Premises Liability Case – $43 Million Verdict For Fall Victim
Lipsig partner Alan Shapey successfully concluded a jury trial and won a $43 million verdict for our client from a Brooklyn jury. Our client was severely hurt when he fell from the roof of a luxury apartment building in Williamsburg Brooklyn while attending a party.
Our client asked the party’s host to use a bathroom. Since there was no bathroom on the roof, the host gave him an empty Gatorade bottle and told him to go to a more private spot and relieve himself. He walked to the edge of the roof and climbed up on the parapet wall, thinking in the darkness there was no gap between that building and one next door. There was actually a 2-1/2-foot gap between the buildings.
Our client lost his balance and fell 70 feet. The impact shattered his spine, and left him in a wheelchair for life.
The six-member jury voted in state Supreme Court to order the building’s developer to pay our client $43 million, $2.7 million for past damages, and $41 million for his future damages over the remaining 40 + years of his future life expectancy.
“One of the jurors told him afterward ‘We can’t bring your body back but at least we can make your life a little better,’” trial lawyer Alan Shapey said. “The tipping point in this case was his will to survive”.
The legal issue in the case hinged on a 1968 city law that requires a 10-foot-high fence around the edge of any rooftop used for recreation. The section where our client fell did not have such a fence. After the accident, the building attached wooden 2-by-4s to the top of the parapet as a safety barrier.
Shapey said the city’s statute is “as clear as day.” “There’s no wiggle room in the statute,” he said. “The city has a problem. They are letting non-compliant buildings be constructed. They have made this internal interpretation that’s not in the statute.”
Pedestrian Accident Case – $20 Million Jury Verdict For Injured Pedestrian
Lipsig partner Alan Shapey secured a verdict of more than $20 million against the New York City Transit Authority for our client, who was severely injured when a New York City bus struck her as she crossed the street.
The verdict was recognized as the 5th-largest awarded in New York for a motor vehicle accident between 2010 and 2015. Lipsig, Shapey, Manus and Moverman was inducted into the New York Law Journal’s Verdicts & Settlement Hall of Fame in acknowledgement of the achievement.
Mr. Shapey was successful in demonstrating that our client had upheld her own obligations as a pedestrian: crossing the street within the crosswalk, waiting until the pedestrian crossing signal had changed and checking both ways for oncoming traffic. Despite taking the appropriate cautions, our client was struck by a New York City bus and suffered severe personal injuries.
Our client, a 59-year-old woman and resident of Long Island City, lost her leg and arm in the accident, along with being blinded in one eye. She spent 10 months in the hospital. The jury’s verdict, handed down by a judge for the Queens Supreme Court, is intended to pay for our client’s medical care for the next 24 years.
Negligent Security Case – $13 Million Verdict in favor of a Lipsig client.
Lipsig partners Tom Moverman and Marc Freund tried the case over the last two months against a security company that negligently allowed a violent former resident into a shelter where she attacked and assaulted the victim, a staff worker. The security company disregarded an earlier threat against the worker by the assailant and an attack against the Director of Social Services and then allowed her into the staff office where the attack took place. The jury found that security company was negligent and that it recklessly disregarded the safety of the injured staff worker.
Our client suffered serious injuries to her spine and needed a fusion surgery of three vertebrae in her neck and then a surgical implant of a spinal cord neuro-stimulator for pain management.
Our client was unable to return to work after the fusion surgery. The jury’s decision provided our client with funds for her loss of earnings and for her future medical expenses as well as her pain and suffering.
Construction Accident Case – $20 Million Verdict for our construction worker client.
Lipsig partner Alan Shapey completed a three-week long jury trial on July 2, 2013 when the jury returned a damages verdict of over $20 million for our client. Our client, a construction worker, was injured while working in an excavation trench in the Bronx that, due to unsafe shoring, partially collapsed. He was working with a demolition power saw and was struck by the collapsing dirt. We proved that the owner of the property was legally responsible for his injury. He suffered deep lacerations that required over 100 sutures in his face and chest and he had serious traumatic injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. In the verdict we recovered damages for his loss of earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering. New York Verdicts and Settlements
Settlements from Lawyers Who Fight to Win
Many of our personal injury verdicts and settlements have been multi-million-dollar recoveries for our clients. Our experience and devotion to fighting for justice for our clients is part of what makes the Lipsig law firm so successful at what we do. Our team of top trial lawyers and prominent New York litigators concentrates our practice on personal injury lawsuits. Selecting an attorney to represent you is an important decision. If you or someone you love has received a serious personal injury caused by accident or negligence, we will investigate your case thoroughly, review all of your options, and then fight to get you the largest personal injury verdict or settlement that you deserve. We are committed to getting you the maximum settlement or award to which you are entitled under the law.
A Few of Our Multi-Million-Dollar Personal Injury Verdicts
Lead Paint Poisoning Case – $50,000,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $50 million verdict for a young child who developed severe brain damage as a result of lead poisoning. The building owner where the child lived was found negligent.
Faulty Traffic Light Case – $39,000,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $39 million verdict for a 12-year-old boy who was struck by an automobile because the City failed to install a traffic light.
Bus Accident Case – $20,000,000 Personal Injury Verdict
A Queens woman who lost an arm and a leg and was blinded in one eye after she was struck by a bus in 2009 has won a $20 million judgment.
Lead Paint Poisoning Case – $12,720,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $12.72 million verdict in Infant Lead Poisoning Case.
Subway Accident Case – $10,000,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $10 million verdict for our client, a man who fell on the elevated subway train tracks and was struck by a train on September 3, 2007.
School Assault Case – $10,000,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $10 million verdict for a young girl who was violently assaulted in the stairwell of a City public school.
Defective Seat Belt – $9,500,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $9.5 million verdict for the family of a woman killed by a defectively designed belt during a low-speed collision at a Bronx intersection.
Subway Accident Case – $9,300,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $9.3 million verdict for a 29-year-old man who lost his left arm and suffered an open skull fracture as the result of being struck by a subway train.
Intruder Assault and Defamation – $6,000,000 Personal Injury Verdict
Won a $6 million verdict for a woman who was brutally attacked and stabbed in her apartment building due to poor security.
Slip & Fall – $2,300,000 Settlement
Pre-trial settlement for a 37 year old man who fell down on stairs due to a defective handrail after visiting a family member’s building.
Slip & Fall – $1,600,000 Settlement
Fall on Defective Pavement at Building Entrance – Lipsig Law Firm obtains $1.6 million settlement – 1 ½ years after injury. Recent
Results Bus Accident – $17 Million
57 year old woman struck by a bus causing leg and arm amputations and loss of sight in one eye. We obtained a jury verdict for our client and her case was then settled during the appeal.
Medical Malpractice & Premises Negligence – $6.4 Million
44 year old fell in mall parking lot hole caused by plow; client’s fractured elbow pain was ignored by hospital and doctors causing compartment syndrome and permanent impaired use of his arm.
Medical Malpractice & Premises Negligence – $5.347 Million
53 year old airport worker right leg was caught in airplane stair that was mechanically lowered as he was walking down the steps.
Premises Negligence – $4.9 Million
30-year-old busboy who was assaulted and thrown from a roof due to inadequate security at his apartment building.
Premises Negligence – $4.625 Million
Broadway actor fell through a stage trap door that we proved was defectively designed for safety. He sustained fractures to pelvis, right forearm, ribs, sternum, vertebrae, left foot and needed multiple surgeries. We hired engineers and we built a full-scale version of the stage equipment to prove the dangers for the actors.
Subway Accident – $4 Million
50 year old male was struck by a train when he fell on the tracks while intoxicated and suffered amputations of both legs. We obtained a jury verdict in his favor and his case was settled during the appeal by defendant.
Slip & Fall – $3 Million
44 year old man fell due to defective stair edge in his apartment building. After surgery to his fractured right wrist, he developed a well-known complication: compartment syndrome of the right forearm.
Slip & Fall – $2.9 Million
47-year-old IT specialist who was struck by a car in the crosswalk and fractured his ankle.
Premises Negligence – $2.7 Million
12 year old tripped and fell due to protruding base of scaffold support pole causing him extensive injuries to his left leg requiring multiple surgeries.
Scaffold Accident – $2.6 Million
25 year old construction worker who fell from defective scaffold. He sustained fractured ribs, multiple injuries to his left knee requiring surgery and fusion surgery to his lower back.
Construction Accident – $2.5 Million
63 year old asbestos worker who fell from a ladder at a worksite and fractured his femur and injured his back.
Bus Accident – $2.4 Million
Settled at trial for our forty-four year old client who was thrown down from a bus through the rear doors when the driver left the gear in reverse instead of park at the bus stop and then jammed on the brakes to stop the bus from rolling. Defense argued that the low-speed event and her short fall down the steps could not cause the injuries she suffered.
Bus Accident – $2.4 Million
60 year old woman struck by a NYC Transit bus causing degloving injury and fractures of her left leg. She needed multiple surgeries for the wound to the skin of her leg.
Premises Negligence – $2.3 Million
37 year old tourist from Guyana fell down a flight of stairs due to a defective handrail and fractured his right leg.
Motorcycle Accident- $2.2 Million
38-year-old restaurant manager who fractured his knee and wrist in a motorcycle incident.
Bus Accident – $2.15 Million
56 year old woman was dragged by an MTA bus after her coat was caught in the back doors causing degloving injury to left leg and fractures with surgeries.
Auto Accident – $1.975 Million
30 year old man involved in a motor vehicle accident with injury to his neck requiring surgery.
Construction Accident – $1.8 Million
47 year old construction worker struck by a construction bucket that fell causing him to suffer injuries to his shoulders and back and requiring several surgeries.
Construction Accident – $1.78 Million
31 year old construction worker who fell into a hole and suffered injuries to his back and neck.
Scaffold Accident – $1.75 Million
53 year old construction worker fell from a scaffold with multiple fractures in the pelvic area, traumatic brain injury, fractured fingers and back injuries.
Landlord Negligence – $1.7 Million
37 year old EMT who was injured in an elevator that was defective causing him injuries to both knees and back requiring surgeries. This case only settled during the damages trial in Court.
Premises Negligence – $1.6 Million
26 year old male who tripped and fell on a premises defect causing him to fracture his right, dominant hand and back injuries requiring surgeries.
Premises Negligence – $1.6 Million
27 year-old Brooklyn resident who fell on a cracked sidewalk ramp in front of an apartment building and required several back surgeries.
Scaffold Accident – $1.6 Million
50 year old construction worker who fell from a scaffold and suffered back and ankle injuries requiring surgeries.
Construction Accident – $1.5 Million
50 year-old construction laborer who fell from a scaffold and suffered back and ankle injuries.
Auto Accident – $1.5 Million
68 year old women struck by car exiting driveway suffered a fractured elbow with surgery; hardware removed one year later.
Premises Negligence – $1.45 Million
31 year old male injured when he fell into an uncovered and unguarded form for a concrete column causing him to endure multiple back surgeries.
Premises Negligence – $1.35 Million
42 year old man fell through an opening covered with unsecured plywood. He had rib fractures, lower back fractures, tears to knees requiring surgery with a partial loss of use of right arm and right leg.
Landlord Negligence – $1.2 Million
41 year old woman who was assaulted by a tenant due to negligent security. She suffered spinal cord injury in neck and had 2 injuries.
Electrical Accident – $1.1 Million
Our client is an electrician who was injured when she was sent to work on a high-voltage electrical panel box that was not de-energized by the general contractor. She was hurt when there was an electrical arc that caused an explosion just as she started to do the assigned work in the panel.
Construction Accident – $1.1 Million
44 year old ironworker who tripped and fell on steel plates causing injuries requiring surgery to his left knee.
Auto Accident – $1.1 Million
23 year old female passenger in a motor vehicle who suffered soft-tissue injuries to her neck, shoulder and knees with two arthroscopic surgeries. We tried this case before a jury and received a verdict of over $2 million. The case was settled during the appeal for almost all of the insurance coverage.
*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome We work on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay a cent until you receive compensation, at which point you are charged a percentage of the settlement. There is no fee for our services unless a recovery is won. We offer a free initial consultation. If you or someone you love has been a victim of a serious personal injury and wish to bring legal action for compensation for physical and emotional damages click here to contact our personal injury attorneys . You may also call us toll free at: 1-800-9-LIPSIG for a free consultation.