Verdicts & Settlements
Injured Truck Driver Settles Product Liability ClaimMay, 2011
The firm's client was a truck driver required to climb up metal steps to secure a tarp over the trailer. While climbing down the ladder he stepped onto a corroded step. The step failed and he fell about 15 feet. Our client sustained career-ending back injuries and has been awarded full disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. The step corroded because the trailer was assembled by putting two dissimilar metals in direct contact with each other. This causes a condition called galvanic corrosion. Assembling a trailer this way is negligence. The case was handled by Eric G. Zajac. Settlement was reached a few days before the start of trial. The substantial award is for a confidential amount. The case was referred to Mr. Zajac by the client’s workers’ compensation attorney.
Amusement Park Patron Settles Neck Injury ClaimApril, 2011
Zajac & Arias represented a 35 year old woman who sustained a serious neck injury on a roller coaster. The injury resulted in immediate paralysis. Neurosurgery was required to fuse the neck. The roller coaster lacked proper restraints to protect against the ride’s jarring side to side force’s placed on the rider’s neck as the ride moves through a series of sharp sideways turns. The settlement was reached with the help of a neutral mediator just days before trial was to start. The terms are confidential. The client found Mr. Zajac through an internet search.
Injured Special Forces Candidate Settles Motorcycle Defect ClaimMarch, 2011
This client came to Zajac & Arias after his leg was crushed by a motorcycle that fell on him. The kickstand had failed. The firm’s investigation revealed that a component part of the kick-stand had become bent making it prone to unpredictable failure. The part of the kick-stand that was bent was on the lowest point of the underside of the motorcycle where it could strike against objects or road debris. A comparative analysis found that better designs were available that easily and at no real cost could have protected the part from damage. Our client was an Army member about to leave for Special Forces training. The injuries ended his military career. The settlement was reached with the help of a neutral mediator a few weeks before trial was to start. The case was handled by Eric G. Zajac with the assistance of Dominik Rostocki. The case was referred to Mr. Zajac by an attorney in New Jersey.
46 Year Old Woman’s Estate Settles Airbag Defect ClaimFebruary, 2011
Zajac & Arias represented the estate of a 46 year old wife and mother of four killed in a single-vehicle head-on crash. The woman was the front seat passenger. The estate claimed that the airbag should have deployed. Testimony of the on-scene first responders confirmed that the authorities were puzzled why the front passenger airbag had not deployed given the nature of the damage. The settlement was reached with the help of a neutral mediator. The terms of the settlement are confidential. The case was handled by Eric G. Zajac. The case was referred to Mr. Zajac by a law firm in upstate Pennsylvania.
Injured Postal Worker Awarded $300,000.00 SettlementJanuary, 2011
Zajac & Arias represented a Letter Carrier injured by a roof that partially collapsed while he was delivering the mail. As our client was walking onto a porch, part of the roof suddenly collapsed onto his back. The house was rented out by the owner and there had not been any maintenance or up-keep to the roof in many years. The settlement represents the total amount recoverable from the owner’s insurance company. The case was handled by Eric G. Zajac. The case was referred to Mr. Zajac by an attorney who handles federal workers’ compensation claims.