Chaikin LaPenna
Verdicts & Settlements

Over $100 Million Recovered

$46.1 Million – Car Accident

The 44-year-old plaintiff was rear-ended on the Long Island Expressway and experienced numbness in this hand caused by a herniated disk in his neck. His meniscus was also shredded in the collision and the injuries have required multiple surgeries. The jury award includes roughly $5 million for past damages, $36 million for future damages and $5 million for future medical expenses.


$2.8 Million – Pedestrian Knockdown

The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries. At trial, the defendants argued that our client crossed unexpectedly in the middle of the street in between two parked vehicles and that the bus was able to stop in time and not make contact with our client. The defendants also argued that the client had a history of back problems and that the injuries claimed to her shoulder and lower back were pre-existing and not caused by this accident. After a full trial, a jury found the defendants 70 percent at fault and awarded the client $2.8 million.


$1.7 Million – Car Accident

The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight. The client sustained neck and back injuries resulting in a need for cervical spine surgery. Prior to trial, all parties agreed to attend a mediation in an attempt to resolve the matter. Defendants vigorously argued that the injuries sustained by our client were pre-existing and not caused by the accident. They claimed that our client did not need the surgeries. The matter was resolved to the benefit of the client in an amount of $1.7 million.


$1.25 Million – Car Accident

Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours. In the accident, the plaintiff suffered multiple fractures, which required surgery. As a result of our swift action, we secured summary judgment on the issue of liability. This led to the insurer tendering all applicable policies, which totaled $1.25 million.


$1 Million – Scaffolding Accident

In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for our client in the amount of $1 million. Our client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground. He was not provided with adequate fall protection. As a result of this fall, our client sustained seven fractured ribs and two fractured wrists, with one of them requiring surgery. This case, which was in the Nassau County court, was settled prior to the depositions of the defendants.

$11 Million – Slip & Fall

A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to plat the instrument.


$2.1 Million – Bus Accident

A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of our client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus. The client sustained injuries to his back and to his shoulder and underwent surgery to both body parts, and has been unable to return to work as a result of his injuries.


$2 Million – Pedestrian Accident

The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car. While the car only had $25,000 in insurance, we were able to prove that the icy condition was the result of The City of New York failing to properly maintain its drainage system and failing to remove the ice. This resulted in a total settlement of $2 million following years of litigation and a jury trial.


$1.5 Million – Truck Accident

The client, a 37 year old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a “no-pay” position.


$1.2 Million – Slip & Fall

The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar. The case proceeded to trial with the jury determining that the owner was 80 percent at fault with the bar 10 percent at fault. Following the liability verdict, the case settled for $1.2 million. The settlement offer prior to the verdict had been $150,000.


$1 Million – Slip & Fall

A settlement was reached with a confidential defendant as a result of a fall at work. The client worked as a cash handler collecting money from banks. After picking up a bag of cash from a bank and placing it in the back of his armored vehicle, the security ink packets exploded frightening our client and causing him to fall backward, striking his head against the floor. As a result of this fall, the client sustained a neck injury, which ultimately required surgery. Through our aggressive litigation of this matter, the at-fault bank admitted to their wrongdoing and ultimately agreed to compensate our client.


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