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.