Recent Results



Having won hundreds of thousands of personal injury cases, our experience is proven. In the past fifty years Finkelstein & Partners has obtained verdicts or settlements with awards ranging from $500 thousand to $34 million. While we have established our reputation as the law firm to retain when seeking top-dollar verdicts or settlements from insurance companies, your satisfaction is our primary goal. 

Now in our fifth decade of providing client representation and service, we remain dedicated as ever to fighting for and winning the money you deserve from insurance companies or other responsible parties, while preserving your dignity and privacy. 

Please read on for a selection of recent cases of note.*
 

While waiting for his tractor-trailer to be loaded at a warehouse, our client who was a Fed Ex driver was doing paperwork 5 feet from the rear of his truck.  The warehouse in Rockland County had a defective dock-plate and rather than get it fixed, the warehouse worker just stacked heavy boxes on the plate to hold it down.  As the warehouse worker drove his forklift over the dock-plate, the boxes tipped over on to the back of our 62 year old clients leg.  Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) are very painful conditions that are very difficult to treat.  After trying a series of injections and various pain medications, our client opted to try a spinal cord stimulator.  Unfortunately that did not work too well either and he is left to live in chronic pain.  The case was settled at a mediation by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein and Trial Attorney Brian Acard.

In order to effectively tell our client’s story we often use case animations. These customized, lifelike depictions of the events that lead to our client’s injuries allow opposing council, and in some cases jury members/judges, to walk in our client’s shoes and gain a better understanding of how the ordeal unfolded. 

Commercial property owners are responsible to keep City of Poughkeepsie sidewalks in front of their building clear of snow and ice. When a 59-year-old woman was walking on a sidewalk that the adjacent property owner chose not to salt or sand, she fell and broke her wrist. The break was so bad, she needed immediate surgery. After being discharged from the hospital, she hired a Poughkeepsie lawyer. Realizing the case involved a serious injury, the lawyer brought Finkelstein and Partners on to the case to help. We immediately investigated and confirmed who the adjacent property owner was and verified it was their responsibility to keep the sidewalk clean. After Trial Attorney Brian Acard conducted depositions of the property owner(s) their insurance company agreed to settle the case for $200,000.

A 23-year-old was driving in Monticello crossed over a double yellow line crashing into our client’s car. The force of the collision caused our client to lose consciousness and break five vertebrae in her low back. Initially, surgery was not required and the fractures were treated with a back brace. As the pain increased, surgery was necessary on her low back. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein, Trial Partner Ron Rosenkranz, and Partner Elyssa Fried-DeRosa. They were able to settle the case prior to depositions.

A flat roof on a drug and rehab facility in Columbia County always leaked. The facilities manager told one of the maintenance workers to go on the roof and fix the leak. With his hammer, finishing nails, screws and tarp the maintenance worker made his way to the roof. There was a lot of ice on the roof and the worker slipped and fell off the edge of the roof six feet down to a lower roofline. As a result of the fall, the workers’ injured neck required surgery. The case was settled at mediation by Trial Partner Ken Fromson and Managing Attorney Elizabeth Wolff.

Just outside the West Point gates in the Town of Highland a 21-year-old ignored the stop sign and entered the intersection.  He told the police he thought the van he crashed into had a stop sign and he just entered the intersection without even slowing.  He was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way.  The van was being driven by our 35-year-old client, who was a driver for Occupations, Inc.  The force of the crash caused his head to snap forward and back, resulting in damage to his neck.  Eventually, our client needed a surgery to repair a damaged disc in his neck.  At trial, the insurance company's lawyer originally claimed the neck injury was not from the crash.  Senior Trial Partner George Levy proved otherwise.  Our client's treating doctor, a life care planner and an economist were called as expert witnesses.  The case was settled just as closing arguments were about to be made to an Orange County Jury.  Managing Attorney Melody Gregory assisted throughout the trial. 

The general contractor hired to replace a roof at a Church in Poughkeepsie failed to provide the necessary fall protection to the roofers. While removing slate tiles, our client slipped off the roof and fell 15 feet to the ground. Had there been the appropriate scaffolding or a tie off the injury never would have occurred. We brought a lawsuit claiming the general contractor violated labor law Section 240 that protects all construction workers working at a height. Our client broke his heel and needed surgery. At trial the injured construction worker was awarded monies for his pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. The total awarded was $3,768,087. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein and Managing Attorney Melody Gregory.

A retired NYC policeman and now a volunteer fireman was riding his motorcycle on a beautiful summer day when an approaching car in the opposite lane turned left directly into his path. The driver of the car failed to put a signal on and our client tried to brake to avoid crashing his bike into the car but he did not have enough time. In the crash, our client broke his ankle in two places and had to undergo surgery to rebuild the joint. Unfortunately, the car only had $25,000 of available insurance. Our office filed a claim with both the car insurance and our client's own motorcycle insurance. Fortunately, our client bought $300,000 worth of Underinsurance when he purchased his motorcycle insurance. We filed for an underinsurance arbitration and just before the hearing we were able to settle the claim for an additional $250,000. The case was handled by trial partner Ken Fromson.

Commercial property owners must make sure all workers on their property are protected from falling objects during construction or demolition.   During demolition of a warehouse in Fishkill, in Dutchess County, the warehouse owner did not require the appropriate safety device be used when removing steel beams weighing 600 pounds.  As a result, one of the beams fell off a forklift and struck our client in the knee.   Our 54-year-old client was a laborer and the beam broke his leg.  He required two surgeries.  Partner Elyssa Fried De-Rosa conducted an immediate investigation and was able to secure critical evidence to support the claim.  Senior Trial Partner George Levy aggressively presented the case which was ultimately settled at a mediation for $1,150,000.

A construction contractor ordered a dumpster for industrial waste during renovations of a Newburgh commercial building, but the garbage company left the dumpster in the public street without cones or warning signs. There were no lights on the road and the dumpster didn’t have any reflectors or markings. The night the dumpster was delivered, our client was on his motorcycle on his way to work at the post office mail sorting plant. He was following a car when, without warning, the car swerved to avoid the dumpster. The motorcyclist also swerved to the left, but his right ankle clipped a metal piece sticking out of the base of the dumpster. Our client suffered a significant broken leg that required two surgeries to repair. Fortunately, he was ultimately able to return to his job at the post office. We sued the garbage company for leaving an unmarked dumpster on an unlit public road. The simple truth is this would never have happened if the dumpster was left on the private property next to the construction site. Ultimately the insurance company agreed to settle for $1,500,000. The case was handled by partners Andrew Finkelstein and Elyssa Fried.

After several combat tours of duty fighting in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, our client returned home and began working as a Corrections Officer on Riker’s Island outside the inmate population. He was given a position checking cars for contraband at one of the entrances. While examining the rear of a van, another van lurched forward, momentarily pinning and injuring him. While the physical injuries were not too extensive, the surprise of the trauma triggered his then under control PTSD. Our client sought care with the VA Readjustment Counseling Services and ultimately was unable to return to work due to severe depression that developed. The VA psychologist related the triggering of the aggravation of the PTSD to the work-related event. The case was handled by George Levy and Andrew Finkelstein and was settled before trial for the $1,000,000 policy.

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