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"Our mission is to treat every client as if he or she is our only client."
- Gary B. Pillersdorf

Our team of experienced lawyers has earned the respect of the profession by repeatedly obtaining the highest levels of compensation for the seriously injured. We are highly selective and specialized by design, and our firm strives to give each client the personal attention and feedback on their case that they deserve. Relying on our expertise and decades of experience, law firms throughout the nation refer cases to us. We also invite potential clients to deal with us directly. Please take a few moments on this site to get to know us and contact us if we may be of service.

 
RECENT & LANDMARK DECISIONS

$14 MILLION AWARDED TO CLIENT INJURED AT UNSAFE CON ED WORKSITE

A jury verdict of $14,250,000 was awarded to a man who was injured when his moped struck a steel plate that protruded from a roadway construction site. Plaintiff proved that the work site had been improperly barricaded, and the plate, removed from a service box, was left protruding into the roadway. The fifty year old Plaintiff sustained nerve damage to his hand and a traumatic brain injury and was unable to continue his professional career due to the severity of his injuries.

$25 MILLION AWARDED TO MOTHER WHO WATCHED HER TWO CHILDREN KILLED IN CROSSWALK WHEN TRAFFIC LIGHT CHANGED TOO QUICKLY
*** “LANDMARK CASE”***


A jury verdict of $25,000,000 was awarded to the mother of two children struck and killed by a truck while crossing Seventh Avenue. The mother and her two small children were in the crosswalk, nearly half way across the roadway when their light changed to red. A large truck could not see the woman and her kids in front of his truck and went forward, killing two of the children and emotionally destroying the mother. The firm successfully held both the City of New York for improperly timing the lights, and the trucking company, for producing trucks with limited visibility due to their size. Gary B. Pillersdorf, the Trial Attorney responsible for this record-breaking verdict, has been credited for his work advocating the “zone of danger” theory of damages, as the mother, who was crossing with the children received no physical injuries herself. The case led to the redesign of many long distance trucks that now have down-sloping hoods for improved visibility.

$10.3 MILLION AWARDED TO MAN STRUCK BY SUBWAY TRAIN

A Jury verdict of $10,300,000 was awarded to a man who, while returning from a methadone clinic, fell on the tracks of at a NYCTA Subway station and was struck by an oncoming train. The Jury found that the train should have been able to stop in time had the operator been paying attention. They rejected the Transit Authority’s claim that the man, who admitted to drinking just prior to his fall, fell just in front of the train. The victim suffered an above the knee amputation of one leg, and lost sight in one eye. Gary B. Pillersdorf, who represented the victim at trial, has been consulted by parties interested in making a film based on this fascinating case.

9/11 HERO RECOVERS $5.3 MILLION FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED DURING PENN STATION RESCUE

A Jury in New York Supreme awarded a verdict of $5,300,000 to a police officer injured while rescuing trapped passengers from an elevator in Penn Station. The jury found that the transit authority, responsible for operating Penn station, had left sharp edges on the escape exit hatch on the top of the elevator, and failed to have appropriate rescue equipment available in the vicinity of this elevator provided to the disabled.

RECKLESS POLICE MISCONDUCT RESULTS IN $2.5 RECOVERY FOR CLIENT

A settlement valued at $2,500,000 was accomplished on behalf of a client who was injured when his vehicle was struck by a police cruiser making an improper U-turn. The settlement was reached after the issue of liability was litigated at trial and the jury found the City 100% responsible. They confirmed the motorist’s claim that the unmarked detective car had failed to use either lights or sirens and had acted in a reckless manner. The settlement came during the damage portion of the trial. The plaintiff suffered injuries requiring two knee surgeries and a hip replacement.

CLIENT INJURED ON THE JOB RECOVERS DUE TO DEFECTIVE DRUM DESIGN

A settlement valued at $750,000 was achieved on behalf of a client who was injured on the job at a chemical plant when a defective cap on a drum containing chemicals failed, causing chemicals to strike the victim in the face and eyes, partially blinding the Plaintiff in one eye. The claim in this products liability case against the distributor of the defective drum was that the plaintiff had been moving a 55 gallon barrel of lye when an improperly fitting bung cap on the top of the drum popped off during a routine shifting of the drum.

PEDESTRIAN RECOVERS $500,000 AFTER BEING STRUCK IN CROSSWALK

A settlement valued at $500,000 was achieved on behalf of a Pedestrian injured after being struck by a truck while crossing the street at the intersection of Union Square and E. 14th Street. Attorney Heidi Wickstrom negotiated the settlement on behalf of the client who lived in New Mexico and had been visiting New York City at the time of the accident. The client’s mother, a sitting Judge in New Mexico referred the case to the Pillersdorf Law Firm after hearing Mr. Pillersdorf lecture at a national convention. Unfortunately, while the injuries were serious, the motorist’s coverage was limited to $100,000. Despite that, the Firm was able to recover the full amount of a $400,000 excess policy.

CLIENT INJURED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE RECOVERS $895,000

A settlement of $895,000 was achieved on behalf of a client who was injured while hoisting metal rods at a construction site. A fellow worker dropped a load of beams from above, striking and severely injuring our client. Attorney Paul A. Hayt was responsible for the successful settlement after winning motions that established liability under the Labor Law.

$750,000 RECOVERY FOR PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY CITY VEHICLE

A settlement valued at $750,000 was achieved on behalf of a Pedestrian who was injured when she was struck by a City vehicle while crossing the street at Sixth Avenue and Walker Street in Manhattan.

$1.3 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR CLIENT INJURED IN THREE-CAR COLLISION

A settlement valued at $1,300,000 was achieved on behalf of a client severely injured in a three car collision. The first impact occurred when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center median and struck our client head on. A second collision occurred immediately thereafter, when a vehicle struck our client’s vehicle from the rear. Attorney Heidi Wickstrom successfully negotiated the settlement shortly after depositions were held in the case.

NEGLIGENT STAGE MAINTENANCE RESULTS IN $750,000 JURY VERDICT

A jury verdict valued at $750,000 was achieved on behalf of our client injured while he was on stage taking pictures of a performance at the Opera House at Queens Borough Community College. The negligently maintained stage gave way, causing the plaintiff to fall through the stage onto the concrete below injuring his index finger. The plaintiff alleged that the injured finger forced him to give up his dream of being a classical guitarist. At the time of the verdict he was working as a wedding photographer.



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