Verdicts & Settlements
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$4.8 Million – Catastrophic Motor Vehicle Accident
The brain injury attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC secured a $4.8 million settlement for a client who suffered catastrophic injuries, including brain and neurological injuries, and multiple fractures to his head, face, and spine. The settlement for this motor vehicle accident in Philadelphia was a huge win for our client and solidifies our track record of success for catastrophic injury lawsuits.
$1.1 Million – Innocent Driver Struck by Drunk Driver
Our drunk driving injury attorneys were able to secure a monumental $1.1 million settlement for a client who was struck by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on the highway. Our client suffered significant injuries, including multiple disc herniation in his neck and spine, as well as psychological injuries. This Montgomery County, PA case resulted in a major win for the client and provides valuable experience for our injury attorneys.
$780,000 – Pedestrian Struck & Killed by Drunk Driver
The motor vehicle accident lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC settled a dram shop case for the family of a Levittown man who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on New Falls Road in Bristol Township, Bucks County, PA. The case was brought against the bar that served the drunk driver when he was visibly intoxicated under Pennsylvania’s Dram Shop Law. The insurance company for the bar denied responsibility for the car accident that occurred but our trial lawyers were able to obtain a large settlement after filing suit and conducting discovery.
$500,000 – Slip and Fall Injury Case
Our Philadelphia slip and fall injury attorneys were able to secure a $500,000 settlement for our client who slipped and fell and suffered serious knee injuries. Our client required open reduction internal fixation surgery for her right knee as well as to her left shoulder. She was ultimately recommended to undergo a right knee replacement.
$475,000 – Carpenter Injured Wrist at Work
This Philadelphia carpenter seriously injured his wrist as a result of a fall from the roof. The personal injury attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC filed suit against the general contractor and others alleging that their negligence caused our client’s injuries. We were ultimately able to settle the case before trial.
$450,000 – Catastrophic Injuries Suffered by Aircraft Mechanic
This Delaware County aircraft mechanic sustained life-altering injuries as a result of an accident at work at the Philadelphia International airport. In addition to the lump sum settlement of $450,000, our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys were also successful in negotiating a waiver of half of the workers’ compensation insurance company’s lien, enabling our client to retain more of the settlement proceeds he ultimately received in his third-party action.
$425,000 – Contractor Electrocuted on the Job
This workers’ compensation client, a Philadelphia contractor, sustained an electrical injury as a result of an explosion at a job site. The insurance company initially refused to recognize all of the injuries sustained by our client. We filed a Petition to Review Compensation Benefits, which was assigned to a workers’ compensation judge in Philadelphia.
After obtaining a decision acknowledging all of the injuries sustained by our client, we were able to obtain a lump-sum settlement without compromising on the injured worker’s ability to obtain ongoing medical treatment to be paid for by the workers’ compensation insurance company. The insurance company continues to pay for our client’s medical treatment.
$320,000 – Union Laborer Injured at Work
This Philadelphia union laborer sustained severe facial scars from an on the job accident. In addition to a lump sum cash settlement, the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation insurance company also agreed to pay all of the medical expenses incurred by the client. The settlement represented the maximum amount of facial disfigurement benefits available under the law for our client.
$218,000 – Philadelphia Union Machine Operator
The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC successfully litigated this case and obtained a favorable decision from the workers’ compensation judge who ordered the workers’ compensation insurance company to pay wage loss and medical benefits going back to the time of the injury. After being paid benefits for several years the case was then settled for an additional lump sum payment of $218,000 under a Compromise and Release Agreement. The settlement required the workers’ compensation insurance company to continue paying for our client’s medical treatment until a Medicare-Set-Aside Agreement was approved. Prior to the settlement, our disability lawyers were able to obtain social security disability benefits for our client as well.
$200,000 Union Carpenter Knee Injury at Work
Our client, a Delaware County union carpenter hurt his knee at work and had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery as a result. The employer denied that the injured worker sustained any injury at all and refused to pay any benefits prior to the settlement of his worker’s comp claim.
$197,500 – Delaware County Union Carpenter Injured Left Elbow
This Delaware County workers’ compensation client hurt his left elbow while working. His injuries required him to undergo multiple surgeries and left him with permanent modified duty restrictions. We successfully negotiated a settlement of his workers’ compensation claim for the lump sum of $197,500.
$175,000 – Delaware County Union Carpenter Injured Shoulder
This Delaware County workers’ compensation client tore his rotator cuff in his right shoulder while working. After undergoing surgery he was able to return to work but only in a light-duty capacity. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys were able to negotiate a lump-sum settlement with the workers’ compensation insurance company to compensate him for his future wage loss due to his injury.
$150,000 – Knee Injury Against the City of Philadelphia
This Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC personal injury client injured his knee, suffering a meniscus tear after stepping on a manhole cover in Old City that was not properly installed. The injury required this 23-year-old client to undergo surgery to repair his injured knee. We settled the case with the City of Philadelphia before having to file any lawsuit.
$140,000 – Yeadon Refinery Worker Suffered Crush Injury
This client hurt his finger at work in a refinery in Delaware County. His injury was a “crush injury” to his finger. After receiving wage loss and medical benefits for over three years his employer attempted to cut off his workers’ comp benefits by filing a Termination Petition. The skilled workers’ compensation lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC defended his rights before a workers’ compensation judge in Upper Darby and eventually negotiated a lump sum settlement equal to five years of additional wage loss payments.
$137,300 – Fraud Case for Estate of Upper Chichester, PA Man
We successfully represented the estate of an Upper Chichester, PA man against his former fiancé who defrauded him of thousands of dollars. After a three day trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County located in Media, PA, a jury determined that the defendant was simultaneously engaged to another man in Florida and intentionally defrauded our client of thousands from bank accounts and retirement funds and a pick-up truck they jointly owned. The jury found the defendant’s conduct so outrageous that it also awarded punitive damages to the estate.
$134,000 – Low Back Injury Suffered at Work
This Bucks County salesman suffered a debilitating low back injury at work. In addition to the lump sum $134,000 workers’ compensation settlement, we were able to convince the company to continue to pay for our client’s medical treatment.
$133,000 – Chester, PA Hospital Worker Injured Neck and Shoulder
This Delaware County hospital employee injured his neck and shoulder lifting a patient. He underwent two shoulder surgeries as well as and one surgery on his neck. Although the hospital agreed that his shoulder surgeries were caused by the work accident they hired a doctor to perform an IME and say that his neck injuries were not related. After he received workers’ compensation benefits for 3 years, our top work injury lawyers were able to negotiate a lump-sum settlement of $133,000 that included 12 months of ongoing health insurance benefits.
$133,000 – Truck Driver Struck by Drunk Driver in Head-on Collision
This Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC workers’ compensation client was hurt at work when he was hit by a drunk driver going the wrong way on the blue route in Montgomery County, PA. Both vehicles were totaled in the accident, which resulted in the death of the other driver. Our client suffered multiple broken ribs as well as neck and back injuries in this work-related car accident. He also suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which the workers’ compensation insurance company refused to pay for. Our highly skilled work injury lawyers made sure that the insurance company paid for our client’s PTSD as well before obtaining a large settlement for him.
$130,000 – Hurt Neck and Back in Slip and Fall Accident
The Chester woman who slipped and fell at a Philadelphia based supermarket due to water in the aisle from a leaking freezer case. The supermarket initially offered only $65,000 to compensate the firm’s client who suffered neck and back injuries, however, on the eve of trial, the supermarket doubled their offer to $130,000. Her injuries included herniated discs in her neck and back for which she underwent several epidural injections to try to relieve her pain.
$130,000 – Nerve and Ligament Injuries Suffered by Landscaper
This Delaware County client injured his hand and wrist while working for a landscaping company. He suffered serious nerve and ligament injuries. After his case was rejected by another lawyer who claimed it was “too difficult,” the work comp lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC were able to settle his case. In addition to the $130,000 lump sum payment, all of the client’s medical expenses were paid prior to the settlement by the workers’ compensation insurance company.
$120,000 – Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Settlement
This Philadelphia dialysis technician hurt her wrist and thumb lifting heavy equipment at work. The insurance company initially only agreed to pay her benefits for minor soft tissue injuries. Our top workers’ compensation attorneys filed a Petition to amend the injury description to include a more serious nerve injury which was granted by the Judge. She received wage loss and medical benefits for approximately four years. Our skilled lawyers were then able to negotiate a $120,000 lump sum settlement of her work injury claim on top of these benefits.
$113,000 – Broken Leg Suffered in Slip and Fall on Ice
This Philadelphia client broke her leg in a slip and fall accident after slipping on ice in the parking lot of a Cheltenham, PA drug store. Our excellent personal injury attorneys negotiated a settlement with the property owner and the snow removal company to compensate our client for her pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.
$94,000 – Yeadon, PA Home Nurse Suffered Knee Injury
This Delaware County Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC workers’ compensation client injured her knee while working as a nurse at a patient’s home. Her employer’s insurance company refused to pay her workers’ comp benefits. They argued that she was an independent contractor and not an employee. We filed a Claim Petition on her behalf and argued the case before one of the workers’ compensation judges in Upper Darby, PA. The judge determined she was an employee and ordered the insurance company to pay 1.5 years of past-due wage loss benefits and to pay for all of our client’s medical care. In addition to these benefits, they also had to pay ongoing wage loss benefits until the case was settled for a lump sum payment of $94,000.
$80,000 – Ridley Park, PA Client Injured Neck & Back
This client slipped and fell down the stairs exiting her apartment and injured her neck. Her landlord, who lived nearby in Upland, PA, did not maintain the outdoor wooden staircase and allowed algae to form on the stairs that became slippery when wet. It was raining on the day of the accident and she slipped and fell down the entire staircase. Our client underwent surgery on her neck due to a herniated disc in her cervical spine.
$70,000 – Philadelphia Laborer Suffered Herniated Disc
This client hurt his back at work in a rear-end car accident. The workers’ compensation insurance company argued that he only suffered a back strain, or soft-tissue injury. We fought the insurance company and the judge found that his injury was more serious than just a strain, finding that our client had a herniated disc in his lumbar spine, or low back. The insurance company was ordered to pay for all of our client’s medical treatment including, low back surgery. After undergoing successful back surgery the insurance company agreed to pay an additional $70,000 to settle his case.
$70,000 – Contractor Injured in Rear-End Car Accident
This Philadelphia workers’ compensation client injured his low back in a work-related auto accident. The insurance company refused to pay him work comp benefits. Our top workers’ compensation lawyers filed a Claim Petition on his behalf and the judge ordered the insurance company to pay him wage loss and medical benefits. The insurance company paid workers’ compensation benefits for two years before we were able to settle his case by way of a Compromise and Release Agreement for a lump sum payment of $70,000.
$63,750 – Driver & Passenger Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident in Philadelphia, PA
This husband and wife were injured in a car accident on I-76 in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to obtaining a settlement from the insurance company for the driver responsible for causing the accident, the Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC motor vehicle accident lawyers were able to successfully recover underinsured motorist benefits from our clients’ own motor vehicle insurance.
$55,000 – Wrist injury from Slip & Fall at Casino
This Philadelphia slip and fall client injured her wrist when she slipped and fell on a wet floor at a Casino. The injury ultimately required our client to undergo carpal tunnel surgery. The casino did not put any signs out to warn our client of the slippery floor created by the casino while mopping. The insurance company for the casino denied liability and insisted that the fall did not cause our client to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. After a large arbitration award was obtained the insurance company finally agreed to settle the case.
$49,200 – Delaware County Client Injured RIGHT KNEE at Work
This Ridley Park, PA client twisted her knee in her employer’s parking lot and tore her meniscus. Her employer only acknowledged her knee injury as a bruise and refused to pay her wage loss benefits. Our excellent workers’ compensation attorneys negotiated a lump sum settlement of $49,200 as well as payment for surgery to repair her torn meniscus and follow up care.
$25,000 – Tenant Broke Leg in Slip and Fall at Apartment Complex
This Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC personal injury client slipped and fell on the stairs in her apartment building and broke her leg. The case was particularly difficult because there was no way to prove how long the liquid that she slipped on was on the stairs or who had put it there. The insurance company initially offered a very low amount of money to settle the case but we were able to successfully negotiate a fair settlement for our client while getting the insurance company to cover a portion of her medical bills as well.
$25,000 – Tenant That Fell Down Stairs Due to Poor Lighting
This Reading, PA personal injury client injured her leg in a slip and fall accident on the stairs in the common hallway of her Berks County apartment building. There were no pictures of the accident scene or witnesses to the accident, however, the skilled Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC premises liability lawyers were still able to secure a settlement to compensate our client for her pain and suffering.
$22,500 – Septa Accident Injured Neck and Back
This Philadelphia car accident client was a passenger on a SEPTA bus that collided with a truck. As a result of the car accident hurt her neck and back. She underwent months of physical therapy, but neither SEPTA nor the truck involved in the auto accident would accept responsibility for her injuries. Ultimately, our top car accident lawyers were able to secure her a settlement of $22,500 before trial.
$20,000 – Delaware Client Struck by Drunk Driver
This Delaware client was rear-ended by a drunk driver. He injured his neck and back requiring him to attend months of physical therapy. This was his third injury to his neck and back within a year and the insurance company argued his injuries were caused by the prior accidents. Our top personal injury attorneys spoke with his doctor and obtained a report explaining which injuries were suffered in the car accident and negotiated a settlement with the car insurance company for the drunk driver that hit him.
$17,000 – Supermarket Slip and Fall
This Upper Darby, PA, Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC premises liability client hurt her knee and back in a slip and fall accident due to water from a leaking refrigerator case in a supermarket. She suffered sprain and strain injuries to her knee and back. The insurance company for the supermarket refused to settle the case so our trial lawyers filed a lawsuit on her behalf. Our skilled personal injury attorneys obtained a $17,000 arbitration award to compensate our client for her pain and suffering as well as her lost wages.
$14,000 – Minor Pedestrian Struck by Car
This Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC motor vehicle accident client was struck by a car crossing Bustleton Avenue. She was a pedestrian at the time and was not driving a car. Through our investigation, we were able to obtain video footage of the car that ran her over. This crucial piece of evidence helped us convince the insurance company to pay out almost every dollar on their insurance policy to compensate our client for her pain and suffering despite the fact that she had limited medical treatment for her injuries.
Penalty Petition Granted Against Employer for Unpaid Medical Bills
Our top-rated workers’ compensation attorneys filed a Penalty Petition on behalf of a Delaware County union worker whose employer stopped paying for his medical treatment despite the fact that it had acknowledged liability for his work injury. Our client injured his knee and underwent two separate knee surgeries.
His employer challenged the relatedness of the second surgery and physical therapy despite the fact that all treating doctors indicated that the treatment was related. Ultimately, the employer obtained an independent medical examination and its own doctor agreed that the surgery was related to the accepted knee injury. The employer then agreed to pay the outstanding bills and asked our firm to withdraw the penalty petition. We refused because the employer’s actions were egregious in the first instance.
The Workers’ Compensation Judge agreed, awarding a 30% penalty on all of the unpaid medical bills. The amount awarded will go directly to the injured worker on top of the weekly workers’ compensation wage loss benefits he presently receives.
Workers’ Compensation Claim Petition Granted
This Philadelphia work injury client cut his foot with a circular saw installing flooring. The contractor he worked for denied he was an employee. He claimed he was a subcontractor. The Judge found he was an employee and not a subcontractor and awarded him benefits. His employer did not have workers’ compensation insurance, therefore, the Judge ordered the uninsured employer guarantee fund to pay his workers’ compensation wage loss and medical benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Fatal Claim Petition Granted
This workers’ comp client was shot and killed while working as a security guard. The insurance company refused to pay his dependents workers’ compensation benefits. They argued he was an independent contractor and not an employee and therefore not entitled to benefits under the law. Our top work injury lawyers tried the case and won. The Judge decided he was an employee and not an independent contractor and his mother was awarded benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Claim Petition Granted
Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC workers’ compensation lawyers successfully litigated a workers comp claim in Delaware County, PA on behalf of union laborer who injured his back at work after having returned to work following a previous work-related injury for a different employer. We obtained a favorable decision from the workers’ compensation judge recognizing that our client aggravated his prior low back injury and awarding ongoing wage loss and medical benefits. The case eventually settled for a Compromise and Release in the amount of $125,000 after the injured union worker was paid his past due workers’ compensation benefits pursuant to the judge’s decision.
Prevailed On Long-Term Disability Claim Under Federal Law
Our skilled ERISA attorneys litigated and prevailed on summary judgment in ERISA action involving former Temple Hospital employee who was wrongfully denied long-term disability benefits. The insurance carrier had stopped paying disability benefits to our client, who suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). After the federal court judge granted our motion for summary judgment, the insurance carrier agreed to pay our counsel fees so that our client did not have to pay any money out of pocket.
Claim Petition Granted for Injured Montgomery County Carpenter
Our work injury attorneys litigated and prevailed in a workers’ compensation case involving an injured carpenter whose employer had no insurance at the time of injury. We successfully argued that the general contractor was the “statutory employer” and was therefore responsible for the payment of the injured employee’s workers’ compensation benefits.
Claim Petition Granted for Delaware County Truck Driver
Our worker’s comp attorneys prevailed on a workers’ compensation claim petition on behalf of a Delaware County truck driver who hurt his neck. Our client developed herniated discs in his neck from years of driving a truck, which resulted in him being unable to work. The judge granted the claim petition, finding that years of driving the truck had caused our client to develop symptoms in his cervical spine.
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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Awarded To Laborer Whose Employer Did Not Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC successfully represented an injured laborer whose employer did not have insurance. The injured worker had initially sought representation by one of the larger Philadelphia workers’ compensation law firms before coming to our firm.
That law firm rejected his case because his employer did not have insurance and they did not feel that they could obtain benefits for him. Our attorneys took the case and filed a claim petition against the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund and additionally pursued a claim against the general contractor at the construction site of the accident. Numerous depositions were taken during the course of the litigation. The judge ultimately held the general contractor responsible as a statutory employer and awarded benefits to the injured employee, who had already undergone cervical fusion surgery. The judge awarded wage loss benefits from the date of the injury and ongoing and ordered the general contractor to pay for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment as well.
$150,000 Settlement Obtained For Operating Room Nurse Injured As A Result Of A Fall In The Operating Room
Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys obtained a $150,000 settlement for a nurse who was injured as a result of a fall at work. The nurse sustained injuries to her low back and neck. The insurance company began paying workers’ compensation benefits but never issued any Bureau documents accepting liability for the claim, meaning that they were free to deny medical bills and stop paying the claimant at any time. Our attorneys filed both claim and penalty petitions due to the employer’s failure to comply with the workers’ compensation laws in Pennsylvania, namely, that an employer/insurer must issue a bureau document within 21 days of an injury either accepting or denying liability. During the course of the litigation, the employer’s attorney argued that no harm was done because the employer paid all benefits that were due and owing. However, it became clear that the judge disagreed and would have granted both petitions and awarded a penalty in addition to the wage loss benefits the insurance company was paying. The nurse, who had undergone a lumbar microdiscectomy was additionally receiving treatment for her cervical spine in the nature of cervical epidural injections. The insurance company was denying payment for the cervical spine treatment, claiming it was not caused by her fall. Our lawyers were able to obtain a settlement for the client of $150,000 plus payment of all outstanding medical expenses related to both her neck and back. This case highlights the importance of making sure that employees pursue claim petitions even if they are being paid by the insurance company to ensure that all medical bills are paid and that the insurance carrier cannot simply stop paying the injured worker whenever they want, which they are free to do in the absence of a bureau document accepting liability for the injury.
$72,500 – CONSTRUCTION LABORER INJURED ON JOB SITE
This Philadelphia contractor injured his neck and back while trying to help a co-worker who was trapped under a large piece of concrete that had fallen on the job site. His employer contested that he sustained significant back and neck injuries in the accident. Ultimately the workers’ compensation insurance company agreed to pay all of his medical bills in addition to a lump sum settlement of his work injury claim.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM FOR DISFIGUREMENT BENEFITS UPHELD ON APPEAL
This Philadelphia School teacher suffered two scars above her eye after being punched by a student. The School District refused to offer her more than 3 weeks of work comp benefits for the scars she suffered. Ultimately the workers’ compensation appeal board granted her 57 weeks of benefits equating to $55,000 for the scars she suffered as a result of her work injury.
$165,000 – MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA LABORER INJURED BY COLLAPSED WALL
This injured worker suffered a herniated disc in his low back causing pain to run down his leg after a 500 lb. wall fell and struck him. Ultimately the workers’ compensation carrier paid wage loss and medical benefits, including for two (2) low back surgeries, over a course of 15 months and then agreed to settle his case for a lump sum payout.
$100,000 – PHILADELPHIA, PA EXTERMINATOR SUFFERS HEAD AND NECK INJURIES
This Philadelphia exterminator suffered a concussion and neck injury after striking his head on a job assignment. He returned to work in a light-duty capacity for a number of months after which his employer agreed to resolve his case for a lump sum and pay all of his medical bills through the date of the settlement.
$105,000 – BUCKS COUNTY SUPERMARKET MANAGER SUSTAINS LOW BACK INJURY
This long-time supermarket manager injured her low back in a work accident. She successfully returned to work in a light-duty capacity until her employer advised her they would no longer accommodate her restrictions. Her employer then paid to have her evaluated by a physician of their own choosing for an IME (“Independent” Medical Exam) who opined that she was fully recovered despite her ongoing symptoms and the opinions of her treating doctor that she remained injured. The work comp insurance company eventually agreed to resolve her case in exchange for a lump sum payment as well as payment of all of her medical bills