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$28 Million Dollar Verdict - An Allegheny County jury awarded of the largest civil verdicts in the history of Allegheny County to three families from Elizabeth, PA, who suffered death or injuries in a September 2009 crash which occurred in the Lincoln Place section of Pittsburgh. The accident happened when a young man had been drinking all day at a Gun Bash held at the Elks club on Buttermilk Hollow Road crashed within minutes after leaving the club. Read the full case details here.

Jury Verdict in excess $7 Million Dollars -A Canonsburg, Washington County, auto parts salesman was fatally injured in an automobile accident that occurred near Bridgeville, Allegheny County, when a car being driven at an excessive speed crossed the center line and caused the fatal collision. A jury in Allegheny County awarded his wife and two children an amount in excess of $7 million, including the largest punitive damage award ever entered against a single individual in the state of Pennsylvania.

Multi-million Dollar Award - A 50-year-old woman from Beaver County was driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when she suddenly hit a patch of ice causing her car to veer out of control and crash. She suffered severe trauma and orthopedic injuries, including hip fracture, leg fracture, broken back and significant scarring. We were able to prove that improper construction and drainage on the road led to the collection of water and ice formation, and that, furthermore, highway maintenance crews failed to remove the ice. A very large multi-million dollar award was obtained for this woman, which will enable her to pay for future medical care, replace her annual wages and also pay for household help for the rest of her life.

Multi-million Dollar Jury Verdict - A young scientist from Pittsburgh was killed as she crossed the street with the right-of-way at a dangerous intersection near Frick Park. The intersection had been the scene of many prior accidents of which the City of Pittsburgh was aware. A large multimillion-dollar jury verdict was obtained against the City for failure to have proper traffic control devices at the intersection. Attorney Gismondi and the family of the deceased woman donated part of the award to pay for a pedestrian safety flasher to be installed at the intersection so that it would be safer for the children and adults who used the nearby playground.

Significant Multi-million Dollar Settlement - An 18-year-old girl from Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, was driving with some girlfriends to Ohio to purchase a dress for her senior prom. Tragically a carelessly driven car crossed the center line, crashing into the girls' vehicle. Lila suffered devastating head injury and brain swelling and died three days later. We obtained a significant, multimillion-dollar recovery for her parents.

Multi-million Dollar Award - A 44-year-old man from Baldwin, Allegheny County, was riding his motorcycle on a beautiful clear day. While stopped at a red light, a coal truck struck him from behind and caused his bike to burst into flames. The motorcycle driver suffered serious burns to his buttocks and lower legs. One of his legs was burned so bad that it had to be amputated. He spent more than a year getting burn treatment at Mercy Hospital. We obtained a very significant multimillion-dollar award for this very seriously injured man.

Recovery in Excess of $1 Million Dollars -A young woman from Steubenville, Ohio, was broad-sided by a truck when driving on an errand with her two small children. She suffered extensive injuries to her chest, abdomen and legs, including fractured ribs, broken vertebrae, fractured tibia, fractured femur and serious scarring to her lower leg. She was in the hospital for more than three weeks recovering from her injuries. We retained a recovery in excess of $1 million for her.

Multi-million Dollar Award - A young woman from Pittsburgh suffered serious leg injuries, which led to an amputation as a result of an automobile accident that happened on Interstate 79 near Washington, PA. The accident happened because the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel. Although this woman was able to resume working, her lifestyle was dramatically changed as a result of the amputation. We obtained a multimillion-dollar recovery on her behalf.

Multi-million Dollar Recovery - A young husband and wife suffered serious burns when a propane tank being carried in the back of their car suddenly ignited and caused a fire inside while they were driving. The propane tank had been filled just minutes earlier at a convenience store. We filed a claim against the convenience store and were able to prove that the fire occurred because the propane tank had been overfilled. We obtained a significant multimillion-dollar recovery on their behalf.

Recovery in Excess of $1 Million Dollars - A young college student from Uniontown, Fayette County, was returning to Penn State on Route 22 when a coal truck crossed the center line and hit her vehicle. She suffered serious lower leg injuries and had an extended hospitalization with months of rehabilitation. We obtained a recovery in excess of $1 million for her.

Recovery in Excess of $1 Million Dollars -A young man from Greene County suffered serious traumatic brain injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Washington County. Although he survived, he developed many long-term problems as a result of the brain injury. We filed a personal injury claim against the other driver and made a recovery in excess of $1 million on his behalf.

Six-figure Settlement - A retired man from Waynesburg, Greene County, was struck by a car while crossing the road and suffered a serious hip fracture, which required surgery. The driver who hit this pedestrian claimed that the pedestrian was at fault. We successfully proved otherwise and obtained a six-figure settlement for the injured man.

Significant Six-figure Settlement - A retired woman from Pittsburgh suffered serious orthopedic injuries (leg and pelvic fractures) when a young man ran a red light and crashed into her car on Forbes Avenue. She spent several weeks in Presbyterian and Magee Women's Hospital. A significant six-figure award was obtained on her behalf.

Large Six-figure Recovery - A 60-year-old western Pennsylvania man died in a turnpike crash when a car made an illegal turn through a break in a median barrier. A lawsuit was filed against the driver and also against the Turnpike Commission for failing to eliminate the break in the barrier. A large six-figure recovery was obtained for the widow of this gentleman.

Large Six-figure Settlement - An 85-year-old man from Uniontown, Fayette County, was struck and killed by a pizza delivery driver as he crossed the street after parking his car. The pizza delivery driver was speeding and driving without a proper license. We obtained a large six-figure settlement for John's 90-year-old wife and his son.

Large Six-figure Settlement - A retired real estate agent from Mt. Lebanon was struck and killed by a truck as she crossed the Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh. By using accident reconstruction evidence, we were able to prove that the truck driver should have had an opportunity to see this pedestrian well in advance of hitting her even though it was nighttime. As a result, we received a large six-figure aware for her widowed husband.

Large Six-figure Recovery - An elderly man from Waynesburg was seriously injured in a car accident when a pizza delivery driver who was moving too fast crossed the center line and slammed into his vehicle. His most serious injury was to his lower leg, and he eventually had to have it amputated below the knee. We filed a claim against the pizza shop on the ground that the driver had a known history of traffic violations and that they should have monitored him more closely. We obtained a large six-figure recovery on behalf of this man.

Recovered Insurance Policy Limit - An anesthesiologist from Altoona suffered a closed head injury and traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent truck driver. The injuries impaired the physician's ability to continue performing her regular work. We obtained a recovery representing the maximum insurance available from the other driver as well as additional underinsurance available under the physician's policy.

Large Six-figure Award - A young man from Allegheny County was seriously injured when a dump truck struck his car causing multiple orthopedic injuries. This young man missed several weeks of work and was in the hospital for an extended period of time. We obtained a significant six-figure award on his behalf.

Maximum Underinsured Motorist Benefits Available - A high school boy from Pittsburgh was fatally injured while riding his bike in Forest Hills. We filed a claim against the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident and obtained a maximum recovery on behalf of this boy's parents. In addition to a maximum recovery against the other driver, we also recovered the maximum underinsured motorist benefits available.

Significant Six-figure Recovery - A man from Uniontown was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver. The accident caused dislocated shoulder, fractured jaw and fractured femur. A recovery well in excess of six figures was covered on behalf of this man.

Maximum Recovery Permitted By PA State Law - A Pittsburgh man in his mid-50s was seriously injured on a Port Authority bus, which was hit by another bus traveling in the opposite direction, crossing the center line. We filed a claim against the Port Authority of Allegheny County and obtained the maximum recovery permitted under the state law.

Recoveries Totaling in Excess of a Million Dollars - A husband and wife along with their three daughters suffered serious injuries when their conversion van rolled over in a highway accident, and the roof of the van came off, thereby causing all of the occupants to be ejected. We filed claims against the driver who caused the accident as well as the maker of the van, General Motors, and the "conversion" company, which customized the van and put the defective roof in place. After lengthy litigation, recoveries totaling in excess of a million dollars were obtained on behalf of the family, and in particular, the 14-year-old daughter who was the most seriously injured of the group.

Large Six-figure Settlement - A mother and her pregnant daughter were tragically killed when a driver "blacked out" due to seizures and crashed into the rear of their car near Century III Mall in Allegheny County. We obtained a large six-figure recovery representing the maximum insurance available under the state law to compensate the families of these loved ones.

Maximum Six-figure Settlement - An elderly woman from Pittsburgh died in a motor vehicle accident caused by a careless driver who crossed the center line and hit her. We obtained a maximum six-figure recovery on behalf of her adult child.

Maximum Insurance Available - A woman from Pittsburgh was fatally injured in an automobile accident on Route 19 in West View. A six-figure recovery representing the maximum insurance available was made on behalf of her family.

Very Significant Six-figure Award - A young college graduate from the North Hills suffered significant orthopedic injuries when his leg was run over by a car as he walked along the side of the road. We obtained a very significant six-figure award on his behalf.

Large Six-figure Recovery - A middle-aged woman from Pittsburgh suffered serious arm and back injuries when her vehicle was hit by a truck on Route 8 in Hampton Township. We obtained a very significant six-figure recovery on her behalf.

Large Six-figure Settlement - A married man from McKeesport was fatally injured in a car accident when a young man with a poor driving record crossed the center line and crashed head-on into his vehicle. We filed a wrongful death claim and obtained a large six-figure recovery representing the maximum available insurance.

Six-figure Jury Verdict - An elderly man from Pittsburgh suffered severe abdominal injuries when he was struck by a car while crossing the Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh. Even though the driver of the car had the green light, we were able to prove that the driver had more than enough time to see the elderly man crossing the road and should have been able to stop in time to prevent the accident. The jury in a personal injury lawsuit returned a large six-figure verdict in favor of this man.

Large Six-figure Recovery - A young boy from Uniontown suffered serious orthopedic injuries when he was hit after getting off a school bus. We filed a personal injury claim against the private company that provided the transportation service to the school district and were able to establish that the driver did not follow proper procedures in discharging passengers. We obtained a significant six-figure recovery on the boy's behalf.

Recovery in Excess of $1 Million - A man from Ambridge, Beaver County, serving in the military suffered serious brain injuries while riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by another member of the military. We filed a federal tort claim against the driver of the vehicle, and we were able to avoid application of the Feres Doctrine, which usually prevents lawsuits against persons on active duty in the military by showing that this accident happened on personal leave time. We obtained a recovery in excess of $1 million as compensation for his traumatic brain injury.

Significant Six-figure Recovery - A young man from Pittsburgh was riding his bicycle through North Park when he was struck by a car traveling behind him. The driver of the car claimed that the bicycle was not on the designated bike path, but we were able to show that, under Pennsylvania law, the bicyclist has the right-of-way as long as he is traveling on the paved portion of the road and was in front of the car. The bicyclist suffered a very serious elbow fracture and in a personal injury claim against the motor vehicle, we made a significant six-figure recovery on his behalf.

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