Our office has been very successful on behalf of its clients in the past. Below are some examples of cases, which have been settled by our office from the years 2006 to 2012. We provide these examples to illustrate generally the types of cases that we have handled in the past and the type of results we have achieved. These examples are not intended to suggest that similar results can be obtained in your case. Every case is different. Past sucess is not a guarantee of future results.
Hecht & Hecht, LLP was retained by a union carpenter who was struck by a falling object as he was working on a scaffold in The Bronx. The worker required spinal fusion surgery and was unable to return to work. The case was settled for more than $2,000,000.00
Our office was retained by two (2) parents in separate cases involving similar facts. Both children were severely burned by hot water in their Bronx Apartment buildings. Both children required surgery due to the burns and both suffered significant scarring. In both cases we were able to establish that the incidents were caused by improper maintenance of the hot water systems in the buildings. BOTH CASES were settled for more than $2,000,000.00 each.
Our client tripped and fell on loose carpet in her rented apartment. She injured her elbow and required surgery. We were able to establish that the landlord knew about the defective condition of the carpet and failed to repair it before the incident. The case was resolved by a binding arbitration for $300,000
Our client injured his leg when he slipped and fell on liquid while he was a patinet in a hospital. We sucessfully argued that the liquid should not have been on the floor and the floor should have been cleaned before our client fell. That case settled for $130,000.
Our client slipped and fell on a stair in a school. We were able to establish that the tread on the stair had been worn and was dangerous and obtained testimony that the custodial staff was aware of the situation before our client fell. The case was settled for $300,000.
Our client, an international airline passenger, was injured when she fell out of a wheel chair that was being pushed by an agent of the airline. She suffered injuries to her back. We sucessfully argued that the Montreal Convention applied. The case settled for $400,000.00.
We were retained by a pedestrian who was struck by a motor vehicle as he crossed the street. The pedestrian suffered a traumatic brain injury. We retained an expert who helped us prove that the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was not accurate with regard to his speed or the color of traffic lights when we deposed him. As a result we were able to resolve the case for our client in the amount of $1,400,000.00, which was the full amount of available insurance coverage.
Our office was retained by an individual who was driving a van that was struck by a vehicle that was leaving a parking lot. After the incident our client was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He suffered injuries to his neck. Our client began a course of conservative treatment for his neck injury, which was unsuccessful. Eventually he underwent spinal surgery, which included a cervical fusion. The case was settled for $1,075,000.00.
A plumber who was injured at work retained our office. He sustained serious burns during the course of a kitchen renovation and was required to undergo skin graft surgery. The case was eventually settled for $750.000.00 before trial.
A man who was struck by a truck while he was riding a bicycle in New York City retained our office. The man suffered severe injuries to his leg and required multiple surgeries. We obtained a statement from a witness that helped us establish that the truck driver caused the incident. Eventually the case was settled for $725.000.00.
Our office was retained by a utility worker who fell into a pit located in the basement of a building. The pit had been covered with plywood that broke under the man’s weight. Our clients suffered knee injuries and ultimately underwent knee replacement surgery. The case was settled before trial for $700,000.00.
Two commercial window washers were injured when the hi-low they were in collapsed through the ground where it had been parked. Both workers suffered various injuries. One worker suffered reflex sympathetic distrophy. Our office obtained an order granting our client judgment in the case before trial. Thereafter both of our clients’ cases were settled before trial. One case was settled for $90,000.00 and the other for $600,000.00.
A lady who was struck by a SUV while she was a pedestrian retained us. The SUV left the scene, but the lady was able to note the license plate of the vehicle. We identified the vehicle and proceeded against the owner and driver. Our client suffered a lower back injury and required spinal fusion surgery. The case was settled for $425,000.00.
A lady was injured when she tripped on a sidewalk defect. We were able to identify those who created the defect and we proceeded against them. Our client suffered a fractured wrist, which required surgical repair, and a head injury. The case was settled for $250,000.00 before trial.
A young boy broke his arm when he fell in a playground. The boy fell off of the monkey bars. Our office retained an expert in playground design, who offered the opinion that the bars were defective as they were too thick for the young boy’s hand. The case was settled before trial for $125,000.00.
A lady called the office of The New York City Housing Preservation and Development to complain that she had no heat in her apartment. Two officers appeared at her door. When she asked for identification, one of the officers allegedly threatened to shoot her. The lady was emotionally traumatized and underwent treatment for that injury. The case was settled for $30,000.00.