$7.15M Settlement to Woman Paralyzed in Fall from Ladder

A Pennsylvania woman who was paralyzed after she fell from a ladder as she tried to rescue a cat from a tree in November 2009 has reached a $7.15 million settlement with the manufacturer and seller of the ladder. Penny Raza, who was 36 at the time of the fall, was hurt when the Saf-T-Master Type III Household ladder she was climbing "telescoped," throwing her to the ground below as she attempted to rescue the...

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$7.5M Settlement in Car Crash During Hurricane Sandy that Killed Woman

A $7.5 million settlement has been reached in connection with the crash of an SUV and a police car during Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in October 2012 which left one woman dead and three others severely  injured. The crash, which happened about 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2012 at routes 112 and 347 in Port Jefferson Station, N.J., occurred when a Ford Crown Victoria police car broadsided the 2002 Toyota Highlander the four women...

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Motorcyclist Gets $1.3M Settlement After Being Struck by Car

A Connecticut motorcyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014 after he was struck by a car pulling out of a driveway as he rode his motorcycle down a street is receiving a $1.3 million settlement in the case. The motorcyclist, 31-year-old Jeffrey Cipriano, was riding his Harley-Davidson on a street in Bethany, Conn., when a vehicle being driven by 74-year-old Margaret Wilson struck him, according to a May 23 story by The Connecticut...

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$5M Settlement Awarded to Family in Medical Malpractice Birth Case

The family of a baby born in a naval hospital in Florida in 2012 has reached a $5 million medical malpractice settlement after three doctors allegedly chose not to order a cesarean section delivery after tests showed evidence of a lack of oxygen to the infant and fetal distress during the birth. Jenifer and Sean Mochocki reached the $5 million settlement with the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, more than two years after filing a medical malpractice...

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$287K Settlement to Woman Injured in Roller Skating Fall

A 52-year-old woman who broke her arm while skating on a brand-new pair of roller skates in June of 2014 has received a $287,500 product liability settlement in the case. Gladys Jones, who was 50 at the time of the incident, had purchased a pair of "Chicago Skates" roller skates online from Fingerhut.com on June 18, 2014 and was injured eight days later when she unpacked the box and used the skates for the first...

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$39M Verdict to Family of Texas Firefighter Killed in Bicycle Crash

A Texas jury has awarded a $39 million wrongful death verdict to the family of a 43-year-old Houston firefighter who was killed in a 2014 crash with a utility trailer while on a bicycle ride. W. Mark Braswell, who was a captain for the Houston Fire Department, was riding along North Bridgeland Lake Parkway when he and his bicycle struck a landscaping trailer stopped in traffic on the four-lane roadway, according to a May 3...

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$6.6M Verdict to Injured Chicago Commuter Train Crash Victim

A 37-year-old Chicago woman was awarded $6.65 million in damages by a Cook County, Ill., jury after she was seriously injured as a passenger in a 2014 crash of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) commuter train. The victim, Yolanda Montes, was one of more than 30 train passengers who were hurt when the CTA Blue Line train she was riding on at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport derailed, crashed through a barrier and landed on top...

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$5M Settlement Reached in Medical Helicopter Crash Death

The parents of a 38-year-old Alabama nurse who was killed in the crash of a medical helicopter which was responding to an emergency call in March 2016 has reached a $5 million settlement with the operators of the aircraft. The nurse, Stacey Cernadas, died March 26, 2016, when the Haynes LifeFlight medical helicopter she was riding in crashed about 12:18 a.m. west of Enterprise, Ala., after picking up a critically-injured victim from a motor vehicle...

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$2.8M Verdict in Plane Crash Death in Product Liability Case

The wife of a U.S. Forest Service employee who died in 2010 when the chartered plane he was flying in suffered a catastrophic engine failure and crashed in Lock Haven, Pa., has been awarded a $2.75 million verdict by a federal jury. Daniel Snider, who was 30 at the time of the incident, died on June 21, 2010, when the Cessna T210L aircraft he was a passenger in crashed on a residential street in Lock...

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