Jersey City, NJ, August 15, 2023 /24-7press release/ – On August 7, 2023, The New Jersey Law Journal, a publication that has served members of the New Jersey judiciary and bar since 1878, released its annual survey of the top 20 personal injury awards in New Jersey between July 29, 2022 and July 1. , 2023. NJ’s largest and most significant personal injury case reported as $28 million settlement achieved by Samuel L. Davis, co-founder of NJ personal injury boutique Davis, Saperstein, and Salomon.
The New Jersey Law Journal reported that the case involved a man who suffered burns covering more than 60% of his body as a result of an electrical panel explosion while the man was working on the electrical system inside an office building in Newark, New Jersey.
The facts of the case as disclosed in the Court Opinion of 24 February 2023 of Essex County Magistrate Her Excellency Sheila Venable revealed that the 2019 explosion caused the worker to catch fire from his knees to his head severely injuring and disfiguring him. . Normally, injured workers are barred from suing their employers and left with only a claim for workers’ compensation, but Davis succeeded in proving that the injured worker, a non-electrician, was improperly directed to remove the protective covering covering several active high-voltage electrical components. This action by the employer was gross negligence enough to allow the injured worker to file a separate claim for damages in the New Jersey Supreme Court.
The explosion occurred while the injured worker was standing on a 6-foot ladder inside a cabinet containing an electrical panel. The electrical blast was so violent that it threw him off his ladder and set him on fire. He ran 60 feet to an office for help, but finding no help, he used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. With his skin melting away, still smoking and in unimaginable pain, he descended the stairs two floors calling for help, only to collapse and fall unconscious on the bathroom floor.
The injured worker was placed in an artificial coma for six weeks and underwent, in great pain, 166 operations. He may still face 20 more surgeries and a lifetime of care. The $28 million award represents compensation for his pain, suffering, and financial loss. The settlement also included damages for his disfiguring scars, emotional damages and losses including post-traumatic stress disorder. Part of the $28 million was allocated to his wife as compensation for her losses.
Including the additional physical, emotional and financial burden that the electrical accident caused her.
Davis obtained the man’s burnt and partially melted mobile phone, which had fragments of the worker’s skin and clothing melted into it. Maintaining the device allowed Davis to establish previous communications between the injured worker and his supervisors about the nature and scope of the injured worker’s work in the building, and also enabled Davis to refute the defense’s allegation that the employee was defying his supervisor’s orders when she entered the electrical cabinet
Davis & Associates are no strangers to the New Jersey Law Journal’s Top 20 Injury Awards, and the firm has made it to the Top 20 list several times over the years. In 2017, the Law Journal also honored Davis for having the first place for highest reported judgment and settlement in New Jersey. In August of 2016, Davis received a $9.5 million jury verdict for two sisters who suffered severe bone and brain injuries as a result of a boating accident.
Recently, Davis and his associates made national news when Davis and all of the attorneys in his firm, as well as the other attorneys who sued Madison Square Garden, were denied entry to MSG due to numerous personal injury lawsuits filed against Madison Square Garden and its affiliated venues. Venues like Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. This caused one of Davis’s associates to be singled out by facial recognition and ejected in front of her 9-year-old daughter from entering Radio City to enjoy the Christmas show. In July 2023, though, Davis settled a lawsuit against its LAVO restaurant for $5.3 million for a woman who slipped on grease and suffered neck and back injuries that required multiple surgeries. During 2022, Davis also reached an out-of-court settlement of a drowning case on behalf of the family of a minor.
The names of the parties to this lawsuit have been withheld to protect their privacy. More information is available by calling (email protected) or call 201-907-5000.
Since 1981, the compassionate personal injury attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon have delivered results for our deserving clients. We are only committed to helping injured individuals, and never represent companies.
Our attorneys focus on providing a personal and compassionate service to each client. No matter how big or small your personal injury case is, you can be confident that it is important to us.
At Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, you can rely on our personal injury attorneys to:
Offer a free initial evaluation, without any obligation to you
Carry out a thorough investigation of the circumstances of your claim
Gather solid evidence of your injury and its costs
Work with medical and economic experts to assess future losses
Negotiate aggressively for maximum compensation
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