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An injury case can resolve in two ways:
by settlement or by jury verdict.

We handle each case as if it will go to verdict because many times offers of settlement offend our sense of justice.

You see when it comes to case valuation, we’ve had major differences with the insurance industry. The Difference:

$4,258,000 Money Offered and Rejected
-versus-
$81,500,051 Won by Jury Verdicts

The Jury Verdicts Below Illustrate Three Important Points

Trial lawyer Andy Siegel has proven time and time again his ability to obtain for his client a substancial jury verdict award in the face of a zero money offer of settlement by the insurance company.

Trial lawyer Andy Siegel has the confidence in his courtroom skillset to advise his clients not to take a substantial sum of money offered in settlement when he believes the sum, although large, does not represent fair and reasonable compensation.

Trial lawyer Andy Siegel has his litigation finger on the pulse of his trials and when the jury spoke—they spoke loudly—giving his client’s significant sums of money, well in excess of the money being offered to settle the case by the insurance company.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case.

$43,000,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0                                     

Medical Malpractice

Park v. Rizzuti

Failure to timely diagnose brain aneurysm.

$11,965,800

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $2,000,000

Construction Accident

Mouta v. Essex

Roof collapse resulting in two-story fall and permanent traumatic brain injury.

$6,000,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Medical Malpractice

Bruno v. Alastra

Negligently embedding drain into motor cortex during brain surgery.

$6,000,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $985,000

Construction Accident

Crespo v. DASNY

Scaffold collapse resulting in head trauma and development of trigeminal neuralgia with unremitting facial pain.

$2,959,251

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle : $750,000

Construction Acident

Lema v. 37 West 14th

Scaffold collapse resulting in herniated lumbar disc requiring microdiscectomy, cervical herniation and traumatic headache syndrome.

$2,185,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $500,000

Construction Accident

Rieger v. 303 East 37th

Scaffold collapse resulting in ankle fracture requiring open reduction and internal fixation.

$2,000,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Medical Malpractice

Weiss v. Fields

Perforation of bladder during hysterectomy.

$1,550,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Medical Malpractice

Sutherland v. Mauri

Failing to timely diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome.

$1,475,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Medical Malpractice

"John Doe" v. Tolia
Improper performance of adult circumcision.

$1,100,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0                                      

Medical Malpractice

Jones v. Rosenblum

Unnecessary ocular lens implantation surgery for congenital cataracts.

$1,000,000

Jury Verdict
Insurance Company Offer to Settle $50,000

Construction Accident

Gonzalez v. Defoe

Side view mirror of sanitation vehicle strikes improperly placed construction sign causing blindness in one eye.

$890,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0                                     

Medical Malpractice

Caifa v. Winthrop

Negligently misdiagnosing a benign tumor as cancer and performing multiple operations.

$600,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Motor Vehicle Accident

Cabbell v. Kellmore

Hit in the rear resulting in herniated intervertebral disc.

$325,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Motor vehicle accident

Adwar v. Barpat 

Left turn case resulting in compression fracture of L1 vertebra.

$320,000

Jury Verdict

Insurance Company Offer to Settle $0

Motor Vehicle Accident

Lamia v. NYCTA

Train derailment accident – resulting in fracture of ankle.

Andy Siegel and Sean Coonerty have also proven themselves to master the art of negotiation.
As every so often, they do see eye to eye with the insurance industry on case valuation.
Below are negotiated settlements of interest and worthy of note.

$6,000,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Motor Vehicle Accident

Bus making left turn strikes pedestrian crossing street in crosswalk resulting in crush injury to foot requiring multiple surgical interventions.

$4,600,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Medical Malpractice

Failure to timely diagnose and treat post-operative hematoma which compressed the spinal nerves resulting in paraplegia.

$4,600,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Construction Accident

Construction worker fell in an elevator shaft and sustained severe knee and spine injuries which required multiple surgeries.

$4,500,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Slip, Trip & Fall/ Property Owner Negligence

Plaintiff was exiting building when the doors electromagnet fell off striking her on the head causing her to sustain a traumatic brain injury.

$3,500,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Construction Accident

Scaffold cross-bar failed in violation of Labor Law 240 (1) causing plaintiff to fall twenty feet and sustain double ankle/calcaneus fractures requiring open reduction and internal fixation.

$2,500,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Motor Vehicle Accident

Motorcyclist get caught within construction rut and is thrown from motorcycle into sidewall of RFK bride sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury.

$2,200,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Construction worker suffered a devastating hand de-gloving due to the lack of protection between where he was working and an active elevator shaft.

$2,200,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Construction worker fell from a defective ladder and suffered severe wrist fractures requiring surgery.

$2,150,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Scaffold collapse resulting in displaced comminuted calcaneal fracture that extends into the talocalcaneal joint requiring operative open reduction and internal fixation.

$2,150,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Construction worker fell from a scaffold and suffered calcaneus blow-out fractures requiring surgeries.

$1,900,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Medical Malpractice

Laparoscopy converted into laparotomy for resection of pelvic leiomyoma and bilateral salpingo -oophorectomy resulting in the failure to timely diagnose a post-operative infection leading to colovesical fistula, vesicovaginal fistula and rectovaginal fistula requiring multiple corrective procedures.

$1,845,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Slip, Trip & Fall/ Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff stepped in a hole in a newly formed crosswalk sustaining ankle sprain requiring surgery during which the tibial nerve was laceration resulting in permanent nerve damage.

$1,800,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Scaffold plank fell on a construction worker's head, causing a traumatic brain injury, and spinal injuries requiring surgery.

$1,750,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Child born with spinal neuroblastoma misdiagnosed as a hemangioma allowing the tumor to grow and compress spinal structures impacting urinary function.

$1,700,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Attempted laparoscopic cholecystectomy converted to an open procedure resulting in laceration injury to common bile duct that went undiagnosed for a week leading to multiple surgical interventions and permanent abdominal injury.

$1,700,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Motor Vehicle Accident

Defendant driver attempted to make a left turn out of the mouth of a parking lot causing plaintiff to strike her vehicle. Accident resulting in Laminectomy with microdiscectomy and revision neurolysis surgery to reduce scar tissue.

$1,600,000

SETTLED DURING TRIAL

Slip, Trip & Fall Accident

Slip and fall on a wet floor in a bathroom caused a wrist fracture and spine injuries which required surgeries.

$1,600,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Collapse of floor caused construction worker to fall and suffer rib and lumbar spine injuries that required surgery.

$1,505,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Construction worker fell from a ladder that slipped out, resulting in a severe wrist fracture.

$1,500,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Sidewalk bridge collapsed and fell on a construction worker, causing multiple pelvis/hip fractures.

$1,500,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

An A-frame over-loaded with materials toppled onto a construction worker, causing multiple ankle fractures requiring surgeries.

$1,500,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

A two-by four was blown off a make-shift cart and struck worker in head causing him to sustain a mild traumatic brain injury.

$1,000,000

Settle During Trial 

Property Owner Negligence

Failure to timely diagnose and treat a post-operative lower extremity infection requiring otherwise unnecessary operative excision of muscle mass.

$1,000,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Failure to timely diagnose and treat a post-operative lower extremity infection requiring otherwise unnecessary operative excision of muscle mass.

950,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Slip, Trip & Fall Accident

Worker replacing basement floor with flammable glue fails to turn boiler pilot out resulting in explosion and wrongful death.

950,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Motor Vehicle Accident

Failure to stop at stop sign causes accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury and shoulder surgery.

800,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Motor Vehicle Accident

Bicyclist struck by motor vehicle that failed to stop at stop sign resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.

800,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Construction Accident

Laborer permitted to place a ladder on a bakers scaffold in violation of Labor Law 240(1) imposing absolute liability on owner and general contractor resulting in shoulder injury requiring surgery.

775,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Fluoroscopic microdiscectomy converted to an open procedure because of a dural tear leading to a post-operative nerve root compression that was neither timely diagnosed nor treated resulting in lower leg dysfunction.

725,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Failure to timely diagnose and surgically treat spinal root nerve compression resulting in permanent nerve damage to nerves effecting the cauda equina.

700,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Motor Vehicle Accident / Truck Accident

Plaintiff was a truck driver who upon opening his trailer was caused to sustain neck and back and knee injuries when the improperly loaded merchandise fell on him.

600,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Slip, Trip & Fall Accident

Long Island Railroad failed to properly maintain retaining wall resulting in chronic water leak onto train platform creating a hazard and client to fall sustaining ankle fracture with open reduction internal fixation surgery.

437,500

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Motor Vehicle Accident

Pedestrian struck in crosswalk when defendant driver made a left turn causing hip fracture requiring traction.

400,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Failure to timely diagnose and treat heart attack resulting in wrongful death.

350,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Negligent insertion of catheter causing bladder infection to disseminate into the blood stream causing blood infection and resultant death.

345,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Failure to timely diagnose and treat spleen rupture after elderly man fell on street leading to wrongful death.

300,000

PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT

Medical Malpractice

Patient undergoing ovary cyst removal sustained injuries to small and large colon requiring corrective surgery.

Siegel & Coonerty
419 Park Avenue South 
New York, NY 10016-8435