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.*
 

Our client, a Fishkill, N.Y. resident, was travelling eastbound on Interstate 84 in Putnam County when a tractor-trailer moved into his lane, clipping the left rear of his car. The crash caused his left rear tire blow out, and he lost control of the vehicle which veered onto the median. His car rolled over and came to a rest upside down. Our client was removed to the hospital in an ambulance , where he was treated for neck, back and head injuries. He suffered permanent damage to his jaw along with memory problems.

His Finkelstein & Partners attorney settled his case at mediation.

Personal Injury Legal Team
Paralegal- Carolyn Harvey
Adjustor- Kevin Hines
Calendar Coordinator- Kirsten Hansen

Our client was knocked down in a Monroe, NY parking lot by a vehicle driven by an Orange County resident.  He sustained serious damage to his right leg, including a fractured knee, fractured ankle, and fractured right tibia.  The seriousness of his injuries required multiple surgeries, and he eventually lost his job of 23 years.  The defendant’s policy was tendered, sending the case to arbitration to collect the Supplemental Underinsured coverage.  The attorney from Finkelstein & Partners obtained the full amount of that coverage.

Personal Injury Legal Team 
Attorneys: David Gross
Case Manager: Jesus Vasconez
Paralegal: Mark Shan
Adjustor: Chad Plonski
Calendar Coordinator: Kirsten Hansen

Our client, a Dutchess County nurse, retained us 4 ½ years post accident. She had originally retained another attorney, who had recommended she accept a $35,000 offer. We took over the case, brought it to trial, and obtained a $1,000,000 offer during jury selection. After exiting Interstate 84 in Fishkill, N.Y. our client was sideswiped by a vehicle that was changing lanes. She sustained injuries to her neck and back as well as a rotator cuff tear. Our client underwent two complete discectomies , an interbody fusion and application of an interbody cage. Both our expert and the defense’s expert agreed that her surgeries stemmed from injuries sustained in the automobile crash.

Personal Injury Legal Team
Case Manger- Amanda Chanowsky
Paralegal- Heather Stigliani
Adjustor- Kevin Hines
Calendar Coordinator- Maggie Bonaparte

Our client, a 53 year old Oneonta, New York resident, was driving on SR 28 in Milford, NY when the defendant turned left in front of her, causing a head –on crash which totally destroyed her vehicle. She was transported via ambulance to AO Fox Hospital in Cooperstown complaining of leg and back injuries. After undergoing right knee arthroscopic surgery approximately 8 months after the accident, she was then faced with many months of physical therapy. It was determined by her doctor that she would probably need a total knee replacement in the future, but he wanted to wait at least five years due to her age. After being out of work for more than six months our client was discharged from her job. This cost her a loss of seniority and benefits, not least of which was her private health insurance. She has unrelated health issues that require expensive medication which now must be paid out of pocket. Finkelstein & Partners was able to document these “special” damages and obtain a settlement for our client that truly reflects her losses, which in this case were much more than physical injury.

Personal Injury Legal Team
Case Manager- Judy Gentile
Paralegal- Nory Picos
Adjustor- Susan Cariffe
Calendar Coordinator- Maggie Bonaparte

This was an unusual dog bite case where the ownership of the animal was in dispute. After being found unfit as adopters by a local Humane Society, the Defendants prevailed upon their employee, Plaintiff’s mother, to adopt the dog for them. The agency felt these older Defendants were physically incapable of managing the large, active dog but Defendants nonetheless took the animal into their home as a pet. When their physical infirmities worsened, Defendants asked Plaintiff’s mother to care for the dog temporarily, which she agreed to do. It was during this temporary custody that our 12 year old client was bitten in the face, causing terrible tearing injuries. She has suffered significant disfigurement which will require long term therapy as well as future plastic surgery to try to revise her scars. This case went to trial and a jury determined the defendants to be liable for the dog’s actions.

Personal Injury Legal Team 
Managing Partner- Andrew Finkelstein
Trial Partner - Kenneth Fromson 
Paralegal- Nory Picos
Adjustor- Kevin Hines
Calendar Clerk- Kirsten Hansen

Our client was a 46 year old Highland, New York resident who was employed as a Police Officer by a Westchester County Police Department. He was responding to a call at a Chappaqua, New York residence where a burglar alarm had gone off. As our client ran down the driveway of this private house he fell in a 10” x 10” hole in the unlit driveway. He sustained a severe knee injury which eventually required a total knee replacement and multiple surgeries, and he is no longer able to work in his chosen profession. His lawyer was able to settle the case before trial.

Our client is a Broome County resident who was rear ended in traffic by a vehicle owned by the State of New York. He suffered a torn rotator cuff which was repaired surgically, and lower back injuries which significantly impaired his daily functions and are permanent in nature.

The State Attorney General declined to settle this case and took it to Trial. The verdict was for our client, in the amount of $281,000.

Personal Injury Legal Team
Case Manager- Samantha Howland
Paralegal- Nory Picos
Adjustor- Susan Cariffe
Calendar Coordinator- Kirsten Hansen

 

Our client, a 58 year old nurse from Orange County, New York, was travelling in the right hand lane on Interstate 84. A tractor trailer in the left hand lane merged right, hitting our client’s car and causing it to leave the roadway and overturn. She had to be extricated through a hole cut in the roof and was transported to an area hospital.

Our client suffered a collapsed lung, nine broken ribs and a fractured humerus. Her arm required surgery to repair and hardware was installed. This injury required lengthy physical therapy and made it impossible for her to return to her job as a hospital nurse.

This case was settled at mediation.

Personal Injury Legal Team 
Attorneys: Ed Steves
Paralegal: Heather Stigliani
Adjustor: Kevin Hines
Calendar Clerk: Nicole Oliva

A $1,200,000 settlement was reached for the Estate of our client, who was killed by malfunctioning machinery at his job. A 37 year old Guyanese immigrant who took the steps to become an American citizen, he was working at a mattress factory even though he was eligible for unemployment after being laid off from his previous employment. In fact, he would have made more money on unemployment, but chose to work instead to be a role model for his children.

He was working with a machine that wraps mattresses in plastic. The plastic jammed, and our client shut off his machine and went underneath to release the plastic. The machine malfunctioned and started up again. It pulled him into the machinery, crushing him.

This case settled at Mediation.

Personal Injury Legal Team
Case Manager- Samantha Howland
Paralegal- Carolyn Harvey
Calendar Coordinator- Kirsten Hansen

Our client, a 49 year old New Windsor, NY resident, was attending baseball game with her family at a Dutchess County stadium. She decided to go down to field level to watch the grounds crew drain the day’s rainfall from the playing area. She walked down 3-5 steps with no issue, but when she came to the last step it was twice as far down as the previous steps. There was no handrail and she fell into the fence when her ankle buckled.

X-rays showed her ankle was broken in three places. She subsequently had surgery with hardware inserted. Her ankle continued to be swollen and painful, and she had difficulty walking. Our client could no longer enjoy her hobbies and was unable to wear many types of shoes. She had physical therapy and cortisone injections and was enduring a long recovery with an ankle brace. Sometime later she began having issues with the hardware in her ankle. She went to stand up one day and her ankle buckled and she fell again. This time she suffered a fracture fibula and another ankle fracture which cause her to be in a hard cast for four weeks.

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