At Zalman, Schnurman, & Miner, we are fully dedicated to our clients, having faithfully represented them for over 30 years. Our attorneys have brought case after case to successful conclusion on behalf of our clients.
Here are some of the firm's most notable case results from the past 5 years:
$1,200,000. Moving company employee fell down a flight of uneven stairs, while helping a couple move out of their apartment. He suffered an aggravation of a prior back injury, requiring surgery. The defendants argued that the plaintiff had a pre-existing back injury and had successfully navigated the stairway several times before he fell. August 2018.
$900,000. A bicyclist got thrown from his bicycle after the front wheel got stuck in a gap between subway grate panels on the sidewalk. He was thrown forward and suffered facial injuries requiring multiple surgeries to repair. The sidewalk was narrowed by a construction fence. Both the construction companies and the Transit Authority were sued. The defendants argued that the plaintiff, an adult, should not have been riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. Plaintiff argued that the sidewalk was the safest place to be given that the roadway was busy with vehicle traffic, and there was no designated bike lane. May 2017.
$400,000. A woman tripped on an uneven sidewalk, suffering a torn meniscus in her knee and a tear in her shoulder. June 2018.
$400,000. A gentleman slipped on ice in the roadway in front of his house. His family had long complained to the town where they lived that a repaving of the roadway had caused water to pool in the roadway. After a heavy rain, water accumulated and then turned to ice when the temperature dropped. He suffered bilateral ruptured quadriceps among other injuries. September 2018.
$340,000. A woman tripped over a broken sidewalk. She suffered a fractured ankle requiring surgery. April 2017.
$300,000. A gentleman slipped on ice in a bank parking lot and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The bank claimed that plaintiff slipped on “black ice” and that they had no notice of it. Discovery revealed that the Bank’s snow removal contractor pushed snow from the parking lot into big piles, where it would melt and re-freeze as ice, creating a dangerous condition. A video from the bank’s surveillance camera also showed a different person slipping and failing on the same ice before our client fell.December 2015.
$300,000. A gentleman slipped on an icy sidewalk that formed from the collection of water in a long existing depression. In fact, the property owner had previously written to the City asking them to fix the sidewalk. The plaintiff suffered a ruptured quadriceps. September 2016.
$300,000. A gentleman slipped on ice on the sidewalk which formed in a depression. He suffered a broken arm requiring surgery. August 2016.
$275,000. A woman slipped and fell because of ice on the sidewalk where a homeowner’s driveway crossed over.She suffered an ankle fracture requiring surgery. The homeowner’s claimed that they had completely cleared the area of any ice and snow, but we deposed the EMT driver who recalled that the area was slippery upon arriving at the scene.November 2017.
$262,500. A woman slipped on ice in the parking lot at the apartment building where she lived. The management company admitted that they cleared snow and ice from the center of the parking lot, but never from the parking spots, not even empty parking spots. She suffered a fractured wrist and hip. August 2018.
$250,000. A man tripped over a box sticking out of the bottom of a shopping cart being operated by a store employee. He suffered a knee injury which required surgery. May 2017.
$237,500. A woman was struck by a group of shopping carts being pushed by a store employee in the parking lot. She suffered an aggravation of a pre-existing back injury. March 2016.
$225,000. A woman was a pedestrian in a crosswalk struck by a turning car. She suffered a torn meniscus in her knee, requiring surgery. January 2018.
$162,500. A bicyclist was traveling straight through an intersection, and was struck by a turning truck, suffering a broken arm and nose. November 2018.
$150,000. A tourist from Europe tripped on a broken sidewalk, and fractured her finger, requiring surgery. August 2017.
$135,000. A woman tripped on a broken sidewalk. She suffered a broken nose requiring surgery, and other injuries. November 2016.
$125,000. A gentleman tripped over a raised hinge on a ventilation grate on the sidewalk. He suffered a fractured finger. April 2017.
$125,000. A woman fell while walking down a ramp in an underground parking garage. It was alleged that the ramp was too steep for pedestrians, and no alternative route was provided. She suffered a fractured hip. August 2016.
$110,000. A gentleman was struck by a piece of ice that fell from a veneer of a building. He suffered lacerations to his face. November 2016.
Zalman, Schnumran & Miner's track record of satisfying patients is more than just recent.
Here are some of the firm's most notable case results from its illustrious history:
$7,200,000. College student was an unbelted passenger in van which rolled over. She suffered serious injuries resulting in paraplegia.
$6,000,000. Hospital worker severely burned in an electrical explosion as a result of a faulty switch that caused an electrical arc. The case settled during trial against the manufacturer.
$3,000,000. Resident of YMCA suffered third degree burns in a fire. The door to his room did not conform to the requirements of the New York City Building Codes in that it had louvers which allowed smoke and air to pass through, and allowed the fire to spread more rapidly.
$2,375,000. We represented a woman, crossing the street in the crosswalk, who was struck by a van. The insurance company for the driver and the van argued that the pedestrian didn't look before crossing, and that the driver could not see her because she emerged from a shady section of the sidewalk. The defendants also argued that the pedestrian made a good recovery, despite suffering a head injury, multiple broken bones, and undergoing multiple surgeries. We countered such arguments with a detailed investigation including obtaining the police investigation reports, interviewing witnesses, retaining accident reconstruction experts, having illustrations created of the incident scene and the various injuries, and working with treating medical doctors who were willing to testify at trial. Through our efforts, we were able to counter the defendant's allegations and obtain a significant compensatory award for our client. October 2011.
$2,100,000 verdict. Sanitation worker fractured leg when struck by vehicle. Our client was alighting from a garbage truck when he was struck by the private vehicle. Both the car that hit our client and The City of New York were held liable. The City was held liable for failing to properly supervise its workers and provide a safe work environment. The City of New York paid the bulk of the award as the private vehicle only had the minimum amount of insurance required by the State.
$1,900,000. Motorcyclist was traveling straight at a high rate of speed in Queens when a New York City Sanitation Truck made a left hand turn in front of him. The motorcyclist tried to avoid the truck but went into a slide and was crushed and killed by the truck’s front tire. Our investigation revealed that the incident was captured by a nearby surveillance camera. The victim, a laborer, was survived by his wife and infant child. June 2009.
$1,900,000. Construction worker fractured both knees in fall resulting in a permanent injury. The claim was brought against the general contractor for having an unsafe workplace.
1,500,000. A gentleman slipped and fell on ice suffering a serious leg fracture, requiring surgeries. He was unable to return to work as a real estate broker. The defendants claimed that they had properly cleaned the sidewalk following the last snowfall, and regularly inspected and salted the sidewalk for any slippery conditions. It was our position that if the defendants had properly cleaned the and inspected the sidewalk there would not have been ice. The case was bifurcated for trial, and was settled after the trial on liability was completed. December 2012.
$1,500,000. A 92 year old man was crossing the street in Manhattan on his way to work when he was struck by a New York Times delivery truck. The defendants originally argued that any compensation should be limited due to the advanced age of the plaintiff, and even though he was in a coma for weeks after he was struck, their was no evidence of pain or suffering during that time. We showed with the help of an economist that the gentleman had been working and and earning an income. Further with the help of a forensic pathologist we were able to show that despite being in a coma he was responsive to pain and touch. The victim was survived by his wife whom he supported, and his granddaughter. July 2009.
$1,500,000. Construction worker was involved in asbestos removal. He lost the use of one eye when he was struck by a piece of equipment.
$1,250,000. Female van passenger was injured in Queens when an oncoming car crossed over the center line, striking the vehicle she was in. The host van flipped over causing fractures and a de-gloving injury to her hand.