A $2,500,000 settlement was obtained on behalf of our personal injury client, who was 15 at the time. During the morning of March 21, 2019, after having some issues breathing and moderate leg pain, our client went to a local emergency room where he complained of shortness of breath and leg pain. At the hospital he was improperly diagnosed by the medical staff and then discharged after being given pain meds for his leg. On March 22, 2019, our client returned to the hospital and complained of hyperventilating, where his conditions worsened drastically. Unfortunately, our client was suffering from a pulmonary embolism, which resulted in his death in the early morning of March 23, 2019. Due to failure to properly diagnose our client, our personal injury attorneys were able to secure one of the largest medical malpractice financial settlements in New York State for the sudden death of a minor. (MED – MAL)
A $281,000 verdict was reached for a car accident that occurred on February 13, 2018. Our client, who was 22 at the time, was driving southbound on Collfield Avenue in Staten Island when the defendant failed to stop at a stop sign, causing our client to swerve out of the way. This resulted in an auto accident between the two vehicles. Our client sustained injuries to his back, left hand, and right shoulder. Our client needed surgery on his right shoulder. (MVA)
A $875,000 settlement was reached for a medical malpractice case in Brooklyn County. Our client, who was 51 at the time, underwent a hernia operation on August 7, 2013 at Maimonides Medical Center. The operation immediately caused our client to complain of pain in her abdomen. On August 9, 2013, it was found that errors during the surgery caused a perforation of her bowels. Our client developed sepsis and was eventually put on a ventilator. She had to spend an additional 3 weeks on bed rest after her surgical errors during her procedure. (MED – MAL)
$7,000,000 Settlement: was obtained on behalf of a young married woman. During delivery of her first child, she was improperly given anesthesia which resulted in significant and life altering brain injuries.
$3,500,000 Award: was obtained for our client who suffered bilateral decentrated ablation during lasik surgery. Essentially, the laser removed tissue in the wrong portion of both eyes leaving him with significantly reduced visual capacity.
$1,300,000 Settlement reached prior to the start of trial for a case venued in Queens County. This medical-malpractice case involved a failure by the infant plaintiff‘s pediatrician timely diagnose Crohn’s disease, which led to aggravation of the condition and extensive surgery. A derivative claim was also asserted on behalf of the infant’s parent.
$1,000,000 Settlement in matter venued in Richmond County for infant plaintiff who suffered Erb’s palsy as a result of his physicians’ malpractice in the handling of his mother’s pregnancy and his delivery.
$900,000 Award: was obtained on behalf of a woman who suffered from severe visual defects after lasik surgery. The client had a condition known as Kerataconus which excluded her from being a good candidate for surgery. However, she was not advised of this risk and the doctor performed the surgery anyway.
Construction Accident & Labor Law
$700,000 settlement was obtained for our client for a construction workplace accident that occurred in February 2015. The client was descending a makeshift wooden ladder at work when a rung gave out, and the client fell to the floor. The client had injuries to his lumbar spine and left knee. An MRI taken in April 2015 revealed the client had a medial meniscal tear of his left knee, for which he received surgery in January 2016.
$1,100,000 settlement reached for our client, a laborer, who stepped off of a ladder and onto a dolly at his workplace. The client lost his balance as the dolly rolled out underneath his feet, and the client landed on loose material. He sustained injuries to the lower back, left leg, left knee, left shoulder, and neck from the construction accident.
$900,000 settlement obtained for a client for a case in Bronx County. The client, a laborer, was working on a scaffold renovating windows on a building. Two of the client’s co-workers would pull the scaffold up while the client was harnessed in to move the scaffold. The client would have to unhook himself to move about the scaffold. At around 15 feet in the air, the client felt a sudden jerk and flew backward. The wooden guardrail behind the client broke, and the client dropped to the ground. He sustained two rib fractures and lumbar spine injuries. There were no immediate complaints of a head injury, but within several months the client claimed he was having difficulty with general daily tasks. Our team took over this construction accident case from prior lawyers who had not pushed the litigation. Daniela Henriques successfully moved for an order granting summary judgment on liability. The matter was on the evening of trial, and Edward Steinberg attended a second mediation and resolved the case.
$2,818,000 settlement for a mother and daughter, aged 49 and 22, in a construction accident. Clients were walking in Queens when a construction gate fell on them. The daughter was immediately confined to her home for three months following the accident, which included injuries to her left elbow and wrist, upper and lower back, and both knees. The client eventually needed operations on her left and right knee. The daughter had no brain bleed or intracranial hemorrhage, but she exhibited changes in her daily life, including a decline in cognitive function.
$500,000 Settlement for Injuries: Plaintiff, male, age 27, is the building superintendent of a building owned by Defendant A. He was instructed to repair a leaky valve on a hot water boiler, and he called Defendant’s Plumbing Company to the site to replace it. While helping the plumber to remove the valve, it exploded, shooting steam into the Plaintiff’s right arm and torso causing severe burns, which required skin grafting.
Train & Bus Accidents
$1,500,000 Verdict: Plaintiff a 51 year old female was boarding a New York City train at a station in the Bronx when she slipped in between the train and the platform resulting in her leg being crushed between. The train car was air-lifted off her leg and she was ultimately diagnosed and treated for a crush injury to the nerves of her leg. She also was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). After a trial on Liability where the jury found the Transit Authority 100% responsible, a second jury awarded her $1.5 million dollars for pain and suffering.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
$281,000 verdict: reached for a car accident that occurred on February 13, 2018. Client, aged 22, was driving southbound on Collfield Avenue in Staten Island when the defendant did not stop at a stop sign, causing our client to swerve out of the way. This resulted in a crash between the vehicles. Our client sustained injuries to his back, left hand and right shoulder. Client needed surgery on his right shoulder.
A $675,000 settlement reached for our client, who was 67 at the time. Our client was lawfully riding his bicycle in Brooklyn, New York when a Verizon truck passed him on his left and struck him from behind, causing him to fall to the ground. Our client needed stitches on the left side of his face, and he suffered a fracture on his left shoulder, as well as meniscus tear in his knee. Our client underwent surgery to repair his meniscus and then had a total knee replacement. After he had a total knee replacement for the uninvolved knee shortly after the first surgery, the defense claimed that his prior unrelated arthritis was the reason he had the surgery. Our auto accident attorneys successfully argued against this notion and secured a settlement for his injuries.
$1,750,000 settlement was reached for our client as a result of a sideswipe auto accident. The client was parked and sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle when the vehicle was hit by a slow-moving truck. At the scene, the police officer noted that no one was in our client’s parked truck. Edward Steinberg took the deposition of the police officer, who admitted that he may have been wrong and that it is possible that the client was in the truck. The driver of the other truck later admitted that our client was in the truck and was leaning over when he sideswiped it. The crash caused the client to have an annular tear in his lower back and significant facet hypertrophy on his spinal canal, which caused stenosis of the lower spine and required surgery. No claim for lost wages was made, and the defense would have argued that the accident was a low-impact accident and could not cause the injuries.
$1,425,000 settlement reached for a client who was in the backseat of a taxi leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport when his driver attempted to merge left on a two-lane street but was struck by a truck refusing the client’s taxi to merge. The client’s taxi ricocheted into a wall. The client suffered an injury to his spine from the auto accident, resulting in spinal surgery. The defense argued that this low-speed impact and prior injuries were the cause of the most recent surgery. On the eve of trial, Daniel Leav reached a settlement.
$2,000,000 settlement for an auto accident case in Kings County. The client, a working mother of four, was walking toward a supermarket when a driver backed out of a parking space and struck her, causing her to fall to the ground. She sustained significant fractures to her pelvis that required several surgeries. She also underwent surgery on her shoulder. No lost wage claim was made since the client returned to work after a year-long recovery period. The defendant argued that the client had been sitting down on the edge of the parking lot/sidewalk, and he did not see her.
A $925,000.00 settlement was reached for our 37 year old client who was rear ended by a truck in June 2019. While the damage to the vehicle was extensive, the client was fortunate his injuries were not fatal. He did have a shoulder injury which required arthroscopic surgery and also had developed post concussion syndrome. We were able to show the responsible party and the Federal Court Magistrate that our client’s injuries and residual symptoms were ongoing and serious.
$3,000,000 Settlement in open court just before trial for infant who was crossing the street with a walk signal in her favor when she was struck by an ambulance which was not using its lights or sirens. She was nine years old at the time of the incident. She sustained a fractured leg and fractured foot, and required skin grafts.
$1,350,000 Global Settlement reached for three passengers of a vehicle who were injured when the car struck a pot-hole and careened off the side of a narrow road with a steep set off. Plaintiffs brought suit against the driver of their vehicle and further claimed that the city was negligent in the design, construction, and maintenance of this particular roadway. The city contended that there was no prior written notice regarding the dangerous condition. Plaintiffs argument that the city caused and created the dangerous condition resulted in resolution of the case. Each of the three plaintiffs suffered various severe head and facial injuries.
$1,298,680 Verdict for thirty-five year old bicyclist who was proceeding through an intersection with a green light in his favor when a van failed to heed a red light. The van collided with him, throwing him from his bike, then fled the scene of the accident. The motorist was retrieved by a good Samaritan. The bicyclist suffered fractures to his arms and legs.
$175,000.00 recovery obtained for a 64 year old man who claims he was rear ended by a car. The defendant car claimed our client turned suddenly into his path of travel. The client sustained a shoulder injury among other injuries and underwent a shoulder arthroscopic surgery. While a motion as to whether the injuries were serious and related was pending the matter was settled for a figure representing full value.
A $2,150,000 settlement was reached for a client who was 59 years old at the time of her accident. Our client was on her way home from a local church function when she tripped over an elevated sidewalk flag (sidewalk square). At the scene of the accident, our client was treated by EMS and driven to the emergency room. She underwent surgery for an orbital fracture and subsequently developed a closed head injury with a case of a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She did not return to work, and our premises liability lawyers brought forth claims for lost wages, medical bills, and other issues. We were able to secure a settlement at a court ordered mediation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The case was approximately 3 years from trial.
$550,000 settlement reached on behalf of our client for a premises liability case in the Bronx. The client slipped and fell on a patch of ice within an extended section of a broken curb at the bottom of a pedestrian ramp. Through extensive research, we proved that the City of New York previously knew of this faulty curb years before the accident and did not make the necessary arrangements to repair it. The client suffered significant injuries to her left ankle and eventually underwent two surgeries.
$240,000 settlement just before trial for Richmond County infant who fell from the landing of stairs that were missing a railing. She suffered a fractured arm. Although the arm was placed in a hard cast, it ultimately broke a second time and required surgery with percutaneous pinning and a second surgical procedure to drain her wound. She developed skin and bone infections (Staphylococcus Aureus and Osteomyelitis) during the course of her healing.
A significant confidential settlement was reached for an 81 year old man who fell in a National chain supermarket when the entrance doors closed on him. He was knocked to the ground and sustained a fracture to his hip requiring surgery and rehabilitation. Though there was no records of the door having closed on anyone previously, the partners at L&S proved that the company called to service the door had warned the supermarket they should update the sensors. The Plaintiff can now have the necessary funds to provide for additional care he needs.
$18,100 verdict for Richmond County woman who was injured on a rusty, jagged pipe which was protruding from a lake shoreline while she was vacationing upstate. She sustained a laceration on her leg which required stitches.
Negligence of Organization
A $420,000 settlement was obtained on behalf of our client, who was an inmate at Rikers Island. He was slashed with a prison knife, which resulted in a 6-inch scar and 32 stitches on his left cheek. The City of New York, who operates Rikers Island, argued that the client was engaged in a fight for which he was one of the aggressors. Our negligence of organization attorneys were able to prove that the lack of supervision and the placement of inmates within the prison contributed to the incident.
A $700,000 settlement was reached for our client in a case our police brutality attorneys filed against the City of New York and the New York City Police Department. Our client, who was 49 at the time, was at home when a call was made to 911 for a domestic dispute. The NYPD arrived and decided to place our client under arrest before they could fully investigate and gather the facts. During the course of the arrest, our client was forcibly thrown into the façade of his home. Then, while handcuffed, he was thrown to the ground. The injuries to his body included a head injury with an intracranial bleed, as well as a fracture/break to a screw that was in place from a prior unrelated cervical surgery. The City argued that the client was trying to flee and that they had to use “reasonable force” to restrain him. Leav & Steinberg partner Edward Steinberg deposed 4 police officers who were at the scene, including the Lieutenant, and was able to show that the offending officer’s version of events was less than credible.