A 22-year-old college student was a passenger struck from behind by a careless driver, causing permanent damage to her spine. The insurance company offered only $100,000 to settle the case despite the fact that the young women could no longer pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a chef and sharing the recipes taught to her by her beloved grandmother. After a week at trial, the Sussex County, NJ jury returned its verdict of $1.8 million in less than two hours. The insurance company appealed the case but Laddey Clark & Ryan was successful in defeating the appeal and obtaining the verdict amount. The young woman can now afford to continue with her physical therapy and intends to open a restaurant and hire a chef so she can continue the traditions of her family and pursue her new dream.
A 58-year-old real estate agent stepped into an elevator in a hotel in Lake Tahoe when the elevator suddenly dropped and slammed to a stop, causing severe and permanent injuries to his spine that required spinal surgery. The man was no longer able to work or pay his bills. The elevator company offered $12,500 to settle the case, which was tried in Reno, NV. The jury returned a verdict of $2 million after deliberating for an hour, finding that the elevator company was negligent in maintaining the elevator, which caused the catastrophic failure. The individual can now concentrate on his continued rehabilitation without fear of losing his home.
A 52-year-old motorcycle operator was sitting at a red light when a careless operator of a commercial pickup truck slammed into him from behind. The father of five sustained permanent damage to his spine, which will require a lifetime of medical care. He was in constant pain and could no longer coach his children's teams. The insurance company for the pickup truck offered $100,000 to settle the case during the trial. The jury returned a verdict of $19 million and verbally wished the man and his family the very best as they left the courtroom. The case was later settled on appeal.
A 54-year-old carpenter working in a hotel took the elevator to the parking level. The elevator, which had been neglected by the elevator maintenance company, malfunctioned and dropped rapidly, slamming to a stop when the emergency mechanical braking system activated. The carpenter was thrown into the metal door of the elevator and sustained permanent damage to his spine and serious urological issues. Although the man owed more than $250,000 to the workers compensation insurance company that was paying for his medical care, the elevator company offered $400,000 to settle the case. The jury returned a verdict of $3.98 million. The elevator company delayed paying the plaintiff and filed an appeal, convincing the Appellate Court that the trial judge had made a technical error on the Jury Verdict Form, thus necessitating the case to be tried a second time. The second jury, which was not told about the first trial, returned a verdict of $8 million and the case was settled on appeal. The man can now retire in peace and continue to pursue medical treatment.
A 76-year-old woman was struck, lifted up and thrown to the ground by a school bus as it was making a turn within a parking lot. As a result, she sustained serious and catastrophic injuries including a lacerated spleen, pinched ureter (requiring a stent and surgery every six months), rib fractures, lumbar spine (lower back) fractures and multiple internal hematomas, among other injuries. A lawsuit was filed against the transportation company that owned the school bus, the driver of the school bus, the owner of the parking lot where the incident occurred, and the valet company who managed/operated the parking lot. During discovery, and following mediation, the defendants offered a global settlement of $3,000,000 to resolve the matter without further litigation.
A 53-year-old man was rear-ended by an Amerigas Propane Truck, resulting in serious and permanent injuries to his neck (including three cervical herniations and two cervical bulges). He underwent a two-level disc replacement surgery in his neck. While awaiting trial in Sussex County, Amerigas offered $385,000 to resolve the matter and avoid trial.
A 59-year-old woman was T-boned, resulting in a displaced fracture to her wrist. The fracture was operated on and left the woman with hardware in her wrist. The tortfeasor had a limited insurance policy of $15,000, which was quickly offered. A claim for underinsured motorist benefits was made against the injured woman’s insurance company, Allstate. Allstate offered an additional $275,000 to resolve the matter pre-trial.
A 53-year-old woman was struck head on, resulting in two herniations in her cervical spine and post-concussive syndrome. She underwent a two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Tortfeasor carried minimum policy limits with Esurance for $15,000, which was tendered following the surgery. The injured woman sought compensation under her underinsured motorist policy with NJM. NJM offered an additional $270,000 to resolve the matter pre-trial.
An 81-year-old woman sustained two herniations in her lumbar spine when the tortfeasor’s vehicle failed to yield to hers, causing a front-end collision. The injured woman ultimately required surgical intervention in the form of a two-level lumbar laminectomy. A complaint was filed in Hunterdon County, and Allstate for the tortfeasor offered $220,000 to settle the matter without the need for further litigation.
A 13-year-old student was injured at recess when he fell on a concrete septic cover located in the center of the school’s soccer field. Specifically, the young boy injured his left knee when the knee landed directly on the septic cover. Two separate surgeries were performed to repair the fracture, and significant ligament injuries that had occurred in the fall. A settlement with the school, in the amount of $413,500, was reached prior to attending binding arbitration.
Obtained a $300,000 settlement for a minor child, who was seriously injured from a dog bite that occurred in Vernon, NJ (Sussex County). The client, who was supposed to be supervised by the dog owner, was ultimately attacked by a pitbull and sustained multiple facial lacerations and scarring. Initially, the homeowner's Insurance Carrier, Homesite Insurance Company, refused to accept responsibility for the dog attack and attempted to disclaim coverage under the homeowner's insurance policy. Laddey Clark & Ryan’s passionate and vigorous representation ultimately led to the carrier tendering its full policy limits to settle the matter.
19-year-old girl is rear-ended and had a herniation in her neck that will eventually result in surgery. The insurance company for the other driver, Mercury Insurance, claimed all of the spinal damage was due to old age and only made a minimal settlement offer. The jury was able to see how much the spinal damage and constant pain impacted the future for this young woman.
A 14-year-old girl’s father ran a stop sign and collided with a passing car. She suffered a herniation in her neck, which harms her ability to play the viola. She had been a serious candidate at Julliard. The insurance company, Allstate, offered $7,500 pre-trial, which forced this case into the jury’s hands.
A woman leaving work at 1 a.m. slipped on black ice in the parking lot outside of her office building, fracturing her ankle. She worked at an international company that conducted business at all hours of the day. The company that was hired to perform 24/7 monitoring of the property claimed it had no idea that people would be working that late and therefore should not be held responsible for re-freeze situations. We successfully argued that the snow and ice removal company, which received weather alerts every two hours, should have known that there was a re-freeze situation, and that it was well aware people worked in this office 24/7.
An elevator maintained by Schindler Elevator Corporation dropped and slammed to a stop in Stateline, Nevada, severely injuring one of the passengers. Schindler and its attorneys maintained throughout the case that it did nothing wrong despite the admissions of its own supervisors that it was not maintaining the elevators to the proper standards.
A 72 year-old man slipped and fell on black ice outside a Wells Fargo Bank. He suffered a spinal injury and required emergency surgery that confined him to a wheelchair. Wells Fargo and the company it hired to clear ice from the property attempted to blame the victim, but we were able to convince the jury the ice was an ongoing condition caused by a poor drainage pipe.
Аn 18-year-old woman was rear-ended on her way home from college and suffered a herniation in her lower spine. Her doctors said her injury would eventually result in a fusion surgery. The insurance company, New Jersey Manufacturers, offered only $50,000 to resolve the case before trial started. We were able to show the jury how the terrible injury to this young woman has dramatically altered her life, and the woman’s treating doctors showed how the damage to her spine is progressive.
Schindler Elevator Corporation created false work reports claiming a secretary performed maintenance on an elevator at the Headquarters Plaza building in Morristown, NJ. The elevator eventually failed catastrophically, severely injuring the carpenter inside. The man will never work again and is now in constant pain from his injuries. This case was a retrial after a previous jury entered an award of $4,000,000 in the same case that Schindler was able to get reversed on appeal.
"The car that rear-ended me on Route 23 changed my life forever. The injuries I suffered ultimately led to a fusion surgery and I am still in a lot of pain. It has changed how I parent, my relationship with my husband, how I spend my free time, what I can do around the house. Essentially my entire life was upended. The people at Laddey, Clark & Ryan took the time to learn my story and used it to obtain a settlement that will help us move forward and past this terrible incident."
"From the very first time, we went through the doors of Laddey, Clark & Ryan and met you, we were so very pleased that we chose to go there. You were exceptional. You were so polite, so friendly and yet very professional. Before the day ended, we knew where we stood with our case. You were very thorough in explaining everything to us, in words that we understood. We both were very satisfied when we settled our case. I just wanted you to know that should we ever need another attorney, we know that we would definitely call on Laddey, Clark & Ryan attorneys again. Thank you for everything,"