In a personal injury case, it is not the size of the law firm that is important, but the skill, determination and experience of the lawyers who are representing the clients. At BBNR, we take on the largest defense firms in NYC and repeatedly show them that their size means nothing. In August 2014, the New York Law Journal reported a decision by a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge that sanctioned one of the largest medical malpractice defense firms in NYC, Martin Clearwater & Bell, $15,000 for obstructing evidence. That case involves one of BBNRs clients, and it was BBNRs motion that led to the sanctions. The case involves a medical malpractice action against one of the most prominent hospitals in the nation, Columbia University Medical Center. Through hard work and determination, BBNR discovered that a witness court ordered to be identified was not revealed. Just as BBNR located the witness still working at the hospital, he quit his job and moved to Florida. The court issued a preliminary decision as follows: I find that the defendant law firm has intentionally tried to mislead the Court and the plaintiffs attorneys with their responses to the discovery demands presented by plaintiffs. The record of the hearing is replete with misleading statements uttered by defense counsel (Martin Clearwater Bell) which evidence the complete disrespect with which defense counsel treats the Court, as well as the attorneys for plaintiffs. . . . as a result of the deliberate obfuscating actions of defendant Martin Clearwater Bell and its client(s), the plaintiff has been severely and seriously prejudiced. The court then issued a final decision stating as follows: Here, the willful and contumacious conduct of defendants can be inferred from defendants continuous failure to comply with discovery demands and this Courts Orders. In this instance, defendants willful conduct is made more evident by the fact that plaintiff was able to obtain the requested information buy subpoenaing payroll records. Defendants have failed to provide an explanation as to why they did not examine the same records and produce the ordered information. Moreover, it is of no moment that defendants believe that the discovery being sought is irrelevant, since defendants had lawful court orders which were not appealed or vacated directing them to provide the information. If not for the perseverance of BBNR, we would not have obtained the identity of this witness and his deposition, leading to invaluable information to the prosecution of plaintiffs case. Whether the case involves a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian, a construction worker injured on the job, a patient injured by a doctor, or any other type of personal injury case, it is the experience and quality of the personal injury lawyers who make the difference between an injured plaintiff winning or losing a case.
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$1.7 million verdict in New York County against the driver of a delivery truck who struck a man as he was crossing the street within the crosswalk in Manhattan.
Motor Vehicle Accident
$3.6 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a Spanish speaking construction worker who fell off a 6 foot ladder and landed onto metal and wooden debris. The worker required lumbar spinal surgery for his injuries and needed surgeries to both knees from the fall. The worker could not return to work and suffered depression from his injuries resulting in a suicide attempt.
$3.2 million verdict in Queens Supreme Court for an undocumented Polish speaking construction worker who fell 12 feet during a demolition project. The worker fractured a vertebrae and herniated several discs in his spine requiring surgery. The plaintiff was unable to return back to work due to his injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accident
$1.5 million verdict in Supreme Court Kings County for a woman struck by a car that jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian while standing on the sidewalk across from Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Slip And Fall Accident
$1.9 million verdict in New York Supreme Court for a bank manager who slipped and fell on a wet floor, resulting in spinal injuries. The building owner knew about a recurring leak inside the basement cafeteria but failed to correct the problem.
$2 million settlement in Queens Supreme Court for Polish construction worker who fell 2 stories from a bucket. The worker’s supervisor told the construction worker to ride the material bucket down to use the bathroom because it would save time. The worker fractured his pelvis in several places requiring surgery and was unable to return to work.
Defense counsel offers 11 cents to settle before trial and the jury renders a verdict of $4.5 million dollars for a medical malpractice victim and his wife. The action was commenced in New York Supreme Court for a patient who suffered massive internal bleeding during a lower back surgery when the surgeon negligently cut an artery and failed to promptly treat the condition, causing a loss of oxygen and injury to the brain. The anesthesiologist failed to properly monitor the patient’s vitals during the surgery and alert the surgeon of the drop in blood pressure.
$1.25 million settlement in New York Supreme Court against building owner for negligent security that caused two women to be assaulted while leaving work. A masked man entered their elevator from a floor that was supposed to be closed off for construction. The assailant used a metal pipe to attack the two women. The two women split the settlement monies.
$1.5 Million settlement in New York Supreme Court for a construction worker who was struck by a piece of concrete that fell on his head and back. Workers above were chipping concrete despite knowing that people were working directly below them. The plaintiff required surgery on his neck but made a good recovery.
$3.9 million settlement in Supreme Court Kings County for a Brooklyn man who suffered a stroke shortly following an eye surgery. The patient was given medical clearance for local anesthesia but instead was placed under general anesthesia for 7 hours. The patient’s blood pressure was not well controlled resulting in a 30 minute hypertensive emergency near the end of the operation. The patient died after 7 years of living in different nursing homes.
Slip, Trip and Fall, New York
$1.4 Million settlement for Queens Hispanic woman who slipped and fell on ice walking out the door of her rented basement apartment.
I did not think myself that we will win this difficult matter and become victorious, especially after being rejected by numerous other attorneys…but your professionalism Brett, dedication and determination, not to mention a huge heart, was how we prevailed
When I brought my situation to a local attorney he directed me to Brett Nomberg, and I’m so glad he did. Someone always was able to give me a status of what was going on. Your team made my wife and I realize we were dealing with a truly professional firm and at the same time, sympathetic to our needs. Great job. Excellent Customer Service.
I want to thank you for all the help and support that was given to my parents by you and your colleagues. Your firm’s time, effort and dedication, is without question second to none and this led to a successful settlement
We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful representation you provided and for believing in our case. It was very vindicating to have a judge and jury decide in our favor.
JANE AND TOM D.