CALCAGNO & ASSOCIATES has obtained many significant and noteworthy verdicts and settlements for our clients:
Results vary, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case. This record of success in the courtroom and at the negotiation table serves our clients in two important ways: (1) It compensates them for their pain and suffering; and (2) It helps them rebuild their lives.
$4,000,000 – PAYOUT- BUS CRASH LAWSUIT
OLD BRIDGE, NEW JERSEY
In 2013, after a school bus rear-ended a commuter bus, a woman, Christine Carhuff, 36, was left permanently disabled. Thirty people were on the commuter bus that morning of January 10, 2013, which rear-ended a 24 seat school bus. The impact caused the commuter bus to smash into a tree and threw the passengers from their seats. Carhuff sustained multiple fractures and injuries to her shoulder, neck, lower back, leg, and ankle. She required multiple surgeries which still resulted in permanent damage.
$4,743,086 – VERDICT – FOUR (4) WEEK TRIAL -TRAIN ACCIDENT
HUDSON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, JERSEY Union, NEW JERSEY:
A 52 year-old Head Neuro-Surgical Nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City was a passenger aboard a New Jersey Transit Train on the Morris/Essex line heading towards Hoboken when a pantograph hanging over the side of a disabled train on the adjacent track smashed through the window of plaintiff’s train, and struck her in the face and head. As a result, the plaintiff suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, a large epidural hematoma requiring an emergency craniotomy. Plaintiff was disabled from work as a result of this horrible accident. After a four-week trial, the Jury found New Jersey Transit 100% responsible for her injuries.
$2,500,000 – RECOVERY AFTER THREE (3) WEEKS OF TRIAL – HEAD-ON COLLISION
NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, NEW YORK, NEW YORK:
A 23 year-old waitress was a passenger in an automobile when the host drunk driver rear-ended a disabled tractor-trailer on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge. The plaintiff suffered multiple injuries, including a right temporal skull fracture, requiring a temporal craniotomy; post-traumatic seizure disorder; and post-traumatic stress disorder. Plaintiff was disabled from work.
$2,000,000 – SETTLEMENT – WRONGFUL DEATH – PRODUCTS LIABILITY
ESSEX COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
A 46 year-old diesel mechanic was crushed to death while repairing a valve inside the compactor unit of a front-end loader garbage truck. The valves, which were being repaired by the mechanic, should have been located outside the compactor unit, rather than inside the unit where the crushing compactor blade was located. After the mechanic repaired the blade with the truck running, the blade began to move toward him, but he was trapped inside the compactor unit. When the owner of the garbage carting company screamed to the mechanic to get out of the truck, the driver of the truck mistakenly jumped out of the cab and failed to push the kill switch to the compactor blade which was located next to him in the cab. Unfortunately, by the time the owner jumped in the cab to push the kill switch, it was too late.
$1,800,000 – SETTLEMENT – MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – HEAD-ON COLLISION
UNINSURED MOTORIST CLAIM AGAINST ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
A Pennsylvania couple was driving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary. A pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed (approximately 70 miles per hour) in the opposite lanes of traffic crossed over the median dividing Route 501 (Interstate 95) and crashed head-on into their car. The Plaintiffs were extricated from their car with the “Jaws of Life.” The passenger suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured femur, a right wrist fracture, and a severe left wrist fracture, requiring multiple surgeries. The driver suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured femur, a fractured tibia and a fractured hip socket.
$1,300,000 – VERDICT – ICE HOCKEY RINK ACCIDENT
MIDDLESEX COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY
A 40 year-old man playing recreational hockey in a men’s adult hockey league at the Wall Sports Arena sustained a pylon fracture to his left ankle when the blade to his skate got caught in a gap in the kick plate of the boards as he was making a wing turn to retrieve the puck after a face off at center ice.
$1,000,000 – SETTLEMENT- MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – REAR-END HIT
MORRIS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY
A 42 year-old driver was rear-ended, causing an aggravation of a pre-existing back condition, and resulting in back surgery. Case settled for the defendant’s $1,000,000 policy limits a week before trial.
$1,000,000 – SETTLEMENT – CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT – STATEN ISLAND FUEL PIER
RICHMOND COUNTY SUPREME COURT, STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK
A 36 year-old electrician walking along the Staten Island Fuel Pier (which was under construction) fell into an unprotected opening in the metal grating. He was knocked unconscious for 30 minutes and was pulled to safety by co-workers. He sustained a closed head injury and two herniated discs in his lower back, but did not undergo surgery.
$750,000 – VERDICT – FALL ON SIDEWALK ALONG SIDE CONSTRUCTION SITE
KINGS COUNTY SUPREME COURT, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
A 66 year-old pedestrian was walking along a sidewalk in front of a large house under construction when she was caused to trip and fall over a piece of plywood covered with dirt and protruding into the pedestrian’s path of travel. The pedestrian suffered a comminuted fracture of the right dominant elbow requiring surgery.
$650,000 – RECOVERY AFTER 9 DAYS OF TRIAL – INADEQUATE SECURITY
FEDERAL COURT, WESTCHESTER COUNTY
A 25 year-old office manager was abducted from a hotel parking lot, and subsequently raped by a former housekeeper of the hotel, who had an extensive criminal record prior to being hired by the hotel.
$500,000 – SETTLEMENT – MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – HEAD-ON COLLISION
MORRIS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY
A 52 year-old warehouse worker was traveling to work from a lunch break when the defendant vehicle crossed over the double yellow line at a high rate of speed and crashed into the plaintiff head-on. The plaintiff suffered multiple injuries, including a comminuted fracture of the right heel, and a right posterior disc herniation at C5-6.
$455,000 -SETTLEMENT -AMUSEMENT PARK ACCIDENT -REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY
MONMOUTH COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY
A 12 year-old girl was on the Frog Hopper ride at Keansburg Amusement Park when the ride operator closed the safety bar on her hand and wrist, suffering a right wrist fracture and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
$445,000 – SETTLEMENT – MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – REAR-END HIT
MIDDLESEX COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY
A 63 year-old woman was rear-ended while stopped at a red light, then pushed into a school bus. The plaintiff suffered herniated discs at L4-5 and L5-S1; fracture of the T12 vertebra; and a fractured nose.
$400,000 – SETTLEMENT – MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – HEAD-ON COLLISION
NASSAU COUNTY SUPREME COURT, MINEOLA, NEW YORK
A 38 year-old woman was hit head-on in a motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn medial meniscus of both knees, requiring arthroscopic surgery; and herniated discs at C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7.
$300,000 – RECOVERY AFTER ONE (1) WEEK OF TRIAL – PEDESTRIAN KNOCKDOWN
NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
A Port Authority police officer was struck by a car, while directing traffic on the George Washington Bridge. The plaintiff suffered bi-lateral knee injuries, requiring arthroscopic surgery.
$100,000 – SETTLEMENT THE DAY BEFORE TRIAL – PRODUCT LIABILITY
NEW JERSEY SUPERIOR COURT, WARREN COUNTY
A father and his two young daughters were shopping in Shop Rite when his daughters (ages 4 and 7) needed to use the restroom. The father stood approximately three feet from the ladies’ room and waited for his daughters to come out. The seven year old held the door open for the four year old while she walked out of the bathroom. As the four year old walked through the archway of the door, the seven year old let go of the door. While the door was closing, the four year old dragged her hand along the door and into the hinge, slicing off the tip of her right ring finger. Consequently, the four year old underwent plastic surgery to repair the finger. Plaintiffs alleged that Shop Rite was negligent in failing to properly adjust and maintain the door check; the device which controls the speed at which the door closes. Shop Rite argued that the door was in compliance with Code, and did not cause the accident.