After getting a pedicure at a nail salon in a shopping mall in the Hudson Valley, our client developed a bacterial infection requiring the surgical removal of a portion of her foot. While we knew it was from the nail salon, we had to prove it. We hired an instructor from a beauty school who regularly lectures on what nail salons must do to comply with the NYS Appearance Enhancement Law. She told us how the nail salon violated several sections of the law. We also hired a bio-chemist who analyzed the type of bacteria and confirmed it was consistent with the type of bacteria that is found in dirty nail salon equipment. While the nail salon lawyer attempted to point to other causes, our client was satisfied with the $850,000 settlement offer from the insurance company.
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Please read on for a selection of recent cases of note.*
This case arises from a labor law violation regarding a fall from a ladder. Our client, a 57 year old Pennsylvania man, was checking for a water leak at a laboratory that was undergoing a gut renovation. He was working alone, and had to move his ladder several times to determine the source of the leak. He was on the fourth rung of the ladder with his head inside the dropped ceiling when the ladder gave way, causing him to drop to the ground. He hit a table on the way down and landed on his shoulder.
Our client suffered right and left rotator cuff tears, both of which required surgery to repair. workers’ compensation determined he had 32.5% loss of use of his left arm and 45% loss of use of his right arm and he is permanently disabled to a moderate degree.
His Finkelstein & Partners attorney obtained an $800,000 award at mediation.
This crash occurred between a motorcycle and two autos on an exit ramp of the Palisades Parkway. During a merge, one auto cut off another, forcing it into our client’s motorcycle from which he was ejected. He was removed to a hospital by helicopter, and spent 7 days being treated for his injuries.
Our client, an active duty Army private, suffered multiple bilateral arm fractures and endured several surgeries, including “Tommy John” surgery. He has permanent scarring, and the loss of function has hampered his career in the military.
Our client’s Finkelstein & Partners attorney settled his case before trial.
Our client, a 25 year old Newburgh, NY man, was working for a large cable company installing fiber optic cable. He was helping to hitch a trailer to a pick up truck when the trailer shifted on its own and the steel hitch swung and hit him in the ankle. He suffered a fractured right leg and a dislocated right ankle. Both injuries required surgery with installation of hardware. Further surgery was required after 60 physical therapy sessions did not help his pain. His doctor stated he will need an ankle fusion in the future. Our Finkelstein & Partners’ attorney settled this case before trial. Senior Trial Attorney: George Levy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.