Verdicts & Settlements

Barry Eichen's Notable Verdicts & Settlements
William Crutchlow's Notable Verdicts & Settlements
Daryl Zaslow's Notable Verdicts & Settlements

Verdicts and Settlements

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances. These results do not guarantee similar outcomes for your case.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP is a full-service trial law firm offering personal attention and aggressive advocacy in all cases. Their lawyers have recovered over 100 million dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for the benefit of their clients over the last ten years.

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$3,750,000,000

National Settlement Fen-Phen Diet Injuries Awarded

In September 1997, Fen Phen was withdrawn from the market. The combination of fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine was leading to heart valve injuries that were affecting a high percentage of Fen Phen takers. American Home Products, the drug’s manufacturer, was accused of withholding information that would have warned Fen Phen users of the risks involved so they could continue to sell the popular diet drug. The FDA issued thousands of warning letters informing patients and doctors of possible valvular heart disease in July of 1997, and in September 1997 is when the FDA requested a voluntary withdrawal of Fen Phen by the drug company. Following the initial medical warning reports that linked Fen Phen to serious forms of valvular heart disease, various class actions were filed against American Home Products. After Fen Phen was withdrawn from the market, a nationwide settlement began negotiations. As of January 11, 2002 the Fen Phen Settlement became final. Barry Eichen, Esq. sat on the New Jersey Fen-Phen Steering Committee which assisted in the National Settlement for $3.75 billion.

See NY Times Article: Fen-Phen Maker to Pay Billions in Settlement of Diet-Injury Cases

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$90,000,000

Facebook’s $90M Settlement for Privacy Trackers is Approved

A $90 million settlement for a lawsuit filed against Facebook has been approved by Judge Edward J. Davila of the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Barry R. Eichen served on the science committee, along with Billy Murphy of Baltimore’s Murphy Falcone.

Under the terms of the settlement, $61 million will be distributed to all class members; another $26 million will be paid in legal fees. This amount was disputed by attorneys involved in an anti-trust class action lawsuit against Meta Platforms Inc, which alleges that “Facebook of exploiting its users' information to curb competitors.”

Find the full opinion here: In Re Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation, N.D. Cal., No. 5:12-md-02314, 11/10/22.

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$51,000,000

Verdict Against a Pharmaceutical Company for Price Manipulation

These cases involved an allegation against several drug manufacturers for over charging Pennsylvania Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Under contract these drug consumers, in order to be eligible for reimbursement, were required to sign a contract– mandating the drug companies to provide the Commonwealth of PA with the lowest prices available.

Plaintiff counsel Barry R. Eichen was retained by co-counsel, Don Haviland as well as the Commonwealth of PA, due to his trial experience. After two consecutive 3-month trials, Plaintiffs were able to prove that several of these drug companies had in fact, failed to comply with the terms of their contract to provide the lowest prices available. Plaintiff counsel was in trial for a total of 6 months before obtaining a $51 million verdict as well as a $27 million verdict against two of the drug companies.

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$41,500,000

Settlement in Zetia and Vytorin Ineffectiveness Cases

Zetia and Vytorin class action suits were filed in several different states on behalf of patients and medical insurers who paid for the drug which apparently had no positive medical benefits. The lawsuits alleged that the drug makers pursued profits, without concern for whether the drug would have an impact on the health of users. The Zetia and Vytorin class action suits sought reimbursement for the cost of the prescription or for the difference between the cost of the prescription and what the generic would have cost. Barry Eichen, Esq. sat on the Vytorin Steering Committee which assisted in the settlement of these cases for $41.5 million.

See NY Times Article: Schering and Merck Are Settling Vytorin Suits

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$30,000,000

From OSRAM Sylvania, Inc to Resolve Claims Arising from Alleged Consumer Fraud Violations

OSRAM Sylvania, Inc. has agreed to pay $30,000,000 to resolve claims arising from alleged consumer fraud violations. Barry R. Eichen initiated the case and represents the lead plaintiff in Chaudhri v. Osram Sylvania, Inc. et al., No. 2:11-cv-05504 filed in the District Court of New Jersey. District Court Judge Madeline Cox Arleo presided over the settlement. At the Fairness Hearing, Judge Arleo Cox had high praise for plaintiffs’ attorneys saying, “it reaffirms my view that New Jersey lawyers are as good as any lawyers in the country, and the way they have handled this case professionally…satisfies me that they are the best at what they do.”

Click here to read more.

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$27,000,000

Verdict Against a Pharmaceutical Company for Price Manipulation

These cases involved an allegation against several drug manufacturers for over charging Pennsylvania Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Under contract these drug consumers, in order to be eligible for reimbursement, were required to sign a contract– mandating the drug companies to provide the Commonwealth of PA with the lowest prices available.

Plaintiff counsel Barry R. Eichen was retained by co-counsel, Don Haviland as well as the Commonwealth of PA, due to his trial experience. After two consecutive 3-month trials, Plaintiffs were able to prove that several of these drug companies had in fact, failed to comply with the terms of their contract to provide the lowest prices available. Plaintiff counsel was in trial for a total of 6 months before obtaining a $51 million verdict as well as a $27 million verdict against two of the drug companies.

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Award in Class Action Lawsuit against DCH Auto Group

In January of 2005, Barry R. Eichen brought a class action lawsuit on behalf of New Jersey consumers who purchased automobiles from DCH Auto Group. In the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs maintained that from the dates of April 17, 1997 to and including January 27, 2005, DCH Auto Group provided consumers with vehicle registration, certificate of title, and documentary services for which the group charged and/or allowed fees in excess of the standard amounts charged by the Division of Motor Vehicles without providing consumers with an itemized disclosure that indicated that said fees were in excess of those that would be charged by the Division of Motor Vehicles. A class action settlement was reached with the defendants, which provided members of the consumer class with the following relief.

  • A full cash reimbursement of overcharges.
  • A discount of ten percent off of the purchase of parts and accessories or a service visit.
  • A discount coupon for $150 off the purchase or lease of a new or used vehicle.
  • More detailed and itemized disclosures on the defendants’ future transactions with consumers.
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$19,200,000

Award for Widow of New Jersey Transit Worker Who Died of Job-Related Lung Disease

The wife of an New Jersey Transit employee who died in 2002 of a job-related lung disease was awarded $19.2 million yesterday by a Superior Court jury in New Brunswick. Catherine Fuccilli of Freehold, the widow of Roger Fuccilli, will receive the compensation from New Jersey Transit, Central Railroad of New Jersey and Consolidated Rail Inc., according to Barry R. Eichen.

The jury awarded $4.1 million for the pain and suffering Roger Fuccilli endured before he died and another $15.1 million for his wrongful death.

Read the Home News Tribune article here.  

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$18,500,000

Jury Verdict for Chemotherapy Caused Paraplegia

On March 22, 2006, the jury returned its verdict in the amount of approximately $18,500,000.00. This case was tried by William O. Crutchlow, Shareholder with Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP.

Anton Weck was permanently paralyzed from the waist down as a consequence of a mistake in the preparation of a drug administered on May 15, 2001 at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. He is wheelchair bound, incontinent, sexually impotent and dependent on others. Anton was 25 years old when he was injured, and will remain in this condition for the rest of his life. We invite you to read more about Anton and his case here.

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$16,000,000

In Settlement for Prescription Drug Litigation Rezulin

Details for this settlement are unpublished. (Rezulin Class Action)

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$15,000,000

Verdict for Defective Vehicle/Motor Vehicle Accident

At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential. This case was tried by Attorney Barry R. Eichen.

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$14,000,000

Total Value of Recovery in Negligent Security Case Resulting in Stabbing Death after Apartment Robbery

Reyes v. PHCH, et. al.

After 5 days of picking a jury before the Honorable Charles Powers, J.S.C., Daryl L. Zaslow of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP (Edison, Red Bank and Toms River), obtained a $7.8 million settlement on behalf of The Estate of Jacqueline Reyes, a 29 year old wife and mother who was murdered and her 7 month old son who was stabbed during the attack on his mother. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase annuities, which will result in total payments to the Plaintiffs of at least $11,552,730 making the total value of the settlement over $14,323,000.00.

Mr. Reyes, who found his wife and son on the floor of their apartment building when he returned home for lunch, also had claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress damages under Portee v. Jaffee, 84 N.J. (1980) and its progeny that survived Defendants’ motions to dismiss.

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$12,000,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Failure to Diagnose and Treat Anaphylaxis/Allergic Reaction Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $12,000,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 35 year old man who died on January 1, 2017 after being admitted to his local hospital’s Emergency Department for a severe allergic reaction. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase annuities which bring the projected total value of the recovery over $21,000,000. At the time of his death, Plaintiff left surviving a wife and 2 young children.

Read our write about the case here. Read the Law.com article here.

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$10,600,000

Award for Woman Injured in Ford Explorer Rollover

A Toms River woman who suffered a paralyzed right arm after her Ford Explorer rolled over was awarded a total of $10,668,799.89 in damages by a Superior Court jury in New Brunswick. Rebekah Zakrocki-Parks, 28, was injured in the morning of November 10, 2000, when the throttle on her 1997 Ford Explorer became stuck while she was on her way to work on the Garden State Parkway. When the gas pedal became unstuck, the vehicle surged forward and rolled over, causing her arm to become crushed and partially amputated when it was ejected through the sunroof during the rollover.

After the accident, Rebekah was hospitalized at Jersey Shore Medical Center where reconstructive surgery was performed on her arm. In total, over 20 surgeries were performed on her arm and shoulder in order to reattach her arm.

This case was tried by Barry Eichen. Click here to read more about the case.

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$10,215,715

Projected Total Recovery in Birth Injury Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $5 million settlement on behalf of a six year old girl with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase an annuity which make the projected total value of the settlement $10,215,715.

Read more about the case here.

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Settlement for Tracy Morgan’s mentor’s “Jimmy Mack” wrongful death case, involving the comedians’ nationally publicized case against Walmart

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a settlement on behalf of The Estate James McNair, the 62-year-old comedian who was killed when a tractor trailer owned by Walmart crashed into the van in which Mr. McNair, his long-time friend Tracy Morgan, and others were passengers. The accident occurred on June 14, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Although several of the passengers sustained injuries in the accident, Mr. McNair was the only fatality.

Mr. McNair left two adult children, Jamel and Denita McNair, as his beneficiaries. After months of negotiations Walmart and the McNairs reached a settlement on the eve of when Mr. Zaslow was formally filing suit.  Although the settlement received national attention in the media, technically the terms of the settlement require that the amount of the settlement remain confidential. Watch Entertainment Tonight Episode Regarding This Settlement.

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$9,600,000

Recovery in Obstetrical Malpractice Case Concerning a Monochorionic Pregnancy

Attorneys William Crutchlow and Barry Eichen obtained a $9,600,000 settlement on Obstetrical Malpractice concerning a monochorionic pregnancy in which the demise of twin B and a delay in the delivery of twin A resulted in severe brain damage to the surviving twin.

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$9,300,000

Award for Diving Injuries in Mexico

Marazo v. Hotel Oasis Cancun

A federal judge awarded a Somerville man $9.375 million on March 11 for injuries that left him paralyzed after diving into a hotel’s pool in Cancun, according to the Judge’s chambers. Barry Eichen served as Marazo’s local counsel.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here.  

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$8,225,000

Verdict in Wrongful Birth/Down Syndrome Trial

After more than 4 weeks of trial Daryl L. Zaslow obtained an $8,225,000 verdict on behalf of a 4 year old boy with Down syndrome and his parents. Mr. Zaslow argued that due to the mother’s advanced maternal age of 42 years she was at an increased risk of having a child with Down syndrome and required a specialized prenatal screening test called a targeted ultrasound, which is performed during 16-18 weeks of gestation. Had an amniocentesis been performed it would have diagnosed Down syndrome and plaintiff’s mother would have terminated the pregnancy, thereby avoiding the extraordinary costs and mental anguish associated with raising and caring for a person with Down Syndrome.

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$7,720,000

Recovery on Behalf of an Attorney Involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $7.72 Million recovery on behalf of a 52 year old attorney and his family. In July 2016, the Plaintiff was driving to work in traffic when his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle. After the accident Mr. Zaslow’s client went to work at his large corporate law firm without seeking immediate medical attention. Although he had not complained of cervical pain for nearly 15 years before the accident, in 1999 the client had problems with his neck and underwent a cervical fusion. Unfortunately, the accident of July 12, 2016 caused significant cervical complaints and Mr. Zaslow’s client has since undergone five (5) cervical surgeries due to the injuries he sustained in the July 12, 2016 accident.

The settlement included a confidentiality agreement whereby the parties agreed not disclose the names of the parties or insurance companies involved.

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$7,000,000

Settlement in Medical Malpractice Case Involving Fatal Brain Injury

Daryl L. Zaslow secured a $7 million settlement from Jersey Shore University Medical Center/Hackensack Meridian Health on behalf of the estate of Raymond Daley. Mr. Daley has a sleeping disorder, and suffered a fatal brain injury after receiving opioid medication.

You can read more about the case here.

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$6,850,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Trucking Accident Case: Estate of Appio

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $6,850,000,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 45-year-old man who was involved in a fatal trucking accident. On September 6, 2017, at approximately 3:56 pm, Jason Appio was driving home from his job in Staten Island as a field technician for Verizon. He was in the right lane on State Highway 440 in Woodbridge when a Volvo tractor trailer owned by the Defendant Trucking Company crashed into the rear of Plaintiff’s vehicle. The Defendant Trucking Company had hired the Defendant Truck Driver as a CDL driver approximately 4.5 months before the accident. After the accident, toxicology report from the truck driver’s blood sample were positive for Xanax, Klonopin, and Clonazepam – all of which include common adverse side effects such as impaired judgment, drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, unsteadiness, and disorientation. The investigating officers noted the truck driver was exhibiting all of these related side effects.

Read more about the case here.

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$6,740,000

Total Value of Recovery In 19-Year-Old Cerebral Palsy Case

Daryl L. Zaslow  obtained a $4.15 million settlement on behalf of a 19-year-old who sustained hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy at birth. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase annuities, which will result in total payments to the Plaintiffs of at least $4,977,275 making the total value of the settlement over $6,274,000.

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$6,500,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Intubation of Patient With Pneumonia, Sepsis & ARDS

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $6,500,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 53 year old woman who died on March 31, 2015, 3 days after being admitted to St. Peter’s University Hospital for pneumonia and sepsis. At the time of her death, Plaintiff left surviving a husband and three adult children. Although Plaintiffs settled part of the case against several defendants at a mediation before Maurice J. Gallipoli, A.J.S.C. (Ret.) in August 2019, the settlement against the remaining defendants was reached the week before the trial was to commence on December 2, 2019 and an Order approving the final allocation and distribution of funds was entered by the Honorable James Hyland, J.S.C on April 23, 2020.

Read the write-up by the New Jersey Law Journal here

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$6,000,000

Settlement for Healthcare Negligence

Barry Eichen obtained a $6 million settlement for a plaintiff who died as the result of healthcare negligence.

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$5,900,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Surgical Positioning Case

Daryl Zaslow obtained a $5.9 million recovery on behalf of the Estate of a 67-year-old man who was the victim of multiple acts of negligence. The litigation originally arose out a motor vehicle accident. As a result of the accident, the Plaintiff sustained a partially torn rotator cuff. After conservative physical therapy failed, the plaintiff underwent what was anticipated to be a “routine” arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Tragically, during the perioperative or postoperative period the Plaintiff sustained an anoxic incident which left him brain damaged and unable to care for himself until he died several years after the accident.

The case was litigated for nearly 10 years. During the course of litigation, the venue was changed, the case was stayed, and an insurance company become insolvent. The recovery of $5.9 million represents the full limits of the insurance for the defendants.

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$5,500,000

Verdict in Erb’s Palsy, Shoulder Dystocia Trial

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $5,516,150 verdict on behalf of a 5-year-old girl with a brachial plexus injury. The delivery was complicated by shoulder dystocia. Plaintiff’s experts maintained that the permanent injury was caused by the doctor applying excessive lateral traction on the baby’s head after her shoulder was impacted on her mother’s pubic bone. Plaintiff underwent surgery to improve her condition and her pediatric neurologist testified that although she made significant improvement following the surgery, she still has permanent limitations and he could not rule out the need for another surgery.

After deliberating for nearly 3 hours, the Essex County jury awarded the plaintiff $5,158,910 for disability, impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering, $225,000 for future lost wages and $132,240 for future medical expenses.

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$5,500,000

Settlement for Truck Accident

Award obtained for a client injured in a collision with a commercial truck. This case was tried by Attorney Barry R. Eichen.

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$5,400,000

Jury Verdict for Medical Malpractice

William Crutchlow filed suit against cardiologist Alexander Karpenos on behalf of our client, who had a massive stroke. After a seven-day trial, the jury found that 49-year-old Mark Hoffman received improper medical treatment after he passed out at work in October of 1998.

The award, including interest, totaled $5.4 million, including $416,000 for lost wages and the remainder was for pain and suffering.

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$5,350,000

Recovery for Foreman Injured in Fall on the Jobsite

Top 2018 Settlement by New Jersey Law Journal

Ward v. Aurolife

A 60-year-old foreman of a Plumbing/HVAC company injured when he fell through a 6×6 square hole on a second-floor mezzanine has settled for $5,350,000. Plaintiff suffered fractures including: his pelvis requiring a plate and screws, lumbar spine, ribs, and left foot. Plaintiff also suffered a traumatic brain injury. He also now walks with a permanent limp. The injuries render Plaintiff unable to return to his job as a construction foreman. As a result, Plaintiff claimed lost wages just short of a million dollars.

Plaintiff counsel Barry R. Eichen was hired retained by Mr. Ward, and was assisted by Christopher Conrad.

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$5,200,000

Jury Verdict for Injuries Suffered After Experimental Prostate Surgery

On October 5, 2007, a Monmouth County jury returned a verdict of $5,250,000 in favor of a man who had been misled into undergoing an experimental procedure aimed at shrinking his prostate. On February 29, 2000 62-year-old AR underwent the procedure known as alcohol ablation at the hands of defendant Roseland urologist Joseph DiTrolio, M.D. AR was not advised of the true risks of the procedure prior to the operation and, instead, was misled through written information presented by the defendant which described the operation as easy, risk free and pain free. The consent form detailing the true risks, including that the procedure was experimental, that it was riskier than current approved therapies and that it carried unknown risks, was not signed until several days after the procedure was completed. AR went on to require corrective surgery and was left with permanent, intermittent urinary incontinence. William O. Crutchlow represented the client.

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$5,000,000

Recovery in Failure to Diagnose Stroke Case

Silecchia v. The Ocean Eye Institute, et. al.

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $5.0 million settlement on behalf of a 50-year-old stroke victim and his soon to be ex-wife, with whom he has separated. Click here to read more about the case.

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$4,900,000

Settlement for Mother of Passenger Killed in Accident

Barry Eichen obtained a $4.9 million settlement for the mother of a passenger who was killed in a car accident. We invite you to read the story here.

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$4,850,000

Settlement for Obstetrical Malpractice Resulting in Injuries During Birth

Barry Eichen obtained a $4.85 million settlement on behalf of a 7-year-old who sustained mild Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy as a result of Defendant obstetric doctor’s failure to recognize fetal distress on the fetal monitor while the infant’s mother was in labor. Defendant alleged that the fetal strips did not show fetal distress and even if they did, the doctor’s delay was not significant enough to cause the injury. This case was settled prior to trial. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential).

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$4,650,000

Recovery in Wrongful Birth/Down Syndrome Case

After more than 5 weeks of trial Daryl L. Zaslow, Esq. obtained a $4,650,000 settlement on behalf of a 7-year-old boy with Down syndrome and his parents. Mr. Zaslow was assisted at trial by Thomas Rinaldi, Esq. of the firm. The settlement was reached as the case was being tried in Monmouth County before the Honorable David F. Bauman, P.J.S.C. Read more here.

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$4,400,000

Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Attorney William O. Crutchlow secured a settlement with defendant doctor for delay in diagnosing nasopharyngeal cancer. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential).

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$4,250,000

Recovery for Child who Suffered Brain Damage Following Surgery

William Crutchlow settled a case for $4,250,000 arising from brain damage sustained by a two-year-old boy following upper airway surgery. The child developed Post Obstructive Pulmonary Edema which caused his lungs to fill with fluid. Management of this condition requires intubation. The physicians managing the child’s care delayed in acting to intubate which led to the severe worsening of the child’s condition and then to cardiac and respiratory arrest. The boy was ultimately resuscitated, but sustained significant brain damage affecting his vision and cognitive functioning.

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$4,000,000

Jury Verdict for Stroke Due to Delay in Diagnosis of Aneurysm

William O. Crutchlow won a $4,000,000 jury verdict in favor of a woman who sustained a large stroke due to a delay in diagnosis of an aneurysm. Foster v. Falk

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$4,000,000

Settlement in Scaffolding Collapse Case

Barry R. Eichen, Esq., along with Christopher J. Conrad, Esq., secured a $4.0 million dollar settlement in a scaffolding-collapse case. The settlement was reached two weeks prior to an October 7, 2022 trial date. We invite you to read more here.

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$4,000,000

Recovery for Cerebral Palsy

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. was co-lead counsel on a case arising from Cerebral Palsy suffered by a child during his birth. The case recently settled for $4,000,000. Our client is a boy who was neurologically and physically normal up through the time that his mother went into labor. Over the course of the next several hours, despite repeated evidence that the boy’s brain was being deprived of oxygen, his treating physician and nurses failed to recognize this and failed to proceed to an emergency delivery. We alleged that expedited delivery was required and that the failure to identify the signs of progressive fetal distress on the part of the doctor and nurses managing the delivery fell below acceptable standards of practice. Our client suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a direct result of these failures.

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$3,800,000 – $7,100,000

Recovery in Wrongful Birth, Cystic Fibrosis Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $2.0 million recovery on behalf of a 4-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis and his parents. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase an annuity which will result in total payments to the child between $3.8 – $7.1 million, depending on how long the child lives. The settlement also allocates $468,000 to be split by the parents. Read more. here.

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$3,800,000

Settlement for Motor Vehicle Accident in Newark

A motor vehicle accident case involving a 34-year-old female has settled with the Defendant for $3,800,000.00. The Plaintiff was represented by Barry R. Eichen.

On October 6, 2017, the Plaintiff was a passenger in a motor vehicle in Newark, New Jersey when a passenger vehicle with commercial insurance emerged from a parking space and struck the vehicle that Plaintiff was in. The defense contended that the accident did not cause any property damage and therefore, could not have contributed to Plaintiff’s injuries. In addition, Plaintiff was involved in three prior incidents all of which caused and contributed to her need for subsequent surgeries. Plaintiff contended that her cervical and lumbar fusions were directly related to this accident. Plaintiff was on total disability at the time of the accident and did not produce any economic or lost wage evidence.

Click here to read more.

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$3,700,000

Settlement for Stairway Fall Linked to Brain Injury

Barry Eichen obtained a $3.7M settlement on behalf of a man with Down syndrome who suffered a brain injury after he fell on a defective stairway. The injured man sustained a buildup of blood on the brain, a hairline fracture of the skull, and multiple facial fractures. Higgens vs. Sky-Top Gardens Inc.

We invite you to read more about the case here.

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$3,500,000

Verdict for Undiagnosed Birth Defect Hirschprung’s disease

Barry R. Eichen awarded a verdict of $3,500,000 for Undiagnosed Birth Defect in August of 2001.

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$3,500,000

Settlement for Medical Malpractice Kidney Infection Misdiagnosis

Barry Eichen secured a settlement for $3,500,000 against defendant doctor for misdiagnosis of kidney infection which led to complications.

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$3,500,000

Verdict for Motorcycle Accident against City of Newark

Barry Eichen together with co-counsel, Dean Maglione, secured a jury verdict of $3,500,000 against defendant, City of Newark, when plaintiff ran over a raised pothole resulting in a broken leg.

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$3,350,000

Million Recovery for Brain Damage to Mother During Birth

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. secured a $3,350,000 settlement for a woman who suffered brain damage due to massive blood loss after giving birth. Our client was in her mid-thirties when she underwent an elective caesarean section to deliver a healthy baby boy. The procedure was done to avoid potential complications from a previously diagnosed placental abnormality. Shortly after giving birth, the patient started to bleed heavily. The operating Obstetrician and the Anesthesiologist on the case were slow to appreciate the significance of the bleeding and failed to act promptly to call for help or to replace lost blood products and fluids. Our client lost a massive amount of blood before going into cardiac arrest and losing blood flow to her brain for several minutes. She was resuscitated, but had sustained significant brain damage leaving her permanently physically and cognitively impaired. A settlement was reached with the Obstetrician, the Anesthesiologist and the hospital where the delivery occurred.

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$3,300,000

Settlement in Middlesex Auto Case

Gonzalez v. Foley

A woman who sustained spinal injuries in a rear-end collision settled her Middlesex County case for $3,300,000 on October 21, 2022. The Hon. Jamie Happas, P.J.CV. (ret.), conducted Mediation between the ultimately finalizing the settlement of $3,300,000.

Gonzalez was ultimately diagnosed disc herniations across the L4-L5 and L5-S-1 disc space, also consistent with annular tear.  She underwent conservative treatment, inclusive of epidurals and radio-frequency ablations.  However, that treatment failed to provide relief, and, as a result Gonzalez underwent a lumbar fusion.  The suit claimed she would continue to experience pain and discomfort for the remainder of her life.

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$3,300,000

Structured Settlement During Trial for Malpractice Against Therapist Who Fractured Hemophiliac’s Leg

Porrino v. Leslie Ocher, et. al.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here. 

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$3,240,000

Jury Verdict for Radiologist’s Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

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$3,200,000

Verdict for Sexual Assault of a Minor

In August of 2008, Barry Eichen obtained a jury verdict of $3.2 million dollars over a negligence lawsuit for a family of a little girl who was sexually assaulted by the landlord’s son who shared a house with the victim’s family in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In this lawsuit, Mr. Eichen sued the boy’s parents for negligence for failing to warn their tenants that their 13 year old son had dangerous propensities.  We invite you to read more about the case here.

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$3,000,000

Settlement for the Estate of Pedestrian Hit by Truck

On January 11, 2016, Plaintiff, a housekeeper at a hospital, was crossing the parking lot of a grocery store where she walked in front of an idling truck. The truck driver did not see the woman and proceeded to pull out of the parking spot. The truck struck the woman and dragged her a short distance before the driver became aware of the woman’s presence. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

A settlement agreement was reached amongst the parties on March 9, 2018, four weeks before the trial date. Plaintiffs were represented by Barry R. Eichen.

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$2,750,000

Settlement for Crabber Who Fell from Dilapidated Dock

Shareholder Barry R. Eichen and Partner Christopher J. Conrad secured a $2.75 million settlement on behalf of the Estate of Patrick Shopp, a crabber from Belford who sustained serious injuries when he fell from a broken dock onto his own boat. Mr. Shopp eventually succumbed to complications from his injuries. We invite you to read the story here.

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$2,650,000

Settlement for Wrongful Death Truck Accident

Truck accident involving an interstate trucking company. Plaintiff’s attorney, Barry R. Eichen, Esq., alleged that negligent hiring of a truck driver who was under of narcotics while operating his tractor trailer, crossed the double yellow lines and struck plaintiff’s vehicle head-on, causing his death. The accident occurred in late 2005 and was settled in early 2006.

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$2,650,000

Jury Verdict in Wrongful Death Motor Vehicle Case where Decedent was Turning Left from a Stop Sign

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $2,650,000 verdict on behalf of the Estate of a 42 year old man who died in a motor vehicle accident when he was making a left turn at an intersection with a stop sign in his direction. The defendant’s insurer offered only $200,000 to settle the case because the Plaintiff had the stop sign in his direction and was attempting to cross 3 lanes of traffic when the accident occurred, so Mr. Zaslow and his clients proceeded to trial.

The beneficiaries included a wife and three daughters. The jury awarded $2.2 million to the survivors for their future financial losses due to the death of the decedent, and $450,000 for past losses. It was also determined that the decedent died instantaneously. The $2.65 million award was to be reduced to $1,987,500 as the jury determined that the decedent bore 25% responsibility for the accident. Plaintiffs filed an offer of Judgment under R. 4:58 in the amount $1,000,000, and Plaintiffs were entitled to recover litigation costs, 8% interest and attorneys’ fees in addition to the $1,987,500 net verdict.

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$2,500,000

Recovery in Case in Which a Pedestrian was Hit by a Bus

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $2,500,000,000 settlement on behalf of a 27 year old man who was struck by a bus and sustained a traumatic subdural hematoma, three closed rib fractures, a temporal bone fracture and a traumatic brain injury.  The case was settled at mediation before The Honorable Mark B. Epstein, J.S.C. (Retired).

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$2,500,000

For Medical Malpractice Case Involving Fatal Shoulder Surgery

Perricone v. Eltaki: The estate of a Secaucus man who died shortly after shoulder surgery received a $2.5 million settlement in a Hudson County suit on July 1. On April 19, 2012, Gerald Perricone, 57, had elective right shoulder surgery to repair a labrum tear at Bloomfield Surgi-Center, where he was administered anesthesia by anesthesiologist Dr. Kareem Eltaki. Perricone allegedly died from cardiac distress when catecholamines, adrenaline-like substances that interact with the heart, circulated through his bloodstream. The substance was secreted from a pheochromocytoma, which is an abnormal mass, according to the suit.

The pheochromocytoma was first diagnosed upon autopsy, according to the estate’s lawyer, Daryl L. Zaslow. The case was settled before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso. Eltaki agreed to pay his $1 million policy limit, and Eltaki’s employer, Northern Valley Anesthesia Group, also agreed to pay it’s $1 million policy limit. Bloomfield Surgi-Center agreed to pay $500,000.

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$2,500,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Pheochromocytoma Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $2,500,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 57-year-old man who died from a pheochromocytoma-related cardiac crisis during and immediately following an elective orthopedic shoulder surgery. At the time of his death on April 19, 2012, Plaintiff left surviving a wife and three adult children.

The matter settled for $2.5 million with the $1 million policy limits of the anesthesiologist being paid, the $1 million policy limits of the anesthesiologist’s employer being paid, and $500,000 being paid by the Surgery Center where the surgery was performed.

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$2,500,000

Award for Illegal Shooting by Newark Police Officer

A Newark man who suffered severe injuries after he was wrongfully shot in the stomach with a hollow point bullet by a Newark Police Officer was awarded a total of $2,589,327.38 in damages by a Federal Court in Newark. This case was tried by William Crutchlow. We claimed that the officer wrongfully shot Godley and that he was surrendering to the officer. Also that the damage caused by the bullet fragments caused Mr. Godley to suffer massive internal injuries and bleeding.

After an agreement was reached regarding during trial as to liability, the damages portion of the trial was tried for one week to Federal Court Judge Stanley Chesler, who announced the verdict.

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$2,500,000

Confidential Settlement for Plaintiff on a Products Liability Claim

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, obtained a $2,500,000 confidential settlement on a Products Liability case involving a 33-year old who was injured while utilizing an exercise ball. The client presented to the subject facility to rehabilitate a prior spinal surgery that implanted hardware in his spine. When using the exercise ball as instructed, it burst, causing the client to fall to the ground, sustain a fracture to one of his vertebrae, and ultimately undergo an additional spinal surgery. The facility and manufacturer were sued for product defect and negligence claims.

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$2,490,000

Settlement for Tractor-Trailer Accident

In this Middlesex County case, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP secured a settlement of $2,490,000.00 on behalf of this client for injuries received in an accident with a tractor trailer.

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$2,350,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Aortic Dissection Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $2,350,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 53 year old man who died from an aortic dissection. At the time of his death on October 18, 2013, Plaintiff left surviving a wife and two adult children. The case was scheduled for trial on March 11, 2019 and the settlement was reached on March 6, 2019 during a settlement conference before the Honorable Craig L. Wellerson, J.S.C.

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$2,300,000

Verdict for Fall Down an Interior Staircase

Barry Eichen obtained a jury award in Middlesex County of $2,300,000.00. Plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of a fall down an interior staircase.

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$2,250,000

Settlement for Bus Accident

A bus company agreed to pay more than $2 million to a Plainfield woman whose husband died for injuries he received when the bus’s roof was sheared off as it traveled underneath a railroad bridge, an attorney said. Coach USA settled the case yesterday for $2,250,000, said Barry Eichen of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP who represented the plaintiff.

Read more here.

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$2,250,000

Jury Verdict for Medication-Induced Liver Failure: Malpractice/Wrongful Death

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$2,250,000

Recovery for Nerve Injury/Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Suffered During Blood Draw

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison and Toms River recently settled a case for $2,250,000 for a young woman who suffered a nerve injury during a blood draw from a vein on the inside of her elbow. It was alleged that the phlebotomist who attempted to draw the blood inserted the needle at too sharp an angle and pushed the needle too deep into the arm where it damaged a nerve. Our client felt immediate radiating pain in her arm and hand which persisted despite numerous orthopedic and pain management treatments, including the implantation of a permanent spinal cord neurostimulator. The condition has evolved to permanent Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which causes pain, numbness, temperature and color changes and weakness in the involved arm and hand. Our client’s injury affected her non-dominant arm and hand, but is permanently disabling and has significantly restricted her previously active professional and recreational lifestyle.

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$2,200,000

Urologic Medical Malpractice Matter

Daryl L. Zaslow, Esq. settled a urologic medical malpractice matter for $2.2 million on behalf of a 62-year-old man.  Plaintiff presented to the Defendant at the referral of his primary care physician because of elevated PSA levels. Plaintiff maintains that, at the conclusion of the consultation, a biopsy had not been scheduled, but that the following day a staff member of Defendant’s practice called to advise of an opening in their schedule, which he agreed to take. It is alleged that Defendant failed to appreciate that no pre-operative instructions were given to Plaintiff such that pre-operative measures, including an enema and prophylactic antibiotics, were not followed. The day following the procedure Plaintiff was gravely ill, and presented to the Emergency Room where he was diagnosed with hypotension, septic shock as a result of bacteremia from prostatitis, respiratory failure, gangrene, and multi-organ failure. Plaintiff thereafter underwent bilateral below the knee amputations, below the elbow amputation of the left upper extremity and partial loss of right hand and four fingers.  He now relies on prosthetics and a walker to ambulate. Settlement was reached prior to the exchange of written expert reports.

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$2,125,000

Confidential Settlement for Motorcycle Accident

The operator of a motor vehicle exiting a shopping center made a left hand turn striking the plaintiff who was operating a motorcycle. This lawsuit included allegations that the shopping mall where the defendant was making a left turn out of failed to provide adequate signage which resulted in plaintiff suffering back injuries. Attorney Barry Eichen obtained this settlement during trial in the amount of $2,125,000. (2020)

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$2,100,000

Settlement for Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Case

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$2,000,000

Recovery in Wrongful Birth Down Syndrome Case

After 3 weeks of trial Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $2,070,000 recovery on behalf of an 11 year old boy with Down Syndrome. Within moments of the Plaintiff’s birth it was apparent that the infant had physical characteristics of Down syndrome or Trisomy 21. Chromosomal tests confirmed the diagnosis. Plaintiff’s experts maintained that a prenatal fetal survey ultrasound done at 16 weeks of pregnancy showed a thickened nuchal fold which is a sign or marker that the fetus is at an increased risk of having Down syndrome. Plaintiff’s experts maintained that this finding necessitated that the mother be sent for further tests including a targeted ultrasound and ultimately an amniocentesis. Had an amniocentesis been performed it would have diagnosed Down syndrome and Plaintiff’s mother would have terminated the pregnancy, thereby avoiding the extraordinary costs of raising and caring for a person with Down Syndrome.

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$2,000,000

Settlement for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. resolved a case for $2,000,000 on behalf of his clients, a woman in her fifties and her husband, arising from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) that developed from a wound caused by an improper surgical dressing applied to her calf following ankle surgery. Our client underwent routine ankle surgery for a ligament injury performed by an Orthopedist following which the doctor’s Physician Assistant negligently crafted and applied a splint/bandage complex to her foot, ankle, and calf. The dressing caused excessive pressure on the back of her calf resulting in a substantial wound prior to it being removed several days following surgery. Unfortunately, as a consequence of the wound, our client developed a severe, disabling case of CRPS effecting the involved leg, ankle and foot. Mr. Crutchlow’s client remains disabled with chronic pain and weakness, has lost her ability to enjoy many of her prior hobbies and pursuits and is unable to return to her job in the pharmaceutical industry.

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$2,000,000

Settlement for FELA/Toxic Exposure

Settlement with defendant railroad for exposure to materials which lead to mesothelioma. Barry R. Eichen was brought in as co-lead counsel to try this complex toxic exposure case. After completion of three years of litigation and one week prior to jury selection, the case resolved. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential.)

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$1,900,000

Recovery in Cerebral Palsy Mid-Wife Case Involving a Home Birth

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1.9 million settlement on behalf of a 5 year old boy with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. The case arose out of a planned home birth performed by a certified mid-wife. Plaintiffs’ experts maintained that the Defendant mid-wife failed to appreciate a prolonged second stage of labor and that the mother needed to be transferred the nearest hospital once her second stage of labor approached 2 hours. Long second stages of labor are associated with increased fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality because fetal reserves may become low from the stress of prolonged labor and pushing. Plaintiffs maintained that long second stages of labor may be indicative of impending problems and the Defendant mid-wife failed to appreciate or react to the length of the second stage which was at minimum 2 hours and 47 minutes. Click here to read more about the case.

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$1,880,000

Recovery in Failure to Diagnose Stroke Case

Estate of Ramos v. Christ Hospital, et. al.

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1.88 million settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 58-year-old stroke victim. The terms of the settlement require the insurance carrier for Defendant Kazmi, who was responsible for the order discharging Mr. Ramos, to pay $1,500,000, Defendant Kapoor’s insurance carrier to pay $350,000 and UMDNJ/Rutgers School of Medicine, the employer for the Dr. Patel, to pay $30,000. Read more about the case here.

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$1,875,000

Settlement for Slip & Fall at Chiropractor’s Office

This case involved a fall by a patient of a chiropractor’s office. This fall resulted in partial paralysis of one leg. Defense Attorney alleged that the Plaintiff had been treating with this chiropractor for years and therefore, knew or should have known about the defect in the parking lot which had been there for 10 years.

Plaintiff’s Attorney, Barry R. Eichen alleged that Defendant, chiropractor, knew about this dangerous condition and neglected to make the appropriate repair. Plaintiff further alleged there had been prior complaints which had gone ignored. Plaintiff was able to obtain a $1,875,000 settlement approximately one week before the case was listed for trial.

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$1,839,000

Settlement for Motor Vehicle Accident

Plaintiff was stopped in traffic when a State of New Jersey motor vehicle struck Plaintiff’s vehicle from behind. Plaintiff had prior neck and back injuries which were aggravated in this accident. Plaintiff’s lawyer, Barry R. Eichen, argued that Plaintiff’s injuries were worsened and as a result, Plaintiff needed a surgery for her neck and back. Defendant stated these preexisting injuries were not aggravated and that the impact was not sufficient to aggravate Plaintiff’s preexisting injuries. This case settled prior to jury selection for $1,839,000.

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$1,800,000

Structured Settlement for Fatal Car Accident Involving a Commercial Farm Truck

Betcher v. Casole

The wife of a Union Beach man who was killed in a car accident with a commercial farm truck that failed to stop at an intersection agreed to a $1.8 million structured settlement last Monday with the truck driver and his mechanic.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here.  

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$1,800,000

Settlement in Shoulder Dystocia / Erb’s Palsy Case

William O. Crutchlow secured a $1,800,000 for a young girl who suffered nerve damage during her delivery due to the negligence of the obstetrician in charge of the birth. The evidence showed that the doctor did not anticipate or recognize a complication of the birthing process where the baby’s shoulder gets stuck on the mother’s pelvis (Shoulder Dystocia). Too much pressure and pulling was used during the birth causing permanent damage to the nerves serving one of the child’s arms (Erb’s Palsy). Our client was left with loss of use of the arm and hand and shortening of the arm.

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$1,785,510

Total Value of Settlement in Shoulder Dystocia or Brachial Plexus Injury Case

Daryl L. Zaslowobtained the defendant’s policy limits of $1,000,000 as a settlement on behalf of 6-year-old girl with a permanent brachial plexus injury she sustained during her birth. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase an annuity which will result in total payments to the child of $1.4 million, making the total value of the recovery $1,785,510.

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$1,750,000

For Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack Leading to a Stroke

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a case on behalf of the estate of a man who died following a stroke related to a failure to diagnose a heart attack. Our client suffered a completed heart attack and was discharged the next day without any cardiac diagnosis or treatment. The damage to his heart led to the development of a clot in his heart that migrated to his brain where it obstructed blood flow and causing significant brain damage. The brain damage caused seizures and a progressive decline in cognitive and physical function. Our client was forced to live in a long term care facility for the last several months of his life before succumbing to his injuries. The case was prosecuted on behalf of his estate and his surviving siblings.

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$1,750,000

Verdict for Livery Vehicle Accident

Jury award of $1,750,000.00 obtained by Barry Eichen. Read the Jersey Journal article here.

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$1,700,000

Settlement for Pedestrian Hit by a Car on the Garden State Parkway

A passenger struck by a car on the Garden State Parkway after the limousine he was riding in spun out of control accepted $1.475 million from the limo’s insurer on July 25, 2003. Shore limousine of Manasquan picked up Plaintiff, an engineer from Toms River, at Newark Liberty International Airport on July 17, 2001. Once on the Garden State Parkway, the driver lost control of the limo and it came to rest against a center guardrail, partially encroaching on the fast lane. Doe tried to run across the highway but was struck by another car, breaking his legs and fracturing his shoulder, says his lawyer, Barry Eichen. State Farm Insurance Company the carrier for Anthony Scarangella, the other car’s driver, tendered the full extent of his $100,000.00 policy. Shore Limousine’s insurer, Proformance Insurance Co., in Freehold, offered $1.375 million of a $1.5 million policy.

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$1,700,000

Million Recovery In Wrongful Birth/Down Syndrome Case

Daryl L. Zaslow, Esq. obtained a $1,700,000 settlement on behalf of a 4 year old boy with Down syndrome and his parents.  The terms of the settlement were approved by the Honorable Mark P. Ciarrocca, P.J.Cv. at a Friendly Hearing held on May 21, 2019.

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$1,575,000

Recovery for Trimalleolar Ankle Fracture From  Fall on Snow and Ice

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison and Toms River recently settled a case for $1,575,000 on behalf of a woman in her forties who slipped and fell on snow and ice causing a severe, trimalleolar fracture of her ankle. The accident occurred on an exterior staircase at our client’s townhome complex following a substantial snow and ice storm. It was alleged that the defendant snow removal contractor and home owner’s association negligently failed to timely and safely remove the accumulated snow and ice permitting a dangerous condition to exist.  Our client’s injury required  major surgery with implanted hardware, screws and plates to correct. She then encountered persistent trouble with wound healing and infection leading to revision surgery to remove the hardware. She has been left with significant pain, loss of motion and weakness in the involved ankle joint. Our client was employed as  a seafood manager at a supermarket at the time of the accident, but has been unable to return to work in this capacity given her injury related limitations.

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$1,500,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Cardiac Catheterization Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1,500,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 65-year-old woman who died from a delay in diagnosing and repairing a retroperitoneal hematoma sustained during a cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). At the time of her death on March 11, 2011, Plaintiff left surviving an adult son.

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$1,500,000

Recovery in Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer Case

Cole v. Mantinaos, et al.

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1,500,000 settlement on behalf of a 60-year-old man who died from metastatic lung cancer. At the time of his death on October 20, 2012, Plaintiff left surviving a widow and an adult son. Read more here.

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$1,500,000

Settlement for a Delay in Diagnosing Cervical Cancer

William O. Crutchlow obtained a $1,510,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 25-year-old woman who died from metastatic cervical cancer. William O. Crutchlow of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP was able to establish through experts in cytopathology that Pap smear specimens taken over the years before the client’s diagnosis were misread as being normal. Each showed evidence of cervical cancer. Our oncology experts established that timely diagnosis would have led to cure.

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$1,500,000

Settlement in Fatal Auto Accident Case

Estate of James Andrew McManus, et al. v. Logan Damiani, et al.

Barry R. Eichen, Esq. reached a $1.5 million dollar settlement August 10, 2022 on behalf of the Estate of a 62 year old man who died two weeks after an automobile accident in June of 2020.

Decedent James McManus was riding his motorcycle on Oldham Road in Wayne, NJ when the Defendant, Logan Damiani, an 18 year old delivering pizza for Vinnie’s Pizzarama, attempted to make an abrupt Uturn in front of Mr. McManus causing the crash. Defendant Damiani was distracted by his GPS and attempted to make the Uturn when he realized he was on the wrong road. Defendants settled for the entirety of their $500,000 underlying and $1,000,000 umbrella policy.

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$1,500,000

For Injuries Sustained in an Accident with a Dump Truck

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a case on behalf of a woman in her forties who sustained injuries when her minivan was struck by a loaded dump truck when it ran a red light. Our client sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, face and vestibular system. She also developed profound Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and an anxiety disorder which  impacts her ability to function outside of her home. Our client had a long work history and was working two jobs at the time of the accident. She has been unable to return to work and remains permanently disabled. This case was settled through Mediation.

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$1,480,000

Settlement for Medication Error Claim

Barboni v. Dengrove: A couple allegedly injured by medications prescribed by their psychiatrist settled their Ocean County, N.J., medical malpractice suit for about $1.48 million on June 30.

In the 1990s, John Barboni began receiving treatment—for panic attacks connected to a previous work injury he’d sustained as a maintenance mechanic—from Robert Dengrove, M.D., of Toms River, N.J., who later began treating John’s wife Diane as well, said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Barry Eichen of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP in Edison, N.J.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here

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$1,450,000

Settlement in Lawsuit over Death of Mother after a Cesarean Section

Tur v. St. Peter’s Medical Center: The widower of an Old Bridge woman, who died from internal bleeding after a Cesarean section, received $1.45 million to settle his wrongful death claims against a hospital and three doctors.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here.  

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$1,400,000

Recovery for Foot/Ankle Burns Suffered in a Pedicure Spa Chair Leading to Leg Amputation

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a negligence and product liability case arising from thermal burns to our client’s feet and ankles that occurred due to the use of excessively hot water in a pedicure spa chair. The water was extremely hot and caused severe burns to our client’s feet and ankles. He spent several weeks hospitalized in a burn unit and endured numerous surgical procedures in an effort to save his legs. Unfortunately, one leg ultimately required an amputation below the knee.

We argued that the spa’s workers were negligent in permitting overly hot water to collect in the pedicure chair basin and that the manufacturer of the chair was negligent in failing to design and install safeguards to keep excessively hot water from collecting in the basin. Settlement was reached with the spa and with the manufacturer.

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$1,350,000

Recovery in Cataract Surgery Resulting in Monocular Blindness Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1,350,000 settlement on behalf of a 77-year-old woman who lost vision in her left eye following a cataract extraction performed on July 18, 2012. After the lens capsule was opened, the patient began to cough uncontrollably. A nasal choroidal hemorrhage developed, and the remainder of the operation was aborted without the placement of an intraocular lens. Following her eye surgery, the Plaintiff developed retinal complications which Mr. Zaslow and Plaintiff’s experts argued were caused from the Defendants’ decision to proceed with this elective surgery on a patient who was demonstrating periods of uncontrollable coughing and concomitant movement prior to the inception of the procedure. As a result, despite multiple procedures by retinal specialists she lost sight in her left eye.

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$1,300,000

Recovery for Negligence By Caregiver for Autistic Child

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. was lead counsel for an autistic boy and his family in a case that settled for $1,300,000. Our primary client was a profoundly autistic boy who was assigned a caregiver to assist him with training in daily living skills. The caregiver took the boy from the family home to attempt to provide guidance in how to behave in the community. After the session, the boy was allowed to play at a playground at which point the caregiver lost track of him. Several minutes later, the child was found face down and essentially lifeless in a nearby body of water. He was resuscitated, but suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen during the drowning event. The brain damage led to a seizure disorder, to physical and cognitive regression, to gastrointestinal maladies and to an increase in agitation and aggression. These consequences are permanent.

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$1,300,000

Recovery in Failure to Diagnose Large Bowel Obstruction Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1,300,000,000 settlement on behalf of a 67-year-old woman who required a total colectomy with ileostomy as a result of an alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat a large bowel obstruction. The settlement was reached on December 21, 2018 during a settlement conference before the Honorable Craig L. Wellerson, J.S.C.

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$1,300,000

Jury Verdict for Car Accident Related to Roadway Maintenance

Cerreto v. Cook, et al

A 35 year-old Edison supermarket worker will receive more than $1.3 million in a settlement of an automobile negligence case against the Standard Paper Co. of Somerset.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here. 

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$1,250,000

Settlement for Car Accident

Babcock v. Clearfield Motors, Inc.

Secured $1.25M for a client who suffered injuries in a car accident.

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$1,250,000

Settlement for Pedestrian Accident

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP secured a $1,250,000.00 settlement for a client who suffered injuries after being struck by a vehicle backing up inside of a garbage transfer station. Plaintiff’s attorney was able to secure a settlement which included contribution from the owner and operator of the vehicle as well as the transfer facility.

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$1,250,000

Settlement for Motorcyclist Whose Leg Had to Be Amputated

Barry Eichen secured a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of a motorcycle rider who was struck by a minivan. The client’s leg was amputated as a result of his injuries from the crash. We invite you to read more about the case here.

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$1,250,000

Settlement for Failure to Report Abuse

Estate of Norris v. DYFS

A Monmouth County judge on Nov. 29 approved a $1.25 million settlement of a suit claiming the Division of Youth and Family Services’ mishandled response to reports of abuse led to a Jackson child’s death. Kedar Norris, then 5, died on March 29, 2004, as the result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen that ruptured his intestines. Daryl L. Zaslow was retained by the family.

The settlement was reached at a Sept. 13 conference with Superior Court Judge David Bauman and later approved by Judge Joseph Quinn. The money will be split 70-30 between Jeffrey and Kaleem Norris, the father and brother of Kedar.

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$1,250,000

Settlement for Delay in Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. was co-lead counsel on a case arising from the delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer which resolved for $1,200,000. Our client was in her early 50s when an abnormality in her lung was identified on a CT scan. We alleged that the radiologist who interpreted the CT scan failed to accurately assess the ominous nature of the lesion and failed to properly direct the patient’s treating doctors to timely follow up with additional imaging studies. It was further alleged that the defendant internal medicine doctors failed to appreciate the possibility that the abnormality was cancer based on the information that they did get, and failed to secure necessary follow-up evaluations to protect against this possibility. Years later their patient was finally diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately, as a result of the delay in diagnosis, the cancer had progressed from a curable stage to an advanced, incurable stage.

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$1,200,000

For Railroad Worker Cancer Death (FELA)

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a case on behalf of the family of a deceased railroad worker who contracted esophageal cancer and colon cancer as a consequence of toxic and hazardous exposures encountered during a many decade carrier working for multiple railroads. This case was prosecuted pursuant to the Federal Employee’s Liability Act (FELA). We were able to establish that our client had been unreasonably and unsafely exposed to asbestos and diesel exhaust, among other toxins, during his employment. It was asserted that the railroads failed to properly assess the working conditions for their employees, failed to warn their workers of the hazards that were present and failed to take reasonable steps to protect their workers by way of protective equipment and remediation. Our client suffered from advanced, metastatic esophageal cancer and colon cancer at the time of his death. This case was resolved with each of the defendant railroads agreeing to contribute to the settlement.

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$1,200,000

Settlement for Ski Accident in the Northeast

This case was litigated by attorney Barry R. Eichen. The allegations were against a ski resort in the Northeast for failing to adequately guard snow guns as well as failure to warn skiers of the potential hazards related to these obstructions in the ski area. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential.)

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$1,200,000

Settlement for Ambulance Accident

In this case, 54-year-old renal dialysis patient sustained injuries when the driver of a transport ambulance failed to secure his wheelchair to the floor of the vehicle. The wheelchair flipped over backwards causing Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP’s client to land on his back and to suffer compression fractures to two levels of his thoracic spine. The fractures became infected, necessitating spinal fusion surgery involving several levels of the thoracic spine. The surgery was complicated by a chronic, non-healing wound which remained open over two years after the surgery. This case was settled at Mediation with a retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge.

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$1,200,000

Settlement for Wrongful Death Due to Misdiagnosed Brain Aneurysm

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a case arising from the Wrongful Death of a 50-year-old man for $1,200,000. Our client went to the Emergency Room at a local hospital with complaints of headache and dizziness. A CT scan of his head was interpreted by the defendant neuroradiologist as being normal. Unfortunately, the radiologist missed an aneurysm on one of the major blood vessels in the brain. The next day the aneurysm burst causing blood to enter the brain leading to a coma followed by death. Our case was based on the lost opportunity for curative surgery had the aneurysm been diagnosed and treated at the time of the initial Emergency Room visit. Mr. Crutchlow was able to establish through his expert neurologist that prompt diagnosis and surgery would have carried a good chance of recovery without major neurological limitations.

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$1,200,000

Recovery for Miscalculation of Due Date Causing Early Induced Labor Resulting in PVL

Daryl L. Zaslow, Esq. obtained a $1,200,000 settlement on behalf of an 11-year-old boy who was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia (“PVL”) at 5 years of age. A portion of the settlement is being used to purchase an annuity which will make the total value of the settlement $1,834,401.70. The settlement was reached during a settlement conference before the Honorable James Den Uyl, J.S.C., who approved the settlement at a friendly hearing conducted before His Honor on March 11, 2016.

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$1,200,000

Recovery for Delay in Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. successfully recovered a $1,200,000 settlement for the Estate of a woman who died due to a delay in diagnosis of kidney cancer. The woman was in her early 60s when a small nodule was accidentally found in her kidney during an ultrasound procedure performed to evaluate an unrelated condition. Her physicians failed to recommend and accomplish appropriate follow up evaluation of the lesion over a period of years. At the time of diagnosis years after the initial discovery of the nodule, the then much larger mass was confirmed to be advanced Stage 4 cancer that had metastasized to her lungs. Our client fought the cancer as hard as she could, but unfortunately passed away from the disease.

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$1,200,000

Settlement for Truck Accident Involving Off Duty Police Officer

An off duty Plainfield police officer was stopped at a stop sign on First Avenue in Plainfield, New Jersey, when the driver of a tractor-trailer struck his vehicle. The defendant truck driver alleged he was only traveling 5 mph and that the impact was minimal. The plaintiff had prior neck and back injuries which were aggravated, necessitating a spine surgery. The case was handled by Barry R. Eichen and was settled for $1.2 million prior to trial.

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$1,150,000

Settlement of a Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Claim

Attorney Barry Eichen obtained a settlement in medical malpractice case resulting in the death of the plaintiff, Tejan Iyer. The plaintiff, Tejan Iyer, was seen by his primary care doctor in June of 2008 with jaundice and signs & symptoms of alcohol induced hepatitis. His primary care physician sent him to a local gastroenterologist who diagnosed him with alcohol induced hepatitis and sent him to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for a workup. Upon admission to Robert Wood, the attending gastroenterologist requested that a liver biopsy be performed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out a number of other conditions. The plaintiff was released from the hospital the next day. He returned within 24 hours and was found to be suffering from bleeding from the biopsy site. The bleeding was unable to be controlled in light of the high INR’s and the plaintiff died.

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$1,100,000

Settlement for Failure to Provide Mall Security

This case was handled by predecessor firm Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. It involved a woman who was assaulted and murdered due to the mall’s failure to provide adequate lighting and security. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential).

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$1,000,000

Settlement for Leg Amputation Following Vascular Surgery

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison and Toms River recently settled a case for $1,000,000 on behalf of a man in his early sixties who had his leg amputated below the knee following vascular surgery. Our client underwent bypass surgery to address blockages in certain arteries in his right leg. Shortly following the operation, the bypass failed resulting in loss of blood flow to the right leg below the knee. It was asserted through our vascular surgery experts that there was a significant delay in diagnosing the restriction in blood flow and the progressive injuries resulting from it which in turn led to corrective surgery being attempted far too late in time. Our client then developed Compartment Syndrome in his lower right leg that was mismanaged by his surgeon leading to further tissue damage and severe systemic illness. Ultimately, amputation was necessary to save our client’s life. We worked with experts in limb amputation and leg prosthetics to describe the difficulties encountered, the consequences of the amputation for our client and the permanent limitations that the loss of his leg will have on him. We also presented evidence to show the impact that the injuries have had and will have on our client’s wife from her perspective. This case settled for the entire insurance policy limits available to the defendant vascular surgeon.

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$1,050,000

Settlement for Failure to Supervise Elderly

Borsai v. Somerset County Department of Transportation

The Somerset County Department of Transportation agreed to a $1.05 million settlement of a suit by an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who

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$1,050,000

 Settlement for Medical Malpractice Stroke After Surgery Related to Coumadin Levels

In this medical malpractice action, handled by Barry R. Eichen, Esq., the plaintiff, 52 at the time of the recovery, who had undergone surgery to replace a leaking mitral valve, contended that the defendant internist negligently failed to properly monitor the plaintiff’s Coumadin levels. The plaintiff as a result suffered a stroke approximately 3 months after the surgery.

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$1,025,000

Settlement for Death of Bicyclist in Truck Accident

On July 29, 2020, 26-year-old Steven Allen, Jr. was riding his bicycle on Evergreen Place and Freeway Drive in East Orange. After waiting at the corner for the right of way, he began to cross the street.  As he did, a dumpster hauling Mack Truck owned by Go Pro Waste Services made a right hand turn onto the street Mr. Allen was crossing. The truck struck Mr. Allen on his left side, knocking him and his bicycle to the ground, and proceeded to run over him. A second vehicle, a Ford Econoline Van owned and operated by one Terry Christie then also ran over Mr. Allen. Mr. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Defendants each settled for their respective policy limits; $1,000,000 from Defendant Go Pro Waste Services and $25,000 from Defendant Christie. Read more about the case here.

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$1,010,000

Jury Verdict for Bowel Injury During Gall Bladder Surgery

William Crutchlow, Esq. secured a jury verdict for a man in his late fifties who suffered a bowel injury during a laparoscopic gall bladder removal surgery. The injury was not recognized at the time of surgery which permitted bacteria laden intestinal content to leak into the patient’s abdominal cavity. Massive infection followed causing the patient to undergo major, emergency surgery, to remain in the hospital for over a month, to be on a respirator for several weeks, to develop lung failure and ARDS, to suffer from critically low blood pressures and oxygen levels in his blood and, ultimately, to develop brain damage. Our client was left with permanent damage to the muscles in his abdominal wall, recurrent incisional abdominal hernias, short term memory deficits and cognitive deficits. He has been disabled and unable to work since his injuries occurred. This case was tried to a jury in Middlesex County in January and early February 2016. Stewart v Swaminathan, MID-L-8948-11. Read more here.

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$1,000,000

Settlement for Orthopedic Malpractice

Barry R. Eichen and William Crutchlow obtained a one million dollar settlement for this client as a result of orthopedic medical malpractice. This case involved a lumbar fusion with one plate and six screws. The defendant orthopedic surgeon, while inserting screws into Plaintiff’s back, did not use fluoroscopy, an x-ray technique, and was therefore unable to properly locate the appropriate position of where to place the surgical screws. As a result, Defendant orthopedist struck one of Plaintiff’s exiting nerve roots and caused Plaintiff to have a partial foot drop. This case settled after deposition of Defense Expert in the amount of $1,000,000. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential).

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$1,000,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Pulmonary Embolism Case

Harris v. Frankel, et al.

After more than 3 weeks of trial Daryl L. Zaslow, Esq. obtained a $1,000,000 settlement on behalf the Estate of a 45-year-old man who died from a pulmonary embolism 7 days after undergoing a bariatric surgery. Mr. Zaslow was assisted at trial by Thomas Rinaldi, Esq. of his firm. The settlement was reached for the Defendant’s policy limits as the jury was deliberating in a case tried in Bergen County before the Honorable John D. O’Dwyer, J.S.C.

At the time of his death, Mr. Harris left surviving a 50-year-old wife and 2 sons, ages 16 and 13. Mr. Harris had been employed by New Jersey Transit and Plaintiff’s economic damages were between $974,000-1.6 million. The Defendant was insured by Conventus Inter-Insurance Exchange under a policy with $1 million limits. Mr. Zaslow demanded the $1 million insurance policy limits of the Defendant, which were finally tendered at summations.

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$1,000,000

Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Stroke

William O. Crutchlow of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison, Toms River and Red Bank recently accomplished a settlement for a 55 year old man who suffered a stroke due to a failure to diagnose. The case arose from the failure of a doctor at an emergency room to recognize the signs of the progressing stroke, failing to consult with a neurologist and failing to treat the patient with clot busting medication, TPA. The man went on to develop brain damage which impacted his cognitive functioning and the use of his right arm and leg. The case settled on the second day of trial in Hudson County, New Jersey.

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$1,000,000

Settlement for 2-Year Old’s Death from Pneumococcal Meningitis

After 3 weeks of trial before the Honorable Darlene J. Pereksta, Mercer County, Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 2-year-old boy who died of pneumococcal meningitis.

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$1,000,000

Jury Verdict for Vascular Malpractice

Molnar v. Argila

A Middlesex County jury awarded $1 million on November 17, 1999 to Jolan Molnar, a Woodbridge woman who alleged that her leg had to be amputated because three doctors failed to provide timely treatment. The jury attributed 39 percent of the injury to a previous condition, which means the plaintiff will receive $610,000, plus about $85,000 in prejudgment interest, both lawyers in the case say.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here. 

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$1,000,000

Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

McGann v. Wold

A Red Bank radiologist’s insurer agreed on Feb. 17 to pay $1 million to settle a claim that he misread a mammogram, causing a delay in a patient’s cancer diagnosis, the plaintiff’s counsel says.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here. 

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$1,000,000

Recovery in Wrongful Death Drowning Case

Daryl L. Zaslow represented the Estate of a 43-year-old man who drowned during a scuba diving lesson. The decedent was taking an open water scuba diving class to obtain his diving certification when he was separated from his partner and dive instructors. Although there were no witnesses to say exactly what happened to have caused the death, Mr. Zaslow retained a leading expert in scuba diving accidents who was critical of the diving instructors for losing sight of the decedent. The expert further opined that if the visibility was too poor to see all the diving students, it was incumbent on the diving instructors to cancel the lesson. Mr. Zaslow obtained the full insurance policy limits of $1,000,000 for the Estate.

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$1,000,000

Settlement in Legal Malpractice

Award for a client who suffered losses because of an act of legal malpractice.

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$975,000

Jury Award for Woman in Slip-and-Fall Case

An Edison woman who fell and fractured her ankle outside her place of employment has been awarded $975,000 by a Superior Court jury in New Brunswick. Barry Eichen represented her.

Read the Home News Tribune article here.  

 

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$960,000

Recovery for Client Injured in Job-Related Fall from Roof

Barry R. Eichen successfully obtained a $960,000 settlement for their client who was injured in the scope of his employment. On December 2, 2016, our client was on the roof of one of defendant's buildings when he tripped. The client had been on the subject’s roof about 30 times before the date he was injured. As our client was walking on the paver pathway, his foot became lodged in between the grate and paver cutout, which caused him to fall, with his body coming to rest on the paver walkway.

The parties reached a settlement on October 1, 2019 after an all-day mediation before the Hon. James E. Isman, P.J.Cv. (ret).

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$950,000

Settlement for Perforated Bowel During Surgery Leading to Wrongful Death

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a Wrongful Death case arising from a perforated bowel that occurred during surgery for $950,000. Our client was a woman in her fifties when she underwent surgery to remove her gall bladder. The surgeon caused a hole in her bowel which went undetected at surgery and for several days thereafter. By the time the problem was diagnosed, bowel content leaking into the abdominal cavity had caused massive infection. Our client underwent several more surgeries, including the placement of a colostomy, and endured many months of wound care and antibiotic therapy in her effort to cure her condition. Unfortunately, these efforts were not successful, and she died from her injuries. Mr. Crutchlow worked on behalf of the woman’s estate which represented her husband and two teenage sons. Mr. Crutchlow worked with experts in General Surgery and Economics in the prosecution of this case.

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$950,000

Settlement for Wrongful Birth

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a Wrongful Birth case for the family of a girl suffering from genetic abnormalities. The case resolved for $950,000. Our clients sought the services of the defendant obstetrician to manage their pregnancy. The defendant failed to order proper, comprehensive pre-natal genetic testing and failed to refer his patient for necessary genetic counseling when presented with abnormalities on a pre-natal ultrasound. As a result, our clients were deprived of critically important information that would have fully informed their decisions on how to manage the pregnancy. The child suffers from permanent neurological and physical limitations which have caused her parents profound emotional distress and which will require medical care for life.

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$950,000

Settlement in Shoulder Dystocia/ Brachial Plexus Injury Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained a $950,000 recovery on behalf of young girl with a permanent brachial plexus injury she sustained during her birth which was complicated by shoulder dystocia. In this delivery, Mr. Zaslow argued the obstetrician applied too much traction or pulling during delivery, and failed to utilize accepted maneuvers to deliver the child, resulting in a permanent brachial plexus injury, manifested by physical deformity, and, limited function of the shoulder, arm and hand (Erb’s and/or Klumpke’s Palsy). Although the injured child has a permanently injured arm, a tendon transfer surgery was successful in limiting the extent of the injury.

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$950,000

Award for Widow of New Jersey Transit Employee Who Died of Job-Related Lung Disease

Marie Quattrocchi of North Arlington, New Jersey, the widow of Filippo Quattrocchi, received compensation from New Jersey Transit. Barry Eichen represented Mrs. Quattrocchi in her claim.

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$950,000

Award for New Jersey Transit Employee Who Developed Job-Related Stage IV Lymphoma

Barry Eichen successfully represented Keith Cruz, a New Jersey Transit employed who developed job-related State IV Lymphoma. Mr. Cruz worked for New Jersey Transit in excess of 18 years; as a result of being exposed to toxic materials while employed by New Jersey Transit, he developed Stage IV Lymphoma.

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$950,000

Settlement for Foot Drop Following Spinal Surgery

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison and Toms River recently settled a case for $950,000 for a woman in her seventies who suffered neurological injury during lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Our client suffered from significant lower back pain and from pain, numbness and weakness going down into her right leg due to a degenerative spinal condition. She sought the services of the defendant spine surgeon who recommended lumbar fusion surgery. During the subject surgery the surgeon improperly placed a fusion “cage” out of position and into contact with  a nerve root controlling power and sensation in our client’s right foot and ankle. This caused significant neurological injury and permanently left our client with worsening of her pre-operative condition and with the loss of foot and ankle function – Foot Drop. This injury has persisted for several years since the surgery and is permanent. We presented the opinions of two Board Certified Spine Surgeons in support of our case and the consequential damages arising form the alleged negligence.

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$900,000

Settlement for Injuries During Gall Bladder Surgery

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison, Toms River and Red Bank, New Jersey recently settled a case for a woman in her thirties who was injured when a portion of her gall bladder was left behind during attempted gall bladder removal surgery. The error was not recognized at the time of surgery and went undiagnosed for several days. By the time the problem was identified, the retained portion of the gall bladder was necrotic, bile and digestive fluids had leaked into the abdomen and widespread infection had set in. Our client became severely ill, was transferred to the care of new doctors at a different hospital for corrective surgery, was placed on a ventilator and was in intensive care for several days. She recovered, but has been left with significant scarring, abdominal wall damage and intestinal dysfunction.

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$900,000

Settlement During Trial for Hospital Negligence

Goodman v. Community Medical Center

A Tom’s River hospital has agreed to pay $900,000 to the estate of a man whose skull was fractured by his hospital roommate the day he was to be released following hip replacement surgery. The settlement was reached Dec. 7 midway through a jury trial before Ocean County Superior Court Judge Edward Oles.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here. 

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$900,000

 Settlement for Obstetrician Negligence Resulting in Erb’s Palsy

Jackson v. Haddad: A Bergen County judge approved a $900,000 settlement on Oct. 20 in a suit alleging that an obstetrician’s negligence caused a baby to be born with Erb’s palsy. The settlement was reached on Sept. 20 and Superior Court Judge Robert Polifroni approved it after a friendly hearing. Part of the money will buy two annuities and about $104,000 will be held by the court until Autumn is 18, to pay for uncovered medical costs, attorney Daryl Zaslow says. Click here to read more about the case.

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$891,000

Jury Verdict for Psychological Injuries to Bridgewater Man

A jury awarded a Bridgewater man $891,000 in connection with an accident in which a United Parcel Service truck crashed into his living room. Craig Hodgkiss was unhurt in the accident, but his lawyer said he suffered from post-traumatic-stress disorder and has to take medicine daily to cope.

A Somerset County jury awarded Hodgkiss $750,000 in compensation, which, with interest added, will result in an $891,000 payout from UPS, said Hodgkiss’ lawyer from Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow LLP, an Edison trial law firm.

Read the Home News Tribune article here. 

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$875,000

Settlement for Loss of Airway/Vocal Cord Paralysis

William Crutchlow settled a case arising from bilateral vocal cord paralysis that developed following an airway emergency encountered during cervical spine surgery. Our client was a man in his late 40’s who agreed to undergo surgery on his cervical spine to address disc herniations and related disease. Shortly after the start of the operation, the endotracheal tube used in the administration of anesthesia unexpectedly became dislodged. We asserted that the cause of these injuries was the negligent failure of the anesthesiologist to maintain the patient’s airway during surgery and the trauma of the many attempts at reinserting the endotracheal tube and the tracheostomy procedure. The tracheostomy is likely permanent. This case settled for $875,000 shortly before trial. Further details of this settlement are controlled by a Confidentiality Agreement.

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$850,000

 Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer

Plaintiff was an avid tennis player in his mid-60’s who suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder. Plaintiff required an x-ray prior to surgical repair which revealed a tumor in his right upper lobe. Upon request of plaintiff’s physician for prior films, defendant advised that prior films were either given to plaintiff or misplaced. Defendant also claimed that based on the report of the prior missing films, there was no lung mass present. Barry R. Eichen settled this case with defendant doctor prior to trial for $850,000.

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$850,000

Settlement for Anesthesiology Malpractice Wrongful Death Case

Daryl L. Zaslow obtained an $850,000 settlement on behalf of the Estate of 63 year old man who died from anesthesiology events following cardiac surgery. The decedent had a history of cardiac failure and diabetes and had been on disability since he was 51 years old. In 2003, the decedent underwent a procedure to remove infected defibrillator wires. There were complications incurred pre-operatively in attempting to intubate the patient due to rotund and thick airway. At the end of the surgery, a pulmonologist was called to perform a consultation due to concerns about the patient’s post-operative airway. Ultimately the anesthesiologist and pulmonologist extubated the patient, he went into respiratory and then cardiac arrest and died.

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$850,000

Verdict for Car Accident Resulting in Neck Injury

Attorney Barry Eichen obtained a jury award in Middlesex County of $850,000. The plaintiff near retirement age suffered an injury to her neck in an automobile accident.

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$800,000

Settlement for Podiatric Malpractice Case

Plaintiff’s attorney Barry R. Eichen was able to settle this case at mediation, 3 months prior to the case being listed for trial.

Plaintiff was an electrical engineer with a medical diagnosis of diabetes and a preexisting history of foot deformity. Although surgery was necessary, Plaintiff alleged Defendant-Podiatrist failed to recognize the beginning of an infectious process and further failed to prescribe antibiotics in a timely fashion.

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$800,000

Settlement for Failure to Diagnose Appendicitis

Attorney Barry Eichen secured a settlement with defendant doctor for failure to properly diagnose appendicitis of infant plaintiff. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential).

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$800,000

Jury Verdict for Closed Head Injury after a Fall on Ice

A 73 year old Edison man accepted $800,000 yesterday to settle a lawsuit claiming he was severely injured when he slipped on ice and fell outside a bank. Barry Eichen represented the Plaintiff, Harold Osborne, and said his client suffered a severe neck injury when he fell January 16, 1996.

Read The Star Ledger article here.  

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$800,000

Settlement for Factory Job-Related Injuries

A woman has received an $800,000 settlement for injuries she suffered at work when part of her scalp was ripped off because her hair got caught in the gears of a conveyor belt at a Cranbury Plant, her attorney said. Nina Patel, 53, of North Brunswick settled her case against the installers of the belt and the electrician who installed the shut-off switch. Barry Eichen was her counsel.

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$775,000

Settlement for Injuries in Truck Accident

William O. Crutchlow, Esq. settled a case for a commercial truck driver who was injured when the box truck he was operating was struck by a tandem dump truck that had sustained a tire failure. Our client suffered injuries to his left shoulder and knee, a concussion and developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He underwent surgery to repair the shoulder and knee damage, but has been left with limitations in his ability to use these joints and has been unable to physically requalify for his Commercial Driver’s License. He suffers from chronic headaches and continues to endure some cognitive dysfunction. Our client is an Army veteran who was unable to complete his term in the National Guard to qualify for his military pension due to his injuries. He has been able to return to work and to most of his activities, but will face the rest of his life with the permanent consequences of his injuries.

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$750,000

Settlement for RDS Injury Sustained from Reclined Airline Seat

This was a case where the passenger in the seat in first class in front of the plaintiff leaned back, striking the plaintiff in the knee causing RSD. This condition is a neurological condition whereby the extremities turned colors and the knee and leg becomes weakened and painful. The patient was treated for two years. This case settled the day of trial for $750,000.00, by attorney Barry Eichen.

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$750,000

Settlement During Trial for Nursing Negligence

Ferguson v. An Unnamed Hospital and Two Unnamed Nurses

A Middlesex County judge approved a $750,000 settlement on January 3 in a suit alleging that negligence by a Middlesex County hospital and two nurses led to an Edison woman’s brain damage.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here.  

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$750,000

Jury Verdict for Orthopedic Malpractice Resulting in Drop Foot

Feigel v. Murphy et. al.

A Monmouth County jury awarded $750,000 Tuesday to a Tinton Falls woman who claimed that she was injured after a hip-replacement surgery at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here.  

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$725,000

Settlement in FELA Case for Railroad Worker’s Pulmonary Disability

William Crutchlow, Esq. secured a settlement in an FELA case for a railroad worker who was exposed to bird droppings and other materials when a ceiling tile collapsed above him at work. The injured worker was a machinist who was attending to his duties when a ceiling panel above him gave way dropping a mix of material that had collected on the ceiling tile on his head and face. The worker had a lifetime history of asthma and this disease was worsened as a result of the exposure to the material from the ceiling. The worker tried to return to work, but was forced to endure substantial exposure to diesel exhaust and other occupational respiratory hazards while not being afforded the benefit of respiratory protection or safety warnings. The result was additional respiratory compromise that further limited his ability to perform his job duties. This case was handled with co-counsel George Kachmar, Esq.

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$650,700

 Settlement for Erb’s Palsy

“Jane Doe” v. St. Peter’s Medical Center

“Jane Doe” was injured in November 1984 after Stephanie Duke, a second-year resident in obstetrics at St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick, applied excessive force to her head during delivery, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney. The force caused permanent damage to her right arm, which had been stuck, he adds.

Read the New Jersey Law Journal article here. 

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$650,000

Award for Dog Bite

Barry Eichen successfully represented the Plaintiff, who was an invitee to the Defendant’s home and while she was there was attacked by the family’s dog. (At the request of the parties involved and in the best interest of our client, the names, dates and facts surrounding this settlement are confidential.)

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$640,000

Awarded by Jury to Fall Victim at Apartment Complex

Kathy Pangborn, a 56-year-old disabled resident of an apartment complex in Middlesex County who fell on a child’s tricycle left outside her door, was awarded $640,000, including interest, by a jury which deliberated for approximately one hour. The complex owners, Middlesex Builders, had permitted residents to keep toys in common areas. Pangborn required surgery and the implantation of screws and a plate in her wrist after her 2003 fall. She now has limited motion and use of her right hand. In the trial in Pangborn v. Yadau before Middlesex County Judge Lorraine Pullen, Pangborn was represented by Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP. in Edison.

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$640,000

Settlement on Suicide Case

Suicidal patient admitted to Marlboro State Psychiatric Facility. He was evaluated and the doctor placed him on a category of surveillance known as ‘eye contact’. This surveillance category required that the patient be evaluated on a minute to minute basis until he was cleared and released from suicide watch. During this surveillance period, the two nurses took a 40-minute break and came back only to find the patient had hung himself by his own belt, resulting in his death. That case was settled by attorney, Barry Eichen, for $640,000.00 which includes waiver of any and all Medicare/Medicaid liens.

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Settlement for Insurance Limits for Failure to Make Prenatal Diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Daryl L. Zaslow represented a teenage boy who went into congestive heart failure and ductal shock when he was just 9 days old. It was later learned that the heart failure was a result of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome which went undiagnosed in utero during his mother’s prenatal care.

Although the specific monetary terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement, Mr. Zaslow was able to get separate insurance coverage for the radiologist, the ultrasonographer and the radiology group and that the amount of the settlement was for their maximum insurance coverage in the case.

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$600,000

Settlement for Architectural Malpractice

William Crutchlow, Esq. of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP with offices in Edison, Toms River and Red Bank, New Jersey accomplished a settlement for a multi-unit residential complex developer against its architect based on the failure of the architect to properly design the sound proofing component of interior walls between units. The improper design was revealed after investigation of numerous tenant complaints of noise from adjacent units and expert sound testing revealed the defective design. The damages were based on repair costs, lost rents for tenants that moved out, lost rental opportunity while repairs were ongoing and related concerns.

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$425,000

Settlement for Employment Discrimination

Barry R. Eichen on behalf of plaintiffs Greg Montano and David Orban agreed to a settlement of $425,000 with Defendants Handex Environmental. Mr. Montano of Union County and Mr. Orban of Essex County were the victims of age discrimination by their employer Handex Environmental located in Marlboro, New Jersey.

The case was settled after mediation with former Appellate Judge John E. Keefe.