Settlements & Verdicts
Massachusetts Personal Injury Notable Settlements and Jury Verdicts
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Settlement for Pedestrian Hit in While Crossing Street-
The client sustained an injury to his hip when he was struck while crossing
the street. The client received minimal treatment initially but finally
after almost three years followed up with his doctor and underwent hip
replacement surgery. The insurance company argued that any injuries were
due to unrelated causes as the client had not sought treatment for almost
three years. Five previous attorneys had rejected the client's case.
We filed a lawsuit on behalf of the client and were able to demonstrate
that the surgery and the accident were related. A settlement of $950,000.00
was reached after a mediation session with the insurance company.
Settlement for Employee Disc Herniation Injury-
$450,000: Employee sustained L4-5 disc herniation when he attempted to
pull a lift off of fellow employee whom the lift had fallen on as they
attempted to transport the lift by elevator within a commercial building.
The workers' compensation company refused any benefits to the employee.
Through intensive discovery and litigation, we were able to prove that
the management company was negligent in allowing storage of this particular
lift in the building as the elevator was insufficient for moving large
equipment. An eventual settlement was reached of $450,000.00 after a full
day of mediation. Further, we were successful in winning the employee's
workers' compensation claim for weekly benefits and medical bills
at the Department of Industrial Accidents. Eventually, an addition lump
sum settlement of $110,000.00 was reached on the workers' compensation claim.
Settlement for Lost Hand - Workers' Compensation-
After the insurance company argued that a 50-year-old skilled wood worker
who lost his hand in a tragic work accident did not deserve the full measure
of benefits to which he was entitled, this office filed an action with
the Department of Industrial Accidents resulting in a $350,000.00 settlement.
Lump Sum Workers' Comp Claim-
Employee sustained a herniated disc at work. His workers' compensation
company initially refused payment. The Law Office of Steven R. Whitman
filed a claim at the Department of Industrial Accidents. We were successful
in having the employee awarded weekly wage payments as well as all his
medical bills covered. Eventually, we were able to obtain a lump sum settlement
of $340,000.00 to resolve the matter.
Verdict for Plaintiff Struck by State Police-
Recently, the office won a major victory against the State of Massachusetts
and the State Police. In that case, a veteran Boston school teacher was
rear-ended by a State Police vehicle, suffering severe lower back injuries.
There was no property damage to either vehicle. Initially, the claim was
dismissed by the authorities, arguing that the "older" teacher's
injuries were pre-existing, and that a low-speed, low-damage accident
could not cause major injuries. As the State and State Police would not
accept responsibility for what it had done to this upstanding, longtime
grade school teacher, suit was filed in Suffolk Superior Court. After
a multi-day trial, Attorney Whitman achieved a $333,000.00 verdict for
his client. Unbowed by the aggressive defense, Attorney Whitman prevailed
for his client in court when attempts to mediate and settle failed to
resolve the case. Due to this success, this case was reported in the Lawyers
Weekly news publication for the size of the verdict and the special obstacles
overcome in suing the State of Massachusetts.
Settlement for Herniated Disc - Workers' Compensation-
Favorable settlement achieved for lifelong bricklayer who suffered a herniated
disc while lifting at work. Insurance company attempted to assert that
the client could work in a less strenuous occupation. This office successfully
fought the insurance company's vocational and medical opinions, resulting
in the $225,000.00, in addition to Social Security and pension benefits.
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