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Case Studies: Premises Liability


FALL IN PARKING LOT RESULTS IN $2.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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DIOCESE TOLD TO PAY $675,000 FOR FALL

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

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

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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