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Notable Awards & Settlements

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The attorneys at Simon Bennett Robbins Oppenheim & Taft have earned more than $375 million in awards and settlements on behalf of their clients since 1994.

Below is a snapshot of some of the more memorable payouts in that time period. We hope you will check this page periodically, as we will do our best to update the information as warranted.

Personal Injury

$2.25 Million For Elderly Pedestrian
Case Overview: A disabled 88-year-old retiree was struck by a speeding Porsche Cayenne while walking down Avenue P and Ocean Parkway in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Injuries included lacerations to the neck and four compound bone fractures to each leg. Six hours of surgery were required to repair torn ligaments.

$925,000 For 17-Year-Old High School Senior
Case Overview: An honor roll student was temporarily disabled after being hit by a forklift in the aisle of a neighborhood department store. The machinery was being operated both during store hours and in an unsafe manner. The victim endured brain damage and was bedridden for a period of four months, missing his senior prom and a college freshman orientation at SUNY Binghamton.

$14.8 Million For Prominent CPA
Case Overview: A partner in one of Brooklyn's busiest accounting firms was paralyzed below the waist during a slip-and-fall accident at a local seafood restaurant. The proprietor was held responsible for a crack in the marble flooring which caused the mishap. The victim lost the use of all extremities on the right side of his body and is not expected to ever regain full movement.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

$5.3 Million For Newlywed Couple
Case Overview: A man and wife just returning from their honeymoon on Grand Cayman sustained severe brain damage after being hit by a drunk driver on the Tapan Zee Bridge. A jury ruled the other driver had been operating his SUV at a high rate of speed and with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit in New York State.

$8.75 Million Small Business Owner
Case Overview: A 23-year-old graphic artist was driving home from his parents' house in Great Neck, N.Y., when he was struck by a speeding Lamborghini Murciélago and sustained serious brain damage. According to more than a dozen witnesses rounded up by our attorneys, the other driver was racing his sports car at more than 100 mph on the Northern State Parkway.

$668,000 For High School Basketball Coach
Case Overview: A 55-year-old former NBA player required a 38-hour surgical procedure to remove metal and glass shards from his brain after a speeding truck driver caused a multi-car pileup on the Verrazano Bridge. The culprit had been driving with a suspended license and expired tags.

$1.95 Million For Marketing Exec
Case Overview: The co-founder of a Madison Avenue advertising agency received a seven-figure pre-trial settlement after sustaining a skull fracture during a head-on collision on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The insurer for the negligent party conceded fault in the accident and agreed to settle in face of the firm's $4 million lawsuit.

Medical Malpractice

$42 Million For Financial Analyst
Case Overview: A veteran Wall Street financier was awarded the biggest individual payout in firm history following a botched operation at a midtown Manhattan cancer center. The physician was deemed to have acted incompetently, as he removed the wrong organ from our client's digestive system.

$12.55 Million For Stay-At-Home Mom
Case Overview: The mother of three young boys suffered loss of feeling in her right arm after the surgeon at a Nassau County hospital administered the wrong antibiotics and pain medication following a routine operation. The doctor was found to have acted in a negligent way, as he mixed up the woman's prescription with that of another patient.