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Notable Verdicts

The New York Personal Injury Attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf has won or settled a multitude of substantial cases in the recent past.

Setting New Records

In November 2021, our attorneys set a new record for a pain and suffering award in New York State as the Appellate Division of New York affirmed a $29 million award to a former New York City high school student who was disfigured during a botched chemistry experiment. The plaintiff who was 16 year old at the time of the accident was burned so badly that he suffered 3rd degree burns to his neck and face. He spent two months at the Cornell's burn unit and three months at The Children Hospital. He underwent multiple treatments, skin grafts and staples to hold the new flesh in place. He was required to stay immobilized in a crucifix position for days. The award is the largest award ever affirmed for pain and suffering in NY State (read more here)

Making New Law

In 2021, our attorneys through their diligent work were able to change a doctrine of law known as "zone of danger" to allow a grandmother who witnessed the death of her granddaughter to obtain compensation for psychological injury.  In New York, this doctrine allows an "immediate family member to be compensated for psychological trauma suffered while witnessing a family member being injured or dying. However, grandparents were not considered "immediate family". Our attorneys recognized it was an injustice that had to be rectified and challenged the law through all levels of the New York State courts, ultimately arguing in front of the highest court in New York, the Court of Appeals that excluding grandparents from immediate family was arbitrary and inconsistent with other existing laws. The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of our client, a woman who witnessed her two year old granddaughter being struck by falling debris in Manhattan and dying at the hospital the following day. The jury will now be able to decide what damages our client should be awarded for the emotional trauma she sustained during this horrific event.

#1 NY Jury Verdict

Verdict 2018 In December 2018, Howard Hershenhorn and Diana Carnemolla obtained an $85 million jury verdict for a pedestrian who sustained catastrophic injury after being hit by a double decker sightseeing tour bus in downtown Manhattan. This verdict was the largest verdict obtained in New York State and the 25th largest verdict obtained in the US in 2018. The victim was crossing 6th Ave with the light in his favor when a tour bus ran over him and drag him a few feet before stopping. As a result of the accident the man sustained catastrophic injury and will suffer pain for the rest of his life. Once an avid runner he will walk with a brace for the rest of his life.

In September 2018, personal injury lawyer NYC Ben Rubinowitz and Peter Saghir obtained a record setting $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn on behalf of four boys who were sexually abused by a religion teacher. This is one of the largest settlement ever awarded to clergy abuse and sexual abuse victims within the catholic church.

In the past year our firm obtained 2 of the top 3 personal injury verdicts in New York State.

Top Verdicts 2017 New York MagazineIn the first case, Ben Rubinowitz, Rachel Jacobs and James Rubinowitz obtained a $71 million verdict for a former Cornell student who suffered a fracture of her Lumbar Spine in a car accident in New York. The victim is now able to walk with braces but still suffers from neurogenic bowel. She will need medical help for the rest of her life. The jury awarded $5 million for her past pain and suffering, 6 million for her future pain and suffering and 60 million for her future medical needs.. This verdict was also the highest car accident verdict in New York in 2017.

Top Verdicts 2017 New York MagazineIn the second case, Ben Rubinowitz and Peter Saghir obtained a $41.5 million verdict for a sanitation worker who was fatally hit by a sweeper truck. This is also the highest verdict obtained in New York State in 2017 in a truck accident case. At the time of the fatal accident, Steven Frosh was in a city garage making adjustment to his sweeper truck. Another truck arrived in the garage and fatally struck him. The victim left behind him a wife and four young children.>

A total of 6 of the verdicts obtained by our attorneys were listed in in the 2017 Top New York Verdicts and our firm is featured in the New York Magazine in New York's Leading Personal Injury Lawyers 2017. No other firm in New York had that many cases listed in the the 2017 Top New York Verdicts.

The following is a small sample of notable settlements and verdicts obtained by our attorneys. These results demonstrate the excellent representation provided by our lawyers in a variety of case types.

Multi-Party Cases

Our Personal Injury Firm has had the privilege of serving as lead counsel in some of the more prestigious class action litigations of the past 100 years. Below are some examples of its successes.

  • $100,000,000 recovery for victims of 9/11 and their families. This strikingly large settlement was due, in large part, to our attorney's legal strategy and ability to convey the human nature of this immense tragedy to the Victim's Compensation Fund.
  • The fire at Stouffer's Hotel in Westchester County. We represented the estates of 11 members of the Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 Company killed in the fire. The case settled for more than $50,000,000.
  • The explosion on Ann Street that resulted in 12 deaths and multiple injuries. The case settled for $18,000,000.
  • $14,000,000 settlement on behalf of tenants injured as a result of the negligence of Con Edison when a pipe exploded.
  • A building collapse on West 35th Street resulting in numerous injuries. The settlement was in excess of $3,000,000 (there was only $2,000,000 in insurance coverage).
  • $3,000,000 settlement on behalf of the family of Amadou Diallo, which is believed to be the largest settlement ever under New York State's wrongful-death statute for a victim who earned less than $ 10,000 and had no dependents.
Motor Vehicle Accidents (Car Accidents, Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents, Bus & Truck Accidents, Subway and Train accidents)
  • Record Setting $71,000,000 verdict for a 19 year old woman who suffered a fracture of her lumbar spine in a NY car accident. This is one of the largest verdict in the country or this type of injury. (see above for more info on the case)
  • $41,500,000 verdict for a 43 year old New York City sanitation worker who was fatally struck by a street sweeper truck. This is one of the highest wrongful death award in Queens County. (see above for more info on the case)
  • $27,500,000 verdict for a pedestrian struck by a bus . The pedestrian suffered the loss of her leg. This is the largest verdict for such an injury in New York State history.
  • $26,000,000 settlement for the family of a 35 year old woman who was a pedestrian struck and killed by a truck on 6th Ave. in Manhattan. This is believed to be the largest settlement in the history of New York for the wrongful death of one individual.
  • $12,500,000 verdict on behalf of a pedestrian who suffered degloving injuries to her leg and buttocks after being struck by a bus.
  • $10,750,000 settlement against a Japanese shipping company for negligence in maintaining their tractor trailer allowing the rear wheels to break off striking a pedestrian and causing severe burns and mild brain damage.
  • $10,000,000 settlement for a woman rendered blind as a result of being struck by a drunk driver.
  • $10,000,000 settlement in Nassau County for a woman who suffered severe injuries to her legs as a result of the negligence of a bus driver.
  • $8,570,000 verdict for a bicyclist who suffered a degloving injury to her right leg as well as fractures to the distal tibia and fibula of her left leg after being struck by a MTA Bus in Manhattan. 
  • $8,000,000 settlement for a mother of a 4 year old child who killed by a drunk driver. This is the largest award in NY State for the death of a mother living one child surviving her.
  • $8,000,000 settlement for a man who lost his wife as the result of the negligent behavior of a man who drove while intoxicated.
  • $7,500,000 wrongful death settlement for a mother who was fatally struck by a truck in front of her husband and her son.
  • $7,125,000 verdict for a 41 year old man who suffered knee injuries in a car accident that happened on the West Side Highway. This is the highest verdict for knees injury in New York Sate.
  • $7,000,000 settlement for a 68 year old man who was struck by a bus that turned into him while he was crossing the street. The Judge stated that he believes this was the highest settlement ever in any case he has handled in the last 20 years in Morris County N.J.
  • $6,500,000 settlement for an 80 year old woman who was struck by a MTA bus.
  • $6,000,000 settlement for the family of a Westchester County man who was killed in an automobile accident when a drunk driver struck a stopped Police car resulting in an explosion and fire.
  • $6,000,000 settlement in Bergen County, New Jersey in a combination car accident / medical malpractice case for a 61 year old woman who sustained a herniated disc as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. She subsequently underwent a neurosurgical procedure to remove the herniated disc during which the surgeon slipped and lacerated the dura of her spinal cord.
  • $5,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death case in which a bar permitted a man to continue to drink alcoholic beverages before he started driving. That man then drove while intoxicated, killing a father of two children.
  • $5,000,000 recovery in New York County for the widow of a physician struck and killed by an N.Y.P.D. tow truck while he was riding his bike on the Green Way on the West Side when the truck made a right turn onto the path and crashed into him. The decedent was not wearing a helmet.
  • $4,800,000 verdict for the wrongful death of an 8 year old child killed as the result of the negligence of a truck driver .
  • $4,000,000 settlement in a New York Personal injury case in which a young woman was crossing the a New York City street when she was struck by a New York City Transit Authority bus.
  • $4,000,000 verdict for a woman who was injured in a car accident when a car crossed into her lane of travel. Her seven year old daughter was killed in the accident, and she suffered a fractured leg.
  • $3,250,000 settlement on behalf of a man injured when struck by a van in front of Bloomingdale's. The injuries included multiple leg fractures and a bladder injury.
  • $3,075,000 settlement on behalf of several children injured when a hayride went out of control and flipped over.
  • $3,025,000 against Long Island Bus and The County of Nassau for a 9 year old boy with Down Syndrome who's mother was killed as she carried him across a Hempstead intersection when a bus collided with an suv that had run a red light. The bus driver and the municipal bus company were found liable (along with suv operator) and are responsible to pay the entire judgment.
  • $3,000,000 settlement for the victim of a train accident who suffered severe and permanent internal and spinal cord injuries
  • $3,000,000 settlement for a woman who suffered significant leg injuries when thrown from a boat after an engine exploded.
  • $2,750,000 verdict for a man who suffered injuries when a vehicle crossed into his lane of traffic. The City of New York was held 80% responsible (affirmed on appeal) for failing to have erected jersey barriers to prevent crossover accidents.
  • $2,600,000 recovery in an automobile accident case for the death of a man struck by a car while sitting in a restaurant when the car crashed through the window.
  • $2,600,000 settlement after a bus accident on behalf of a pedestrian who suffered leg injuries after being struck by a New York City Transit Authority Bus.
  • $2,300,000 settlement for a young man injured as a result of negligent placement of a LILCO power line contributing to an auto accident. The man suffered head and leg injuries.
  • $2,250,000 settlement for man suffering significant leg injuries when struck by a car .
  • $2,075,000 settlement for a taxi passenger who was seriously injured after his cab was struck by a police car.
  • $2,050,000 verdict for a man who was struck by a transit authority bus while riding his bicycle. He suffered pelvic injuries and urethral injuries.
  • $1,900,000 settlement for a woman who suffered loss of her spleen and psychological trauma following an automobile accident
  • $1,570,000 recovery for a woman who suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident. Although there was only $ 500,000 in Auto Insurance 1,000,000 was paid on a homeowner's policy as a result of proof of an improper disclaimer.
  • $1,500,000 settlement in an automobile accident case for a woman who sustained serious injuries to her hand in Suffolk County when her vehicle was rear-ended by an asphalt truck whose brakes failed due to the company's failure to maintain them properly.
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a woman injured in an auto accident who suffered jaw and elbow injuries.
  • $1,450,000 settlement for a plaintiff who suffered traumatic brain injury in a car accident.
  • $1,380,000 arbitration award in an automobile underinsurance claim stemming from injuries suffered in an auto accident. The injured woman had a fracture of a lumbar vertebra.
  • $1,350,000 wrongful death settlement for a 27 year old teacher who was struck by an oil truck making a left turn.
  • $1,300,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a 73 year old pedestrian struck by a MTA Bus
  • $1,250,000 settlement for a pedestrian struck by a left turning vehicle in New Jersey
  • $1,250,000 recovery for a man in an automobile accident case who suffered leg fractures when struck by a car while riding his motorcycle.
  • $1,250,000 settlement for a woman who suffered significant leg injuries in a car accident.
  • $1,200,000 verdict for a man who suffered a herniated cervical disc when an adolescent dropped a pumpkin from an overpass onto the Long Island Expressway.
  • $1,200,000 settlement in an automobile accident case on behalf of a Staten Island motorcyclist who sustained serious foot injuries when he was struck by a vehicle making an unsafe left-hand turn.
  • $1,200,000 verdict for a woman who, while riding her bicycle, suffered a lower back injury (herniated disc) after being struck by a car.
Construction Accident & Labor Law
  • $16,000,000 settlement in a construction accident case for an asbestos handler who fell 23 feet from a scaffold during demolition of the Pepsi plant in Long Island City. The total funds to the injured worker and his wife exceed $25 million when the annuity purchased with a portion of the settlement proceeds is considered.
  • $12,500,000 verdict for the wife of a parking garage employee who fell from and was killed by a man lift while at work.
  • $10,000,000 Settlement in a crane accident case in New York County for a woman who was seriously injured when a 35-ton construction crane fell on her legs at an excavation site.
  • $8,625,000 Recovery for the Wrongful Death of a 38 Worker in a Construction Accident as a result of a fall from a ladder.
  • $6,500,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered traumatic brain injury after falling from a scaffold. The scaffold had no safety railings.
  • $6,250,000 verdict for a construction worker who suffered left elbow and pelvic injury after he fell 30-40 feet from a rope scaffold that was not properly secured. Read more about this case here
  • $5,800,000 recovery for a New York construction worker who suffered a brain injury when a Hi-Lo struck a scaffold upon which he was working causing the scaffold to fall over.
  • $5,800,000 settlement in a Brooklyn construction accident case for a man who suffered paraplegia as a result of a fall from a scaffold when it was struck by a hi-lo.
  • $5,000,000 recovery in a New York Construction Accident case for a man who suffered brain injury when he fell from a ladder at a construction site. The recovery included an agreement for workers compensation payments to continue despite the settlement.
  • $5,000,000 settlement in a construction accident case for a construction worker who fell from the roof of a building during a construction project and miraculously sustained only leg fractures.
  • $4,997,986 settlement on behalf of a Manhattan resident who sustained brain damage when a chain-link security fence fell off the roof of a five-story building and struck him on the head while he was walking down the street.
  • $4,000,000 million verdict in a construction accident case in New York County on behalf of a laborer who suffered burns after falling into a pit of scalding water.
  • $3,975,000 settlement in a New York Construction Accident case on behalf of a construction worker injured pursuant to the New York State Labor Law when he fell off of a slippery dump truck ladder and was impaled on vertical rebar left uncapped at a construction site.
  • $3,975,000 settlement in New York County for a man who fell from a truck and was impaled by a piece of Rebar.
  • $3,000,000 settlement following Summations in a New York County construction accident case in which a worker suffered serious injuries to his heel while riding on a muck tram in a subway tunnel under construction.
  • $2,975,000 settlement in a New York County construction accident case for a worker killed when a prefabricated wall panel fell on him.
  • $2,975,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a New York construction worker who was killed when a 3000-pound concrete wall panel fell on him when the hoist securing the wall panel broke because it was insufficient to support the weight.
  • $2,975,000 recovery for a New York construction worker who suffered a serious injury to his foot requiring multiple surgeries while riding on a muck tram in a subway tunnel which struck a wall.
  • $2,950,000 settlement in a construction accident case for the estate of a single woman who suffered injuries and later died as a result of falling from a defective scaffold at a construction site.
  • $2,700,000 settlement in New York County in a construction accident case for a worker in his sixties who was killed when he fell from a building canopy he was cleaning.
  • $2,500,000 settlement on behalf of a sheet-metal worker who sustained a crushed pelvis when the unsecured arm of a sign that was being hoisted became dislodged and struck him.
  • $2,500,000 settlement for a Queens carpenter who sustained a back injury when he fell from a rolling Bakers Scaffold.
  • $2,200,000 settlement in a construction accident case on behalf of a laborer killed in a construction accident.
  • $2,025,000 recovery in Kings County for a construction worker who lost parts of his fingers when his hand was caught in an unguarded opening of a flatbed truck.
  • $1,400,000 settlement on behalf of a New York construction worker injured when the glass roof of a greenhouse he was installing collapsed causing him to fall to the ground.
  • $1,250,000 for a carpenter who fell from an A-frame ladder and underwent a microdiscectomy of his lumbar spine.
  • $1,200,000 for a construction worker who had a finger amputated after it was crushed by a falling hydraulic piston.
  • $1,200,000 recovery in a New York Construction Accident Case for a man who fractured his heel when a scaffold at a construction site collapsed.
  • $1,200,000 settlement in a Bronx County construction accident case to 50-year old brick mason who sustained a fractured heel when the scaffolding on which he was working collapsed causing him to fall approximately 15 feet to the ground.
  • A verdict of $1,073,295 in the Brooklyn Supreme Court on behalf of a 38-year old construction worker who fell face-first from a defective ladder and sustained a fractured jaw and seven lost teeth.
  • $1,000,000 settlement for a laborer who suffered an electric shock causing a peripheral neuropathy in both hands.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matters.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Very compassionate, very efficient and top rate! If you want a team of good lawyers that will not only work hard to win your case but knows how to listen and feel for you as a victim of medical malpractice, this firm is your only choice. Anthony Gair, was always there for us all throughout the case albeit the distance from NY to Manila! Words cannot express how thankful we are to him and his team. Thanks a million!" D.F.
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"Everyone I communicated with at this firm made me feel like I was part of their family. My needs, feelings, and concerns were carefully considered and given the needed attention. My counselors were available whenever I needed them and became my personal friends. They came highly recommended and lived up to their reputation. I would recommend them to any of my friends without hesitation. This firm gives attorneys a "good name". Clients matter here. They made me feel like I mattered as a person, that I was valued, and not just a possible source of income for the firm. They earned their fees, and you will find that they will also earn your trust." N.W.
★★★★★
I met Diana Carnemolla and Howard S. Hershenhorn during the darkest time of our lives, when my husband was in a coma with very little chances to survive, due to a car accident. The compassion and professionalism that they showed myself and my family during such a difficult time combined with an incredible willingness to get the best results for us have shown us that we had made the absolute best choice. They not only fought extremely hard for what proved to be a very difficult case, but they also emotionally helped us through this incredible ordeal and have been a caring advocate for our family and our case. They got us the best results we could have expected given the circumstances and didn't give up when things got more challenging. We would absolutely recommend their Law Firm to handle the toughest of cases while providing such a great deal of personal support. Diana proved to be personally invested in our case ultimately seeking the best outcome for our family. We cannot thank them enough for what they have done for us. V.P.