Settlements / Verdicts

Settlements / Verdicts



Ambulance Paramedics Dump Patient From Stretcher During Transport
While moving a patient from his home to the ambulance, the stretcher wheels caught a sewer grate causing it to tip over. The patient was thrown onto the ground. Our client suffered neck and back injuries as a result. The insurance company for the ambulance paid a significant settlement because of its failure to keep the patient safe during transport.

Roofer Falls From Roof Striking Dumpster; Right Arm Amputation
The failure to provide safety harnesses to a roofer working on a residential house resulted in a traumatic injury to the worker. The roofer fell from a height of approximately 15 feet onto a garbage dumpster. The injury resulted in several surgeries to save the arm and then amputation. The insurance companies for the general contractor, bank (mortgagor), and employer settled with the employee for more than five million dollars for his pain, suffering, and loss of use of his dominant right hand and arm. 

Jury Awards Bus Aide $1.09 Million Dollars
An Erie County jury awarded a bus aide more than one million dollars for injuries she suffered in a bus accident. The bus for disabled adults was stopped in line at a traffic light. An Erie County Water Authority utility van slammed into the back of the bus. The driver was looking down at his lap-top computer and not watching the road. The bus aide seriously injured her knee requiring arthroscopic surgery. She also injured her neck resulting in multiple disc herniations and excruciating pain. The Defendant's doctor testified she was not hurt that badly. The jury awarded money damages for past and future pain and suffering, past and future wage loss, and past and future medical expenses.

Paramedic Slipped and Fell In Driveway While Responding to Emergency
The failure to maintain a residential driveway in the wintertime resulted in a painful injury to an ambulance paramedic. The elderly home owner had not treated the ice and snow in the driveway for several days. One evening, she called 9-1-1 due to an emergency. On arrival, the paramedic slipped on ice in the driveway. The insurance company of the homeowner paid for the homeowner's failure to maintain the driveway in a safe condition resulting in the significant hand and wrist injury.
Infant Suffered Head Injury at Day Care
A lack of adequate supervision resulted in a young boy being struck in the head by a rock. The rock was thrown by the son of the day care owner. The owner was inside at the time and not watching the children. The boy suffered a fractured skull and subsequent seizures. The case was decided in arbitration. The arbitrator awarded a substantial sum in favor of the young boy for his pain and suffering. 100% of the blame was placed on the day care provider.

Head and Neck Injury from Unsafe Workplace Conditions
This week Small Law Firm settled a serious injury case involving an overhead garage door that struck our client on the head. Our client was walking through a doorway threshold at work when a Rapid Roll garage door descended without warning. She suffered a serious head and neck injury requiring surgery. She has not been able to return to work. The general contractor and door installer, responsible for moving the door to this location, refused to accept responsibility until just before trial. Our experts would have testified the door was not appropriate for the space and violated various building code provisions. Simply, the safety devices on the door were inadequate. We are proud of this result. If you've been hurt, and think you are entitled to worker's compensation, call Craig Small.

Slip and Fall at Shopping Plaza, Broken Knee
This shopping plaza violated the basic safety rule of maintaining the breezeway in a safe condition. One week before trial, the defendant admitted negligence. The plaza owner allowed the outside of its plaza entranceway to deteriorate because of ongoing lease negotiations with its tenant. Ice formed on the sidewalk because of its dilapidated roof and drainage system. Our client slipped, fell and broke her knee, requiring surgery. She continues to suffer harm and loss as a result of the injury. We resolved the case against the plaza owner, tenant, and snow contractor in her favor.

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Street 
Our client was struck by the operator of a pickup truck with a snow plow attachment to the vehicle. The accident occurred in Fredonia, NY while she was crossing the street within the crosswalk. Injuries included a tibia/fibula (leg) fracture, open reduction/internal fixation, further surgery to remove screws, as well as a bone graft. She is totally and permanently disabled. This case settled against the operator’s insurance carrier. 

Van Driver Rear-Ended by Bus on Thruway 
Our client, in the course of his employment, was struck from behind while traveling on the NYS Thruway by the operator of a large passenger bus. As a result, he sustained a serious knee injury requiring arthroscopic surgery. He also aggravated a prior neck injury involving herniated disks. The case was settled with the bus company’s insurance company. 

Client Hit By Car That Crossed Center Line 
A young male was operating his vehicle on French Road in Cheektowaga, NY when the operator of another vehicle crossed the center line and side-swiped his vehicle. He sustained serious injury to his neck and back, including cervical and lumbar disc herniation. Fortunately, he did not require surgery. The insurance company attempted to disclaim coverage by alleging the driver intentionally crossed the center line. We prevailed against the carrier and secured a settlement for our client. 

Wrongful Death, Mother of 2 Killed on Motorcycle 
This firm recovered a settlement for the children of a young lady who was killed while a passenger on a motorcycle. Another vehicle failed to yield the right of way and turned directly in front of the motorcycle, causing a collision. The mother died at the scene. Our firm represented the estate against those responsible including the motorcycle operator and the car driver. The settlement was approved by the Niagara County Surrogates Court. 

Automobile, School Bus Accident, Back Surgery 
In this case, we settled a case against a negligent school bus operator that caused serious injuries to our client. The injuries to this school teacher resulted in permanent disability following numerous surgeries and complications of infection following surgery. 

Passenger, One-Car Accident, Fell Asleep At Wheel, Traumatic Brain Injury 
This case was settled against the insurance carrier when the operator of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel and struck a highway median. Our client, asleep in the van, suffered a traumatic head and neck injury, resulting in permanent brain damage. 

Trabajador de la construcción, caída de techo
Este individuo cayó 20 pies de una azotea en la renovación y aterrizó en un poste de la cerca abajo. Él sufrió fracturas de costilla y una lesión de espalda que requirió cirugía.

Trabajador de la construcción, lesión de espalda durante el transporte de materiales, Cirugías Requeridas
Esta persona resultó herida mientras llevaba yeso en un sitio de construcción. Sufrió una importante lesión en la espalda al llevar tableros con un compañero de trabajo que juzgó mal la cabecera de una puerta.

Paciente de la instalación médica, cayó después de la prueba de CPD, fracturas sostenidas
Nuestro cliente sufrió múltiples fracturas y se sometió a dos cirugías a sus piernas después de caer en el consultorio del médico.

Viaje y caída en el sótano, lesión de rodilla y DVT
Contratista tropezó y cayó en un sótano, golpeando su rodilla. Las complicaciones incluyeron TVP, causando exudación continua y discapacidad.

Accidente de automóvil de pasajeros / trasero
Este cliente, con cambios degenerativos subyacentes, se sometió a múltiples cirugías de cuello después de un accidente automovilístico trasero.

Accidente automovilístico trasero / Lesión cerebral traumática / trastorno convulsivo
Este caso involucró varios vehículos en un accidente trasero. La cabeza de la víctima golpeó la ventana trasera de su camioneta, lo que resultó en una grave lesión en la cabeza y el cuello.

T-Bone Automóvil Collision con Taxi / UM Coverage / Cuello y espalda Cirugía
Este cliente se recuperó de la compañía de responsabilidad y bajo la política UM de su propio transportista debido a lesiones graves. Se sometió a una laminectomía L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1 con micro-discectomía bilateral L3-4, L4-5 y fusión.

Resbalón y caída en restaurante escarpado Porche Rampa
El cliente sufrió una grave fractura en la pierna y una lesión en la espalda después de una caída en una rampa de salida resbaladiza en un establecimiento local.

Cara de la mujer del pedacito del perro
El cliente estaba caminando con un perro en su propia calle cuando el perro de un vecino escapó de casa y atacó al perro del cliente y luego la mordió en la acera del barrio, resultando en laceraciones y cicatrices.

Colapso de la escalera y caída del techo
Este cliente cayó por lo menos 20 pies cuando una escalera "pateó" debido a una superficie resbalosa, causando fracturas bilaterales del calcáneo del trabajador de la refrigeración y ocho procedimientos quirúrgicos subsecuentes.
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