Every case has factual and legal circumstances which affect valuation. Each settlement referenced herein is not intended to create the expectation that the same result can be replicated; each case has legal and factual circumstances which affect valuation. Many of the firm’s largest cases have resulted in confidential settlements which prevent the disclosure of specific results and/or specific facts. Attorney Robert F. Ferrara has participated in the following noteworthy cases:
•Trucking accident case resulting in death of victim: $7,400,000 settlement. Unlike most motor vehicle cases, trucking cases require in-depth knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which identify the duties and rules governing commercial vehicles and the operation of the same. Knowing these duties and rules, together with the measure of damages, secured justice for the victim’s family.
•Motorcycle accident case resulting in the death of a victim: $5,000,000 settlement with a $10,400,000 structured settlement in favor of a child who lost a parent. In a highly disputed case with conflicting witness testimony, use of GPS data disproved the Defendants’ assertions, and demonstrates that knowing how to timely secure and utilize cutting-edge technology, can make the difference between success and failure in hard-hitting litigation.
•Pedestrian accident case involving the lack of protection surrounding a pedestrian area where there was a vehicle incursion: Confidential multi-million dollar settlement. This demonstrates that seemingly simple vehicle cases may have contributing causes other than the obvious, and may involve design and construction issues of the location of the incident.
•Motorcycle accident case resulting in death of victim. The case was almost settled by another lawyer for $100,000, which was the primary wrongdoer’s insurance policy limits. Recognizing that the settlement was inadequate relative to the value of the case, prior counsel was discharged by client and a lawsuit was filed against 20 defendant corporations, individuals and design professionals. A confidential multi-million dollar settlement was obtained during trial. This demonstrates that seemingly simple vehicle cases may have contributing causes other than the obvious, and may involve design and construction issues of the location of the incident.
•Vehicle collision case causing neurological injuries causing caudia equina syndrome and neurological injuries: $1,000,000 settlement representing a tender of the full policy limits.
•Fire case in which it was alleged that the lack of an operational smoke detector increased the risk of harm in preventing the victim from escaping a developing fire. This case employed experts to create smoke modeling exhibits and ultimately settled for $450,000. Although the fire was started by disputed means, a remedy was found by arguing that the lack of warning contributed to the victim’s injuries.
•Accident case resulting in ankle fusion: Settlement of $350,000 representing a tender of the insurance policy limits.
•Accident case involving a police officer who was injured while effectuating an arrest: Settlement of $450,000 representing a tender of insurance policy limits. What was argued by the Defense as a moderate injury, was dispelled by demonstrating that the victim officer’s prognosis was guarded and the injury increased the risk of a shortened career with significant economic losses. This case demonstrates the necessity of identifying and using proper experts and advocacy to expose the full value a victim’s injuries and limited economic horizon.
•Elevator failure case where the elevator doors improperly closed upon the victim. Several other high-profile Philadelphia personal injury law firms rejected the case. During the course of litigation it was proven that elevator eprom software was never properly updated and the elevator doors closed at full speed, while in failure mode, crushing the victim: Confidential six figure settlement.
•Commercial lawnmower “false neutral” defect causing severe foot injuries to victim: $750,000 verdict. The prosecution of this case involved proving that the drive-line system of the traction control lever lock system failed to fail “safe”, thus causing the operator to believe that it would be safe to walk adjacent to the machine, while running, to remove debris in the lane of travel. It was demonstrated that the propulsion system was defective and was permitted to vibrate from a “false neutral” to propulsion mode, thus rotating the commercial lawnmower over the victim’s foot.
•Dram shop-liquor liability- case causing a vehicle collision: $200,000 settlement representing a tender of the insurance policy limits.
•Accident case involving a police officer who was injured while in hot pursuit: $500,000 settlement. This case demonstrates that knowing the special rules relating to first responders may make the difference between success and failure.
•Eye injury involving a situation where unsupervised children were playing with a BB gun: $500,000 settlement representing a tender of the insurance policy limits.
•Crane injury case where the victim-operator suffered back injuries while the overhead crane was traversing the boom. The crane violent shook the operator due to a product failure: $1,000,000 settlement.
•Motorcycle accident case involving the death of a victim: $1,450,000 settlement.
•Construction injury case involving improper demolition to a multi-level structure which permitted the victim to step on a portion of concrete which blew-out from under his feet, causing him to fall through the hole in the upper floors of the structure: Confidential six figure settlement.
•Electrocution injury resulting in the death of a victim: $4,500,000 settlement.