David Akerib joined the firm of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, sister company of Finklestein & Partners, in September 1999, as Managing Attorney, after being admitted to the New York State Bar in 1995. David had already been practicing personal injury law since 1995 and came to the firm with four years of Personal Injury experience.
Originally from Singapore, David obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (L.L.B.) from the National University of Singapore in 1988. Since obtaining his Law Degree, Mr. Akerib pursued a Master’s in Jewish Philosophy at the Ohr Somayach Institution in Israel and Monsey, New York from 1988 to 1992.
Over the past 13 years with Jacoby & Meyers, David has managed over a Thousand Personal Injury cases from initial contact with an injured party to depositions. The Personal Injury cases that David handles include motor vehicle accidents, trip and falls, dog bite cases, sexual assault, head injuries, construction accidents, and labor law cases.
In addition, David focuses on the needs of the individual client and aims to provide personal service, which include but is not limited to handling No fault issues that arise, resolving liens, Workman’s Compensation or excess Pip, assisting with Medicare issues, arranging reasonable funding, sorting out an intricacy of legal issues, and assisting clients to navigate the complexity of their case. David has arranged meetings with clients whether in upstate New York offices or in the City offices.
Of the many cases that David handled, he was able to successfully resolve over hundreds of cases, about 60-70%, prior to depositions.
The cases are too numerous to list however, a sampling include:
A plaintiff, an immigrant construction worker, falls off a scaffold while on the job at a NYC building project and suffers knee and shoulder tears resulting in the need for surgery. David worked the case up and it subsequently settled at a Mediation for $750,000.
860K settlement from a foster care agency where the plaintiff was a 6 year old minor who suffered third degree burns on her chest resulting in plastic surgery from a hot apple sauce spill. David was able to structure the settlement so that the child would receive 3 million dollars over her lifetime. David was even able to obtain lifetime medical care coverage through the insurance carrier.
60K settlement for a slip and fall on ice on an uncleared sidewalk owned by a municipality. Plaintiff suffered a knee tear with subsequent surgery. This was a difficult case as it was questionable that there was any fault against the municipality that owned the sidewalk.
200K settlement for a 48 year old alarm specialist who lost 2 months from work after falling off a ladder while on the job in a NYC building and suffered a fractured left leg requiring surgery and hardware.
250K settlement for a 50year old plaintiff who was injured while on the job working at a military base.
100K settlement for a 31 year old mail worker who slipped and fell on wet exterior steps sustaining a shoulder tear with surgery, while on the job.
100K settlement for a 58 year old truck driver injured while on the job. The Plaintiff suffered a hernia as a result of the accident and required surgery.
150K settlement for a 38 year old who slipped and fell on ice at a parking lot. Plaintiff was already disabled prior to the accident but suffered a left knee tear with surgery.
175K settlement for a 61 year old tourist who tripped over a raised threshold lip in her hotel room in NYC. Plaintiff suffered a broken elbow requiring surgery.
75K settlement for a 44 year old who fell in a hole in a grassy area, located in the backyard of a home she was renting. Plaintiff suffered an ankle fracture requiring surgery