Brian D. Knauth, lead attorney in the personal injury department at Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, recently settled a case for $200,000 for a slip and fall injury. The client, a 62-year-old man, was not offered any money by the insurance company. “The client had lived in a rented duplex for seven months and while carrying laundry down the basement stairs, he fell and severely broke his ankle,” Knauth said. “He had been up and down the stairs multiple times since he had lived in the home, and alleged there was a defective step which caused the fall and the handrail did not extend to the bottom of the stairs so he was unable to save himself when he slipped.” The injured ankle required surgery and the client missed several months of work during his recovery and rehabilitation. The claim included his covered out-of-pocket medical expenses and lost wages, and his pain and suffering. “At first, the insurer blamed our client for the fall pointing to the minimal defect in the stairs and the fact that the client had used the stairs a number of times in the past without incident,” Knauth said. However, as we prepared to move forward with… Continue Reading Lead attorney at Freedman firm wins $200,000 settlement in slip and fall case
In Somerset County, New Jersey, a woman recently suffered broken bones, had part of her ear bitten off, and required 60 stitches after an attached by her neighbor’s 150-pound dog. The dog apparently charged at the woman when she knocked on her next-door neighbor’s door. Her injuries include a broken hip and broken fingers. The dog that attacked her is a Dogo Argentino, also known as an Argentine Mastiff. The dog was taken into quarantine by animal control. The dog’s owner was issued three summonses, and a notice was filed in court to request a hearing to determine whether the dog is dangerous. On November 15, the judge will decide if the dog should be euthanized. In 2016, the same dog bit a man’s calf, which left him with a large laceration that required four stitches.
Many myths surround personal injury claims, but it is important to have correct information in the unfortunate event you suffer an injury. Consulting with an experienced attorney is the first step to take. Even though you can technically represent yourself in court, you will have to contend with the defendant’s attorney and other representatives like claims adjusters. Secondly, most attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they do not collect a fee unless you win your case. Additionally, this means that attorneys do not take frivolous personal injury cases just to win a plaintiff easy money because these are the cases most likely to get thrown out, which would be a waste of the attorney’s time and money. Furthermore, filing a personal injury claim does not necessarily mean you will have to go to court. Many cases are settled, which means your attorney will be in a position to negotiate a fair settlement that will take into account your best interests. You may also be compensated for emotional and psychological pain and suffering you experience as the result of a physical injury. Settlements and jury awards are not limited to compensating you for physical ailments.
In California, Judge Maren Nelson threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, stating that the case was underpinned by errors and insufficient evidence on both sides, which led to excessive damages. The verdict came in response to a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. She accused Johnson & Johnson of inadequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products. Johnson & Johnson faces lawsuits by 4,800 plaintiffs across the country asserting talc-related claims.
Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, recently negotiated a settlement of $750,000 for a 29-year-old client who slipped and fell at a Denny’s restaurant. The client had overcome a below-the-knee amputation, was working full-time, and living his life to the fullest. Then, he slipped and fell at this restaurant where employees had wet-mopped the floor and failed to put up signs or warnings. Brian D. Knauth, the lead attorney in our personal injury department, met with the client shortly after the incident, counseled him, and was retained to prosecute the claim against the restaurant. Knauth was able to finalize a settlement shortly after the client completed his medical treatment. “The injury happened two years ago and the client was in treatment for a year and a half. Immediately following the accident, we forced the defendant and insurance company to admit fault. We had secured video footage so there was solid evidence of the cause of the accident,” said Knauth, who has been working in the area of personal injury law for more than 20 years. “The client’s life was significantly changed by this incident. He had two surgeries, plus rehab and therapy. He will live with pain and limitations for the rest… Continue Reading Freedman firm obtains $750K for client’s slip and fall injury
Segway tour accidents are increasing in cities like Washington, DC. Operating Segways is more difficult than it may initially seem. At City Segway Tours in DC, riders must receive thirty minutes of training and wear a helmet, but accidents still happen and can lead to serious personal injury. From April 2005 to April 2008, 41 people were reported injured on Segways in DC. One in four were taken to the hospital for treatment, and some people suffered traumatic brain injuries. Personal injury attorneys in Virginia explain that if the company that manufactures or owns the Segway is found to be liable for a customer’s injuries using the Segway, the person may be entitled to compensation for their personal injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
The controversial Uber and Lyft have arrived in Western New York, but the wrinkles are still being ironed out. One of the wrinkles is who pays if a ride-sharing car is in an accident and the passenger is injured? Or a pedestrian is injured? “Since the drivers are not employees of Uber or Lyft — they are independent contractors — the laws are not the same as if you were being driven by a taxi,” said Brian D. Knauth, attorney. “If you were in a taxi, you would simply sue the company. But with a ride-sharing company, and if your driver was at fault, you would bring a claim or suit against the individual driver.” The question then is: Will the driver carry sufficient insurance or will the driver only carry the minimum required in New York – $25,000.00. Fortunately, as part of the new law allowing ride-sharing companies to operate, the companies are required to carry liability insurance to cover the drivers from the moment the driver accepts a pre-arranged trip, through the pickup of the rider, and through to the completion of the trip. Uber/Lyft provide insurance for its drivers with at least $1million of liability coverage. This… Continue Reading Hit by a ride-sharing car? Who pays the bills?
United States teenagers between ages 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident, and motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers. The main reason for these statistics is that teenage drivers lack experience. But additional distractions such as texting and poor driving behaviors like failing to obey speed limits or wear seat belts increase the likelihood of an accident. Teenagers are also more prone to suffering serious injuries in car accidents than adults. Injuries include spinal injuries, neck and back injuries, head and brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, and broken bones. If your teenager has been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek out the help of a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney can help your child receive the compensation he or she deserves.
Car accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year, and traffic accidents are the predominant cause of preventable death in the United States. Some of the most common factors that lead to car accidents include failing to adhere to speed limits and the use of mobile phones. Distractions of any kind such as smoking, drinking, eating, and listening to loud music also increase risk. Additional hazards that lead to more accidents include drinking and driving and rubbernecking at the sites of accidents. Defective cars and roadways also play a role. If you are injured in an automobile accident, it is important to seek the help of a personal injury attorney immediately who can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
In the event you are involved in a ride-sharing accident with a company like Uber or Lyft, it can be difficult to hold a company responsible for the actions of an independent contractor. Your options depend in large part on the laws of the state in which the accident took place. If the accident occurs while you are a passenger, and your driver was at fault, Uber and Lyft both have $1 million liability policies that will cover you. If you need to sue, you would sue the driver and the insurance company. If another driver is at fault, that driver’s insurance policy would cover your medical bills. But if the accident is serious enough, Uber and Lyft have $1 million underinsured motorist policies that may apply. Be sure to seek out the help of a personal injury attorney in the event you are involved in any accident to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.