Personal Injury Case Results

For more than a century, O’Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP’s experienced personal injury attorneys have fought for the rights of victims and their families, winning hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients.Below is a sampling of our case results:

  • Jury verdict of $61,000,000 against the City of New York for its failure to repair a flooded roadway causing a motor vehicle accident in which the driver suffered quadriplegia with brain injuries. The National Law Journal cited the verdict as being the highest personal injury award in the United States for that year.
  • Settlement of $7,500,000 for a 24 year old laborer who suffered serious injuries to his back, arm, leg and feet which required surgery when an improperly secured brick wall that was being repaired fell on him.
  • Settlement of $7,000,000 for a 24-year-old ironworker who sustained serious back injuries requiring multiple surgeries when an improperly hoisted load fell on him.
  • Jury verdict of $6,631,000 for a 59-year-old bus chassis maintainer who sustained serious injuries to his knee and ankle as a result of being struck by an electric cart.
  • Settlement of $5,600,000 for a 26-year-old carpenter who injured his back requiring a spinal fusion when he fell from a loading dock.
  • Settlement of $5,000,000 for a 38-year-old union laborer who injured his neck, back and knee requiring surgery when his foot hit an obstruction as he was descending a ladder causing him to fall and become entangled in the ladder.
  • Settlement of $4,500,000 to a 36-year-old ironworker who suffered back, hip and knee injuries, as well as loss of internal organs when the lift upon which he was working was struck by the boom of a crane.
  • Settlement of $4,150,000 to the estate of a 47-year-old executive who perished in the crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island.
  • Jury verdict of $4,100,000 for a 22-year-old woman who was rendered paraplegic when the motorcycle upon which she was riding as a passenger slid off the roadway.
  • Jury verdict of $3,700,000 for the wrongful death of a 49-year-old laborer who fell from a defective hoist.
  • Settlement of $3,073,100 to a 48-year-old carpenter who suffered cervical herniated disks requiring surgical fusion when the scaffold upon which he was working toppled over.
  • Settlement of $3,000,000 to a 19-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a bus causing her to suffer a crush injury to her leg requiring a below-the-knee amputation.
  • Settlement of $2,700,000 to a 44-year-old undocumented laborer who fractured his shoulder, hip, and pelvis when the scaffold upon which he was working collapsed.
  • Settlement of $2,700,000 to a 24-year-old passenger in a motor vehicle accident who suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury.
  • Settlement of $2,500,00 for a 41-year-old laborer who suffered back and hip injuries requiring surgery when he was struck by a load of debris that was improperly transported at the work site.
  • Settlement of $2,475,000 for a 39 year-old worker who suffered a leg fracture that required surgery and an elbow injury when he was struck by a car while working on the excavation of a city street.
  • Settlement of $2,400,000 for a 40-year-old tunnel worker (sandhog) who sustained serious back and elbow injuries as a result of a fall down a water shaft.
  • Settlement of $2,100,000 for a 50-year-old ironworker who sustained head injuries and multiple fractures of his legs when he fell from a catwalk.
  • Settlement of $2,000,000 for a 40-year-old carpenter who sustained bilateral hip fractures after falling down an elevator shaft.
  • Settlement of $1,750,000 to the estate of a 65 year-old union painter who was killed by law enforcement officers.
  • Settlement of $1,650,000 for a 51-year-old laborer who fell through a platform and injured his back, ankle and spleen.
  • Settlement during trial of $1,500,000 to a 35-year-old carpenter who suffered a head injury and post-traumatic seizures when he struck his head on an overhead hazard while working on a scaffold.
  • Settlements of $2,300,000 and $1,500,000 for two bridge painters who each suffered fractures of the legs requiring surgeries.
  • Settlement of $1,500,000 after jury verdict on liability trial for an electrician who suffered knee injuries when he fell from a makeshift scaffold.
  • Settlement of $1,400,000 for a 45 year old construction laborer who was injured when he tripped on debris while moving a construction barricade. His injuries included a coccyx fracture, fractured vertebrae and a herniated lumbar disc that required surgery.
  • Jury verdict of $1,360,000 against the manufacturer of a radial arm saw that had an inadequate blade guard causing amputations of multiple fingers of the nondominant hand.
  • Settlement of $1,300,000 for a 40-year-old carpenter who injured his back and neck requiring surgery when construction material fell on him.
  • Settlement of $1,300,000 for a 37-year-old dock builder who injured his shoulder, knee and ankle requiring surgery when he tripped on a defective wooden pallet at a job site.
  • Settlement of $1,200,000 for a 52-year-old laborer who suffered bilateral wrist fractures requiring surgery when the ladder upon which he was working collapsed.
  • Settlement of $1,200,000 to the estate of a 43 year-old undocumented worker who fell through an elevator shaft to his immediate death.
  • Settlement of $1,000,000 for a 35 year-old carpenter who dislocated his hip when he was struck by an unsecured plate of glass at a work site.
  • Settlement of $980,000 for a 37 year-old carpenter who fractured his heel when he fell from a sidewalk bridge at a housing project undergoing renovation.
  • Settlement of $890,000 for a 42 year-old motor vehicle passenger who was rear-ended and required surgery for herniated discs in his neck and back.
  • Settlement of $887,500 for a 44-year-old carpenter who fell from an unsecured ladder and fractured his hip but returned to work after only a three month absence.
  • Settlement of $875,000 for a 48-year-old carpenter who fell while descending a ladder and injured his shoulder and elbow requiring surgery.
  • Settlement of $875,000 to a carpenter who suffered second degree burns to portions of his arms and legs when the floor lacquer he was applying caused a flash fire.
  • Settlement of $850,000 for a 44 year-old carpenter who fell from a scaffold and tore the ligaments in both knees requiring surgery.
  • Settlement of $850,000 for a 34-year-old carpenter who suffered a herniated lumbar disc and post-traumatic stress when he fell 12 feet into an open shaft.
  • Settlement of $850,000 to a 26-year-old laborer who sustained an eye injury when he was struck by a projectile while using a nail gun.
  • Settlement of $825,000 for a 40 year-old carpenter who fractured his knee requiring surgery as a result of a fall from a temporary ramp at a work site.
  • Settlement of $750,000 for a 32 year-old laborer who suffered back injuries requiring surgery and a fractured toe as a result of a concrete slab that tipped over and knocked him to the ground at a job site.
  • Settlement of $735,000 for a 55 year-old carpenter who tore ligaments in his shoulder when he fell from a scaffold at a job site.
  • Settlement of $675,000 for a 33-year-old carpenter who sustained an ankle injury as a result of an improper hoisting operation.
  • Settlement of $675,000 for a 28-year-old carpenter who suffered back injuries when the scaffold upon which he was standing collapsed.
  • Settlement of $650,000 to a 32-year-old iron worker who suffered an ankle injury when he fell into a hole in a concrete slab.
  • Jury verdict of $610,256 to a 50-year-old laborer who stepped into an unguarded hole in the ground at a construction site and suffered back and knee injuries.
  • Settlement of $600,000 for a 52 year-old carpenter who injured his shoulder requiring arthroscopic surgery when he was struck by a falling board at a work site.
  • Settlement of $600,000 for a 48 year-old carpenter who was injured when he tripped and fell on debris at a job site and injured his back requiring surgery.
  • Settlement of $600,000 to a 40-year-old laborer who suffered an ankle fracture when he fell from a dumpster while unloading construction debris.
  • Settlement of $600,000 for a 30 year-old laborer who suffered a fractured forearm requiring surgery when he was transporting materials on an A-frame at a work site and tripped over boards improperly laid to protect a carpet.

Undocumented Worker Cases

  • Settlement of $6,265,000 for the injuries and wrongful death of a 43 year old undocumented laborer who fell from a scaffold that was inadequately protected.
  • Settlement of $4,000,000 to a 25-year-old laborer who fell from the unguarded edge of a high-rise under construction resulting in head injuries and permanent disability from employment.
  • Settlement of $3,000,000 for an undocumented 42 year old laborer who was struck by a falling object at a job site. He sustained shoulder, neck, and back injuries that required surgery.
  • Settlement of $2,750,000 to a 22-year-old laborer who fell four stories through an unguarded opening on a construction site and suffered a head trauma with resultant neurological deficits.
  • Settlement of $2,500,000 to a 33-year-old plumber’s helper who suffered burns to his face, chest, back and arms when a pipe he was performing repairs on broke.
  • Settlement of $1,200,000 for a 26-year-old undocumented worker who was struck by a motor vehicle while on a ladder and suffered a serious laceration to his wrist requiring surgery.
  • Settlement of $980,000 for a 37-year-old undocumented worker who fell from a sidewalk bridge and suffered a left heel fracture that required surgery.
  • Settlement of $900,000 to a 31-year-old laborer who suffered a shoulder fracture and dental injuries when he was struck by a front loader.
  • Settlement of $750,000 to a 52-year-old laborer who suffered a foot fracture and back injuries when a metal beam fell on his foot.
  • Settlement of $600,000 to a 36-year-old roofer who was struck by falling materials and suffered a fractured hip.