Recent Results



In the past 60 years Finkelstein & Partners has consistently obtained thousands of successful verdicts and settlements. The recoveries for our clients are among the highest in the State and our results speak for themselves. Finkelstein & Partners lawyers are Super Lawyers and several are members of the exclusive Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. While we have established our reputation as the law firm to retain for the seriously injured, your satisfaction is our primary goal. 

Now in our seventh decade of providing superior personal client services, we remain dedicated as ever to fighting and winning the money you deserve from insurance companies and holding responsible parties accountable, 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. 

The insurance company for a tractor-trailer company agreed to pay $5,700,000 after their insured caused a multi-car crash on a New York highway. One of the people in one of the demolished cars required several surgeries to repair multiple broken bones. Ultimately the insurance company agreed to a settlement that covered both pain and suffering and all projected future medical expenses. The case was settled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein.

On February 27, 2019, a Dutchess County Jury issued a verdict against the Portland Stoneware Company and their driver, Christopher Pelletier, for a July 11, 2016 crash on Interstate 84.  Pelletier was tail-gaiting and caused a 4 car pile-up in a construction zone.  Traveling over 50 MPH, the Portland Stoneware truck driver first hit a car driven by Dennis Richmond of Keene, New Hampshire, causing Richmond to enter the median.  The truck then struck an SUV driven by Sally DeWinkeleer of North Carolina.  The DeWinkeleer vehicle was pushed forward into the rear of the tractor-trailer.   The crash caused DeWinkeleer to break her leg, back and sternum.  DeWinkeleer required four surgeries, spent nearly 40 days in the hospital and many months rehabilitating. 

After a three week trial in Dutchess Supreme Court in front of Justice Rosa, a jury found Portland Stoneware Company fully responsible for the crash and awarded a total verdict of $6,872,00 to Mrs. DeWinkeleer’s for her past and future medical bills as well as for her significant pain and suffering.  After the verdict, her lawyer, Michael Feldman of Finkelstein and Partners in Wappingers Falls said, “We asked the jury to hold the trucking company accountable for all the damage they caused to Sally.  While we are grateful for the verdict permitting Sally to get the future surgeries her doctors said she will need, we are especially thankful this jury chose to hold the defendant accountable and ignored their efforts to avoid responsibility.” This case was handled by Managing Attorney Andrew Finkelstein, Trial Partner Michael Feldman, and Managing Attorney Elyssa Fried-DeRosa. 

Companies who have salespeople on our roads must take steps to ensure their employees don’t drive distracted. Following a sales call, a company employee was texting and driving the meeting results to her supervisor. While looking down at her phone she crashed into a car waiting to make a left-hand turn, causing that car to cross over and strike our client head-on. Our client suffered catastrophic injuries and will never be able to return to work. The case was ultimately settled prior to trial for $9,250,000 by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein and Trial Partner Kenneth Fromson.

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.

When our 30-year-old client entered a Bronx hospital with shortness of breath, her Mom thought everything would be fine. Two days later she was dead. The cause of death was Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), but the hospital never told anyone she had this and she was very healthy when she entered the hospital. Had the hospital performed the standard testing, they would have discovered the timely and been able to save her. Together with co-counsel, a lawsuit was started. After depositions of the doctors and the hospital representatives, the case was settled for $3,250,000. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein with co-counsel.

An aide who lives in a group home for mentally disabled fell asleep while driving a resident to a dental visit. The aide crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. The group home resident suffered a broken neck and low back. Surgery was required to rebuild his neck and low back. Eleven months after the initial surgeries one of the screws supporting his lower spine broke. Two more surgeries were required to remove and replace the hardware. The defense attorney argued since there were no lost wages, any award for pain and suffering would not be used for the injured’s benefit given his mental disability. We argued the group home he still lived in was not appropriate housing for someone with spinal injuries. At trial, our expert presented testimony regarding the cost of the group home that specializes in caring for spinal injured people. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein and Trial Partner Michael Feldman. During trial the insurance company offered $3,500,000 which was accepted by the guardian of our injured client.

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.

Our client's husband knew her simple same day out-patient New Jersey laser spine surgery went horribly wrong when, rather than walking out of the surgery center she was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Trauma Center in Newark, NJ. Turns out, the surgeon cut a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood into the heart called the vena cava. The simple surgery turned into a 9-hour operation that required an incision from the bottom of her stomach, up and across her breast just to save her life. Fortunately, the vascular surgeon at the hospital was able to successfully repair the sliced vena cava. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein with New Jersey co-counsel. The case was settled prior to trial for $2,300,000.

After getting the call about their Dad being in a coma after being hit by a car, they did not know where to turn.  A good friend told them to call Finkelstein & Partners.  Having made the call to our office, we immediately investigated the scene where the crash happened.  We learned that Route 45 and New Hempstead in Rockland County was adequately lit with no road design defects.  The driver of the car who struck the pedestrian must have been distracted.  The police report confirmed a distracted driver was the cause of the crash.  We immediately sued the driver.  Prior to depositions, the insurance company agreed to offer the full amount of all available insurance coverage.  The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein, Partner Elyssa Fried-DeRosa and Trial Partner Michael Feldman. 

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