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Case Studies

Achieving results for victims of serious personal injuries

By remaining personally involved in every case, the Letro Law Firm has consistently achieved successful results for our clients. We have handled major cases in virtually every county in Western and Central New York. 

Because each case is unique, Mr. Letro invests the time necessary to achieve the best possible results for every client.  The following cases described are a select overview of the areas of practice for Mr. Letro. Although past results cannot predict or guarantee pending or future cases, these cases described here are just a few of the noteworthy results.  Our goal is to always maintain the privacy and confidentiality of our clients. Please note that client's names in these cases have been removed to meet that goal.


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LANDMARK TRUCKING CASE DECIDED IN BUFFALO

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A landmark decision affecting the trucking industry nationally was recently made in U.S. Federal Court, the Western District of New York. The Letro Law firm represented the plaintiff in this case.

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$17.6 MILLION AWARDED TO OLEAN MAN MISDIAGNOSED BRAIN ANEURYSM LEAVES VICTIM PARALYZED

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

By combination of trial judgment sustained after appeal and settlement, the family of a deceased man received over $17 and a half million in damages from a Western New York hospital system and two physicians who were found responsible for causing his injuries.

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STATE TO PAY $12 MILLION IN QUADRUPLE FATALITY

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

The State of New York was found to be responsible to the three surviving children of an Amherst couple killed with two of their children in a crash on the Thruway in Lancaster.

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EIGHT-YEAR OLD BOY SUFFERS BRAIN INJURY IN AUTO ACCIDENT. $8 MILLION SETTLEMENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

Buffalo family whose son was injured in an auto accident received a settlement during trial of $8 million.

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$5.1 MILLION AWARDED TO CHILDREN AND SURVIVING SPOUSE IN HIGH SPEED POLICE CHASE

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

Jurors awarded $5.1 million to the survivors of two people killed in an accident in Portville following a high-speed chase by the NYS Police.

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CONSTRUCTION WORKER ACCEPTS $4.3 MILLION SETTLEMENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

An Allegany County construction worker has accepted a $4.3 million settlement in an accident that left him permanently disabled.

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$3.7 MILLION VERDICT RETURNED BY JURY DISABLED OLEAN WOMAN LOST LEG AS RESULT OF AUTO ACCIDENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

An elderly Olean woman who was already confined to a wheelchair due to diabetes lost her leg as a result of an accident in which the transport van she was in collided with another vehicle.

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CRASH INJURIES LEAD TO $3.3 MILLION JURY AWARD FOR TEEN

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A Portville teen was awarded $3.3 million by a jury for severe head injuries she suffered as a passenger in a back road car crash.

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YOUNG GIRL RECEIVES $3 MILLION FOR SERIOUS INJURIES SHE SUSTAINED IN BOATING ACCIDENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A Western New York girl was seriously injured when the boat in which she was a passenger collided with another boat.

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OLEAN WOMAN RECEIVED $3 MILLION

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

An Olean woman who lost a leg and suffered multiple fractures following a two-vehicle accident that killed two others in Great Valley, received a settlement of nearly $3,000,000.

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FAMILY OF YOUNG CATTARAUGUS COUNTY MAN STRUCK BY LEGALLY BLIND DRIVER RECEIVES $2.6 MILLION SETTLEMENT DURING TRIAL

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A high school sophomore from Cattaraugus County sustained a serious brain injury when he was struck by the elderly driver of a pickup truck while he mowed the lawn at his parent’s home.

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WIDOW SETTLES SUIT FOR $2.6 MILLION OHIO MAN KILLED BY LUMBER FALLING FROM TRUCK

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

The widow of an Ohio man fatally injured when lumber fell from a truck and smashed into his car near Olean received $2.6 million during trial.

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INJURED WOMAN ACCEPTS $2.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A Franklinville woman, severely injured in a lunchtime traffic accident in Olean has accepted a $2.1 million cash settlement.

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$1.7 MILLION AWARDED TO PARAPLEGIC IN ACCIDENT CASE

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A Cattaraugus County jury in Olean issued a record $1.7 million dollar verdict in an automobile accident case.

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MOTORCYCLE/POLICE VEHICLE COLLISION $1.1 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

An off-duty Buffalo firefighter was killed in a spectacular collision on Route 33/Kensington Expressway when an on-duty Buffalo police officer wrongfully pulled into the path of the victim’s motorcycle.

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STATE PAYS $850,000 TO COUPLE INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A NYS Court of Claims Judge found New York State responsible for a motorcycle accident in which a Western New York couple, riding a motorcycle on a State road in Caledonia, N.Y., lost control of the cycle and crashed.

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$800,000 SETTLEMENT OK’D IN CASE OF TEEN DWI

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A 74-year-old Youngstown woman severely injured when a drunken underage driver drove head-on into her car, accepted a combined $800,000 settlement from insurance carriers for the girl and under-aged boy who used fake proof to obtain alcohol.

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MUSICIAN RECEIVES $750,000 SETTLEMENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A classical musician received a settlement of 750 thousand dollars following a motor vehicle accident in which her shoulder was injured.

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$638,000 SETTLEMENT FOR INJURED FLAGMAN

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A flagman on a construction site received $638,000 for a shoulder injury sustained when he fell running away from an out of control tractor trailer entering the construction area.

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JURY AWARDS $633,000 FOR INJURIES MOTORCYCLE/AUTO ACCIDENT

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

A Buffalo hairstylist was awarded $633,000 by a State Supreme Court jury in Niagara Falls for injuries he suffered when his motorcycle was hit by a teenage driver in Fort Erie.

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STATE TO PAY $12 MILLION IN QUADRUPLE FATALITY

WRONGFUL DEATH

The State of New York was found to be responsible to the three surviving children of an Amherst couple killed with two of their children in a crash on the Thruway in Lancaster.

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$5.1 MILLION AWARDED TO VICTIMS IN POLICE CHASE

WRONGFUL DEATH

Jurors awarded $5.1 million to the survivors of two people killed in an accident in Portville following a high-speed chase by the NYS Police.

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MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT FOR MAN KILLED FROM FALL DOWN DANGEROUS STAIRS OWNED BY LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

WRONGFUL DEATH

The family of a man who was killed after a fall from a set of dangerous stairs in a public place settled for several million dollars with the owner and those responsible for allowing the hazard to exist. Multiple code and design flaws were discovered by Mr. Letro and used as the basis for the settlement.

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WIDOW SETTLES SUIT FOR $2.6 MILLION OHIO MAN KILLED BY LUMBER FALLING FROM TRUCK

WRONGFUL DEATH

The widow of an Ohio man fatally injured when lumber fell from a truck and smashed into his car near Olean will receive $2.6 million, according to an out-of-court settlement.

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$2.5 MILLION FOR FAMILY OF HAMBURG WOMAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY ACCIDENT

WRONGFUL DEATH

Following a jury trial, the family of a woman killed when a paving roller fell from a Town Highway Department truck on to her car, was awarded a $2.5 million settlement from the town.

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MOTORCYCLE/POLICE VEHICLE COLLISION $1.1 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES

WRONGFUL DEATH

An off-duty Buffalo firefighter was killed in a spectacular collision on Route 33/Kensington Expressway when an on-duty Buffalo police officer wrongfully pulled into the path of the victim’s motorcycle.

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OLEAN TEEN TO GET $2.2 MILLION FOR INJURY

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

The family of a young woman from Allegany who was blinded in one eye after surgery by a former Olean doctor has accepted a $2.2 million dollar settlement.

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MOTORCYCLE/POLICE VEHICLE COLLISION $1.1 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

An off-duty Buffalo firefighter was killed in a spectacular collision on Route 33/Kensington Expressway when an on-duty Buffalo police officer wrongfully pulled into the path of the victim’s motorcycle.

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WESTERN NEW YORK MAN ACCEPTS $1.35 MILLION SETTLEMENT CATARACT SURGERY RESULTS IN LOSS OF EYE

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

A Great Valley mechanical engineer who was promoted to a more senior position by his employer, was unable to pursue the promotion when he lost his eye due to complications during cataract surgery performed by an Olean eye surgeon.

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FALL IN PARKING LOT RESULTS IN $2.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT

PREMISES LIABILITY

A Western New York woman sustained an elbow injury and a broken ankle with associated complications after falling in an inadequately maintained private parking lot.

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SETTLEMENT GIVES BOY HURT BY HORSE $2 MILLION

PREMISES LIABILITY

A 12-year-old Allegany County boy received $2 million in an insurance settlement for the injuries he suffered in an accident involving a neighbor’s horse.

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$1.7 MILLION AWARDED TO PARAPLEGIC IN ACCIDENT CASE

PREMISES LIABILITY

A Cattaraugus County jury in Olean issued a record $1.7 million dollar verdict in an automobile accident case. Following a six-week trial, the decision was returned, in favor of the 23-year old plaintiff of Portville.

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CARPENTER HURT IN FALL GETS $1.6 MILLION SETTLEMENT

PREMISES LIABILITY

A Hinsdale carpenter accepted a $1.6 million cash settlement from insurance carriers for a construction company and a bankrupt Buffalo masonry firm for the severe head injury he suffered at a St. Bonaventure construction site in Olean.

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$1.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT ACCEPTED FOR FALL IN BANK BUILDING

PREMISES LIABILITY

An HMO official who severely injured her back slipping on a slush-covered marble floor in a Key Bank building on Sheridan Drive near Harlem Road in Amherst has accepted a $1.5 million settlement from insurance carriers for Key Bank.

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DISABLED CARPENTER RECEIVES $1.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT

PREMISES LIABILITY

An Amherst carpenter whose right hand was disabled during a building construction accident accepted a $1.4 million insurance settlement as a Buffalo jury was being selected for his trial.

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$1.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT AGAINST LOCAL MALL ACCEPTED BY TEENAGE VICTIM OF KIDNAPPING/CARJACKING/SEXUAL ASSAULT

PREMISES LIABILITY

A teenage worker at a nationally owned area mall who was carjacked, abducted, and sexually assaulted, accepted a $1.1. million settlement.

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COLLEGE/2 OTHERS FOUND LIABLE IN FATAL ACCIDENT $500,000 PAID TO HUSBAND AND CHILDREN

AUTO / MOTORCYCLE / TRACTOR TRAILER INJURY

Houghton College, one of its administrators, and a former Village of Fillmore woman were found financially liable for a fatal accident that occurred during a college student trash pickup project along Route 19.

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DIOCESE TOLD TO PAY $675,000 FOR FALL

PREMISES LIABILITY

A State Supreme Court jury ordered the Buffalo Catholic Diocese to pay $675,000 to a semi-retired Williamsville painting contractor who suffered a blood clot of the brain and vision problems after he fell on an icy sidewalk outside a local parochial school.

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GOLFER REACHES $450,000 SETTLEMENT

PREMISES LIABILITY

A Cattaraugus County man settled with a local golf club for 450 thousand dollars for ankle injuries he sustained.

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OLEAN MAN SHOT BY TURKEY HUNTER GETS $101,000

PREMISES LIABILITY

An Olean man mistaken for a turkey near the start of spring turkey hunting season received a settlement of $101,000. The victim, dressed in camouflage, was using a turkey call while sitting on a stump and carrying a hen turkey decoy in a net mesh on his back at the time of the shooting. The victim was stuck by more than 100 pellets from another hunter's 12-guage shotgun. About 70 pellets remain embedded in the victim's right arm, shoulder and back. The victim's lawyer, Francis Letro pointed out that the hunter who shot the victim, had been attracted by the sound of a hen turkey call and had shot a hen decoy despite the fact that only tom turkeys can be shot in the spring turkey season.

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STATE TO PAY $12 MILLION IN QUADRUPLE FATALITY

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

The State of New York was found to be responsible to the three surviving children of an Amherst couple killed with two of their children in a crash on the Thruway in Lancaster.

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$5.1 MILLION AWARDED TO VICTIMS IN POLICE CHASE

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

Jurors awarded $5.1 million to the survivors of two people killed in an accident in Portville following a high-speed chase by the NYS Police.

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CARPENTER HURT IN FALL GETS $1.6 MILLION SETTLEMENT

CONSTRUCTION/LABOR LAW

A Hinsdale carpenter accepted a $1.6 million cash settlement from insurance carriers for a construction company and a bankrupt Buffalo masonry firm for the severe head injury he suffered at a St. Bonaventure construction site in Olean.

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CRASH INJURIES LEAD TO $3.3 MILLION JURY AWARD

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

A Portville teen was awarded $3.3 million by a jury for severe head injuries she suffered as a passenger in a back road car crash.

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STATE PAYS $850,000 TO COUPLE INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

A NYS Court of Claims Judge found New York State responsible for a motorcycle accident in which a Western New York couple, riding a motorcycle on a State road in Caledonia, N.Y., lost control of the cycle and crashed.

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COLLEGE/2 OTHERS FOUND LIABLE IN FATAL ACCIDENT $500,000 PAID TO HUSBAND AND CHILDREN

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

Houghton College, one of its administrators, and a former Village of Fillmore woman were found financially liable for a fatal accident that occurred during a college student trash pickup project along Route 19. The verdict followed a two-week trial. The victim was walking to a grocery store on the east side of Route 19. The fatality occurred when a car tried to pass a truck which was supervising the trash pickup owned by Houghton College on the right side. The driver struck the back of the truck, then hit the guardrail, straightened out and went 30 feet, striking and killing the victim

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CONSTRUCTION WORKER ACCEPTS $4.3 MILLION SETTLEMENT

CONSTRUCTION/LABOR LAW

n Allegany County construction worker left permanently disabled with a severe head injury when an overly fatigued truck driver rear-ended his vehicle at a Southern Tier Expressway bridge resurfacing site has accepted a $4.3 million insurance settlement during trial.

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DISABLED CARPENTER RECEIVES $1.4 MILLION SETTLEMENT

CONSTRUCTION/LABOR LAW

An Amherst carpenter whose right hand was disabled during a building construction accident accepted a $1.4 million insurance settlement as a Buffalo jury was being selected for his trial.

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CONSTRUCTION WORKER WHO LOST EYE REACHES $1.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT

CONSTRUCTION/LABOR LAW

A Cattaraugus County construction worker reached a 1.1 million dollar settlement after he lost an eye during a construction site accident.

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CONSTRUCTION WORKER RECEIVED $400,000 SETTLEMENT AFTER FALL FROM LADDER

CONSTRUCTION/LABOR LAW

A Cattaraugus County construction worker received a 400 thousand dollar settlement for injuries sustained to his wrist following a construction site accident involving a fall from an unsecured ladder.

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A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE RECEIVES $1 MILLION FROM LOCAL SHOPPING MALL WHERE SHE WAS ABDUCTED

SEXUAL ABUSE

A young woman accepted a $1 million settlement from a Western New York shopping mall after she was abducted on the mall’s property and taken to another location where she was sexually assaulted and raped. The mall was sued for not providing sufficient security.

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