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Settlements, Awards & Verdicts

$250,000 settlement — Dental Injury

Our client was a motorcyclist who was struck by an SUV whose driver was trying to pass her on the exit ramp of a parkway. The motorcyclist had a broken nose, some scars and significant dental damage but did not lose any teeth. She purchased another motorcycle and unfortunately had another accident soon after her first accident. In the second accident, she broke her nose again and had more serious scars on top of the previous scars. The second accident reduced the value of those injuries and the main injury became the damage to her teeth. She came to us after seeing two other lawyers who were unable to find a dentist willing to treat her on a lien (without being paid until the end of the case). We were able to get her teeth fixed on a lien at a cost of $16,000 by a prosthodontist (a specialized dentist). Her condition worsened and her dentist said that she would need some implants. This case was settled just before the trial was to start.

Teeth damaged in motorcycle accident

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500,000 settlement — Wrongful Death

This wrongful death settlement was for a 20 year old motorcyclist who was tragically killed when his motorcycle struck a car turning left in front of him. The motorcyclist was never married and had no children dependent on him for support. This case was settled (before a lawsuit was filed) for the entire $500,000 insurance policy.

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$150,000 settlement — Scar

This scar on our client’s forearm was caused by a laceration from a motorcycle accident.  He did not have surgery.  This case was settled for $150,000.

forearm scar from a motorcycle accident

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$155,000 settlement paid by GEICO with only $25,000 insurance!  — Broken ankle

This settlement for $155,000 for a drunk motorcyclist with only $25,000 insurance was so amazing it was published in New York Jury Verdict Review & Analysis.

Broken ankle settlement published

This motorcyclist was “falling down” drunk (0.203 BAC) while riding his motorcycle in Queens on the Belt Parkway!  He was struck in a “hit and run” accident by an unidentified car which left the scene so we had no one to sue. He only had $25,000 uninsured coverage on his motorcycle insurance policy but I was able to get GEICO to pay more than his uninsured coverage limit!  GEICO hired a toxicologist and argued that he wasn’t hit by a car but fell off his motorcycle because he was drunk. His case settled for $155,000 even though he only had $25,000 insurance!

This photo shows the broken ankle
photo showing fractured ankle after a motorcycle accident

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$100,000 arbitration award — Ligament tear in a thumb

Phoenix Insurance Company offered only $5,000 to settle this claim, arguing that our client put his motorcycle down for no reason other than he was afraid and that his injury was minor.  He put his motorcycle down to avoid hitting a car suddenly backing out of a driveway. $100,000 was awarded to our client by an arbitrator (a retired Westchester Supreme Court Judge).  The arbitration cost was only $1,400 instead of $25,000 for trial, so our client got to keep a lot more of his money.

thumb-ligament-tear-optimized

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$465,000 jury verdict at trial (Nassau County) — Torn Meniscus (Knee injury)

This verdict is believed to be the largest verdict on record in Nassau County for a meniscus tear and was published in New York Jury Verdict Review & Analysis.

NY knee injury verdict report

The verdict was for a motorcyclist with a meniscus tear (knee injury) with arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus.  Our client was struck by a car turning left.  The jury found the driver was 100% at fault.  GEICO hired 3 doctors to show there was no injury and the surgery was unnecessary. The driver only had $300,000 insurance coverage and GEICO only offered $20,000 to settle this claim.  (Read how you can avoid becoming liable for more than your insurance policy)

Our client’s knee injury after the motorcycle accidentKnee Injury

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$1.25 million settlement at trial — Concussion

A 46 year old woman with minimal impact did not report headaches until a month after her accident. Her first neurologist said her headaches were either early MS or from prior lymes disease.  The insurance company obviously thought this case had problems.  Settlement offers were $50,000, $75,000, $125,000, $150,000, $175,000, 250,000, $300,000, $500,000, $550,000, $625,000, and $725,000.  The case was settled at trial after jury selection for $1.25 Million.  You might not think a concussion is serious or even realize how it affects you but it is a very serious injury!  Read more about concussions and motorcycle accidents.

damaged helmet evidencing a concussion

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$225,000 settlement — Broken Forearm

The motorcyclist riding a Harley was hit by a car making a left turn. He fractured the ulna and radius in his forearm requiring surgery with internal fixation to install a plate.

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$1,000,000 settlement — Neck Injury

Our client had a neck injury with surgery. Our client also had a prior accident causing a neck injury with surgery 10 years earlier.

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Medical Lien Negotiated Reductions

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$629,608.14 — New York State lien and Suffolk Medicaid lien reduced to $2,000 which came from another source and our client did not have to pay.
$4,265 medical lien — client paid to $0
$32,000 medical lien — client paid $600
$35,000 hospital lien — client paid $0

The results mentioned here are actual settlements and verdicts, however, prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Every motorcycle accident has many differences which will either negatively or positively impact the case. When a motorcycle accident case has problems, we will still take your case and do our best. As can be seen by some of the results above, we have accomplished some really good results.