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We fight until the injury victim gets the settlement or verdict that he/she deserves. Read more about these cases which Morrison & Wagner successfully resolved.

$ 1.9 Million Verdict Upheld -- NY Personal Injury Lawyer Proves Bus Injury Caused Traumatic Brain Injury for 79 Year old Woman

A 79 year old woman was struck by a NY City bus while crossing at a pedestrian crosswalk. the woman suffered severe brain damage, pain and suffering. The jury concluded that the bus driver was fully responsible for the personal injury. Other injuries include impaired thinking, speech abilities, severely limited memory, and constant dependency on a home health aide. Morrison & Wagner LLP, a top NY personal injury lawyer firm, won the woman’s case, and maintained the woman’s $1.9 Million award in the appellate courts. Read the full details of the brain injury case here.

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$ 1,900,000 Compensation for Pedestrian Bus Accident - New York Transit Authority

A New York City Transit Authority bus hit an elderly person, and caused traumatic brain injury. The pedestrian victim recovered $1.9 Million from the pedestrian knockdown, thanks to New York NY’s top injury attorneys. Read about more personal injury case victories. Also learn more about brain injuries and compensation.

 

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$ 1,300,000 Settlement - Motor Vehicle - Driver Didn't Yield Right of Way, Hits Two Pedestrians

A 38 year-old a seamstress, and her 9 year-old daughter, were struck by a van while crossing an intersection in the Jamaica section of Queens, New York. The child was killed. Her mother claimed that she sustained jaw and knee injuries. The victim’s family sued the van’s driver, the van’s owner, Professional Charter Service Inc.; the company that operated the van, Consolidated Bus Transit Co.; the city of New York, the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, the New York City Board of Education and the New York City Transit Authority. Justice prevailed.

 

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$ 850,000 Settlement - Premises Liability - Woman Trips on Sidewalk's Protruding Oil-Line

A 60 year-old department stores counter person, tripped on an oil-supply-line cap that was protruding from the surface of a sidewalk that was located in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. The woman fell and sustained an elbow injury. She sued the adjacent property’s owners, the property’s former oil vendors, Gotham Petroleum Transport Inc. and Petro Inc.; and the property’s current oil supplier, Castle Oil Corp. The woman alleged that the defendants created a dangerous condition.

 

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$800,000 Result - Motor Vehicle - Bus Made Turn and Caused Car to Hit Pedestrian

A 35 year-old 35 customs agent was driving on 150th Avenue, near 148th Street in the cargo area of John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y. He approached the intersection with a green traffic signal. A New York City Transit Authority bus traveling in the opposite direction made a left turn in front of him, causing the two vehicles to collide. The victim sued the New York City Transit Authority and the bus driver. He claimed that the driver should have seen his car and yielded.

$600,000 Settlement -- Home Health Aid Injured in Nassau Car Crash

New York — A 52-year-old woman who was working as a home health aid suffered severe accident injuries in a car accident. The car was owned by her employer and being driven by a friend of the employer, who both died during the car crash. The injured woman consulted with the expert lawyers of Morrison & Wagner and filed a personal injury lawsuit against the estates of the employer and driver. The estates agreed to pay the injury victim $600,000 in damages.

Illustrative Photo (Altered to obscure license plate and address): Todd Dwyer [License]

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Heart failure, age blamed for fatal car crash (VerdictSearch)

Amount Recovered: $600,000

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Court: Bronx Supreme, Bronx County, New York

Injury Type(s):
ankle; other-laceration; other-tendon; severed/torn foot/heel-foot; neurological-nerve damage/neuropathy (nerve damage, peroneal nerve)

Case Type: Motor Vehicle – Speeding, Passenger, Single Vehicle

Date: June 15, 2007

Plaintiff Attorney(s):
Stuart Wagner; Morrison & Wagner, L.L.P.; New York, NY

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Facts:

On March 26, 2003, the plaintiff, 52, was working as a home health attendant for defendant A, at defendant A’s home in Westbury. On this day, defendant B invited defendant A out to dinner and offered to drive. The three of them go into the garage, and the defendant B sat down in the driver seat of defendant A’s vehicle, while the plaintiff and defendant A got into the back seat. The vehicle then sped out of the garage, down the driveway, turned right and crashed into a house across the street. Defendant B, who was driving, was found unconscious at the accident scene and having sustained multiple injuries. He later died without having regained consciousness. Defendant A was also killed in the accident. The injured plaintiff claimed that as a result of the collision her feet became trapped under the front passenger seat and that she sustained severe lacerations of her right ankle and toes.

The woman accident victim sued defendant A’s estate and defendant B’s estate. She alleged that defendant B, as the driver, was negligent in the operation of the vehicle and that defendant A, as the vehicle owner, was vicariously liable for defendant B’s actions.

Defendant A’s estate commenced a separate action against defendant B’s estate, alleging that defendant B was negligent in the operation of the vehicle. The matters were joined for trial. However, the action by defendant A’s estate settled on Sept. 25, 2006, and the plaintiff’s matter continued against both defendants.

The woman claimed that defendant B was negligent for pulling out of the garage and driveway at an excessive rate of speed and for failing to keep proper control of the vehicle. Plaintiff’s counsel argued that defendant B should not have been driving at his advanced age of 86.

Defense counsel alleged that defendant B suffered a stroke or heart attack once he was behind the wheel and that this caused defendant B’s erratic driving. The defense contended that since this was an unforeseen event, there was no liability. Plaintiff’s counsel argued that there was no medical evidence to prove that defendant B had suffered either a heart attack or stroke.

Injury:

The plaintiff was placed in an ambulance and transported to Winthrop-University Hospital, in Mineola. She remained in the hospital for eight days and was diagnosed with compound lacerations of the dorsal aspect of the right foot, including lacerations of the extensor digitorum communis tendons and extensor digitorum brevis tendons of toes 2 through 5, and a laceration of the peroneal nerve in the right ankle. The car crash victim underwent operative repair of the peroneal nerve injury the day after the accident, followed by approximately 26 weeks of physical therapy, but she complained that it was not successful.

The plaintiff claimed that the lacerations of her right ankle and toes caused a loss of function to the long extensors of the lateral toes. She alleged that she was left with a club foot and had trouble walking. She sought recovery of damages for her past and future pain and suffering.

Defense counsel contended that the plaintiff made a good recovery from her injuries following the surgery. The defendant’s orthopedic expert determined that the surgery was successful and that the woman’s toes were OK. However, he found that she did experience a loss of sensation to the lateral two-thirds of her right foot due to the peroneal nerve laceration. He determined that the plaintiff could not actively extend her lateral toes, but that they were in a neutral position and did not curl downward or upward. Thus, the expert concluded that the woman did not suffer a disability.

Result:

The parties agreed to settle prior to trial for $600,000. Of the total settlement, defendant B’s estate paid $500,000, and defendant A’s estate paid $100,000.

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Judge: Howard R. Silver

Editor’s Comment: This report is based on information that was provided by plaintiff’s and defense counsel.

$550,000 Payment in Trip and Fall Injury Lawsuit

New York — This 62-year-old man reported that he tripped and fell while walking down a step on private property. He fractured his leg and ankle and required surgery to try to repair the injuries. Unfortunately, he noted, he wasn’t able to return to work due to the injuries and pain. After speaking to a top injury lawyer at Morrison & Wagner, the victim decided to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner and property manager of the home. They negotiated a $550,000 payment to compensate the man for his injuries.

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Landlord ignored broken walkway, visitor claimed (VerdictSearch)

Settlement Amount: $550,000

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Court: Kings Supreme, Kings County, New York

Injury Type(s):
leg-fracture (fracture, tibia); ankle-fracture (pilon fracture); ankle-fracture distal fibula; other-plate; other-closed reduction; other-pins/rods/screws; other-comminuted fracture; other-decreased range of motion; surgeries/treatment-open reduction; surgeries/treatment-external fixation; surgeries/treatment-internal fixation

Case Type: Slips, Trips & Falls – Slips, Trips & Falls, Trip and Fall
Premises Liability – Dangerous Condition, Negligent Repair and/or Maintenance

Date: July 8, 2014

Plaintiff Attorney(s):
Stuart Wagner; Morrison & Wagner, LLP; New York, NY

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Facts:

During the evening of Oct. 27, 2011, the plaintiff, 62, a factory worker, fell on a walkway of a residence that was located in the Weeksville section of Brooklyn. He sustained injuries of an ankle.

The injured man sued the premises’ owner and the premises’ manager. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in their construction and maintenance of the premises’ entryway path. He further alleged that the defendants’ negligence created a dangerous condition that caused his accident.

The injured plaintiff claimed that he tripped while descending a step that led from an entryway path to a sidewalk. The plaintiff’s expert engineer submitted a report in which he contended that a gap had been created by settling, shifting and/or tilting of segmented stones that formed the step’s upper riser. The expert also contended that the step’s flags were misaligned, creating a height differential of about 0.75 inches.

Defense counsel contended that any defects were oriented side by side — not to front to back — and therefore would not have caused a tripping incident. He also contended that the walkway’s damage created merely minimal defects. He further contended that, during a deposition, the plaintiff placed his fall several inches away from the defects identified by the injury victim’s expert.

Injury:

The plaintiff sustained a pilon fracture: a comminuted fracture of the lowest portion of a leg’s tibia, which forms an upper component of the associated ankle. The injury involved his right ankle. He also sustained a fracture of his right fibula’s distal region, which is another component of the right ankle.

The trip and fall victim was placed in an ambulance, and he was transported to Kings County Hospital Center, in Brooklyn. After four days had passed, his fractures were addressed via closed reduction and the application of an external fixation device. Soon thereafter, he underwent open reduction and the internal fixation of hardware that included three screws and six plates. His hospitalization lasted about two weeks.

The plaintiff claimed that he suffers permanent residual pain and a residual diminution of his right ankle’s range of motion. He claimed that he requires use of a cane and that he cannot tolerate prolonged periods in which he is standing or walking. He further claimed that his injuries prevent his resumption of his job.

The man sought recovery of past lost earnings, future lost earnings, and damages for past and future pain and suffering.

The defense’s expert orthopedist submitted a report in which he opined that the plaintiff achieved a good recovery and that he can be gainfully employed.

Result:

Defense counsel moved for summary judgment of liability. During pendency of the motion, the parties negotiated a settlement. The defendants’ insurer agreed to pay $550,000.

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Judge: David I. Schmidt

Editor’s Comment: This report is based on information that was provided by plaintiff’s counsel. Defense counsel did not respond to the reporter’s phone calls.

$500,000 Pre-Trial Settlement for Teen Pedestrian Hit by a Car, Skull Fracture

New York — A teenage boy was struck by a vehicle as he crossed an intersection at a traffic light. The pedestrian accident victim was thrown into the air and suffered a head injury with skull fracture. The team at Morrison & Wagner helped the boy and his mother recover a $500,000 settlement in the lawsuit against the driver and his insurance carriers.

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Motorist, injured teen debated status of traffic signals (VerdictSearch)

Settlement Amount: $500,000

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Court: Kings Supreme, Kings County, New York

Injury Type(s):
head-fracture; skull; other-craniotomy

Case Type: Motor Vehicle – Pedestrian, Question of Lights

Date: January 22, 2015

Plaintiff Attorney(s):
Stuart Wagner; Morrison & Wagner, LLP; New York, NY, for the Plaintiff, and son

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Facts:

At about 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2013, the plaintiff, a 14-year-old boy, was struck by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred on Woodmere Boulevard, alongside its intersection at West Broadway, in Woodmere. The victim was tossed onto a sidewalk, and he sustained an injury of his head.

The teenage boy’s mother, acting individually and as his parent and natural guardian, sued the vehicle’s driver. The plaintiffs alleged that the driver was negligent in the operation of his vehicle.

The victim acknowledged that he ran across the roadway, but he claimed that a green traffic signal permitted his entrance to the roadway. He further claimed that the signal remained green the entire time that he was on the roadway. Thus, plaintiffs’ counsel contended that the boy possessed the right of way.

The boy also claimed that he had crossed all but 3 or 4 feet of the roadway when the impact occurred. Plaintiffs’ counsel contended that the driver should have seen and avoided the pedestrian. An eyewitness claimed to have sounded a vehicle’s horn, to warn the driver and pedestrian, but that neither party reacted. The car driver suffers a cataract and experiences deficits of his audition, and plaintiffs’ counsel contended that the driver should not have been operating a motor vehicle.

The teen suffers a congenital defect that impairs his right ear’s audition. His right ear would have been the one closest to the vehicle that hit him and the witness’s vehicle. The defendant claimed that he stopped at a red signal upon reaching the intersection. He further claimed that the pedestrian boy entered the roadway after the signal had turned green.

Injury:

The pedestrian accident victim sustained a fracture of his skull. He was placed in an ambulance, and he was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, in the hamlet of East Meadow. He underwent an immediate craniotomy, which involved removal of extruded fragments of his skull. His head’s wound was closed via application of staples.

The victim claimed that his injury prevented his attendance of two weeks of school. His doctors have advised that he should avoid activities — such as skiing or playing football — that could result in an injury of his head.

The boy’s mother sought recovery of damages for his past and future pain and suffering. She initially presented a derivative claim, but her claim was not pursued.

Defense counsel contended that the boy recovered within two weeks of the accident.

Result:

The parties negotiated a pretrial settlement. The defendant’s primary insurer tendered its policy, which provided $250,000 of coverage, and the defendant’s excess insurer agreed to pay $250,000. Thus, the settlement totaled $500,000.

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Editor’s Comment: This report is based on information that was provided by plaintiffs’ counsel. Defense counsel did not respond to the reporter’s phone calls.