Noteworthy Cases

VERDICTS* and SETTLEMENTS

Bus accident - $11,000,000 verdict for a 90-year-old woman who was run over by a bus while crossing the street. Case Details Appeal

Police Negligence - $10,000,000 verdict for a 30-year-old student who was shot multiple times by an ex boyfriend against whom she had obtained an order of protection. Case Details

Construction Accident - $6,000,000 settlement for the family of a 44-year-old construction worker who died in a scaffolding collapse.  Case Details

Car Accident - $5,000,000 verdict for a 47-year-old carpenter who was struck by a taxi cab and sustained multiple fractures and traumatic brain injury. Appeal

Police Brutality - $3,500,000 verdict for a 21-year-old security guard who sustained multiple hand and wrist fractures as a result of gunshots by NYPD.

Motor Vehicle Accident - $3,300,000 verdict for an iron worker who sustained multiple injuries when the motorcycle on which he was a passenger was involved in a collision with a bus. 

Sexual Assault - $3,200,000 verdict for a 30-year-old ticket employee who was sexually assaulted by her supervisor. Appeal

Police Brutality - $3,100,000 verdict for a 31-year-old nursing-home porter who was beaten by police who mistook him for a rioter during the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Case Details Appeal

Product Liability - $2,750,000 settlement for the estate of a police officer who was unmarried and had no children. Deceased was injured and died two years later as a result of a weight lifting accident. 

Negligent Security - $2,300,000 settlement for a 41-year-old nursing home administrator who was the victim of a brutal gay-bashing inside a nightclub. Case Details

Dram Shop - $2,200,000 settlement for a 19-year-old student who was beaten by gang members who became intoxicated in defendant's restaurant. 

Construction Site Accident - $2,000,000 settlement for 50-year-old laborer who was struck in the head by a concrete form. 

Product Liability - $2,000,000 settlement for a 32-year-old diesel mechanic who was severely burned by an explosion of a pump that he was using to siphon gasoline. Case Details

Negligent Security - $1,850,000 settlement for a 35-year-old security guard who was shot by an intruder at the building at which he was employed. Case Details Appeal

Labor Law - $1,500,000 settlement for a 62-year-old boilermaker who suffered a badly fractured leg when struck by metal beams from an overhead hoist. 

Prison Brutality - $1,400,000 verdict (including $900,000 in punitive damages) for a 40-year-old inmate who was beaten by corrections officers and then held in solitary confinement under false charges. 

Negligent Security - $1,205,000 settlement awarded to family of fatally assaulted resident of homeless shelter.

Assault - $1,200,000 verdict for a 23-year-old maintenance worker who was attacked by a rap artist with a baseball bat.

Assault - $1,000,000 verdict for a 22 year old student who was accosted with racial slurs and stabbed in the chest by a student who became intoxicated at a fraternity event.

Construction-Site Accident - $950,000 settlement for a 37-year-old steel worker injured when a scaffold collapsed. Case Details

Negligent Property Maintenance - $900,000 settlement for the family of a 25-year-old immigrant factory worker who died in an apartment house fire. 

Construction-Site Accident - $900,000 settlement for a 19-year-old painter who fell from a platform during a renovation project. Case Details

Assault - $900,000 settlement for a 26-year-old librarian who was assaulted by bouncers. Case Details

Amusement Park Accident - $850,000 settlement for a 30-year-old drug counselor who was injured due to go-cart brake failure. 

Assault - $850,000 verdict for a 42-year-old building porter who was attacked on the subway. 

Negligent Security - $760,000 verdict for 20-year-old clerk who was stabbed by another patron in defendant's bar. 

Food Poisoning - $755,000 settlement for 76-year old college professor who developed e. coli food poisoning and kidney failure after eating bad guacamole at defendant's cafe. 

Police Brutality - $750,000 settlement for a 34-year-old off-duty security guard who was beaten by police. 

Car Accident - $750,000 settlement for a 74-year-old woman who was struck by a car that was backing out of a parking space. Case Details

Car Accident - $750,000 settlement for a 44-year-old street vendor who sustained a neck injury in a car accident. 

Police Brutality - $700,000 verdict for a 25-year-old learning disabled man who was falsely arrested and beaten by police officers. Appeal

Police Misconduct - $700,000 settlement for a man who was denied access to his catheter during a false arrest and detention and suffered permanent kidney damage as a result.

Car Accident - $675,000 settlement for a 14-year-old boy who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. (car accident) $675,000 settlement for a 14-year-old boy who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle.

Prison Brutality - $655,000 settlement for 40-year-old former Riker's Island inmate whose jaw was fractured in an attack by another inmate while a corrections officer took no action.

Dram Shop - $625,000 settlement for a 35-year old school teacher who was assaulted by patrons in defendant's restaurant. 

Assault - $530,000 verdict for a 44-year-old news photographer who was assaulted following a dispute over a parking space. Case Details

Car Accident - $500,000 verdict for a 29-year-old medical assistant who sustained a hand and knee injury in a car accident. Case Details

Negligent Supervision - $500,000 verdict for a 20-year-old mentally retarded woman who got lost overnight on the subway while in the custody of her day-care program. 

Police Brutality/Malicious Prosecution - $500,000 settlement for a man who was assaulted by NYPD officers and subsequently falsely charged and maliciously prosecuted for assaulting a police officer.

Police Brutality - $475,000 settlement for a 30-year-old laborer who was beaten by police after being pulled over on suspicion of DWI.

False Arrest/Imprisonment - $450,000 settlement for Queens beauty salon attendant falsely accused of prostitution.

Police Brutality/False Arrest/Malicious Prosecution - $450,000 settlement for a Brooklyn porter who was falsely accused of theft and assaulted by New York City Sanitation Department police officers.

Prison Brutality - $400,000 verdict (including $300,000 in punitive damages) in the Western District of New York for a 37 year-old former inmate who was assaulted by corrections officers at an upstate prison in retaliation for writing grievances against fellow officers.

False Arrest - $400,000 settlement for husband, retired (62) and wife, home attendant (63) falsely arrested by NYPD police after a dispute in a Brooklyn strip mall.

Sexual Assault - $400,000 settlement for a 24 year-old actress who was sexually assaulted by a movie director.

Police Brutality/False Arrest - $350,000 settlement for a 20-year-old man who sustained serious injuries to his leg when run over by an NYPD vehicle and then falsely arrested.

Assault - $350,000 verdict for a 26-year old plumber's assistant who was beaten up by his landlords. Appeal

Negligent Supervision - $350,000 verdict for a 4-year-old boy who was digitally raped by another child at defendant's day care center. 

Police Brutality - $350,000 settlement for a 43-year-old carpenter who was beaten by police in an attempt to elicit information on drug use in the neighborhood.

Assault and Battery - $300,000 settlement for a man who was beaten by a real estate agency owner due to a dispute over an apartment.

Assault - $300,000 verdict against both defendants for a 42-year-old auto mechanic who sustained an eye injury from being choked by his boss.

Negligent Security - $300,000 verdict for a 24-year-old banker who was the victim of an assault inside a nightclub.

Negligence - $300,000 settlement for a wheelchair bound woman who while under the care of agents of a radiology facility was caused to fall off a table, causing her to break both legs.

Prisoner Abuse - $290,000 settlement for a Rikers Island inmate on suicide watch who was handed a razor by a corrections officer and slashed himself.

Prison Brutality - $275,000 settlement for a 45 year-old mentally disabled inmate who was assaulted by corrections officers at an upstate facility.

Police Brutality - $275,000 settlement for a bystander who was assaulted by NYPD officers during a drug raid of his neighbor's apartment.

Prison Brutality - $250,000 verdict (including $50,000 in punitive damages) for a Riker's Island inmate who was beaten, while handcuffed, by a gang of corrections officers who were concerned that our client would snitch on one of their fellow officers.

False Arrest/Imprisonment & Malicious Prosecution - $250,000 settlement for a man who was falsely arrested by a NYPD officer and falsely charged and maliciously prosecuted for murder.

False Arrest/Imprisonment & Malicious Prosecution - $250,000 settlement for a family of five where three children were falsely arrested by members of the NYPD and false claims made to Division of Child Services against their parents.

False Arrest/Imprisonment - $225,000 settlement for a 41-year-old Federal Reserve Bank employee who was falsely arrested and imprisoned as a result of the negligent actions of department store employees.

Negligence - $200,000 settlement for a 34 year old woman who sustained multiple ankle fractures after slipping and falling on a wet platform at JFK airport.

Negligent Security / Dram Shop - $175,000 settlement for Brooklyn technician assaulted by intoxicated patrons at a Manhattan night club.

Prisoner Abuse - $175,000 settlement for an inmate at an upstate correctional facility who was assaulted by a group corrections officers who subsequently falsely charged him with self-inflicting his injuries.

Prison Brutality - $167,500 settlement for an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility who was beaten by corrections officers and, as a result, sustained fractured ribs.

Negligence - $125,000 settlement for an inmate who sustained multiple wrist fractures after slipping and falling on a wet stairway landing at Rikers Island.
Premises Liability - $125,000 settlement for a 85-year-old woman who sustained a fractured leg after falling off a stage into an adjacent orchestra pit.

False Arrest/Malicious Prosecution - $125,000 settlement for a 26 year-old man who was falsely arrested by the NYPD and falsely charged and maliciously prosecuted for attempted murder.

Prison Brutality - $120,000 verdict (including $55,000 in punitive damages) in the Western District of New York for a 46 year-old inmate who was assaulted by corrections officers in an upstate prison in retaliation for his drawing on his cell walls.

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