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Representative Cases – Motor Vehicle Accidents
Our firm was hired to file a lawsuit for the family of a 49 year old Levittown construction worker who died following a car vs. motorcycle accident. The motorcycle was legally traveling in the inside lane of a 5 lane road when a car pulled out from a parking lot directly in front of him. He could not avoid crashing into the car. He was thrown over the car and onto the highway. Although he was wearing a helmet and protective riding gear, he died from his injuries.
We sued the driver and owner of the car that pulled out in front of the Levittown motorcyclist. All available insurance money was collected to compensate his survivors.
Regrettably, the insurance coverage was not sufficient. Other sources are still being looked into for the family. While there is no amount of money to replace their husband and father, they still have bills to pay and children to feed. Here at Naftulin and Shick, PC, we recognize that every possible source of money has to be exhausted so that our clients receive what they are legally entitled to.
We were asked by a family to investigate and file a lawsuit after a fatal motorcycle accident in Richland Township. We found that a drunk driver made a left hand turn in front of the motorcycle operator, giving the motorcyclist no time to stop or avoid the truck. Even though the motorcycle operator was wearing full helmet and protective gear, he suffered very serious injuries and died. We found that the driver of the truck had been drinking at a bar in the Quakertown area.
Our firm was able to settle the motorcyclist’s children’s claims against the drunk driver and bar without filing a lawsuit. Insurance monies were invested so that the children will be taken care of and able to attend college.
Sadly, because the driver of the truck got behind the wheel while he was drunk, children were left without a father. We at Naftulin and Shick, PC understand that there is no amount of money sufficient to compensate the children for the death of their father, but we do everything we can to make sure that they receive everything possible under the law.
Our clients were the adult son and daughter of a woman who was killed in North Carolina while driving home from Phillies Spring Training in Florida. Another car entered the roadway from a ramp, broadsided her and caused her car to spin and flip onto the median. Her son was also in the car and suffered serious injuries. His mother died shortly after the accident.
We were able to collect all available insurance monies to compensate the son for his injuries. We were also able to collect all available insurance monies for the adult children to compensate them for the loss of their mother.
Even though the adult children did not live with their mother in Monroe County at the time of her death, they were entitled to Wrongful Death and Estate benefits as her heirs and beneficiaries.
Our 16 year old Tinicum, Pennsylvania Client was a passenger in a car travelling south on Route 611 in Tinicum Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The driver failed to see a vehicle stopped to turn left into a mini-mart/gas station, and struck that vehicle in the rear.
Following the impact, our Client exited the car and walked to the shoulder of the roadway toward a grassy area to wait for help to arrive. Another car was also southbound on Route 611, some distance behind the car crash scene. The driver failed to observe the situation on Route 611. When he recognized that there were vehicles in the roadway, he swerved to the right, traveling at a minimum of 55 mph when he began to skid, he ran onto the shoulder and then the grassy area, striking our 16 year old Client at a minimum speed of 47 mph.
Our Client was struck and thrown approximately 20 feet landing on her side and then rolling onto her back. She told emergency personnel that she blacked out but remembered the incident. She was in serious distress. Her leg injuries were evaluated at the scene and she was given oxygen and morphine for pain relief. She was transported as a trauma victim to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Both of her legs were severely broken. She remained in the trauma unit for weeks and underwent a number of orthopedic surgeries. She was eventually transferred to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Lehigh County Pennsylvania.
Our Client’s parents hired the law firm of Naftulin and Shick, P.C. to help their daughter seek compensation for her very serious injuries. We made sure her medical bills were paid and she was able to receive the care and rehabilitation that she needed.
The insurance coverage for the car in which our Client was a passenger at the time of the first collision and the insurance coverage for the car that struck her as a pedestrian was not adequate to compensate our Client for her permanent personal injuries. Our law firm also presented claims to her parents’ underinsured motorist insurance company. All available sources of recovery were exhausted to obtain compensation for this very injured Bucks County Pennsylvania Client.
Our Stroudsburg Client was driving her Audi A6 in a southerly direction on Route 209 in Monroe County. She engaged her left hand turn signal and stopped to turn into a parking lot. She was stopped on Route 209 waiting for northbound traffic to pass so that she could safely negotiate a left hand turn. An employee of a towing company was driving his employer’s FL60 Freightliner tow truck with a 19′ rollback bed on Route 209, some distance behind our Client. Although other vehicles coming from behind her had safely gone around the Audi, the driver was not paying attention to the roadway and traffic in front of him, failed to stop and crashed into the back of our Client, pushing her into oncoming traffic where she was struck by a minivan.
At the scene, our Client was scared, confused and in a lot of pain. There was blood running down the back of her head. She was ambulanced to Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
She suffered many injuries to her head, back and body. Her head required sutures. She had a concussion. A disc in her neck was herniated. Her left knee sustained a tear of the medial meniscus. She underwent a number of orthopedic surgeries to correct the injuries to her knee. However, some of the injuries were permanent.
Prior to the accident, our Client worked as a nurse at Easton Hospital, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. She worked long hours and was required to be on her feet and able to lift to care for patients. She tried to go back to work as a nurse at Easton Hospital but was unable to do so. She was out of work due to the injuries she suffered for a long period of time. Eventually she found a job as a school nurse at a Monroe County school.
Suit was filed in Monroe County Pennsylvania. Prior to trial, the insurance company for the car that caused the collision agreed to mediation. The case was successfully mediated and our Client received compensation for her serious personal injuries caused by the negligence of the other driver.
Our Client was operating his Jeep Cherokee on Northampton Street, Easton, Pennsylvania and was stopped to make a left-hand turn. Two cars were right behind him. The second car behind him crashed into the back of the car right behind him, pushing it violently into the back of our Client’s vehicle. After getting out of their vehicles and talking to each other, both other drivers fled the scene of the accident. One driver was apprehended by police and arrested for drunk driving. The other was caught later and plead guilty.
Our Client went to his home after the accident with back pain, right shoulder pain and neck pain. That evening he went to the emergency room at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania and was given x-rays and pain medication. He followed up with an Easton orthopedic doctor. He had six months of physical therapy at a Northampton County Physical Therapy Center and was given multiple pain medications. He also had three epidural injections by an Easton pain specialist. His neck pain resolved but he still had constant pain in his low back with intermittent radiation down into his foot. Our client underwent a spinal surgery by an Easton neurosurgeon. The surgery was not successful and a second surgery was performed.
After the surgery, his Easton orthopedic surgeon determined that he could only work 1-2 hours a day. Based on this evaluation, our Client could not perform any type of gainful employment.
Suit was filed in the Court of Northampton County. The insurance companies for both other drivers tendered their policy limits which were not sufficient to compensate our Client for his very serious back injuries. Claims were made against our Client’s insurance company for underinsured motorist benefits. Our Client received all available coverage from his underinsured motorist insurance coverage to compensate him for the injuries he suffered because of the negligence of two drunk drivers.
One early summer morning, our Bangor, Pennsylvania client was driving to work on Route 78 near Easton, Northampton County, in his Jeep Wrangler. A 47 year old, married, father of two, he was returning to work as an arborist after a two week vacation. A very physically fit individual, he enjoyed boating and water skiing on his recent trip.
He had left his home very early to report to his job in New Jersey. The trip usually took him about an hour. It was almost 5:00 a.m. and the sun was just rising. It was clear and dry. There was no sun glare or anything else hindering drivers’ views. The Jeep had a soft top that was not on that day as the weather was so nice.
Up ahead, a road crew was re-paving the highway. The three lane eastbound lanes of the highway were narrowing to two lanes in the construction zone. As drivers approached the area, there were warnings to slow and move to the right. It was evident that the traffic was slowing as brake lights were coming on.
An over the road operator was driving a tractor/trailer rig in the center lane some distance behind our client. Our client slowed down but had not stopped when his Jeep was struck from behind by the 18 wheeler. The impact pushed him toward the median. A Ford van was coming up on his left and he was pushed into the side of it. He was then hit again from the rear by the tractor/trailer.
Despite wearing his seat and shoulder harness, our client’s body was violently thrown around the inside of the Jeep. The bucket seat broke; he hit the steering wheel, the windshield, and the dashboard; something struck and punctured the back of his head.
Our client sustained serious injuries to his right shoulder, knee and low back. He had repeated surgeries to his knee. He underwent a lumbar fusion followed by months of physical therapy. He will never return to his pre-accident employment as an arborist. Nor will he enjoy activities such as boating, skiing and hunting as he did before he was injured.
The law firm of Naftulin and Shick, P.C. was hired to obtain compensation for our client and his family. Suit was filed in Northampton County Court of Common Pleas. After lengthy litigation, both sides agreed to submit the case to a mediation where it was successfully resolved. The settlement provides compensation to our Northampton County client for the injuries he suffered as a result of the negligence of the trucking company and their driver.
Bucks County PA
Our Quakertown, Pennsylvania Client, a 36 year old married father of 4, was the operator of a Yamaha motorcycle which was traveling southbound, in the left hand lane of Rt. 611 between Street Road and County Line Road in Warrington Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was on his way to work at the Willow Grove Naval Air Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania. A driver was attempting to make a left hand turn from a stop sign. In making the left turn onto northbound Rt. 611, the car came into the motorcycle’s path. Our client was ejected from his motorcycle and thrown 45 feet. Upon impact the face shield of his helmet exploded shattering glass into his face and eyes.
The injured motorcycle operator was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital where he was admitted to the trauma unit. He suffered injuries to his right wrist, left shoulder, and left elbow. He was restricted from performing all of his duties and he was not able to workout as he had before the accident.
Our Client was looking forward to retiring after 20 years in the Navy. He had always been physically active, enjoyed working out and outdoor activities such as hiking and long walks with his wife and children. Because of the injuries to his wrist, he was unable to fulfill the physical fitness requirements of his job with the Navy.
Our law firm was hired to obtain compensation for the injuries our client suffered. The driver of the vehicle did not have sufficient insurance coverage. A claim was made for Uninsured Motorist Benefits from our client’s policy of motor vehicle insurance. The case was arbitrated and an award obtained to compensate our client for his injuries.
Monroe County PA
Wrongful Death – Car Accident Passenger
The collision occurred at an intersection of Route 209 in Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Our Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania client’s teenage son was a rear seat passenger in a Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Jeep failed to stop and yield the right of way and was struck by a minivan. Three of the four teenagers were ejected from the Jeep. Our client’s son, died at the scene as a result of the injuries he received in this crash.
The mother hired our law firm to obtain compensation for the wrongful death or her only child. Suit was filed in Monroe County Pennsylvania against the drivers of the Jeep and minivan for their negligence. Suit was also filed against the owner of the corner property for obstructing the view of the intersection. Claims were also made against Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Township for their negligent design of the intersection and placement of the stop sign. Additionally, suit was brought against a local business for the placement of an advertising sign that blocked the view at the intersection.
The case was quite complex and involved uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist claims in addition to the lawsuit filed in Monroe County. Prior to trial, the parties agreed to attend a mediation with a mutually agreeable mediator. At the mediation, the parties came to a resolution that compensated our client.
Our Mount Pocono Pennsylvania Client was a 41 year old waitress in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, PA. She was on her way home from work when a drunk driver in a pick-up truck crossed the center line and hit her car head on. She was seriously injured in the automobile accident which occurred on Route 611 outside Stroudsburg, Monroe County. Emergency personnel from Stroudsburg, Monroe County arrived on the automobile accident scene and tended to her injuries.
The main injury was to her hand. She was taken from the vehicle accident scene to Pocono Hospital in Stroudsburg, Monroe County. The injury from the automobile accident prevented her from performing her duties as a waitress. She had to see a hand specialist at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, Lehigh County. She was out of work from the automobile accident for six months due to the severity of her injuries.
She hired the law firm of Naftulin and Shick, PC. We made sure all her medical bills were paid and we recovered a significant sum of money for her pain and suffering and the permanent injury to her hand. Even though we were her personal injury lawyer we also assisted her with the criminal case against the drunk driver in Stroudsburg Monroe County.
On a fall evening, our 25 year East Stroudsburg Client and his girlfriend were traveling from her family’s home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to our Client’s home in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. They were driving east on Route 80 in the right hand lane. At that same time, a Canadian over the road trucker, was operating a tractor trailer rig for a Canadian transport company from Ontario in the left hand lane of Route 80 in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. The trucker moved into the right hand lane without regard for the Client’s car that was right beside him.
The tractor trailer struck the Client’s vehicle with the tractor of his rig, causing the Client to lose control. The Client’s car then ran into the trailer tires. After hitting the trailer tires, the Client’s vehicle spun across the right hand lane and off the side of the road.
The Client was flown from the scene to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania by MedEvac. He was treated for multiple injuries. After a stay in the trauma unit, the Client was discharged and continued to receive treatment for his injuries with doctors associated with Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown.
The Client suffered injury to his arm, knee and back along with a closed head injury that affected his personality and memory. At the time of the accident, he worked as a sheet metal worker. Because of the serious injury he suffered, he has been unable to return to his job.
Our law firm was hired to represent the Client in a negligence case against the Canadian trucking company and their driver. Suit was filed in Monroe County Pennsylvania. The case was settled prior to trial through a mediation.
Our Whitehall, Pennsylvania Client, a motorcycle mechanic in his mid 40’s was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Route 22 near Route 309 in Whitehall Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The defendant was operating a tractor trailer owned by a large trucking company and was engaged in interstate and intrastate commerce. The tractor trailer was also traveling eastbound on Route 22 in Northampton County when he failed to observe stopped traffic and crashed into the stopped vehicles including our Client’s motorcycle. The tractor trailer crashed into the back of the motorcycle, forcing it into the car in front of it and causing serious, permanent and disabling damages and injuries to our Client.
Our Whitehall Client sustained very serious injuries including head injuries; leg fractures; dislocated knees; dislocated shoulders; torn shoulder ligaments; blurred vision; headaches; and cognitive defects. He was unable to return to work as a motorcycle mechanic and was determined by the Social Security Administration to be permanently and totally disabled.
Our Client underwent numerous surgeries at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania and courses of physical and cognitive therapy.
A federal lawsuit was brought in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to trial, Attorney Linda Shick obtained a structured settlement for our Client which provides for periodic payments to him for the rest of his life. We fought to achieve just compensation for our client who was injured by a negligent trucking company.