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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:

  • $61,000,000 Jury verdict 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.
  • $11,000,000 Jury Verdict for a 27-year-old motorist who suffered an injury to his cervical spine resulting in permanent neurological dysfunction and impairments when he was shot by a law enforcement officer during a traffic stop.
  • $7,500,000 Settlement 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.
  • $7,000,000 Settlement for a 24-year-old ironworker who sustained serious back injuries requiring multiple surgeries when an improperly hoisted load fell on him.
  • $6,631,000 Jury verdict 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.
  • $5,600,000 Settlement for a 26-year-old carpenter who injured his back, requiring a spinal fusion when he fell from a loading dock.
  • $5,000,000 Settlement 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.
  • $4,500,000 Settlement for a 48-year-old union carpenter who was injured when a beam fell from a height of 7 feet onto her foot. As a result, she sustained severe fractures to her left foot, requiring fusion surgery and lumbar disc herniations requiring discectomy and fusion surgery.
  • $4,500,000 Settlement for a 36-year-old ironworker who suffered back, hip and knee injuries, as well as the loss of internal organs when the lift upon which he was working was struck by the boom of a crane.
  • $4,250,000 Settlement for a 53-year-old plumber who suffered serious neck, shoulder and hip injuries requiring surgery as a result of a falling from a ladder.
  • $4,150,000 Settlement to the estate of a 47-year-old executive who perished in the crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island.
  • $4,100,000 Jury verdict 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.
  • $3,750,000 Settlement for a 45-year-old union carpenter who was injured when he slipped on an electrical cord and fell down a concrete stairway causing him to suffer a fractured ankle requiring surgical fusion, a lumbar herniation requiring fusion surgery, and a torn rotator cuff requiring arthroscopic surgery.
  • $3,750,000 Settlement for a 52-year-old union carpenter who was injured while working on a scaffold when a scaffold wheel slipped into a hole in the floor, causing the scaffold to topple over. As a result, he suffered fractures of his left leg requiring open reduction and internal fixation surgery and a total knee replacement on his right leg.
  • $3,100,000 Settlement for 53-year-old union concrete laborer when a ladder upon which he was working collapsed out from under him causing him to fall 7 feet to the ground and sustain facial and skull fractures, a subdural hematoma, traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome and shoulder separation, resulting in a permanent deformity.
  • $3,700,000 Jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 49-year-old laborer who fell from a defective hoist.
  • $3,073,100 Settlement for a 48-year-old carpenter who suffered cervical herniated disks requiring surgical fusion when the scaffold upon which he was working toppled over.
  • $3,000,000 Jury Verdict to the estate of a 72-year-old nursing home resident who developed multiple, severe sacral and buttock pressure ulcers (bed sores) and sepsis infection secondary to infected ulcers which ultimately caused his death as a result of the failure of the nursing home to properly monitor his condition and render appropriate care.
  • $3,000,000 Settlement for 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.
  • $2,700,000 Settlement for a 44-year-old undocumented laborer who fractured his shoulder, hip, and pelvis when the scaffold upon which he was working collapsed.
  • $2,700,000 Settlement to a 24-year-old passenger in a motor vehicle accident who suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury.
  • $2,500,00 Settlement 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.
  • $2,475,000 Settlement 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.
  • $2,400,000 Settlement 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.
  • $2,200,000 settlement to a 54-year-old union laborer, who sustained serious cervical spine injuries and capital tunnel syndrome of both arms and hands when he was struck on the head by a plank that fell on him while a scaffold was being dismantled by co-workers.
  • $2,100,000 Settlement for a 50-year-old ironworker who sustained head injuries and multiple fractures of his legs when he fell from a catwalk.
  • $2,000,000 Settlement for a 40-year-old carpenter who sustained bilateral hip fractures after falling down an elevator shaft.
  • $1,750,000 Settlement for 52-year-old union steamfitter who was struck in the head by a 75-pound flange and sustained compression fractures of 2 thoracic discs, post-concussion syndrome and cervical radiculopathy.
  • $1,750,000 Settlement to the estate of a 65-year-old union painter who was killed by law enforcement officers.
  • $1,650,000 Settlement for a 51-year-old laborer who fell through a platform and injured his back, ankle, and spleen.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement during the trial of 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.
  • $2,300,000 and a $1,500,000 Settlement for two bridge painters who each suffered fractures of the legs requiring surgeries.
  • $1,500,000 Settlement after a jury verdict on liability trial for an electrician who suffered knee injuries when he fell from a makeshift scaffold.
  • $1,400,000 Settlement 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.
  • $1,360,000 Jury Verdict against the manufacturer of a radial arm saw that had an inadequate blade guard causing amputations of multiple fingers of the nondominant hand.
  • $1,300,000 Settlement for a 40-year-old carpenter who injured his back and neck requiring surgery when construction material fell on him.
  • $1,300,000 Settlement 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.
  • $1,200,000 Settlement for a 52-year-old laborer who suffered bilateral wrist fractures requiring surgery when the ladder upon which he was working collapsed.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement to a 25-year-old “sandhog” tunnel worker who slipped and fell during the transport of a heavy jack causing him to sustain a herniated lumbar disc requiring microdiscectomy surgery.
  • $900,000 settlement to a 32-year-old motorist who suffered serious injuries to his lumbar spine that required surgery when his car was struck by another vehicle.
  • $1,200,000 Settlement to the estate of a 43-year-old undocumented worker who fell through an elevator shaft to his immediate death.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement for a 35-year-old carpenter who dislocated his hip when he was struck by an unsecured plate of glass at a work site.
  • $980,000 Settlement for a 37-year-old carpenter who fractured his heel when he fell from a sidewalk bridge at a housing project undergoing renovation.
  • $890,000 Settlement for a 42-year-old motor vehicle passenger who was rear-ended and required surgery for herniated discs in his neck and back.
  • $887,500 Settlement 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.
  • $875,000 Settlement for a 48-year-old carpenter who fell while descending a ladder and injured his shoulder and elbow requiring surgery.
  • $875,000 Settlement 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.
  • $850,000 Settlement for a 44-year-old carpenter who fell from a scaffold and tore the ligaments in both knees requiring surgery.
  • $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.
  • $850,000 Settlement to a 26-year-old laborer who sustained an eye injury when he was struck by a projectile while using a nail gun.
  • $825,000 Settlement 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.
  • $750,000 Settlement 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.
  • $735,000 Settlement for a 55-year-old carpenter who tore ligaments in his shoulder when he fell from a scaffold at a job site.
  • $675,000 Settlement for a 33-year-old carpenter who sustained an ankle injury as a result of an improper hoisting operation.
  • $675,000 Settlement for a 28-year-old carpenter who suffered back injuries when the scaffold upon which he was standing collapsed.
  • $650,000 Settlement to a 32-year-old ironworker who suffered an ankle injury when he fell into a hole in a concrete slab.
  • $610,256 Jury Verdict 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.
  • $600,000 Settlement 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.
  • $600,000 Settlement 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.
  • $600,000 Settlement to a 40-year-old laborer who suffered an ankle fracture when he fell from a dumpster while unloading construction debris.
  • $600,000 Settlement 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

  • $6,265,000 Settlement for the injuries and wrongful death of a 43-year-old undocumented laborer who fell from a scaffold that was inadequately protected.
  • $4,000,000 Settlement 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.
  • $3,000,000 Settlement 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.
  • $3,000,000 settlement to a 42-year-old undocumented worker employed as a laborer who sustained serious shoulder and lower back injuries that required surgery when he was struck by a falling metal beam.
  • $2,750,000 Settlement to a 22-year-old laborer who fell four stories through an unguarded opening on a construction site and suffered head trauma with resultant neurological deficits.
  • $2,500,000 Settlement 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.
  • $2,250,000 settlement to a 31-year-old undocumented worker employed as a laborer who sustained fractures to both of his wrists and a herniated cervical disc, all of which required surgery, when a parapet wall of a sidewalk bridge upon which he was working collapsed causing him to fall to the ground.
  • $1,500,000 settlement to a 47-year-old undocumented car wash worker who suffered crush injuries to his right leg that necessitated the amputation of his lower leg when he was struck by a car driven by a co-worker on the lot.
  • $1,200,000 Settlement 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.
  • $980,000 Settlement for a 37-year-old undocumented worker who fell from a sidewalk bridge and suffered a left heel fracture that required surgery.
  • $900,000 Settlement to a 31-year-old laborer who suffered a shoulder fracture and dental injuries when he was struck by a front loader.
  • $750,000 Settlement to a 52-year-old laborer who suffered a foot fracture and back injuries when a metal beam fell on his foot.
  • $600,000 Settlement to a 36-year-old roofer who was struck by falling materials and suffered a fractured hip.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US

“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”