Representative cases

 

$1,600,000.00 jury verdict

Plaintiff was a 45 year old man who suffered injuries when he slipped and fell in a puddle of water at the Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley, MA. The plaintiff required spinal fusion surgery. An extensive investigation revealed that the roof had been leaking for a period of 6 years. Evidence of the leaks were admitted at trial despite defendant's repeated objections that 6 years of leaks were prejudicial and not related to the fall in question. Plaintiff presented expert testimony from an economist regarding diminished earning capacity and from his neurosurgeon. The highest offer on the case was $250,000.00. Subsequent to trial the plaintiff pursued a bad faith claim against the insurer. This case settled for $98,000.00.

 

$600,000.00 settlement

Plaintiff was an 81 year old woman who was struck in a crosswalk in Vineyard Haven. She sustained numerous fractures necessitating the use of a walker. Investigation revealed that the driver's view was partially obstructed by two telephone poles owned jointly by NSTAR and Verizon. A Massachusetts statute requires that when a new pole is installed the old pole must be removed within 90 days. The two poles were present for 11 months. Suit was brought against the driver, NSTAR and Verizon. All parties settled within days of trial.

 

$300,000.00 settlement

Plaintiffs were a baby and his parents. The baby suffered a brachial plexus injury during the birth. Plaintiff has some limitations of right arm movement which have continued to improve. A Pediatric rehabilitation expert was retained to present evidence at trial regarding the limitations. Suit was brought against the Obstetrician and nurse mid-wife for failure to recognize a breech presentation prior to delivery. The case settled shortly before the commencement of trial.

 

$150,000.00 settlement

Plaintiff was shopping at the Big Y supermarket in Southampton, MA. The supermarket was undergoing renovations and plaintiff tripped in a darkened parking lot. The plaintiff tore the meniscus in her right knee requiring surgery. Big Y claimed that the lights were functioning and that the plaintiff was careless. No offers were made on the claim prior to filing suit. Suit was filed against Big Y and the general contractor. Counsel obtained the names of all employees during the six months prior to the fall and depositions were taken. One employee, who no longer worked at the store, testified that the store manager knew that the lights intermittently went out. The case settled within days of this deposition.

 

$100,000.00 Arbitration award

Plaintiff was a pedestrian who was pinned between a car and metal pole in the Vineyard Haven post office parking lot. The plaintiff suffered an injury to her sacroiliac joint which prevented her from working full-time and partaking in her customary leisure activities. The insurer claimed that the plaintiff was careless in watching out for her own safety. The highest offer before Arbitration was $30,000.00. The treating orthopedic physician testified and the Arbitrator awarded $100,000, in damages.

 

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