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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Please read on for a selection of recent cases of note.*
A Hudson Valley nursing home and their food delivery service company was held accountable for ignoring clear doctor’s orders to provide only soft food to a resident due to the resident's disability. We discovered during our lawsuit that the doctor’s orders were clearly given to both the nursing home and the food service company but neither had sufficient protocols and systems in place to ensure the doctor’s orders were in fact followed. Shockingly, our client was served a hard-boiled egg which caused her to choke to death. This was precisely what the doctor feared and was completely preventable. Our clients family brought this lawsuit to make sure this does not happen to other nursing home residents. They are satisfied that the $2,250,000 will awaken the nursing home administration and change their ways. The Elder Law Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Legal Team for this case included Andrew Finkelstein, Michael Feldman, and Mary Ellen Wright.
Hartford, CT Our client was a retired, 67-year-old married man. He went to pick up pizza for dinner and was crossing the street when he was struck by a speeding vehicle. The defendant was driving his employer's vehicle. Our client was in a coma from the time he was struck until he passed away a few days later. The case settled just before jury selection commenced. Attorneys: Kenneth Bartlett, Marshall Richer and Managing Attorney Andrew Finkelstein.
While installing fiber optic cable in the Hudson Valley, the contractor failed to properly secure a trailer that was used to hold the spools of cable before unhitching the trailer. Nearly a ton of weight fell on our client's foot, crushing his ankle. The contractor refused to accept any responsibility even though someone else was hurt in a similar way before. Finkelstein & Partners successfully sued the contractor with a Judge finding them 100% responsible for this preventable gravity related event. The Judge agreed had the contractor used basic cribbing to support the trailer before unhitching it, this event never would have happened. Ultimately, just before trial, an offer of $1,500,000 was accepted by our client.The team for this case included Ronald Rosenkranz, Andrew Finkelstein, David Akerib, Duncan Clark, and Andrew Spitz
Rosendale, NY—Our client, a 31 year old male, fell through a hole in a metal roof on a jobsite where he was working as a welder, installing the roof decking. He was pulling welding lead from one part of the roof to another when he fell eighteen feet to the ground. Our client suffered herniated discs, mild traumatic brain injury along with anxiety and depression. The jury found no negligence on our client’s part, after a long trial the case settled for 3.2 Million by Attorney David Gross and Trial Attorney Kenneth Fromson.
Distracted drivers are a danger to anyone on the road, including our two-year-old pedestrian who happened to be in a cross walk. When making a left-hand turn drivers must pay full attention instead of choosing to change the radio station. As result of that choice, our client was dragged several feet and suffered serious burn injuries. Ultimately Trial Partner Kenneth Fromson was able to settle the case for over $1,255,000.
Two days before Christmas a driver of a Dodge pick-up truck was rushing to find a parking spot at a Hannaford supermarket in Lloyd, Ulster County, to get some last minute groceries for the holidays. It’s dark and raining. The driver is looking left and not paying attention to the car in front of him when suddenly the brake lights come on. The pick-up truck driver swerves to the right to go around the car in front. As he does, he doesn’t see the woman walking towards the supermarket. The right side view mirror of the pick-up truck strikes the head of our client, a 60-year-old woman, knocking her unconscious. The pick-up truck driver drives off leaving her on the ground in the rain. After visiting his wife in the hospital, our client’s husband called Finkelstein & Partners because he knew whoever did this to his wife needed to be held responsible. Our law-firm immediately obtained the video surveillance from the supermarket as well as the police report. After identifying the pick-up truck driver we started a lawsuit. Due to the crash our client suffered a mild traumatic brain injury that resulted in her losing her sense of smell and partial loss of sense of taste. The insurance company for the pick up driver initially didn’t believe our client and offered only $100,000. That all changed once we sent the reports from our experts that clearly showed the mTBI caused a confirmed lack of smell and taste. Rather than proceed to trial in Ulster County the insurance company agreed to settle the case for $1,150,000. The case was handled by partners Andrew Finkelstein, Kenneth Fromson and David Gross.
Lawyer Turns to Finkelstein & Partners to Help Client
When a Hudson Valley lawyers client told him he fell from a ladder when he was building the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he turned to Finkelstein & Partners for help. We quickly filed a claim against the owners of the Barclays Center, as well as the general contractor on the job. New York construction law requires owners and general contractors provide fall protection for workers exposed to height related injuries. Had our client been provided a mobile scissor lift for the job he would not have fallen 15 feet and broken his big toe. The break was so significant he required surgery to repair the bones. Unfortunately he developed traumatic arthritis which prevented him from returning to his job. The case was settled for $1,800,000 by Andrew Finkelstein.
The Hoboken Path train station is a busy place during rush hour. Everyone knows this, especially the Port Authority. When Port authority found a hole at the bottom of a stairway, rather than fix it, they put a thin metal plate over the hole without securing to the ground. When our client stepped on it, the metal plate slipped out causing him to fall on to both knees, tearing the quadriceps in both legs. Multiple surgeries were required and our client now requires a cane to walk. Had the Port Authority properly secured the metal plate, the fall never would have happened. The Port Authority agreed to settle the case just before jury selection for $1,625,000. Case was handled by partners Andrew Finkelstein and David Gross.
Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as anyone else. Unfortunately, a pick-up driver didn’t think so and pulled out from a stop sign directly in front of our client, who was on his Harley Davidson enjoying a beautiful summer day in Binghamton in Broome County. Our client, who was retired, tried to avoid the crash by laying down his bike, but the truck kept going and ran him over. The police issued a ticket to the pick-up driver for failing to yield the right of way. Not surprisingly, our client had multiple broken bones and required several surgeries. Initially, the insurance company tried to blame our client for being on a motorcycle and only offered a small portion of the insurance policy. We let the insurance company know we would not stop until they offered the full amount of the balance of their $1,000,000 policy. After property damage payments, there was only $979,000 left, which was offered well before trial. The case was handled by Trial Partner Victoria Lightcap and Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein.