News — Rick Friedman

$15 Million Verdict on a $100K Offer

$15 Million Verdict on a $100K Offer

Here are the details from Benjamin Cloward: Harvey, my clients’ son and brother, was a kind and loving fifty-one-year-old who was diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Throughout his life, his loving parents and brother had provided every opportunity possible to give him an independent life. Part of that required them to trust others to watch over and protect Harvey. First Transit is a Nevada transportation company that focuses on disabled people, and claims a world-class safety program. On July 29, 2011, Harvey boarded a First Transit paratransit bus to go to his volunteer job. There were rules that First Transit was...

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Rick Friedman Obtains $7.2 Million Verdict

Rick Friedman Obtains $7.2 Million Verdict

Last week, Trial Guides author Rick Friedman obtained a $7.2 million verdict in Kentucky. This is believed to be the first coal-dust respirator case to go to trial in the country. James Couch filed suit against the manufacturer, Mine Safety Appliances, after being diagnosed with black lung. Officials say several entities (including OSHA) called for the ban of these coal masks in the 1970’s, but Mine Safety Appliances continued to sell them. The plaintiff wore the masks for fifteen years, unaware that they were not correctly filtering the air he was breathing. During trial, Rick used his Rules of the Road...

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$9 million verdict using Rules of the Road

The Rules of the Road technique proved itself again last week in a trial in Roanoke, Virginia. After only four hours of deliberation at the end of a two-week trial, a jury that included a health care provider (a cardiac catheter lab technologist) returned a verdict of a combined $9 million for a brain-injured baby and the child's mother against two obstetricians and their practice group. Lead counsel for the plaintiffs was Rules of the Road coauthor Patrick Malone, ably helped by Jeff Krasnow of Roanoke. Malone and Krasnow faced a case that the defense contended was far too complex...

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NY Attorney Wins Big Using Rules of the Road Technique

Trial Guides would like to recognize trial attorney John K. Powers of Powers & Santola in Albany, NY. A longtime Trial Guides customer, John is decorated with countless awards, recognitions, and trial lawyer affiliations, but most importantly, he has a string of impressive verdicts on behalf of victims who have been seriously injured. John's most recent case is especially important because it forced a hospital to institute important safety changes to reduce future medical errors and deaths. In the case, a young, healthy mother bled to death following a C-section. The $5.2 million settlement included additional nonmonetary conditions that required...

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