Our Clients' Stories

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.


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Our Verdicts

  • $1,800,000 Verdict

    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. 

  • $4,100,000 Verdict

    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. 

  • $750,000 Verdict

    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.

  • $2,000,000 Verdict

    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.

  • $5,000,000 Verdict

     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. 

  • $1,455,000 Verdict

    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. 

  • $7,750,000 Verdict

    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. 

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