Announced on November 14, 2018, by topverdict.com was the 2017 list of top verdicts and settlements. We’re proud to announce that three of our motorcycle accident cases made the lists.
These cases were also reported in the New York Jury Verdict Review.
Top 50 Car Accident Verdicts in New York in 2017
Two of our trial verdicts made the “Top 50 Car Accident Verdicts in New York in 2017”, which includes both car and motorcycle accident trials.
#43 in the Top 50 Car Accident Verdicts in New York in 2017
#43 on the list was Coyle v. Beinenfeld, a motorcycle accident in Nassau County where a car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Our client injured his knee and had arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus.
For four years, GEICO’s settlement offer was only $10,000. 30 minutes before the trial started they offered $100,000. We declined the offer.
GEICO’s attorney hired two orthopedic surgeons and a radiologist to testify at the trial that his meniscus was not torn. GEICO’s attorney also argued that our client caused the accident.
The jury found the driver was 100% at fault for causing the accident and awarded our client a verdict of $465,000. That’s 46.5 times the settlement offer!
#48 in the Top 50 Car Accident Verdicts in New York in 2017
#48 on the list was a motorcycle accident in Suffolk County where a car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Our client is a motorcycle police officer who was off-duty riding his private motorcycle. His motorcycle hit the rear of the car as it passed him and he broke his leg. The insurance company made a settlement offer to us of $50,000.
We filed a summary judgment motion asking the court to rule that the driver was 100% at fault and that our client was not even slightly negligent. We won the motion, so the jury was told that the court already found the driver 100% at fault and that the jury would only decide how much money to award our client for his injury.
In the middle of the trial, the defense attorney offered $300,000 to settle and we declined the offer. The jury awarded our client a verdict of $425,000. That’s 8.5 times the settlement offer!
Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in New York in 2017
Another of our motorcycle accident cases made the “Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in New York in 2017”. This list is comprised of “various case types that were filed either in state or federal courts.” The settlement was also reported in the New York Jury Verdict Review.
#79 on the list was a motorcycle accident where a car attempted to pass our client on a single lane exit ramp from the Southern State Parkway to the Wantagh State Parkway. The car was half on the grass when it turned into the motorcycle.
Our client broke her nose and needed dental treatment for her top front teeth. She broke her nose again in another accident which impacted the value in the first accident.
Our client came to us after seeing two other lawyers who were unable to find a dentist willing to treat her on a lien (without being paid until the end of the case). We were able to get her teeth fixed on a lien at a cost of $16,000 by a prosthodontist (a specialized dentist).
Liberty Mutual originally offered $60,000 to settle but after a lot of negotiating, they increased their offer 7 times until we finally settled for the entire insurance policy of $250,000.
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