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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. 

After a driver ignored a stop sign in the Orange County hamlet of Deerpark, the car crashed into the passenger side our client’s car. While there was not a huge amount of property damage to the outside of our client’s car, he was bounced around inside the compartment of his car causing more damage to his already injured low back. Unfortunately, a few years earlier our client had another car crash that injured his low back and those injuries required two surgeries to his lumbar spine. This crash aggravated those injuries and caused a new injury to his shoulder. Fortunately, our client purchased $500,000 Underinsurance as part of his car insurance policy. This enabled him to pursue up to $500,000 from his own insurance if the car that caused the crash had less insurance than him. That is exactly what happened. The insurance on the car that blew the stop sign only had $100,000 of insurance. After collecting the full $100,000, we pursued the $400,000 available from our clients own insurance company. Even though he paid his premiums on time and had valid coverage, the insurance company refused to offer anything. According to the insurance contract we had to pursue an arbitration. Trial Partner Nancy Morgan presented a strong case to the arbitrator. An award of $500,000 was made and we were able to collect the additional $400,000 for our client. Managing Attorney David Gross initially worked on the case and made all the necessary filings enabling us to pursue the additional benefits.

The Palisades Parkway is a multi-lane highway utilized by school buses, commuters, big rigs, and motorcyclists. When drivers on busy roads like the Palisades Parkway act recklessly, the consequences can be devastating. Our client was traveling on the Palisades Parkway in Orangetown, New Jersey when she was suddenly side-swiped by a driver attempting to cut into her lane.  Our client, a 52-year old small business owner, suffered a serious spinal disk herniation as well as damage to her neck. She knew that she would need sound legal advice and decided to contact our law firm to assist her with the personal injury claims process. Even after months of treatment, the injuries caused in the car crash made it impossible for her to work more than 4-5 hours a day. It was only after surgery to her neck did our client’s pain begin to subside, though she still struggled with radiating pain in her lower back which made completing day-to-day tasks a challenge. Like many individuals in the midst of a personal injury claim, our client was concerned about mounting medical bills and dealing with the insurance companies. Our team of personal injury attorneys and case managers, having handled countless similar auto accident personal injury cases, were able to compassionately provide ongoing support and guidance as she sought treatment. The case was ultimately settled for the full amount of all available insurance, $100,000.  The case was handled by Trial Partner Nancy Morgan, Managing Attorney David Gross, and Trial Attorney Chris Camastro.   

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. 

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.

When a nursing home chooses to understaff their facility, residents are often neglected.  The nurse’s aides can only do so much and often residents are not moved often enough and they develop bed sores.  That is exactly what happened to our 85-year-old client.  Once her family discovered the neglect they called our office.  We immediately investigated and our expert confirmed had there was adequate staffing to properly care for all of the residents, the bed sores would not have developed.  After starting the lawsuit the nursing home agreed to settle the case for $200,000.  The case was handled by Managing Attorney and Registered Nurse Mary Ellen Wright and Trial Attorney Michael Feldman. 

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.

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