Plaintiff was a 72-year-old male who was experiencing severe back pain. Our client visited his Primary Care Physician who recommended to out client to have some diagnostic imaging tests. The radiologists who examined his diagnostic imaging results determined his condition to be non-life-threatening and sent him home with medication and directions to follow up with his primary care doctor. Several days following his imaging tests, our client was rushed to the E.R. as his pain persisted and a tumor was discovered on his spine. Plaintiff was rushed into surgery and awoke paralyzed from the waist down. Our firm secured a multi-million dollar award for the misdiagnosis and malpractice by the medical clinic, primary care doctor and radiologist for medical negligence. This settlement will allow the Plaintiff to receive medical care, treatment and the appropriate nursing care for the remainder of his life.
$4 Million- Automobile Accident
Plaintiffs were heading south on U.S. 1 in Islamorada, Florida Keys, when the driver of a pick–up truck owned by the defendant crossed the center line, striking the plaintiff's car, spinning it around and striking another car head on. Plaintiff spent three months at Jackson Memorial Hospital with heart and head injuries. Case was settled for $4 million.
$2.5 Million- Automobile Accident (Bad Faith versus Insurance Company)
Plaintiff was a widow with five children, three of whom were adopted as special needs foster children. Her husband was killed in a car accident and action was brought against the driver and his insurance company. Multi-million dollar award secured against driver's insurance company for failure to deal with the plaintiff in "good faith". Family and children will now be provided future education and special needs.
$1.1 Million- Automobile Accident (Maximum Policy Limits)
Plaintiff was driving his work truck, making a legal left turn, when he was hit by two oncoming cars who were allegedly drag racing, and hit the truck at such high speeds that it flipped our client's vehicle over. Our office's team of investigators were able to secure video footage of the actual accident from the surveillance videos from the surrounding condominium buildings and several statements from independent witnesses in order to prove our case. Plaintiff spent several months in the hospital with several serious injuries, including fractures of his spine, pelvis, and ribs, as well as internal bleeding resulting in multiple surgeries. Case was settled with various insurance companies for the maximum policy limits of insurance of $1.1 million.
$1.1 Million- Pedestrian Accident
Plaintiff was a 34-year-old wife and mother of two young children. She was standing in a parking lot putting her belongings into the trunk of her car when another vehicle accelerated directly into the back of her legs. As a result, her legs were crushed and pinned in between the two cars. The Plaintiff was rushed into an emergency surgery to repair her fractured right femur. Surgery required the insertion of a fixated rod and hardware into her right leg. The at-fault driver was an employee who was working under the course and scope of his employment at the time of the incident. Our firm helped our client pay for all of her past and future medical care resulting from the incident. In addition, she will have a substantial amount of money for her past, present and future pain and suffering and lost wages. This case was able to resolve within 6 months following the accident.
$900,000.00- Medical Malpractice- Jury Verdict
Plaintiff sued defendants, two doctors and a hospital, for medical malpractice. Case resulted in a jury award of $900,000, the tenth largest jury award in Miami–Dade County in the year 2000.
$875,000.00- Negligent Security/Premises Liability
Deceased was a 23 year old female who was kidnapped, shot and died after leaving her office complex in August 2009. She was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend and the office complex knew of prior incidents involving him. Our firm argued that the apartment complex failed to provide security that would deter such violent activity on its property. Property owners also failed to address prior warnings from employees about crime occurring on the property. The father of Ms. Duval received a $875,000 settlement from the property owners.
$500,000- Auto Accident
Plaintiff was a 55-year-old woman who was driving her daughter to school when another vehicle ran a red light causing a T-bone accident. As a result of the accident, Plaintiff had to undergo an anterior cervical fusion and discectomy at C5-C6, and discectomy at L4-L5 with annular repair at L4-L5. The insurance company was only offering $100,000 to our client. At the eve of trial, our firm was able to secure a $500,000 settlement.
$500,000.00- Automobile Accident
Plaintiff was struck by a car and suffered injuries to his pelvis, which required surgery. Case settled before trial for $500,000.
$425,000.00- Slip and Fall
Plaintiff slipped and fell while at a restaurant while making a linen delivery due to the poorly maintained kitchen tile and suffered severe back injuries that required several surgeries. Case settled for $425,000.00 prior to trial after our office was able to secure multiple prior violations from the Broward County Public Health officials involving their kitchen floor.
$400,000- Slip and Fall at Car Wash
Plaintiff was a 34-year-old medical assistant and mother of two young children when she slipped and fell while exiting her vehicle at a car wash. Car was employees were specifically instructed not to allow customers to drive their vehicles near the entrance to the car wash. The employees were supposed to take the car from the customer and drive the car in themselves. On the day of the accident, the client exited her vehicle and the employee failed to warn her of the extremely slippery nature of the flooring and the client fell and injured her shoulder and spine. As a results of this fall, the client suffered from a torn labrum in her shoulder and required shoulder surgery with an orthopedic surgeon. Additionally, she received pain management therapy for her neck. Our firm negotiated a settlement with the car wash company for $400,000 prior to trial.
$400,000.00- Slip and Fall
Plaintiff slipped and fell while walking down a poorly maintained stairway and suffered severe ankle injuries that required several surgeries. Case settled for $400,000.00 after our office was able to secure prior incidents involving the same stairway.
$394,206.00- Slip and Fall- Jury Verdict:
(Fuentes v. Wal-Mart Stores Case No. 11-18376 CA 20)
Ms. Fuentes slipped on water that had leaked out of another Wal-Mart customer’s cart from a 5 gallon water bottle and suffered severe knee, shoulder and ankle injuries that required surgery. At court, it was proved that Wal-Mart knew of the spill and did nothing to remedy the situation. A Miami-Dade jury awarded Plaintiff $492,758 for her injuries but the verdict was reduced after the jury found Wal-Mart 80 percent negligent and Ms. Fuentes 20% negligent.
$375,000- Fall from Defective Chair
Plaintiff was a 33-year-old medical student who was sitting on a chair in class when suddenly the chair collapsed causing her to fall to the ground. The client experienced immediate pain in her lower back and sough treatment. Her Primary Care Physician referred the client to a Neurologist and Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who performed diagnostic studies showing permanent injuries to her lower back. Spinal surgery was performed and despite the surgeon's efforts, the client continued to experience pelvic pain and had to seek additional treatment with an Obstetrician/Gynecologist for the pain. Additionally, the client had to undergo pain management treatment including injection therapy and physical therapy for her continued pain. Unfortunately, the client continued to suffer from limitations including inability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time. Suit was brought against the school and the maintenance company contracted to inspect and maintain the chairs. The Defendants admitted the chair should not have collapsed but tried to blame one another for the accident. A settlement was reached prior to trial for $375,000.
$360,000- Slip and Fall
Plaintiff was a 32-year-old man who was employed as an Uber driver. While on his way to pay at a gas station, he slipped and fell on dirty oil that was present on the floor of the gas station. As a result of our client's fall, he suffered a patella fracture and underwent two knee surgeries. The gas station was arguing that the incident never occurred on their property and denied the claim, never offering any money prior to a lawsuit being filed. Our firm was able to prove that the gas station 1) had knowledge of the incident; 2) intentionally failed to keep the surveillance video which depicted the fall 3) failed to warn of the dangerous oil and 4) they misrepresented having any knowledge of the incident even though they in fact helped clean the area by pouring soil over the dirty oil and swept the area with brooms after the fall. Following the filing of a lawsuit and depositions being taken, the insurance company changed their position on this case and we were able to secure a substantial settlement to help our client.
$300,000- Auto Accident
Plaintiff was a 50-year-old client who was hit by another vehicle while driving home on the Palmetto Expressway. The at-fault driver failed to stop for rush hour traffic, and rear ended our client's vehicle. As a result of the accident, our client had to undergo a cervical fusion. At mediation, our firm was able to secure a $300,000 policy limit settlement. Prior to our firm filing suit, the insurance company was only offering $25,000 to our client.
$300,000.00- Slip and Fall at Grocery Store
Plaintiff was shopping at a grocery store when she slipped and fell due to a leaking refrigerator. She landed directly on her knee which caused her a patellar fracture. She ended up having several surgeries as a result of the incident. After taking depositions of several employees and independent witnesses, the grocery store decided to admit liability at the eve of trial and the case settled for $300,000.00.
$300,000.00- Merchandise Fell On Customer’s Head
Plaintiff was shopping at retail store when a large merchandise fell off the shelf and hit customer on the head. Our client received several injections and was recommended back surgery as result of this accident. Case settled at mediation for $300,000.00.
$262,500.00- Premises Liability
Plaintiff claimed she slipped and fell on a greasy substance at the defendant's hotel, resulting in injuries to her lower back and knee that required surgery. Case settled at mediation for $262,500.00.
$250,000.00- Nursing Home Negligence
Plaintiff claimed defendant improperly cared for decubitus ulcers developed by relative while she was a patient at the nursing home, resulting in her death. Case settled at mediation for $250,000.
$250,000.00- Premises Liability
Plaintiff claimed she slipped and fell on an oily substance at the defendant's store, resulting in injuries to her lower back that required surgery. Case settled before trial for $250,000.
$235,000.00- Automobile Accident (Bad Faith Claim)
Plaintiff was an elder passenger when she was involved in an automobile accident and suffered injuries to her tibia which required an open reduction internal fixation of her right medial tibial plateau. The Defendant only had $100,000.00 of automobile insurance which the insurance company failed to offer prior to the filing of a lawsuit. Our firm aggressively represented client and were able to settle the case at the eve of trial for $235,000.00 which was more than the insurance policy.
$225,000.00- Product Liability
Plaintiff received a partial left knee prosthetic device. Plaintiff alleged that the device broke apart inside his knee, requiring removal of the device and total knee replacement 18 months after the initial surgery, rather than eight to ten years later. After the jury returned its verdict, this case set the standard nationally for the value of similar cases filed all over the USA; Miami Federal Jury awarded the plaintiff $225,000.
Confidential Settlement- Slip and Fall, Premises Liability
Plaintiff, a security guard hired by defendant, was on duty on the premises when he tripped over a carpet that was loose on the edge while investigating an incident. He suffered torn cartilage in wrist and knee, both of which required surgery. A Miami jury awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars for economic and non–economic damages.
50+ Successful Jury Verdicts in PIP Cases (Insurance Disputes over Medical Bills)
Jonathan R. Friedland has successfully tried and won over 30 PIP cases. Our office has represented hundreds of clients and medical providers against various auto insurance companies. Jury awarded compensation to all clients including payment of attorney fees.