another vehicle. He suffered a fractured neck bone, requiring the fusion of that bone, and a fractured hip, requiring surgery to insert an implant.

Settlement: $1.75 million

Date: 2004

Case: 32-year-old motorist struck by a vehicle that disobeyed a stop sign. She suffered injury to her left knee, neck, lower back and shoulder.

Settlement: $475,000, with defendants paying $375,000 over their $100,000 insurance policy

Date: 2002

Case: 60-year-old motorist was struck by another vehicle that crossed double yellow line. She suffered a fracture of her ankle, requiring surgery to insert an implant, a fractured nose and broken ribs.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2001

Case: 66-year-old mother suffered a fractured hip requiring total hip replacement, and a subsequent infection requiring further hospitalization and surgery. Her 36-year-old daughter suffered multiple injuries including broken ribs.

Settlement: $1.95 million

Date: 2000

Case: 44-year-old motorist was struck by another vehicle that disobeyed a red light. He suffered multiple bulging disks of the lower back and neck bones, requiring injections to ease the pain.

Settlement: $1 million arbitration award for underinsurance for a motor vehicle accident.

Date: 2000

Case: Client involved in an auto accident.

Settlement: $600,000, twice the available insurance, based on "bad faith" of defendant's insurance carrier, after trial with jury verdict in excess of $1.5 million when insurance carrier failed to tender its full policy limits of $300,000.

Date: 2000

Case: 14-year-old passenger was in a vehicle struck by a tractor trailer, ejected from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries.

Settlement: $450,000

Date: 2000

Municipal liability

Case: Victim suffered a bladder rupture, requiring surgery. The victim alleged police brutality.

Settlement: $600,000. Successful settlement obtained even though criminal prosecution of police officers by District Attorney resulted in acquittals.

Date: 2009

Case: 44-year-old woman slipped and fell on ice in front of a courthouse. She suffered a fracture of her right ankle, requiring surgery to insert an implant. She also suffered injury to a shoulder.

Settlement: $750,000

Date: 2006

Premises liability

Case: 60-year-old woman slipped on a waxed floor in the basement of an apartment building where she lived. She suffered a severe fracture of the knee cap, splintering it into tiny fragments, requiring surgery.

Settlement: $725,000

Date: 2011

Case: 40-year-old chef tripped and fell while working in kitchen. He suffered injuries to his knee and lower back, requiring surgery

Settlement: $610,000

Date: 2010

Case: 45-year-old woman was injured in laundry room of her apartment building when the bottom metal door of the dryer struck her leg, causing bruising of her lower leg, resulting in complex regional pain syndrome of her lower leg.

Settlement: $435,000

Date: 2006

Case: 25-year-old woman, working as live-in nanny, was exposed to toxic acetone fumes when her employer's home was cleaned to remove paint. This was done without her knowledge. She suffered toxic damage to the protective coating of her brain, causing neurological problems.

Settlement: $2.21 million during a trial

Date: 2005

Case: A woman slipped and fell on oil in elevator. She suffered a bulging disk, requiring surgery for fusion.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2005

Case: 50-year-old tenant fell when entering a misleveled elevator. He suffered injuries to the neck and back, requiring two operations to fuse the bones in his lower back.

Settlement: $650,000

Date: 2004

Case: 49-year-old electrician slipped and fell on water that dripped from ice being delivered to food vendors at a convention center where he was employed. He suffered injury to his left knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery for torn cartilage, aggravating a prior back injury due to his altered gait.

Settlement: $650,000

Date: 2003

Case: 36-year-old firefighter fell on rusted and bent steps on a fire escape. He suffered aggravation of a pre-existing bulging disk in his lower back.

Settlement: $500,000

Date: 2000