Verdicts and Settlements
Top New Jersey Verdicts & Settlements of 2014 – click to previewBusiness Litigation Appellate Opinion – Dashmash Transportation, Inc. vs. Torgro Transportation, Inc. Forklift Accidents
$4,600,000.00 - A massive forklift vehicle ran over a dock worker causing catastrophic injuries to his leg. The worker won the first trial on liability (who is at fault) against a major forklift manufacturer, a major cargo carrier, and another defendant. During the second trial on damages (how much money to award) the matter was resolved for the total set forth above.
$2,300,000.00 - A young man suffered a traumatic leg amputation when a forklift he was operating flipped on its side. The forklift had not been equipped with the latest safety equipment.
$640,000.00 - An individual operating a forklift in the course of his employment suffered injury to his head when the lifting chain separated and a link from the chain penetrated his skull. This injury resulted in some mental deficiencies. The maintenance company for the forklift in question was the defendant in this negligent maintenance action.
$550,000.00 - A worker suffered a fractured pelvis when a scissor lift tipped over and pinned him to the ground. At the time the accident happened, the scissor lift was being removed from a flatbed truck with a forklift. A product liability/defective product suit was filed on behalf of the worker alleging that the manufacturer of the scissor lift failed to properly design the lift for safe removal from flatbed trucks – a common means of transporting scissor lifts. The matter was settled just a few days before trial.
$200,000.00 - An individual suffered injury to his leg when a forklift at his work site ran over him. The forklift was not equipped with a backup alarm to alert pedestrians. A major forklift manufacturer was the defendant in this product liability action.Workplace / Industrial Accidents
$1,800,000.00 - A worker at an amusement park fell eight feet to a concrete pad while repairing a roller coaster. The worker suffered a closed head injury. The defendant was the amusement park. The amount awarded at trial was subsequently compromised for a lesser amount.
$1,400,000.00 - A commercial painter working at a power station came in contact with a high voltage electric switch, sustaining serious injury to his hand and foot. A major power producer in the region paid the indicated sum.
$590,000.00 - A worker in the transportation department of an Atlantic City Casino sustained burns to the back of his hands and arms when the drop light he was utilizing fell and ignited the fumes from a bus gas tank. A major bus manufacturing company and a major bus conversion company were the defendants in this product liability/negligence action.
$485,000.00 - An individual in the course of her employment suffered injuries due to a negligently maintained professional office.
$297,000.00 - A worker in a supermarket sustained an injury to his thumb while in the course of his employment in this product liability action against a manufacturer of corrugated box equipment.
$230,000.00 - A factory worker operating an overhead crane sustained an injury to his back when the crane came to an abrupt stop. The crane manufacturer was the defendant.Personal Injury
$1,100,000.00 - A young boy playing on the railroad tracks had his leg traumatically amputated when the train began to move. The law in New Jersey at the time of the lawsuit prohibited a recovery from the railroad in such situations. The matter was appealed, the law was changed, and the matter was subsequently resolved.
$1,083,000.00 - A woman slipped and fell on a liquid substance on the floor of a bar/restaurant. She fractured her leg and suffered multiple injuries.
$585,000.00 - A young man, after drinking through the afternoon, sustained brain damage when he fell from the outdoor stairway of his apartment to a concrete pad twelve feet below. Both the landlord and the bar in which the young man was drinking were defendants.
$485,000.00 - A woman in the course of her employment was injured while moving a piece of equipment through the doorway of a professional office. The area had not been properly maintained.
$265,000.00 - A very young boy using sticks in a game with another boy at an informal daycare facility sustained injury to an eye, resulting in partial loss of sight in that eye.
$193,000.00 - An individual who was dealt with in a negligent manner by a bar/dining establishment was killed in a roadway accident.
$100,000.00 - An individual suffered food poisoning as a result of negligent handling of food at a diner.
$90,000.00 - An individual suffered injuries from a fall caused by a negligently repaired door in a retail store.Defective Machinery / Product Liability
$1,100,000.00 - A laborer employed by a township utility suffered herniated discs and required surgery when he fell seven feet to the ground from the maintenance platform of an excavator. The excavator was manufactured by a Fortune 500 company. The lawsuit alleged that the manufacturer had failed to place protective guardrails on the raised platform. This defective product/product liability case was resolved in court on the day of trial.
$800,000.00 - An individual was injured by a propeller shaft from an outboard boat motor which was alleged to be defective.
$300,000.00 - A young boy fractured his leg when he fell from an amusement park ride at a resort area. After a jury verdict and an appeal, this product liability/negligence action against the manufacturer of the ride and the operator of the ride was resolved for a lesser sum.
$215,000.00 - An office worker sustained injuries to his back when his chair fell over. The liability issue centered around the number of support legs on the chair. The defendant in this product liability action was the chair manufacturer.Wrongful Death
$1,005,000.00 - A young family man was killed instantly when his automobile was struck by a truck at an intersection. Suit was filed against the trucking company not only for the negligence of its driver but also for its negligence in hiring a driver with many operating violations. The matter was resolved before trial.
$205,000.00 - The operator of a motor vehicle slid into a guardrail due to an icy patch. The guardrail penetrated the vehicle and fractured the driver’s leg in this negligence action against the public entity who installed the guardrail.Motor Vehicle Accidents
$640,000.00 - An individual was involved in a collision with a bus while driving his automobile. He made a left hand turn in front of the bus just before the collision. He suffered a closed head injury.
$190,000.00 - An inebriated individual was negligently expelled from the bar where he was a guest. He was subsequently killed in a roadside accident.
$150,000.00 - An individual, while standing on the shoulder of the road, was struck by a bus and sustained a fractured leg.
$70,000.00 - A young woman sustained injuries in an auto accident.
$65,000.00 - A young woman suffered dental injuries in an automobile accident.
$65,000.00 - An individual suffered injuries in an auto accident.
$52,500.00 - An individual sustained injuries in an auto accident.Construction Site Accidents
$520,000.00 - A worker at a construction site was knocked from his construction vehicle by the boom of a crane as he drove by it. He sustained injuries to the spine in this product liability action against a major heavy equipment manufacturer.
$500,000.00 - A worker operating a dump truck at a construction site sustained injuries to his spine when the wheels of his dump truck sank into the ground and he was thrown from one side of the operator’s cab to the other. The owner of the site was the defendant in this negligence action.Medical Negligence
$190,000.00 An individual was injured in a health care facility when she fell out of bed.Warn Act
$290,000.00 - A group of workers were terminated in violation of the WARN Act prohibiting the closing of a business without adequate notice to employees.Defective Construction
$2,500,000.00 - A condominium community sued the developer and recovered for negligent workmanship and use of defective materials.