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Recent Settlements

Trip and fall injury – confidential settlement

Settlement:  confidential settlement.

Facts:

This case arose out of an incident that occurred outside of a fast food restaurant when the client tripped in the area of a depressed granite curbstone.  As a result of the injuries she sustained in that fall, the client had two surgeries to repair torn ligaments in her left wrist and thumb.  She also sustained ripped ligaments in her foot.  She has suffered permanent and debilitating injuries.  The case was mediated and the client was compensated for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Settlement:

Confidential.

Trip and fall injury – confidential settlement

Settlement:  confidential settlement.

Facts:

Client was in her early 50’s and was walking on a brick walkway.  As she was walking, she tripped and fell on a defective section of a brick walkway in front of a restaurant.  As a result of the injuries she sustained in that fall, plaintiff underwent surgery to repair a shattered ankle.  She suffered permanent and debilitating injuries.  The case was successfully mediated and the client was awarded a significant confidential settlement.

Settlement:

Confidential.

Motorcycle crash – $1.2 million settlement

Settlement:  $1.2 million for injuries sustained in serious motorcycle crash.

Facts:

Client is in his 30’s was an experienced motorcyclist. As he was traveling on a main roadway with the right of way, a vehicle drove through a stop sign and struck him.  The client suffered severe injuries to his leg requiring multiple surgeries.  The case was settled against the driver of the vehicle for the limits of the available insurance.

Settlement:

$1.2 million for injuries sustained in serious motorcycle crash.

$600K Awarded to Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle

Settlement:  $600,000 for fractured skull and head injury

FACTS:

Plaintiff was standing at a trolley stop and waiting in the designated area.  The defendant motor vehicle operator veered from the roadway and struck Plaintiff, throwing her several feet into the air and onto the trolley platform.  Witnesses obtained the vehicle information of the negligent motorist and Mazow|McCullough, PC filed a lawsuit to recover damages for Plaintiff who suffered a fractured skull and head injury.

SETTLEMENT:

Mazow|McCullough, PC obtained a settlement for Plaintiff before trial in the amount of $600,000.00.

$200K Awarded to Passenger in Automobile Collision

Settlement:  $200,000 for severe injuries in two-car collision

FACTS:

The passenger in a two-vehicle collision suffered severe injuries requiring hospitalization.  Plaintiff was a passenger in a car that took a left-hand turn in front of a second vehicle.  The insurance carrier for the car that Plaintiff was a passenger in ultimately offered its insurance policy limit to the Plaintiff in the amount of $100,000.00.

Based upon the impact and extent of Plaintiff’s injuries, Mazow|McCullough, PC filed a lawsuit against the second vehicle driver as it appeared that the second vehicle was traveling at an unsafe speed and also contributed to the collision and injuries.

After fighting with both insurance companies for almost two (2) years Mazow|McCullough, PC secured an offer of settlement from the insurance company for the second vehicle in the amount of an additional $100,000.00.

SETTLEMENT:

Locating and ultimately obtaining the additional insurance coverage brought a total recovery to the client in the amount of $200,000.00.

$140K Awarded for Motorcycle Accident

Settlement:  $140,000 for fractured clavicle and pelvis

FACTS:

The Plaintiff suffered a fractured clavicle and fractured pelvis when the driver of a motor vehicle attempted an improper U-turn without looking.  The insurance company attempted to blame the motorcyclist and alleged that he was traveling at an excessive rate of speed.  This argument was quickly extinguished after Mazow|McCullough, PC filed a lawsuit against the driver of the car and its owner and questioned the defendants in the lawsuit.  The plaintiff made a quick recovery from his injuries and had limited medical treatment beyond the initial hospital visit.

SETTLEMENT:

Mazow|McCullough, PC obtained a settlement for this client in the amount of $140,000.00.

Man in Wheelchair Dropped by Ambulance Personnel Settles for Confidential Amount

Settlement:  Loss of consciousness and collar bone injury

FACTS:

The client was a double amputee and required the use of a wheelchair for mobility.  He called a local ambulance company for assistance so that he could be carried into his house.  Instead of using a proper stair carrier to get him into his house, ambulance personnel attempted to carry the client in his own wheelchair up the front stairs.  The ambulance personnel lost control of the wheelchair and dropped him down the stairs.  The client hit his head and suffered brief loss of consciousness and also sustained a collarbone injury.

SETTLEMENT:

The case settled without filing suit against the ambulance company as a result of their improper and dangerous carrying technique.

Slip and Fall Settles for Confidential Amount

Settlement:  Traumatic brain injury

FACTS:

The plaintiff, a teacher’s aide, was working part-time at a local store.  When she went to retrieve some stock in the storage room, she fell into an open trap door.  The trap door, which was located in the floor, was unknown to the plaintiff as it had always been covered by a small rug. The plaintiff fell approximately ten feet to the basement below.  She sustained a minor traumatic brain injury.  The plaintiff brought suit against the property owner for failure to provide any warnings that the trap door was open in the floor.

SETTLEMENT:

After nearly three years of litigation, the case was settled for a confidential amount.

$225K Awarded for Dog Bite to the Face

Settlement:  $225,000 for permanent, painful and disfiguring scarring

Facts:

The plaintiff, a 49 year old woman, was invited to the defendant’s home to watch a New England Patriots game. While sitting on the floor and engaged in a conversation with defendant’s daughter, she was bitten in the face by defendant’s. The bite left a jagged scar on left cheek and left eyebrow.  Despite plastic surgery, plaintiff has been left with a permanent and disfiguring scar, as well as continual pain.

Issues:

Statutes impose strict liability upon dog owners for damages occasioned by their dogs unless there is a trespass or other tort. Defendant alleged plaintiff must have provoked or startled the dog. Defendant’s dog was described as “aggressively affectionate” and will “assert herself” when trying to regain attention, including one incident when the dog lunged at a child visiting the home. Despite knowing this, the defendant failed to warn plaintiff not to sit on the floor while the dog was present.

Settlement:

The case was settled at mediation for $225,000.

$100K Awarded in Motor Vehicle Crash

Passenger injured when driver lost control of car

Facts:

23 year old male client was a passenger in a single car motor vehicle crash caused by the driver “joy riding,” who lost control of the vehicle.  The driver hit a guard rail causing the vehicle to flip. Client sustained a fracured nose nad ribs, colllapsed lung, fractured left hip.

Settlement:

The case settled for the auto insurance policy limits of $100K.

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