RECENT CASE RESULTS for SEGAL & LAX
In May 2016, Segal and Lax obtained a $1,250,000.00 settlement for a woman who tripped and fell outside a Courthouse on a broken flagstone. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her lower back that required surgical intervention. Despite the onerous requirements to establish notice against the City of New York, Segal & Lax was able to show that the City was responsible for the woman's injuries. Through extensive litigation and taking this matter to trial, Segal & Lax assured that this woman would be fairly compensated for her injuries.
A $2.030 million settlement was secured for a bridge inspector who was injured while working on the Hutchinson River Parkway. He sustained serious fractures in both his legs as well as his left arm. He also suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because of the accident.
A jury returned a verdict of 2.8 million dollars for a forty-nine year old Bronx factory worker who upon falling in a NYC subway station suffered a quadriceps tendon rupture and fractured patella which necessitated surgical intervention. The New York City Transit Authority appealed claiming it was not responsible for the fall and that the jury award was too high. The Appellate Division recently upheld the negligence finding against the New York City Transit Authority and an award of
2.3 million dollars. This appears to be the highest award ever for such an injury and represents the culmination of efforts from the Segal & Lax trial and appellate teams.
A $1.75 million dollar settlement was obtained for a middle aged woman who was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck from behind while stopped and suffered serious lower back injuries requiring spinal surgery as well as arthroscopic procedures to her shoulder and knee.
Segal and Lax recovered $1.7 million for a fifty-one year old medical technician who was injured when his vehicle was rear-ended by a gasoline delivery truck. Even before this matter was to be tried, Segal & Lax, being pro-active for their client, obtained a finding that defendant was at fault for this accident. The injured man suffered injuries to his lower back and right knee each of which required surgery. Segal & Lax retained an economist to look at the effect of the accident on the plaintiff's earning capacity to ensure the client received maximum compensation for his injury. This settlement occurred after jury selection in Kings County.
After a hard fought trial, an 18 year old young woman who fell on a Transit Authority staircase was awarded $1.4 million dollars by a Queens jury for a fracture of her elbow that may require two future surgeries.
Even though her case was dismissed by a Brooklyn judge, Segal & Lax fought for a fifty-six year old dental office worker and was able to get the ruling reversed and have the case restored. When the time for a new trial approached, Segal and Lax obtained $1.2 million settlement for their client who slipped and fell on a puddle of water at work and suffered a herniated disc that was treated with minimally invasive surgery. The defendant tried to claim that another party was responsible and that the victim of this accident was somehow at fault, but in the end Segal & Lax made sure the hard working victim of the accident was compensated.
A hard working fifty-eight year old security guard from Queens slipped on ice during his patrol rounds and suffered shoulder injuries requiring arthroscopic surgery. Defendant denied liability and even sought to have the case thrown out before trial; Segal & Lax defeated defendant's attempt to dismiss the case and went to trial. After trial and a favorable verdict, Segal & Lax obtained a settlement for the injured guard in the amount of $999,000.00
The estate of a eighty-two year old man received a $900,000 settlement for two weeks of pain and suffering from serious burns following a fire in his home while a home health aide was supposed to be present.
A thirty year old man received a jury verdict of $825,000 for pain and suffering as a result of a motor vehicle accident in which he injured a torn medial and lateral meniscus of his left knee for which he underwent arthroscopic surgery.
An elderly Brooklyn man who was walking in his neighborhood was struck by a hand truck which was being pushed too aggressively by a delivery man. The gentleman suffered a fractured hip which required surgery. After securing summary judgment in favor of our client early in the case and then picking a jury for the damages trial, Segal and Lax obtained a $700,000 settlement from Allstate Insurance Company.
Having his car struck in the rear, a taxi driver received a settlement of $610,000 for lower back injuries that required a laminectomy.
A young woman iron worker attained a $600,000 verdict from a New York jury after she injured falling from a six feet high scaffold suffering fractured ribs and a shoulder injury requiring arthroscopy.
A woman, who fell asleep while cooking, awoke to discover that her kitchen was on fire and she suffered burns to her foot and hand while attempting to extinguish the flames. We argued that the lack of smoke detectors caused her injuries and obtained a settlement of $450,000.
An immigrant street vendor from New York was struck by defendant's car when he was crossing a street in Manhattan. He suffered an injury to his back that did not require surgery and a fractured ankle that also did not require surgery. Even though the police report indicated that the vendor crossed in the middle of the street, Segal & Lax obtained a positive verdict on liability and the matter then settled for $235,000.00.