Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor Vehicle Accident Allegheny County
Our client, a 19 year old college student, was returning from the airport after picking up her boyfriend when a tire flew off of a Jeep and bounced into her lane of travel, striking her windshield. Our client died as the result of the tragic accident. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to reach a settlement in excess of one million dollars on behalf of the estate.
Automobile Accident Settlement Beaver County
Our client was driving on a narrow road in Beaver County. A large sanitation truck hit our client's vehicle. Our client was severely injured and spent several weeks in a rehabilitation facility. The insurance company denied our client's claim because the police report indicated our client was in the wrong lane. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to prove, through extensive use of experts, that our client was not responsible for the accident. This resulted in a settlement in excess of one million dollars.
Vehicle/Truck Accident Butler County
Our client, a mother and son, were hit by pick up truck that ran a red light. The son suffered scarring from shattered glass from the vehicle. The mother suffered multiple physical injuries as well as a traumatic brain injury and was unable to return to work. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to negotiate a settlement in excess of one million dollars with our client's insurance company.
Truck Accident Somerset County
Our client was a construction worker who was in the middle of the road because his vehicle had broken down. While in the road, he was struck by a large truck and died as a result of his injuries. On behalf of his estate, we negotiated a settlement with the insurance company of the truck company after they initially denied the claim based on the alleged negligence of our client who was in the middle of road.
Automobile Accident Allegheny County
Our client, a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, was struck by a drunk driver. Our client suffered multiple injuries including brain trauma resulting in partial disability. Our client underwent extensive therapy, but was unable to return to work. Settlement was achieved after protracted negotiations with the insurance company for the defendant as well as the client's underinsured motorists coverage.
Motorcycle Accident Westmoreland County
Our client was driving his motorcycle on Route 30 when a truck pulled out from a stop sign. Our client was unable to stop his motorcycle and crashed into the truck. Our client was killed at the accident site. Hal Waldman and Associates represented the estate of the motorcycle driver. We were able to establish the negligence of the defendant resulting in a large six figure settlement for the estate of our client.
Automobile Accident Armstrong County
Our client was in her disabled vehicle on the side of the road in Greene County. Another vehicle struck our client's disabled vehicle. The collision caused extensive damage to her vehicle and multiple injuries to our client. The defendant's insurance company alleged that our client's was negligent because she had caused the initial accident. Despite the allegations of contributory negligence, Hal Waldman and Associates was able to secure a high six figure settlement for our client.
Motor Vehicle Accident Allegheny County
Our client was riding his motorcycle when a vehicle pulled out in front of him. Our client attempted to swerve and avoid a collision and sustained serious, life-threatening injuries as a result. The driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident. Several witnesses provided information that allowed Hal Waldman and Associates to resolve the liability and Underinsured Motorists claims for a six figure settlement.
Automobile Accident Allegheny County
Our client was killed by a teenage driver who crossed over the center lane of a road on the way to the airport. Hal Waldman and Associates filed a lawsuit against the parents as well as their son. Eventually, the insurance company paid the entire policy limits of the claim.
Truck Accident Blair County
Our clients were struck when a truck crossed the centerline on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The clients were taken to the Altoona Hospital and suffered multiple injuries, including fractures and internal injuries. The insurance company initially denied liability based on road conditions. Ultimately, we were able to resolve the claim for a six figure settlement.
A $4.5 million dollar settlement was reached in a medical malpractice lawsuit against two pediatricians and a local hospital for not properly treating a thrombosis. In this case, our client, an infant, suffered from major neurological and physical impairments as a result of the negligence.
Medical Malpractice Case Franklin County
Our client underwent orthopedic surgery to repair damage to his back. During the operation, the surgeon severed nerves near the spinal column. This malpractice caused partial paralysis in the client's leg. We filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement.
Medical Malpractice Settlement
Our client had a medical condition that was not diagnosed by his physician. Prior to filing a lawsuit, we were able to obtain a six figure settlement on behalf of the client.
Medical Malpractice Clarion County
Our client underwent heart surgery. Unfortunately, the surgeon negligently left a sponge proximate to our client's heart. This required a second surgery to remove the sponge. We filed a lawsuit against the heart surgeon and the hospital. After litigation, we were able to resolve the claim against the physician and the hospital.
Product Liability Lawrence County
Our client was a worker in an industrial plant. While working with a piece of equipment, his arm and shoulder were accidently caught in the machine. The accident resulted in our client losing his arm and suffering extensive damage to his shoulder. Our client was permanently disabled as a result of this accident. Hal Waldman and Associates filed claims against all the owners of the equipment as well as the manufacturer of the equipment.
Products Liability and Car Accident Case Beaver County
Our clients, a young couple on their way to a high school prom, had their vehicle roll over resulting in their roof being crushed. The driver of the vehicle was killed and the passenger was severely injured. Hal Waldman and Associates filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the vehicle based on the unsafe design of the vehicle. After several years of litigation against the car manufacturer, we were able to resolve the lawsuit for a multi-million dollar settlement.
Products Liability and Medical Malpractice Case Allegheny County
Our client died as a result of taking pharmaceuticals related to weight loss. Hal Waldman and Associates, on behalf of the estate of the deceased, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug. After extensive litigation, we were able to resolve the claim for a multi-million dollar settlement against the drug manufacturer.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Washington County
Our client, an 86 year old man, was entering a business establishment when he slipped and fell upon water on the floor in the entrance way. Our client suffered serious and permanent injuries which required lengthy hospital stays and extensive medical treatment. Hal Waldman and Associates filed a lawsuit and ultimately was able to resolve the claim for a six figure settlement.
Slip and Fall Allegheny County
Our client, a 50 year old woman, was seriously injured as a result of falling on dropped food in the hallway of the main concourse of a sports arena. Our client was forced to undergo multiple surgeries and several months of physical therapy in an effort to restore herself to good health. She was also left with permanent and disfiguring scar. Hal Waldman and Associates filed a lawsuit and was able to negotiate a six figure settlement on behalf of our client.
Slip and Fall Venango County
Our client, a middle aged woman, was leaving a commercial establishment after shopping. She inadvertently caught her leg on a handrail. After falling, our client suffered multiple injuries to her leg and was hospitalized for several weeks. The insurance company for the business denied responsibility and blamed our client for the fall. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to establish negligence through use of design experts and settled the case.
Dog Bite Indiana County
Our client, a young child, was visiting his father when he was bitten by a dog. The parent's housing was located on a farm owned by the father's parents. The dog attack was unwitnessed as the child was roaming the farm. The grandparents' insurance company denied the claim, alleging that the identity of the dog was unknown. The insurance company also accused the parents of contributory negligence for failure to supervise. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to resolve the claim through the use of alternative dispute resolution.
Dog Bite Butler County
Our client was a young child bitten by a neighbor's dog. The child was with her mother at a neighbor's home. The neighbor let the dog run free and the child was bitten on the face, which caused extensive scarring. Initially the defendant's homeowners insurance claimed that their insured was not responsible for the dog attack. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to negotiate with the neighbor's homeowners insurance company, resulting in a large six figure settlement.
Class Action Allegheny County
Hal Waldman and Associates filed a class action lawsuit against an Allegheny County governmental authority, charging the authority with arbitrary and capricious billing practices. After having the ratepayers certified as a class, the governmental authority chose to settle the claim. The billing practices were changed and ratepayers received a significant rebate in their bills.
Other Significant Cases
Dram Shop Case
Our client was the estate of a 54 year old man who was served an excessive amount of alcohol at a bar. He returned home after leaving the bar, fell, and died as a result of the fall. We sued the bar for serving a visibility intoxicated person. Ultimately, we were able to settle the case for close to a million dollars. It is one of the few cases where the estate of an intoxicated person was able to successfully collect against a bar.
Construction Accident Armstrong County
Our client was injured while working construction when he was crushed by falling trusses. The defendants denied responsibility, and claimed that the plaintiff contributed or caused his own accident. Attorney Thomas D. Berret filed a lawsuit against the landowner and a contractor and shortly after initiating litigation, was able to settle the case.
Insurance Fraud Westmoreland County
Our client was the descendants of an individual who bought a life insurance policy. The insurance company refused to pay the death benefits upon the insured's death. The insurance company alleged irregularities in the physical examination of our client's parent. After extensive litigation regarding the insurance company's claim, Hal Waldman and Associates was able to secure death benefits for the estate of the deceased.
Settlement Against Township
Our client, a "Good Samaritan" was injured when he was removing fallen trees from a local roadway. The insurance company for the township denied responsibility, claiming that the incident was an Act of God resulting from a windstorm and that the client was responsibility for his injury. Attorney Thomas D. Berret filed a lawsuit against the township, and despite being entitled to sovereign immunity and statutory damage limitations, the defendant agreed to settle the case.
Workers Compensation Mercer County
Our client was a construction worker who was killed when a crane struck him. Hal Waldman and Associates was able to negotiate a substantial death benefit on behalf of the client's estate.
Mesothelioma/Asbestos Allegheny County
Our client worked for six years in the home repair business. She handled asbestos as part of her work responsibilities. Subsequently, she developed lung cancer and mesothelioma. Our client passed away due to a cancer developed as a result of her exposure to asbestos. On behalf of her estate, Hal Waldman and Associates successfully filed claims against the manufacturers of these products.