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Verdicts & Settlements
$13.3 Million Settlement for Injured Worker in Construction Accident
In August, 2008, Feldman Shepherd attorneys John M. Dodig and Jason A. Daria obtained a $13.3 million settlement for Jose Alves, a thirty-three (33) year old carpenter who fell at an office building construction site in Lionville, Chester County, on February 15, 2005.
Mr. Alves was injured after a roof truss he was installing broke causing him to fall fourteen (14) feet. A lawsuit was filed against eight (8) Defendants, including the general contractor, carpentry contractor, crane company, safety company, truss manufacturer, installation drawing designer and distributer of the truss. These companies contributed to a global settlement of $13.3 million.
With the compromise of the worker’s compensation lien, the total recovery to Mr. Alves will exceed $15 million. The settlement monies will be used to provide care to Mr. Alves for the rest of his life. This case was featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer on Thursday, September 18, 2008 and can be viewed in its entirety here.
$31 Million Jury Verdict against County of Camden, N.J. in Auto Accident Case
On October 17, 2008, a Camden County jury returned a unanimous verdict for $31,295,007 to Nicolas M. Anderson against the County of Camden, New Jersey for their failure to repair a highway and guardrail that they knew were dangerous. Anderson was represented by Philadelphia personal injury attorneys John M. Dodig and Jason A. Daria, both of the Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner Weinstock & Dodig law firm (www.feldmanshepherd.com). The jury verdict from the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Camden County may represent the largest such verdict ever from that Court in any motor vehicle accident case.
On December 23, 2004, 18-year-old Nicholas M. Anderson was driving his car on Raritan Avenue near its intersection with Third Street in Waterford Township, Atco, NJ. A vehicle traveling the opposite direction entered Anderson’s lane of traffic. When he swerved to the right to avoid a head-on collision, he went onto the shoulder which was approximately six inches lower than the highway. Being unable to swerve back onto the highway because of the drop, his car went out of control and hit the guardrail. Upon impact, the guardrail penetrated the driver’s side door and severed Anderson’s right leg. He also sustained major injuries to his left arm rendering it nearly unusable. Raritan Avenue and the guardrail in question are owned, maintained and controlled by the Defendant, County of Camden.
The allegations against Camden County were that they knew Raritan Avenue, at the place of Anderson’s crash, was dangerous and unsafe and they failed to fix it. They also knew for 20 years that the guardrail was dangerous but by their own admission, they did not comply with safety standards because they do not repair dangerous conditions until there is an accident.
The unanimous jury verdict was entered stating that the property in question was dangerous at the time of the accident and Anderson’s injuries were caused by the dangerous condition which was foreseeable. The verdict also stated that the County of Camden had notice of the dangerous condition in sufficient time prior to the accident to protect against the dangerous condition and that their failure to take any measures was palpably unreasonable (the standard of care in New Jersey under the NJ Tort Claims Act).
$6.75 Million Settlement in New Jersey Truck Accident Death Case
On August 3, 2009, after three days of trial, before a jury, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Feldman Shepherd attorneys, John M. Dodig, and Jason A. Daria, were successful in obtaining a $6.75 million settlement for the Estate of Margaret Ursula Powell. This settlement is believed to be one of the highest settlements reached in a New Jersey Wrongful Death and Survival Act Claim.
On October 19, 2007, 38-year-old Margaret Powell was traveling on Fork Landing Road in Cinnaminson, New Jersey when a Keystone Freight Corp. tractor trailer failed to stop at a red light at the intersection with Route 73, crashing into the Powell vehicle, killing Mrs. Powell. At the time of the crash, the driver of the tractor trailer was driving in excess of his limit for hours of service. Mrs. Powell left behind a loving husband, and two small children, ages two and four. Damages were governed by the New Jersey Wrongful Death and Survival Action which limits the loss of decedent’s services to their pecuniary value. The decedent was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The sizable settlement will financially take care of the minor children for the rest of their lives. This case was featured in The Legal Intelligencer on August 12, 2009. To read more about this case, please click on the link below.