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  • Attorney John Finbury takes novel issue in a negligence claim against the City of Haverhill to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and wins.

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  • $500,000 worker's compensation settlement
    for Massachusetts Home Depot employee who suffered severe spinal injury when he hyperextended his body in order to avoid being struck by employee pushing carriages towards him in an aisle.
  • $400,000 worker's compensation settlement
    for Massachusetts truck driver who injured lower back as a result of a fall in gas station while delivering gasoline.
  • $230,000 worker's compensation settlement
    for employee who developed RSD/CRPS following finger joint surgery for work-related repetitive stress injury.
  • $1.5 Million Verdict
    in Essex County for serious personal injuries caused by a drunk driver in a motor vehicle accident.
  • $1.4 Million Verdict
    in Essex County for a young man who was injured when a stool collapsed at a restaurant in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It was necessary to use experts in the field of medicine, economics, and vocational rehabilitation to prove the damages suffered by this client.
  • $1.3 Million Settlement
    In Essex County for an electrician injured in an arc blast while working in North Andover. He suffered burns and a fractured elbow. Medical, electrical and code experts were used to prove liability and damages. The firm is experienced in filing suit and litigating these types of cases in order to obtain the maximum benefit to which our clients are entitled.
  • $1.275 Million Settlement
    in Essex County where a motor vehicle chased by the police crashed and overturned resulting in injuries to a passenger. The injuries included fractured vertebrae which required surgery and which resulted in a permanent injury, as well as internal complications and lower leg ailments.
  • $1 Million Verdict
    in Essex County Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for a wife who was beaten and stabbed by her husband, leaving her with significant permanent injuries.
  • $835,000 Settlement
    in New Hampshire for a medical malpractice claim and related workers' compensation claim involving a failed sympathetic block for complex regional pain syndrome.
  • $767,000 Settlement
    for a man who was partially paralyzed as the result of a motor vehicle collision. The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle in which the operator was over-served at a club in Haverhill. Expert testimony was used to prove that improper training and serving procedures led to the over-serving of alcohol.
  • $750,000 Verdict
    in Newburyport Superior Court for a woman injured in an auto collision. The insurance company offered $75,000 to settle, one-tenth of the ultimate verdict. That offer was refused and we went to trial. With interest the verdict exceeded $1,000,000.
  • $650,000 Settlement
    for a liquor liability case in New Hampshire
  • $450,000 Workers' Compensation Settlement
    where a New Hampshire employee was contaminated by chemicals in the air at his place of employment in Massachusetts.
  • $450,000 Settlement
    in Hillsborough County New Hampshire where a young teacher slipped and fell while exiting a convenience store resulting in orthopedic injuries and a closed head injury.
  • $400,000 Verdict
    in Middlesex County Superior Court (Cambridge, MA) for a young man injured at the Haverhill train station when the train began pulling away as he was boarding. A final offer of $25,000.00 was rejected. With interest, the final judgment was over $500.00.00.
  • $379,000 Arbitration Award
    For tenant in commercial lease dispute
  • $250,000 Verdict
    in Essex Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for a mailman attacked by two dogs in the course of his employment, resulting in injuries to his back and neck as he was fleeing from the animals. With interest the judgment exceeded $316,000.00.
  • $250,000 Settlement
    in Rockingham county for a Newton, New Hampshire woman who was severely injured in a head-on collision resulting in multiple fractures.
  • $225,000 Settlement
    in Essex County where an employee slipped and fell on her way into work as a result of weather conditions. She settled with the workers' compensation carrier as well as the owner and property maintenance company.
  • $150,000 Verdict
    in Suffolk County for a patron of a bar whose leg was fractured by the negligent conduct of a security guard.
  • $150,000 Settlement
    in Rockingham county for a woman who was severely injured when she slipped and fell on water at a major department store. A lawsuit was necessary to obtain discovery which ultimately showed that the store allowed a freezer to leak for several days without adequate clean up..
  • $140,000 Settlement
    in Essex county for a Methuen woman who suffer a fractured hip on a dark outside stairway due to the landlord's failure to properly maintain the lighting.
  • $45,000 Settlement
    in Essex County for a boy under 2 years old who fell from a landing in a rented apartment due to improper construction of a railing.
  • $25,000 Settlement
    in Rockingham County for a man injured when he slipped on icy stairs at a mall in Southern New Hampshire as a result of negligent maintenance of the property.



Verdicts & Settlements

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NOTABLE VERDICTS

  • $316,000- Jury Verdict – March 16, 2011 — Essex Superior Court – Lawrence – Mailman attacked by two dogs in the course of his employment injured back and neck fleeing the animals. Evidence included two neck surgeries and a back surgery and over $100,000 in medical bills. $250,000 jury verdict plus pre-judgment interest and costs yielded total payout of $316,000. Attorney Daniel Finbury represented the plaintiff.
  • $1.5 million verdict in Essex County Haverhill District Court (Haverhill, MA) for personal injuries caused by a drunk driver in a motor vehicle accident.
  • $1.4 million verdict in Essex County Haverhill District Court (Haverhill, MA) for a young man who was injured when a stool collapsed at a restaurant. It was necessary to use experts in the field of medicine, economics, and vocational rehabilitation to prove the damages suffered by this client.
  • $750,000.00 verdict in Newburyport Superior Court for a woman injured in an auto collision. The insurance company offered $75,000.00 to settle, one-tenth of the ultimate verdict. That offer was refused and we went to trial. With interest the verdict exceeded $1,000,000.00.
  • $1 million verdict in Essex County Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for a wife who was beaten and stabbed by her husband, leaving her with significant permanent injuries.
  • $450,000 verdict in Hillsborough County Superior Court (Manchester, NH) dram shop against a bar that over-served a patron who later crashed his car, injuring the plaintiff who was a passenger.
  • $400,000 verdict in Middlesex County Superior Court (Cambridge, MA) for a young man injured at the Haverhill train station when the train began pulling out as he was boarding it. The offer to settle by the defendant was $25,000, which was rightfully refused.
  • $220,000 verdict in Essex County Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for a young man with aspirations to become a plumber. His vehicle was rear-ended and he sustained soft tissue injuries to his back. His medical bills were approximately $7,000, including $5,000 for chiropractic care. High damages were obtained by showing that he could no longer pursue his profession and, as a result, his lifetime earnings would be reduced. This case shows how a seemingly minor injury can have a long lasting impact on an individual. The proper use of a vocational expert was necessary to demonstrate to the jury the economic impact to the client over his lifespan.
  • $210,000 verdict in Suffolk County Superior Court (Boston MA) for a young man injured by security guards in a bar. The bar employees were responding to an altercation not provoked by the client and in the course of maintaining order broke his leg.
  • A finding of negligence and gross negligence in Essex County Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) against a city for its role in the death of a young man who committed suicide in the city lock-up, shortly after being arrested. This case was controversial because of the nature of the death. It brought to light the fact that a significant number of people are at risk for suicide immediately after arrest. The case prompted significant publicity and soon thereafter a law was enacted to mandate safeguards to prevent suicide in lock-ups.
  • $163,000 verdict in Essex County Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for soft tissue injuries and economic harm caused by a truck accident.

NOTABLE SETTLEMENTS

  • Employee of Catering Company injured right major shoulder while a passenger in a school van; settled workers’ compensation case for $150,000, bodily injury case for $100,000 and got her on Social Security Disability.
  • Client rear-ended and case settled for $250,000 (policy limits) involving upperextremity surgery and resulting complications from heart attack.
  • Employee injured right knee while in the course of his employment; had surgery and case settled for $360,000.
  • Nurse injured her back while preparing patient for transportation; aggravated prior mental ailments and pre-existing fibroymyalgia settled for $460,000.
  • $1,250,000 settlement after mediation for a young lady passenger injured when her motor vehicle driven by a friend fled a police chase and crashed…client broke her back and needed surgery with hardware and also sustained other neurological and internal injuries that are permanent. her medical bills were $343,000 and social security and Medicare issues were also involved in the final resolution.
  • $445,000 settlement after mediation for an older lady involved in a slip and fall at a New Hampshire highway gas station; the client had head injuries in addition to orthopedic problems resulting in over $100,000 in medical bills and permanent loss of earning capacity from her public school teaching position.
  • $1.3 million dollar settlement for an electrician injured in an arc blast. He suffered burns and a fractured elbow. He underwent several skin grafts and other surgeries. It was necessary to sue the negligent parties and uncover the facts through numerous depositions. Medical, electrical and code experts were consulted and used as expert witnesses to prove the damages. The firm is experienced in filing suit and litigating these type of cases in order to obtain the maximum benefit to which our clients are entitled.
  • $835,000 settlement in New Hampshire for a medical malpractice claim and related worker’s compensation claim involving failed sympathetic block for complex regional pain syndrome.
  • $767,000 settlement structured over time with a present value of $461,260 at the time of settlement (1991) for a man who was partially paralyzed as the result of a motor vehicle collision. The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle being operated by someone over served at a club in Haverhill. Through the use of experts it was proven that improper training and serving procedures concerning alcohol led to the driver being over-served.
  • $650,000 settlement for liquor liability case in New Hampshire.
  • $475,000 settlement for two children injured by lead paint.
  • $379,000 arbitration award for client/tenant in commercial lease dispute.
  • $315,000 settlement for head injury suffered by a client in a motor vehicle accident.
  • $275,000 settlement in a dram shop case involving a woman traveling on Route 93 in Southern New Hampshire who was struck by a drunk driver. Through our own investigation and that of the police, it was determined that the drunk driver was over-served at a restaurant which was held liable for the damages.
  • $210,000 structured settlement for a Massachusetts worker’s compensation employee who injured her back while in the course of performing her nursing duties.
  • $186,500 settlement for a woman who was a passenger in a serious car crash which claimed the life of the person at fault.
  • $142,000 settlement for a customer who fractured her hip after slipping on a pool of water accumulating near a cooler in a food store.
  • $135,000 settlement for a young man whose shoulder was fractured on the job.
  • $135,000 settlement for a woman who slipped on ice at a shopping center in Haverhill. Snow had accumulated on a roof which was illuminated by a lamp. The heat from the lamp caused melting which dripped right onto the ramp where people walked from the covered sidewalk to the parking lot.
  • $130,000 settlement for construction site accident involving the collapse of roof trusses causing a fractured leg.
  • $110,000 settlement for a neck injury caused when plaintiff stepped off an elevator which had stopped six inches above the level of the lobby.
  • $110,000 settlement for an elderly lady whose hip was fractured when an automatic door closed upon her while she was visiting a health clinic.
  • $110,000 settlement for a young man who sustained a back injury in a worker’s compensation accident in Massachusetts.
  • $100,000 settlement for a young woman who was rear-ended by a defendant who left the scene. However, his license plate fell off and he was tracked down. The plaintiff suffered a ruptured disc as a result of the collision.
  • $100,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on ice at an office park resulting in a herniated disc in her neck.
  • $100,000 settlement for a young lady who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in New Hampshire resulting in a fractured foot.
  • $85,000 settlement for a young man who injured his back in a worker’s compensation accident in New Hampshire.

For further information about the attorneys at Finbury, Sullivan, P.C., please contact us today.