The legal team of Morgan Levine Dolan, P.C. and Fatos Dervishi have won a $4 million settlement from an insurance company for a union construction worker. The worker had suffered serious injuries to his foot, ankle, and knee. It was determined that the construction worker needed surgery and would not be able to return to construction work. The legal team pushed the insurance company right up to the trial deadline, at which point the insurance company relented and agreed to the settlement. Luckily the construction worker hired the right legal team to represent him. This gave him peace of mind to be able to provide for his wife and 14 month old son for the rest of their lives.
“In one of our cases a New York County jury returned a verdict of $13.2M for an injured construction worker who fell 4 feet from a crane on the 2nd Avenue Subway project. The construction worker hit his face and right shoulder on the street when he fell due to a missing step on the ladder of the crane. The Plaintiff suffered a torn ligament in his right shoulder that required surgery and post-concussion symptoms including short term memory loss and difficulty with his executive functioning. My Partner Trial Attorney Duane R. Morgan said “It is a great day when justice is served. Injured workers have rights and one of those rights is to be able to go to work in a safe environment. Maybe the MTA and the City of New York will think twice next time before they put one of our great union workers in harm’s way.”
If you have been injured in an accident make sure you have a winning lawyer on your side.
The following are just a few examples of the recent results won by the attorneys of Dervishi Law Group, P.C.:
The Dervishi Law Group obtained a $3,295,582 verdict against the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) on behalf of a 74-year-old Albanian janitor who slipped and fell down an outdoor subway stairway during a rainstorm at the Rockefeller Center subway station in Manhattan. Plaintiff, a Local 32BJ cleaner, was on his way to work at 1185 Sixth Avenue, when he slipped and fell on a step with a loose metal plate and a downward slope. The accident was not reported to the NYCTA. Nonetheless, based on his prior testimony, the NYCTA maintained that the Plaintiff, who testified through an Albanian interpreter, was not holding the handrail, stepped on something “soft” and was rushing to get to work. Although the radiology reports of his first three medical providers indicated that his cervical vertebrae fracture was “old” and “chronic,” his surgeon clarified that the clinical diagnosis and intra-operative findings demonstrated an acute injury. The jury awarded him $350,000 in past medical expenses, $240,000 in past lost earnings, $1,200,000 in past pain and suffering, $255,582 in future medical expenses, $250,000 in future lost earnings and $1,000,000 in future pain and suffering, with no comparative fault.
The Dervishi Law Group was able to negotiate a 1.65 million dollar settlement for a union bus driver
This month, the Dervishi Law Group negotiated a $1,650,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 53-year-old, union bus driver who sustained an exacerbation of prior neck injuries when her bus was hit by a van making an illegal turn across five lanes of traffic. Our client received emergency room treatment two days after her accident, beginning a course of orthopedic care and pain management. With the help of her doctors, she was able to return to work eight months later, continuing to work another two years despite the ongoing pain, until she experienced a further exacerbation of her neck injury, necessitating surgery and permanently disabling her from employment. The settlement will provide this single mother with compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the defendant, as well as financial security as she faces ongoing medical expenses without employment.
Two weeks ago The Dervishi Law Group secured a $2,250,000.00 settlement on behalf of a non-union laborer who sustained permanent injuries to his neck, back and knees at a Jamaica Avenue construction site in Queens. The worker was standing on a pile of castings on the back of a dump truck, rigging the top casting to four chains hanging from a front end loader. With only three of the four chains rigged, the operator of the front end loader lifted the bucket, striking the laborer and knocking him up off the truck and onto the sidewalk below. Although the operator of the front end loader denied that he hit the laborer with the backhoe, claiming instead that the laborer had slipped from the side of the truck, after years of litigation and extensive negotiations, we were able negotiate this 2.25 million dollar settlement on the laborer’s behalf, allowing him to provide some level of financial security for himself, his wife and his young children.
This month The Dervishi Law Group secured a $1,525,000.00 settlement from the City of New York and another defendant for a laborer who sustained back injuries at a Bronx construction site on East 75th Street. The laborer, who was paid in cash, maintained that an un-shored trench in the roadway collapsed, causing him to fall approximately six to eight feet, sustaining his injuries. The general contractor at the site insisted that the trench did not collapse, and testified that he had seen the laborer deliberately throw himself into the excavation. Despite the contractor’s somewhat astonishing allegations, after years of litigation, The Dervishi Law Group was able to negotiate over 1.5 million dollars in restitution for the worker.
The Dervishi Law Group, and attorney Duane Morgan, represented a union carpenter who suffered a fall at work.This carpenter complained to his employer of neck and head pain, but he did not receive medical attention from a doctor. Instead, he continued working light (part time) duty for 7 months.This resulted in the employer laying him off from his job for missing so much work.This is when the union carpenter decided to seek legal counsel.
Almost 3 years after the original injury, the carpenter required neck surgery. Testimony from several doctors claimed his neck problems were degenerative issues.The Dervishi Law Group, along with attorney Duane Morgan, was able to prove differently.This resulted in the insurance company paying the carpenter for his lost wages, as well as, pain and suffering in the amount of $2,200,000.
If you have been injured in a construction accident it is important to have a reputable, knowledgeable, and winning law firm on your side!
$13.2M: A construction worker who fell from a crane on a Subway project.
$4,500,000.00: A settlement for a Union Carpenter who permanently injured his back, lifting a steel beam into a service elevator.
$3,250,000.00: A scaffold worker was struck by a falling scaffold pipe, injuring his neck and back.
$2,900,000.00: A janitorial worker sustained an injury when an air conditioner fell on his head.
$2,200,000: A construction worker was awarded this settlement injuring his back & neck eventually having surgery.
$1,500,000.00: A woman walking on the sidewalk was struck by a forklift, injuring her neck and back.
$1,500,000.00: A construction worker fell off of a ladder, reinjuring his lower back upon which he had a prior surgery.
$1,250,000.00: A plumber tripped over a piece of debris at a construction site, re-injuring his lower back.
$775,000.00: A construction worker lost his finger when the blade on his saw broke.
$600,000.00: A plumber fell off an scaffold, injuring his knee and shoulder.
$387,500.00: A worker fell off a roof, injuring his foot.
$280,000.00: A home health aide injured her wrist when a window closed too fast.
$250,000.00: A bicyclist hit into the rear of a bus, hurting her arm, shoulder and ribs.
$240,000.00: A worker fell into an open hole at a construction site, injuring his shoulder and neck.
$200,000.00: A construction worker sustained a laceration to his arm while cutting metal.
$200,000.00: A woman injured her shoulder in a rear-end car accident.
$200,000.00: A deliveryman fell through a cellar door while making a delivery, injuring his knee and shoulder
$175,000.00: A man walking on a sidewalk slipped on a slice of pizza in front of a pizzeria, injuring his leg.
$165,000.00: A worker fell from a ladder, injuring his neck.
$160,000.00: A worker sustained an injury when a cellar door closed on his foot.
$160,000.00: A man in a rear-end car accident reinjured his lower back.
$150,000.00: An elderly woman fell out of an elevator, injuring her hip.
$135,000.00: A man lost control of his car, striking a truck and a tree, sustaining multiple injuries.
$135,000.00: A man was struck by a hit and run car, injuring his collarbone.
$118,500.00: A passenger in a car sustained an injury to her shoulder.
$110,000.00: For a driver and passenger in a rear-end car accident, injuring both of their shoulders.
$105,000.00: A woman tripped and fell on a cracked sidewalk, hurting her ankle.
$100,000.00: A woman injured her head and neck when the ceiling fell in her apartment.
$100,000.00: A man reinjured his knee in a car accident.