Attorney(s): Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein, Partner Ray Futerfas and Trial Attorney Antonio Grillo.

Settlement: $3,500,000 Settlement

A New Jersey construction company needed to get a job finished. A laborer works from 6:00 am to 3 pm. The same laborer returns for another shift that day. The construction company works him straight from 9 pm through the night to 7 am the next day. The exhausted laborer was driving home and fell asleep while driving on the Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. He crossed over the center median and hit our client who was on his way to work traveling in the opposite direction. The crash spun our client’s car and his head hit the interior compartment of his van. Dazed and confused, our client was able to get out of the car at the scene before the police arrived. The police performed an accident reconstruction and confirmed the laborer fell asleep. The police also thought our client may not have been wearing his seat belt. We hired a biomechanical expert to calculate the forces of the crash and determine if a seat belt would have changed whether or not our client would have still sustained the traumatic brain injury. The expert confirmed the forces of the brain striking the inside of the skull would have been the same with or without the seat belt. We then created an animation to demonstrate that whether our client was wearing a seat belt or not was of no consequence. Our 52-year-old client is unable to work due to his brain injury. The case was settled for $3,500,000 prior to trial. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein, Partner Ray Futerfas and Trial Attorney Antonio Grillo.

In order to effectively tell our client’s story we often use case animations. These customized, lifelike depictions of the events that lead to our client’s injuries allow opposing council, and in some cases jury members/judges, to walk in our client’s shoes and gain a better understanding of how the ordeal unfolded.    

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP