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.
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Please read on for a selection of recent cases of note.*
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.
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.
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.
We recently settled a motor vehicle case for a single mother using mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. Our client, an Orange County resident, was traveling eastbound on Route 17M in Goshen, New York when the defendant made a left turn into the side of her vehicle. The collision resulted in our client sustaining multiple fractures. She endured several surgeries and ultimately her injuries prohibited her from doing either of her two jobs, putting her and her children in dire financial straits. By using this strategy we were able to save our client the expense and stress of preparing for and going to trial. When mediation is successful our clients are able to receive their much-needed settlements faster. Finkelstein & Partners, LLP Firm gives our clients access to all information needed to make informed decisions. In this case the client’s decision to utilize alternative dispute resolution through mediation resulted in a $1,700,000 award.
Middletown, NY—Our client, a 48 year old female, was walking to the back of a store where she slipped and fell on a clear unknown liquid. She injured her shoulder and knee, requiring surgeries. Ultimately, she had a partial and full knee replacement. After deposition, it was found that the cleaning company admitted that the cleaning machine leaked. This case settled after long mediation for $560,000.