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Multimillion Drunk Driving Accident Settlement

An off-duty Jersey City police officer’s Jeep Cherokee struck a family’s car while traveling on the Pulaski Skyway in January of 2007 around 10:30pm. The defendant was extremely intoxicated, with a BAC more than three times the legal limit. His vehicle hit them with such force that it caused his car to climb up the back of the family’s car and flip over. The mother and 2-year-old son were sitting in the backseat of the car while the father drove. The child died from his injuries and the mother was left with severe brain injuries that left her in a coma.

The off-duty police officer pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and is serving an 11-year sentence with a plea agreement stating that there will be no additional charges if the mother dies too. The father sought counsel from Samuel L. Davis to file a lawsuit against the sports venue in New York where the defendant was allegedly overserved while watching a basketball game. The father was awarded a multimillion-dollar settlement. Unfortunately, after three years of being in a coma, his wife died from complications. The identities of the parties and settlement terms are subject to a confidentiality agreement as part of the settlement.

Drunk Driving Accident Settlement

An off-duty Jersey City police officer’s Jeep Cherokee struck a family’s car while traveling on the Pulaski Skyway in January of 2007 around 10:30pm. The defendant was extremely intoxicated, with a BAC more than three times the legal limit. His vehicle hit them with such force that it caused his car to climb up the back of the family’s car and flip over. The mother and 2-year-old son were sitting in the backseat of the car while the father drove. The child died from his injuries and the mother was left with severe brain injuries that left her in a coma.

The off-duty police officer pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and is serving an 11-year sentence with a plea agreement stating that there will be no additional charges if the mother dies too. The father sought counsel from Samuel L. Davis to file a lawsuit against the sports venue in New York where the defendant was allegedly overserved while watching a basketball game. The father was awarded a multimillion-dollar settlement. Unfortunately, after three years of being in a coma, his wife died from complications. The identities of the parties and settlement terms are subject to a confidentiality agreement as part of the settlement.

7MILLION

Pedestrian Accident Settlement

In November 2013, a Trader Joe’s employee in Westwood had just completed her shift and exited the grocery store to retrieve a cart so she could do some of her own shopping. All of a sudden, a Toyota Camry jumped a curb and plowed into the pedestrian. The woman was hurled into the building with her torso crashing through the store window and her leg stuck between the car and the rims of the shopping cart corral. She remained pinned by the car until she was able to be freed.

She was emergently rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center by helicopter where doctors were unable to save her lower leg and knee joint, forcing them to amputate her right leg above the knee. The woman also suffered from a collapsed lung and acute blood loss anemia, and later PTSD, anxiety, and frequent phantom limb pain. She went through a total of 13 surgeries after the accident, as well as many months of rehab and physical therapy.

The victim is now permanently disabled and still suffers from phantom limb, the painful and uncomfortable sensation of an amputated limb still being attached. The woman’s attorney Samuel L. Davis sued the older driver for negligent driving, which she admitted to. Davis was able to win a judgement of $7 million for the damages sustained by the victim.

3.9MILLION

Motorboat Accident Settlement

The younger sister in the boating accident described above on May 22, 2009, also endured multiple severe injuries. She fell into a two-day coma after the accident and remained in the hospital for an additional 10 days once she woke. Some of her injuries included a concussion, collapsed right lung which she was intubated for, bilateral lung contusions, three fractures to her right pelvis, rib fracture, rotator cuff tear in her shoulder, and nerve damage in the right foot. The accident also left her suffering from anosmia, which is the loss of smell and taste.

The young woman was unable to work for many months after the accident. In addition to her physical injuries she endured emotional pain from grief over her friend’s death, and was diagnosed with PTSD like her sister. She received mental health treatment for her emotional wounds and physical therapy to treat her injuries.

She won $3.9 million with the help of Attorney Samuel L. Davis after the operator of the Boston Whaler was found liable for the crash. The settlement will help take care of all current and future medical procedures resulting from the accident.

5.6MILLION

Motorboat Accident Settlement

On a beautiful day over Memorial Day weekend in 2009, five young friends were celebrating on a 15-foot Key West motorboat at the Jersey Shore. As they were boating around Manasquan Inlet admiring the sunset, they were hit head-on by a speeding 31-foot, 450 horsepower Boston Whaler. Three of the friends were ejected from the boat, two of which had minor injuries, and one who fractured his skull and subsequently drowned. Two sisters remained trapped on the boat in critical condition. A state trooper was unable to resuscitate the young man, and the two with minor injuries were treated and released.

The two sisters had to be airlifted to the Jersey Shore Medical Center for emergency treatment. The older sister was in a coma for three days and suffered from injuries such as a shattered pelvis, fractured acetabulum in the right hip, bilateral lung contusions, fractured rib, concussion, and multiple spleen lacerations. She had to undergo open reduction and internal fixation surgery for her pelvis as well as a splenectomy, leaving her with scarring that in turn ended her modelling career. She was also confined to a wheelchair for months after the accident and underwent treatment at Kessler Rehabilitation Center.

The young woman filed a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the Boston Whaler with the help of her attorney Samuel L. Davis. The Whaler was found responsible for the fatal accident after a three-week liability trial. She was awarded $5.6 million which will secure her financially for her inevitable hip replacement in the future, but sadly she still suffers emotionally from her post-traumatic stress disorder.

20.4MILLION

Drunk Driving Accident Settlement

On January 29, 2006, a 22-year-old woman was in a New York City taxi cab when a drunk driver ran a red light at an intersection and struck her cab. The woman was ejected from the cab as a result of the collision and was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital. She suffered from a severe brain injury, including a subarachnoid hemorrhage which left her in a coma. A shunt was implanted to drain fluid from her brain into her stomach. The young woman remained in a coma with a respirator trach and feeding tube, and doctors told her parents she might never wake.

She woke up six months after the accident in the Florida Institute for Neurological Recovery (FINR), where she was transferred whilst in a coma. Her family lived in Florida, and she was moved there so they could be close by and care for her. After regaining consciousness, she began years of treatments including physical, speech, and occupational therapy. To this day, she is confined to a wheelchair and cannot walk without assistance. Her left arm has very little mobility and she requires care 24/7.

The drunk driver was found to be 60% at fault for the accident and the other 40% was attributed to the nightclub that served the driver. Samuel L. Davis won a $20.4 million judgement for the woman and the damages she suffered.

1.4MILLION

Pedestrian Accident Settlement

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Image from a video describing a Davis Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. $1,450,000 settlement for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

 

A 62-year-old woman was walking through the King’s Supermarket parking lot in Cresskill, New Jersey when she was struck by the commercial van. The defendant cited sun glare and claimed to have not seen the victim before the crash. Upon impact, the woman was lifted off of the ground and landed on her back, approximately 12-14 feet away, hitting her head on the pavement.
The pedestrian suffered significant injuries as a result of the collision, including a traumatic brain injury, bilateral large subcutaneous hematomas, post-concussion syndrome and increased cognitive difficulties. She also suffered injuries to her right hand, a tear in the medial collateral ligament to her left knee, a deep laceration on her right lower shin, as well as injuries to her spine. She was brought to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized until August 6, 2015.
After leaving the hospital as a patient, she was transported to a care and rehabilitation center, where she remained inpatient for almost three weeks. Due to the leg laceration, she developed an ulcerative infection, which required dry dressing changes two times per day.

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230THOUSAND

Premises Liability Settlement

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Image from a video describing a Davis Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. $230,000 settlement for a woman injured on stairs.

 

A woman was leaving her apartment in Westwood, NJ, when she was caused to trip and fall down her front exterior stairs. The stairs, which upon inspection were deemed to be in disrepair, were separated from the foundation. The railing was also found to be unattached to the concrete of the steps. The injured client went to Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley for treatment, where she was diagnosed with a complete tear of the ligament in the left ankle, peroneal tendinopathy and an avulsion fracture of the lateral malleolus, which required surgery. the woman underwent arthroscopic surgery to her ankle with removal of fibrous bands, repair of the anterior talofibular ligament, and repair and tightening of the calcaneofibular ligament. She has been left a permanent and visible scar on her ankle.

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28MILLION

Premises Liability Settlement

Two boys disfigured by burns due to improper maintenance of apartment.

20MILLION

Construction Site Accident Verdict

The accident happened in Brooklyn New York. A worker fell from the roof of a multi story commercial building sustaining multiple life threatening head, back, leg and hand injuries.

15MILLION

Premises Liability Settlement

On August 16, 2013, a young girl and her family were on the Macy’s escalators when her right foot became entrapped and swallowed by the top of the escalator stair. After freeing her leg, emergency personnel transported the child to Hackensack University Medical Center. While there, a team of specialists treated her during her 7 week hospitalization.

The girl had a total of 22 procedures to save her foot from amputation and completely rebuild it. She received skin and muscle grafts from other parts of her body, and endured lung and kidney failure from all of the trauma. The child remained hospitalized for almost 3 months, followed by years of physical therapy.

The escalator was found to be outdated and not properly taken care of. There had been numerous incidents involving the escalator in the two years before the child’s injury, where customers’ shoes had been caught in the mechanism. A state-mandated inspection of the escalator originally scheduled in March 2013 had been canceled by Macy’s and never rescheduled. The suit was filed against Macy’s, as well as the maintenance company who oversaw the safety of the escalators. It was settled for $15,000,000 by Samuel L. Davis.