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Haicken Law’s Biggest Settlements

Millions of Dollars Recovered for Clients in New York, NY

Car, Bicycle, and Motorcycle Accidents

$2,500,000 settlement for an injured bicyclist.  Our client was biking to work when he was “doored.† The driver of a commercial van opened his door, hitting our client, sending him flying over his handlebars, crashing to the concrete.  He developed serious injuries to his hip, knee, and back, requiring numerous surgeries.

$2,000,000 for an injured motorcyclist. A truck made a left turn in front of him causing significant neck and back injuries .

$325,000 settlement for a pedestrian who was hit by an operator of an electric bicycle. The bicyclist was making a delivery for a restaurant. Our client was crossing mid-block in one of the busiest areas of the city. She sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, an acromioclavicular separation, fractures of her clavicle, orbital wall, and zygomatic arch, as well as a 3-inch laceration to her temple which resulted in a keloid scar. The settlement was paid for by the restaurant’s liability insurance company. 

$250,000 settlement for a Nassau County car accident victim.

$200,000 VERDICT for a Nassau County used car salesman with soft tissue injuries. The final offer before trial was $15,000. 

$175,000 settlement for a 26-year-old Brooklyn bicyclist who was hit by a plumbing company’s vehicle. Our client sustained a torn ACL and ultimately needed 2 surgeries. The case was turned down by another lawyer as “unwinnable.â€

$150,000 settlement for a Nicaraguan immigrant who was hit by a car. Our client sustained a chipped tooth, a hairline wrist fracture, and a torn labrum that required surgery. The case was settled less than 18 months after the accident.

$125,000 for an undocumented Mexican immigrant hit by a car in Queens. He sustained a fractured tibia. Our client is deaf, mute, illiterate, and does not speak sign language. It is nearly impossible for him to communicate, and the insurance company initially claimed his inability to testify would lead to the case being dismissed. In fact, it ended up settling within 4 months of the accident, before any deposition testimony was taken. The defendant’s insurance company, Allstate, has a reputation of fighting every case tooth and nail, and hardly ever settles cases this early.

$100,000 for a 12-year old Brooklyn child who was hit by a car while riding his scooter. The child sustained a compound tibia/fibula fracture that necessitated emergency surgery. The at fault driver had only $50,000 of insurance, but the child was able to avail himself of his father’s underinsured motorist coverage even though the father lived in New Jersey and only saw the child intermittently. The settlement represented the maximum amount of all available insurance coverage and was obtained within 4 months of the accident.

$90,000 settlement for a 73 year old woman who was rear ended by a box truck. She sustained a torn rotator cuff that required surgery. The insurance company initially refused to pay, as the defendant driver claimed that our client cut him off. After the LAW TEAM filed a critical motion early in the case, settlement negotiations began. The case settled before the client even had to appear at a deposition. (This settlement took place during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 when the court system was completely shut down.)

$75,000 VERDICT after a three-day jury trial for a Brooklyn woman who was hit by a car as she was walking home from volunteering at a shelter for homeless youth. She sustained a torn meniscus and developed Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. Her first attorney sat on the case for a year and did not even file a lawsuit. The LAW TEAM was able to take the case to verdict in less than 2.5 years. During the entire 2.5 year period, GEICO never offered more than $10,000.  The claims adjuster maintained that no one would believe the client was injured.

Construction Site Accidents

$1.25 Million settlement for a construction site accident victim.

$750,000 settlement for a union carpenter who only missed 3 days of work after his accident. The client was injured when a forty pound piece of sheetrock fell on his neck during an elevator repair. While he returned to work nearly immediately, he underwent a two level cervical fusion surgery 4 years later.

$100,000 for a laborer whose pinky finger on his non-dominant hand was squashed between a door frame and a cart full of debris.  There were no fractures, and no torn ligaments or tendons.  Our client missed only a half day of work. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

$700,000 settlement for a man who sustained a severe spinal cord injury in a freak accident in Manhattan. Our client met a friend for a drink at a restaurant in the West Village. He entered through the front door and sat at a table with his back facing the sidewalk. At the end of his meal, he got up and turned to leave the restaurant through the open French doors. Unbeknownst to him, the cellar doors on the sidewalk had been left open after the kitchen staff received a delivery.

As our client turned to leave, he fell through the open doors, landing 8 feet below. Fortunately, some bags filled with garbage cushioned his fall. Even with the softened landing, he sustained a torn MCL, and 2 herniated discs that ultimately required disc replacement surgery.  (This settlement took place during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 when the court system was completely shut down.) 

$375,000 for an 80-year-old tourist who slipped in a bathroom at JFK airport and fractured her hip.  Our client was attempting to lock the stall door when it unexpectedly swung outward due to a broken locking mechanism.  She needed emergency surgery with the implantation of significant hardware.  The case was complicated due to the fact that she landed in New York in March of 2020, days before the world shut down.  Even though the courts were in a near shutdown for moths, we were able to settle the case in under two years. 

$225,000 for a 75-year-old woman who tripped over construction debris left on the sidewalk.  She sustained a fractured wrist that required the implantation of a metal plate in her wrist. 

$218,000 settlement for a woman who tripped on a Manhattan sidewalk. She was caused to fall by a metal plate that had been inadvertently left jutting out, underneath a fence at a construction site. One of her discs was herniated and she ended up requiring surgery (a discectomy). The case had numerous hurdles: the plaintiff was on her way home from a concert where she had admittedly been drinking, and she had a history of back problems, including surgery to the same disc, 13 years prior. (This settlement took place during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 when the court system was completely shut down.)

$200,000 settlement for a Bronx child who tripped over her own feet, and landed on a broken tile in the hallway of her aunt’s apartment complex. The only injury was a scar on the left knee. The superintendent of the building admitted that he knew of the broken tile and was not sure why it had never been fixed. The child was only 3 years old at the time of the accident, and had just turned 6 when the case went to trial. The case settled after a jury had been selected, and the parties were about to commence opening statements.

$150,000 settlement for a Brooklyn woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor in a Manhattan pizza restaurant. There were no witnesses, and she did not go to the emergency room until 12 hours later. She sustained a torn meniscus that required surgery.

$115,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor in a national big box store in upstate New York. Video showed that water had dripped off shopping carts that had just been returned from the parking lot during a storm. The chain’s own procedure of wiping down carts during a storm had not been followed. Our client sustained a hairline fracture of the pubis ramus, and a complete, full thickness, traumatic tear of the hamstring.

$100,000 for a Bronx woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor in a department store. She sustained a hairline wrist fracture, as well as a tear of the Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex which necessitated surgery.

$90,000 for a woman who tripped and fell due to an unsecured rug in a hotel lobby in Manhattan. She sustained a torn meniscus that required surgery. The entire incident was captured on the hotel’s security camera. (Plaintiff enters the picture 1 minute and 15 seconds into the video).

Dog Bites

$185,000 settlement for a chef whose thumb was crushed when he was bitten by a neighbor’s pit bull. The injury required emergency surgery and extensive physical therapy. The insurance companies for the neighbor, and the apartment building contributed to the settlement. (This settlement took place during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 when the court system was completely shut down.)

$100,000 settlement for a woman whose finger was bitten by a neighbor’s dog. Although the injury looked gruesome on the date of the incident, it had completely healed within one year. There was no discernible scarring or disfigurement. (This settlement took place during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 when the court system was completely shut down.)


$175,000 settlement for a 10 year old child who sustained a severed flexor tendon when one of his middle fingers came into contact with a jagged edge of a defective washing machine. Our investigation revealed that the owner of the laundromat where the accident occurred knew that several of his washing machines were falling apart. Instead of paying $50 per machine to replace the broken parts, he attempted a makeshift fix using duct tape. When the tape ultimately peeled off, it left a very sharp edge that injured our client. The settlement was obtained within 1 year of the accident.

$75,000 settlement for a woman who sustained 2nd degree burns on her inner thighs and buttocks in a freak accident at an internationally known fast food chain. (A confidentiality agreement prevents the name from being revealed.)

Our client purchased a hot tea, and placed it on a table. As she attempted to sit down, her foot hit the base of the table. Unbeknownst to her, the base was broken, rendering the entire table wobbly. As a result, the scalding hot water was catapulted into her lap. While the burns looked gruesome for the first few months, they had almost completely healed by the time of the settlement.

Although this restaurant is known for fighting each case tooth and nail, the case was settled within 14 months of the accident. (This settlement took place during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 when the court system was in a near complete shut down.)

$27,500 settlement for a New Jersey corporate lawyer who was injured on a commercial flight. A fellow passenger opened an overhead compartment and accidentally dropped a laptop on our client’s head. He later took a taxi to the ER, and did not seek any other treatment. There was no medical evidence of an injury. Under the Montreal Convention, the governing law of international air travel, airlines are not liable for the negligence of fellow passengers on domestic flights. For this reason, the case was rejected by Cellino & Barnes and Weitz & Luxenburg. The LAW TEAM was able to settle the case based a novel legal theory that the claims adjuster did not want to test.


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