Verdicts & Settlements

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 It is an honor for our firm, to be chosen by our clients, to represent their interests when they need it most.  We give back to our clients by asserting maximum effort and attention to their case, no matter how valuable it is. Please take a look at some of our verdicts and settlements below.

Medical Malpractice – $800,000.00

A patient thought he was undergoing a routine minimally invasive surgery to remove an abscess, however, as a result of the doctors’ medical malpractice, had to undergo an additional twenty-two (22) surgeries causing years of pain and suffering and lost time from his employment. On the eve of trial, The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., was able to obtain a settlement on behalf of the client in the amount of $800,000.00.

Family deprived of their right to bury their deceased family member – loss of sepulcher – $200,000.00

When a family member suddenly passes away, it can be overwhelming and stressful for family members to deal with. If you are in the unfortunate situation where your family member passes under suspicious circumstances, it is even more daunting. When the people that are responsible for investigating the suspicious circumstances don’t do their job and then punish the family by taking their relatives remains during a religious ceremony, it can devastate a family that is already grieving. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., was able to obtain a settlement on behalf of these clients in the amount of $200,000.00.

Construction worker slips and falls off a ladder severing half his finger in the process – $250,000.00

Construction workers perform some of the most dangerous work in the city. Handling heavy machinery, heavy materials and working at skyscraper heights is not for the faint of heart. When owners, managers and general contractors put profit over safety, people get hurt. And it’s always the working man that seems to get the short end of the stick. Our client was delivering a truck of ready-mix concrete to a jobsite during a continuous pour. The general contractor was more concerned with keeping the pour going than the safety of the workers. Our client was rushed off the top of the cement truck and fell off the attached folding metal ladder, snagging his middle finger in the joint of the ladder ripping the finger off. Additionally, he suffered knee injuries after falling from a height of approximately 14 feet. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., was able to obtain a settlement on behalf of the client in the amount of $250,000.00.

Young woman injured as a passenger in a vehicle that lost control – $300,000.00

A young woman gets ready to go out for a New Year’s Eve party with her friends. She’s a responsible woman looking forward to going to college and starting her professional career. She gets one of her friends to drive her to the party. On the way to the party, the driver carelessly speeds through a turn, loses control of the vehicle and crashes into a parked car. Our client, who was wearing her seat belt in the rear of the car, is injured when the other passengers who weren’t wearing their seatbelts are thrown about the car. She suffers significant and permanent back and neck injuries. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., tried the case before a Suffolk County Jury after the insurance company for the defendants tried to low-ball our client and was able to obtain a trial verdict of $300,000.00.  This verdict was listed as one of the top motor vehicle verdicts in New York State for 2018.

Elderly man assisting his wife into the hospital for surgery trips and falls down a flight of stairs – $100,000.00

According to his wife, he just could not stand that she was getting all of the attention for her illness. While escorting his wife to the hospital for a procedure, a husband tripped and fell over a stair raiser that was negligently maintained in the parking lot and fell down an entire flight of concrete/metal steps, breaking his vertebrae and requiring surgery. Fortunately, he made a good recovery. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., was able to obtain a settlement on behalf of the client in the amount of $100,000.00.

Union Construction Laborer injured during demolition – $300,000.00

Construction workers have a very difficult job that is both physically demanding and highly prone to injury. Our client was responsible for the demolition of a major transportation hub on the border of New York and New Jersey. During the demolition, the general contractor and the owner of project were walking the job site and ordering subcontractors to perform additional work. They did not provide my client with the proper safety equipment to perform the work they requested and he severely injured his shoulder requiring surgical repair. As a result of this injury, after being in the construction industry for over 20 years, he was forced to retire. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C. was able to obtain a settlement on this clients’ behalf and negotiate the significant Worker’s Compensation lien that resulted.

MTA Bridges and Tunnel Officer injured on duty – $300,000.00

MTA Bridges and Tunnel officers put their lives on the line to protect us all every time they make a traffic stop. They have to protect our bridges and tunnels from numerous threats including terrorism, dangerous drivers and emergency situations. They are the gatekeepers of New York and often the first line of defense for our great city. Our veteran MTA B&T Officer attempted to pull over a semi-truck that was making an illegal turn and nearly caused a traffic accident when she was rear-ended by a box truck that was not paying attention to the road. She dislocated her shoulder and suffered a SLAP tear that required surgical repair. On the eve of trial our experienced trial attorneys settled her case for $300,000.00. Further, through our negotiations, we were able to reduce her Worker’s Compensation lien to zero.

Stryker Hip Recall Settlement
On July 6, 2012, the Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medical equipment and orthopedic devices, recalled two of its artificial hip implant systems: the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. The company stopped all global sales and production of these components.
Patients who received this metal on metal hip implant device suffered a range of symptoms and diseases ranging from metalosis, tissue and bone death, necrosis of the hip joint, to death. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., represented several clients to successful conclusion of their claims for a substantial settlement.

Con Edison Employee injured on a job site – $125,000.00
A Con Edison Employee with over 35 years of experience on the job was injured during construction of a major electrical tunnel project when one of the subcontractors, also working on the job, negligently exposed a pre-existing conduit and created a three-foot trench which all workers had to cross over to enter a portion of the job site. The Con Edison employee significantly injured his shoulder which had previously been injured and repaired to full capacity. Through meticulous litigation and thorough preparation of his case, we were able to obtain a settlement of $125,000.00 on behalf of this senior worker.

NYC Public School Teacher injured by students – $125,000.00
We all read the horror stories of what some of our NYC Public School Teachers are forced to endure by rowdy, disrespectful students. And some of the more outrageous stories reach the media. This was the case for an experienced NYC Public School teacher in Queens whose multiple reports of physical, racial and emotional abuse by her students went not only unanswered by the schools administration, but, she was retaliated against for making the complaints in the first place. After months of complaints made to the deans, vice principals, and the principal about children in her class cursing, spitting at her, hurling racial slurs, threatening violence, following her out to her car at night, a classroom roughhousing incident, landing the teacher in the emergency room requiring surgery on her knee. No one should be subjected to the abuse that this teacher was put through. After tough litigation and mediation, the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C., and with the aid of an attorney with a strong background in Civil Rights Litigation, we were able to secure a $125,000.00 settlement on behalf of the teacher who is now transferred to another school and is much happier.

Single Mother injured on public bus when bus crashed with another vehicle – $100,000.00
A single mother was severely injured on a public bus while she was taking her daughter to pre-school. During the middle of morning rush hour traffic, a public bus was involved in a car crash forcing the bus to violently thrust forward, throwing passengers around the inside of the bus. Because the bus was filled over capacity, a heavy male passenger fell forward on top of our client causing significant injuries to her neck, shoulder and leg. After years of litigation and a hard fought mediation, the case was settled just prior to jury selection with the mediators at NAM.

Senior citizen injured when a large delivery truck rear-ended his vehicle – $75,000.00
A self-employed senior citizen traveling from his apartment in New York City to his office was rear-ended by a large delivery truck approaching a red light. The client suffered significant neck, shoulder, back and wrist injuries. However, the client had several pre-existing, but asymptomatic, injuries that complicated the damages portion of his case. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, P.L.L.C. was able to obtain a large settlement on this clients behalf just prior to trial.

 
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