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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.

New Jersey groups join forces to combat concussions

With both football season and the Super Bowl in the recent past, some people experience contact sports in a way that leaves a dangerous, lasting impression.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and the Partners for Health Foundation have launched a new website to educate the public about the dangers of concussions and related traumatic brain injuries. The website, appropriately called “SportsConcussion.com” is aimed at spreading the word about the tragic dangers faced by today’s athletes.

The website provides helpful information to athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, parents, school nurses and physicians, who all play an important role in preventing lasting brain injuries. When these people are better equipped to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, they are more prepared to provide appropriate care.

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey has played an important role in educating the public about sports concussions and related injuries. In 2006, the Alliance hosted a large Youth Sports Summit at Giants Stadium, educating “leaders of state and national organizations committed to the health and safety of today’s youth.” The symposium was the first of a series of initiatives to protect young athletes in America. Among the greatest victories celebrated by the Alliance, is the passage of the New Jersey Concussion Law in 2010, signed into law by Governor Christy.

The law specifically explains the need for legislation, explaining that 62,000 of the 300,000 estimated concussions sustained by athletes each year in America, are specific attributed to high school athletes. It further explains that a concussion can "disrupt the normal functioning of the brain," and "cause significant and sustained neuropsychological impairments including, but not limited to problem solving, planning, memory, and behavioral problems." It is no surprise that these types of brain function are necessary for high school students to possess in order to succeed in school.

Concussions can vary in severity, and many factors contribute to the danger presented by sustaining a concussion. For those who experience a second concussion while their brain and body is still experiencing trauma from a previous concussion, severe impairment or even death may occur.

The New Jersey Concussion Law sets forth the following important measures:

  • An interscholastic athletic head safety training program, created by physicians, trainers and coaches.
  • A requirement that each school district create a specific written policy concerning prevention and treatment.
  • Guidelines pertaining to an injured student’s removal from and return to athletic participation.
  • Requirements for athletic trainers relating to continued education.

The law also contains important information, providing schools and school employees with immunity from liability in certain situations. If you, or a loved one has suffered from a concussion, it is essential to be aware of the duties that may have been owed to you by the person who caused it, or by those responsible for supervising the activity that caused it. Contact an experienced attorney to ensure the greatest possibility of success for your case.