Family of Trucker Killed in Fiery 2016 Crash Reaches $11M Settlement

An $11 million settlement has been reached by the family of a 48-year-old South Carolina tractor-trailer driver who died in August 2016 when his rig struck another tractor-trailer carrying a load of gasoline as the second truck was attempting to turn around on a South Carolina highway in the darkness of early morning. The victim, Kenneth Avis of Georgetown, S.C., died about 3 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2016, when his 2015 Volvo tractor and its...

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$2M Settlement to 2 N.J. Cousins Hurt in Drunk Driving Crash

Two teen-aged cousins who were severely hurt in December 2013 when the car they were riding in was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by a drunk driver have agreed to a $2.05 million settlement in the case. The victims, Sora Newman and Shulamis Gorelick, who were 16 years old at the time of the crash on Dec. 29, 2013, both received traumatic brain and other injuries due to the impact, according to...

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$2M Verdict to Man Injured When His Pickup Was Rear-Ended by a Truck

A 44-year-old Pennsylvania man has been awarded a $2 million verdict by a jury after he was severely injured in November 2013 when his pick-up truck was rear-ended by a truck being operated by a drunk driver on Interstate 81 in Guildford Township, Franklin County. The plaintiff, Francisco Ramos-Becerra, was parked along the shoulder of I-81, refilling his Ford pickup truck with fuel around 5 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2013, when his vehicle was rear-ended...

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$2.75M Settlement to Widow of Man Killed by Speeding Sheriff’s Car

The widow of a 61-year-old New York state man who died when his SUV was struck by a speeding sheriff's department car being operated by a deputy sheriff in 2015 will receive a $2.75 million settlement from the county government where the crash occurred. Niagara County, N.Y., is paying the settlement to Mary A. Annalora, whose husband Glenn T. Annalora, died on Oct. 22, 2015, when his SUV was struck by the sheriff's vehicle which...

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$2M Jury Verdict to Woman After Problematic Gall Bladder Surgery

A Pittsburgh woman has been awarded a $2 million medical malpractice verdict by a jury for injuries she sustained when her surgeon improperly removed her gall bladder in May of 2013. The patient, Denise Westwood, alleged in her lawsuit that her surgeon, Dr. Charles N. Lebovitz, negligently injured her bile duct during the surgery on May 23, 2013, which caused permanent damage to her liver and biliary system, according to a June 29 story in...

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$250K Settlement to Motorcyclist Hurt In Crash with Fire Truck

A 26-year-old California motorcyclist is receiving a $250,000 settlement from the City of Palo Alto, Calif., after she was seriously injured in June 2015 when she crashed as she tried to avoid a fire truck that was stopped in the middle of a roadway. Alexis Ferreira was riding her motorcycle at 10:45 a.m. on June 29, 2015, when she rounded a curve on Skyline Boulevard in Palo Alto and found the road completely blocked by...

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$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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