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JURY VERDICT: $385,000 FOR WORKER’S BROKEN WRIST CAUSED BY CONTRACTOR’S DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT

A contractor knows its bucket truck is missing the control guard but lends it out anyway to a company that lifts workers high in the air with chainsaws. What could go wrong?

A contractor’s bucket truck is missing a piece of safety equipment – a fiberglass guard that keeps debris away from the hand controls in the bucket. Nevertheless, the contractor lends the bucket truck to a tree-cutting company. A lifetime arborist has a working interview with the tree cutting company, which requires him to use the […]

$150,000 FOR OFFICER EXECUTING SEARCH WARRANT

$150k for Officer Executing Search Warrant - icy stairs

A landlord’s tenant is the subject of a drug investigation by a joint task force.  With three knock and announce narcotic search warrants in hand, the police enter the landlord’s multi-unit rental property through the front entrance without incident.  The police search the tenant’s second floor apartment.  The police find a bag filled with heroin […]

$6 MILLION PAID TO FAMILY OF OFFICER KILLED ON DETAIL

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A contractor parks two large utility trucks back to back while setting up for an ongoing project on Main Street at an intersection with Booth Street.  There is heavy traffic in this area with vehicles approaching the work site from multiple directions.  Many of the vehicles pass alongside the two trucks and crew, while others […]

$225,000 FOR OFFICER IN CRUISER HIT IN AN INTERSECTION

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Paul Arret drives north, approaching an intersection in a residential neighborhood with his grandson in the front passenger seat. A police cruiser drives west approaching the same intersection.  Mr. Arret has a stop sign. The police officer does not. Mr. Arret does not stop. The two vehicles collide in the middle of the intersection. Francis […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE INSIDE MULTI-UNIT BUILDING COSTS FIREBUG $340,000 FOR FIREFIGHTER’S INJURED KNEE

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It is a snowy, Sunday night and 17-year-old James Flare is home alone with nothing to do. So, he heads down to the basement with a handful of road flares. He sets his iPhone up and records himself so he can show his friends later. James lights one of the flares and aims it at […]

$1 MILLION FOR OFFICER’S FRIEND CUT OFF BY CAR

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Mr. Driver travels down a road he knows very well on a clear, Fall day.  He readies himself to turn left into a gas station. Sitting in the front passenger seat is his wife who sees a motorcyclist approaching from the opposite direction. She yells to watch out. Mr. Driver does not yield the right […]

$500,000 FOR INJURED EMPLOYEE FROM EMPLOYER WHO LET ITS WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE LAPSE

If the Court dismissed our lawsuit, there would be no deterrent to employers who choose to let their policies lapse, leaving their employees unprotected.  We did not let this happen.

A 55 year old worker suffered second and third degree burns to his foot at work while cleaning heavy equipment with a high pressure steam power washer.  His employer had no workers compensation insurance at the time; the policy having been cancelled for non-payment of premiums months before.  The employee hired us after months of […]

$20,000 FOR OFFICER BITTEN BY HOMEOWNER’S DOG

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In a quiet, residential community, a neighbor hears screaming from the backyard next door. The neighbor reports this to the police who respond to the house to check on the disturbance. The police knock on the door and announce themselves. No one answers. The police open a screen door and announce their presence again. Three German […]

$1.95 MILLION FOR OFFICER INJURED IN UNPLANNED WORK ZONE

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A contractor is doing construction work in a right turn lane at a busy intersection. The contractor decides to close off the right turn lane using some cones. Debbie Driver approaches the intersection. She intends on using the right turn lane, as she does every day on her way home from work. There are no […]

$190,000 FOR LEG BROKEN ON ICY DRIVEWAY

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We will all be glad to forget the record snow falls this past winter when the last mound of snow and ice on our properties has melted away exposing green grass and clear sidewalks.  However, let’s not forget that just because there were record snowfalls, property owners are not excused from their legal responsibility to […]