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Verdicts & Settlements at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy

Serving clients throughout New Jersey since 1950

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was founded in 1950 by two dedicated Harvard Law School graduates. The firm focuses exclusively on injury recovery. From our Elmwood Park, Dover, Mendham and Newton offices, our lawyers represent clients in personal injury, workers compensation and Social Security disability cases throughout New Jersey. We can help you in as timely a manner as possible.

Effective representation from experienced attorneys

In 2016, we settled or won, at arbitration/trial, 115 personal injury cases and recovered in excess of 8 million dollars for our clients. In the last five years, we have settled/won over 700 personal injury cases and recovered over 40 million dollars. While we have settled/won many six and seven figure cases, our clients' average recovery was $72,000.00.

In the last five (5) years, our firm has resolved over six hundred and fifty (650) workers compensation cases for in excess of six (6) million dollars. In the last four (4) years, our firm has successfully handled approximately one hundred (100) social security disability appeals.

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

Notable Settlements/Verdicts over the Last Five (5) Years

Motorcycle Accident — $1.7M
In the Spring of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled his 60 year old client's motorcycle accident case for $1,700,000.00. Frankly, the case would have settled for more money but the most culpable party only had a $300,000.00 liability insurance policy. The firm's client, who was already disabled and receiving social security benefits at the time of his accident, sustained multiple lower leg fractures--which ultimately resulted in numerous surgeries and an above the knee amputation--when a delivery van blindly backed out of a loading dock and pinned his leg against his bike. The majority of the client's settlement money was paid by the owner of a tractor-trailer and the lessee of the loading dock whose dangerous loading and unloading procedures blocked the van driver's view of the motorcycle and the firm's client's view of the van.

MVA Accident — $1.5M
In 2011, Phil Wiskow and Keith Evans represented a man tragically killed in a tractor-trailer accident. After the defendants moved the case to federal court, the case was settled at mediation for $1.5M.

Falldown Accident — $1.089M
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a man who fell on ice at his apartment complex and required back surgery. After a one-week jury trial, the plaintiff was awarded $1.089M.

Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accident — $895,000
In the Winter of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled his client's pedestrian-motor vehicle accident case for $895,000.00. Significantly, the client's accident was in June of 2016. Yet, the firm was able to settle its client's case in less than 9 months. The firm's client was injured after he exited his parked work truck and was struck by a distracted motorist who dropped his cell phone and crashed into him. The client sustained multiple leg, hip and arm fractures and underwent multiple open surgeries. (The distracted motorist's insurance carrier paid its 1 million dollar policy limit to the firm's client (895k), a passenger in the Plaintiff's car (95k) and the owner of the client's work truck (10k).)

Falldown Accident — $750,000
In the Spring of 2016, with the assistance of a mediator, Phil Wiskow settled a construction accident falldown case for $750,000. Initially, the target Defendant denied liability, arguing the firm’s client tripped over electrical wires utilized by a co-worker. After locating and subpoenaing independent witnesses, the Plaintiff was able to prove a sub-contractor and the general contractor were at fault. The Plaintiff injured his neck and shoulder and underwent an anterior cervical fusion and rotator cuff surgery.

Motorcycle/Tort Claims — $750,000
In the Winter of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a Tort Claims case against a municipal entity. The victim, who was operating a motorcycle, was injured when a woman ran a stop sign and broadsided his motorcycle. The property owner adjacent to the intersection was sued because his fence violated the town's set back regulations. The municipal entity was sued because its road was allegedly improperly designed due to a lack of visibility for motorists at the intersection. After three mediation sessions, all three Defendants contributed to a three quarters of a million dollar settlement.

Products Liability — $725,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a teenager who sustained a serious eye injury when a bungee cord — part of the defendant’s shelves — snapped. Suit was instituted against the manufacturer and distributor of the product. The case settled shortly after suit was filed for $725,000.

Falldown Accident — $650,000
In the Fall of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a falldown case for a 62-year-old woman who slipped on ice at a local supermarket. Significantly, the Plaintiff was already receiving Social Security Disability benefits at the time of her accident. Nonetheless, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy was able to negotiate a $650,000 settlement to compensate her for a badly injured knee, that required multiple surgeries, including knee replacement surgery.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $650,000
In the Winter of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a seventy (70) year old bus driver's lumbar fusion case. This case was settled after suit was instituted but long before the anticipated trial date.

Falldown — $650,000
In the fall of 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a single mother who fell on ice at a shopping mall and required multiple neck surgeries. The case settled on the eve of trial, after mediation, for $650,000.

Dram Shop — $625,000
In the Winter of 2012, Phil Wiskow represented a prison guard who was seriously injured by a drunk driver who had been served so much alcohol that his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.20 at the time of the accident. The guard fractured his femur and arm and required two surgeries. The case settled after mediation for $625,000.

Dram Shop — $600,000
In the Winter of 2012, Phil Wiskow represented a veteran who was served alcohol while he was visibly intoxicated. Shortly after leaving the bar, the man crashed his motorcycle and sustained a closed head injury. The case settled after mediation for $600,000.

Falldown Accident — $575,000
In the Spring of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a retired teacher’s falldown case for $575,000. The firm’s client was injured when a construction dumpster at an outdoor mall leaked and water froze on a pedestrian sidewalk. The firm was very happy with the settlement because, although multiple surgeries were recommended, the retired teacher opted not to have any of the recommended surgeries.

Construction Accident — $490,000
In the Spring of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a construction accident case whereby a truck driver was injured when a thousand pounds of rebar was accidentally dropped on his leg. Four different Defendants contributed to the recovery.

Forklift Accident — $475,000
In the Spring of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a minister’s lawsuit against a forklift operator. The minister was injured when the forklift operator proceeded onto the retail portion of a store without a spotter. As a result, he struck the 70-year-old Plaintiff with the front of the lift. The firm’s client underwent hip surgery. Medicare had to be re-paid approximately $125,000.

Falldown Accident — $445,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a disabled man, who had six prior knee surgeries, after he fell on ice. The man required knee replacement surgery and, since he was only in his late 40’s, his surgeon opined he would need a second knee replacement surgery during his lifetime. The case resolved at binding arbitration for $445,000.

Motor Vehicle/Underinsured Motorist Settlement — $426,500
In the Fall of 2014, Phil Wiskow represented a family doctor who underwent a multiple level anterior cervical fusion after a motor vehicle accident. In eleven months, the Plaintiff's case was settled for the driver's $250,000.00 policy limit and an additional $176,200.00 from the Plaintiff's own underinsured motorist carrier.

Commercial Vehicle Accident — $425,000
In the Spring of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a pool installer’s motor vehicle accident case against a commercial truck driver who rear-ended his vehicle. The firm’s client underwent shoulder surgery and had lower back injections/epidurals. The commercial truck driver also agreed to pay all of the Plaintiff’s medical bills and lost wages, which exceeded $200,000.

Dram Shop/Liquor Liability — $425,000
In the Winter of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a case where a bar served a 35 year old woman after she became visibly intoxicated. As a result, she fell off the bar's second floor balcony and fractured her pelvis. The case settled at mediation before trial.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $425,000
In 2012, Phil Wiskow represented a Home Depot employee who was rear-ended going to work. She sustained a herniated disc and surgery was recommended. However, since she was a single mother, she could not take off from work and have the recommended surgery. After a four-day jury trial, a Passaic County jury awarded her $425,000.

Falldown Accident — $400,000.00
In the Winter of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented a fifty (50) year old woman who fell in a hole while walking to her dentist’s office. The woman fractured her knee cap and developed complex regional pain. The case settled for $400,000.00 after Mediation with a retired judge.

Drunk Driver Accident — $375,000
In the Winter of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled an attorney’s underinsured motorist case for $375,000. In the intersectional accident, the attorney seriously injured her foot and fusion surgery was recommended. However, because she had a small child, the firm’s client elected not to have the recommended surgery. The case settled after mediation with a retired judge.

Motorcycle Accident/Tort Claims Case — $375,000
In the fall of 2011, after a ten-day jury trial, Phil Wiskow settled a claim against Sussex County for $375,000. Wiskow’s client, a union laborer who was injured on a motorcycle, claimed the county’s winding road was dangerous — because its signage was wrong — causing him to lose control of his bike and seriously injure his left arm and leg.

Falldown Accident — $350,000.00
In the Fall of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented a seventy (70) year old man who fell on wet leaves at his apartment complex. The man fractured his neck and was compelled to wear a halo brace for approximately six (6) months. The case settled for $350,000.00 after non-binding arbitration.

Falldown Accident — $350,000.00
In the Spring of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented an eighty (80) year old woman who fell over a Christmas display on her daughter’s outdoor stairs. The elderly woman fractured her lower leg and required surgery. The case settled after suit was filed, but before trial, for $350,000.00.

Falldown Accident — $350,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a disabled man who fell on ice in front of a motel. The man fractured his ankle and required three surgeries. The case settled after mediation for $350,000.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $340,000
In the Summer of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a case wherein a twenty one (21) year old passenger in a pick-up truck seriously injured his neck and shoulder and underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Falldown Accident — $325,000
In the Summer of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a falldown case in Sussex County for $325,000. The firm’s client, who had recently undergone unrelated spinal fusion surgery, tripped on the sidewalk due to a missing brick in front of a candy store. As a result of her fall, the Plaintiff’s fusion did not fully heal and revision surgery was recommended.

Cemetery Accident — $300,000
In the Spring of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a case after a headstone fell on a worker's foot. The victim fractured two bones in his foot and alleged it limited his ability to work.

MVA — $300,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented an insurance executive who was injured in a motor vehicle accident and required multiple neck surgeries. The client recovered the maximum insurance money available — $300,000.

Motor Vehicle — $295,000
In the Summer of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a deliveryman's lawsuit. The deliveryman was injured, and underwent lumbar back surgery, after his vehicle was left-turned at a rural intersection.

Bar Security Settlement — $275,000
In the Fall of 2014, Phil Wiskow, with the assistance of a mediator, resolved a bar fight/negligent security case. In the case, the 31 year old Plaintiff seriously injured his ankle and underwent multiple surgeries when the Defendant's security staff over-reacted to a young couple's verbal altercation. The case settled after the Plaintiff retained and served a security expert's report detailing four or five different ways the security staff mis-handled the incident.

Dram Shop  $275,000.00
In the Spring of 2014, Phil Wiskow settled a dram shop case for $275,000.00.  The Plaintiff was a Brazilian immigrant in his 50’s, who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver, in Linden, New Jersey.  As a result of the accident, Plaintiff had back surgery.  Plaintiff sued the driver and the bar where he drank.  On the eve of trial, the case settled for $275,000.00 with the driver paying his full $100,000.00 insurance policy limit and the bar paying $175,000.00.

Tort Claims Case  $266,200.00
In February of 2014, Phil Wiskow tried a case against an Essex County municipality after one of its police officer’s vehicles collided with the Plaintiff’s vehicle.  The 30 year old Plaintiff required arthroscopic knee surgery and his orthopedic surgeon opined he would eventually need to have his knee replaced.  The Defendant municipality disputed the significance of the injury and offered $50,000.00 to settle, the amount awarded by an independent arbitrator at a non-binding arbitration.  After a four (4) day jury trial, the jury unanimously awarded the Plaintiff $266,200.00.

Falldown — $262,500
In the Fall of 2014, Phil Wiskow represented a 45 year old nurse who, while already receiving state disability benefits, fell at a local laundromat and injured her neck, back and left knee. After starting trial in Morris County, and winning two important pre-trial motions, the case settled for $262,500.00.

Falldown Accident — $260,000
In the winter of 2012, Phil Wiskow represented a nurse who fell in front of a laundromat and required multiple neck, back, shoulder and knee surgeries. Phil settled with the owner of the property for $260,000 and is scheduled to try the nurse’s case against the laundromat later this year.

Motor Vehicle Accident  Case  $250,000.00
In the Spring of 2014, Phil Wiskow settled a motor vehicle accident case for the Defendant’s $250,000.00 policy limit.  The Plaintiff, a young African-American woman, injured her shoulder and back in the accident and underwent surgery for both problems.  The case settled shortly after suit was filed and before depositions were taken.

Motor Vehicle Accident Case — $250,000.00
In the Summer of 2014, Phil Wiskow settled a pedestrian knockdown case for the Defendant’s $250,000.00 policy limit.  The Plaintiff, a 45 year old grandmother, fractured her ankle and required multiple surgeries.  The case settled after discovery ended but before the case was scheduled for an arbitration hearing.

Motor Vehicle Accident Case  $250,000.00
In the Summer of 2014, Phil Wiskow and Kelly Zurlo settled a Sussex County motor vehicle accident case for the Defendant’s $250,000.00 policy limit.  The Plaintiff, a young single woman, was rear-ended and was compelled to undergo surgery on her neck. The case settled after suit was instituted but before depositions were taken.

Falldown Accident — $250,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a mentally disabled man who slipped on ice in front of a group home. The man fractured his knee and required surgery. The case settled nine months after the accident, and a few months after retaining Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC.

MVA — $250,000
After rejecting a $10,000 settlement offer and obtaining a $250,000 jury verdict, Roy Mossi resolved a motor vehicle accident case for the insurance carrier’s policy limits of $125,000.

MVA — $250,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a man whose vehicle was rear-ended at low speed. The man had pre-existing back problems. After his accident, he required back surgery. The case settled on the eve of trial for $250,000.

MVA — $245,000
In the fall of 2012, Phil Wiskow negotiated an additional $245,000 settlement for the same single mother who previously recovered $650,000. This time, the woman required a third neck surgery after a motor vehicle accident.

Bicycle Accident — $245,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a convicted felon who, after serving his time, was riding a bicycle on a sidewalk. The defendant, drunk driver crossed the double yellow line, hit another vehicle and caromed into the plaintiff bicyclist. Two leg surgeries were required. The case settled after arbitration for $245,000.

Falldown at Work  $238.000.00
In the Spring of 2014, Phil  Wiskow settled a Union County falldown case, where the Plaintiff, a 55 year old pre-school teacher, fell on a slippery floor and injured her shoulder and knee.  As a result, she underwent arthroscopic surgery on both her knee and shoulder. She also lost approximately $38,000.00 in wages.  The case settled on the eve of trial for $238,000.00.

Pedestrian/ Motor Vehicle Accident Case — $235,000
In the Spring of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a pedestrian knockdown case for $235,000. As a result of the accident, the 50-year-old Plaintiff fractured her pelvis and multiple ribs. Since the Plaintiff was wearing dark clothing and was intoxicated at the time of the accident, she was very pleased with the settlement. Since the Plaintiff was a Medicaid recipient, the firm set up a special needs trust so she could continue to collect government benefits after her settlement.

Underinsured Motorist — $230,000
In the Summer of 2015, Phil Wiskow settled a minister's lawsuit against her own insurance company. The minister was a passenger in her own vehicle and seriously injured her knee. In fact, her doctor recommended knee replacement surgery. After the Defendant paid its small policy limit, the minister collected an additional $215,000 from her own carrier.

MVA — $230,000
In 2012, Keith Evans represented a woman who required neck surgery after a low-speed motor vehicle accident. Although she did not even treat for a month after her accident, Keith convinced the defendant’s carrier that her injuries were related to her accident and settled her case for $230,000.

MVA — $230,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a Morris County civil servant who required neck surgery after a motor vehicle accident. The case settled after arbitration for $230,000.

Falldown Accident — $225,000
In the Summer of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled an investment advisor’s falldown case against a local Board of Education and snowplow contractor for $225,000. The 55-year-old Plaintiff fell on black ice, while walking in a middle school parking lot, prior to a youth basketball game. The firm’s client tore his quadricep tendon and required surgery.

Negligent Lawn Maintenance — $225,000
In the Fall of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a falldown case against a contractor who failed to maintain a landscaped island in the parking lot of a mall. After shopping, the 70-year-old Plaintiff was taking a short cut through the island when she tripped over the root of an overgrown plant. As a result, she fractured her ankle and underwent open surgery. She also injured her previously replaced knee. The Defendants attempted to blame the Plaintiff for her accident, arguing she should not have walked over the island. Plaintiff had to re-pay Medicare $50,000.

Medical Malpractice — $225,000
In the Spring of 2015, Phil Wiskow started a medical malpractice trial and settled it after a few days. The seventy five (75) year old victim, a known fall risk with a short life expectancy due to kidney problems, was left unattended in a bathroom and fell. As a result, she suffered s closed head injury and died.

Motor Vehicle Accident Case  $225,000.00
In the Spring of 2014, Phil Wiskow and Keith Evans settled a motor vehicle accident case, after picking a jury and starting trial, for $225,000.00.  The Plaintiff, a 67 year old man, was rear-ended on the way to temple.  Initially, the Plaintiff did not treat for his injuries.  In fact, he waited ten (10) weeks to commence treatment.  Eventually, he required lumbar disc surgery.  The case settled after the Plaintiff successfully filed a number of pre-trial motions and picked a jury.

Motor Vehicle Accident Case  $225,000.00
In the Summer of 2014, Phil Wiskow and Kelly Zurlo settled a motor vehicle accident case wherein a 32 year old nurse was seriously injured in an intersectional accident.  Eventually, the Plaintiff required neck surgery.  The case was complicated by the fact that the Plaintiff was injured in another motor vehicle accident nine days before her serious accident.  Initially, the Defendant tried to blame the Plaintiff’s physical problems on her prior accident.  After discovery was complete, the Defendant offered $225,000.00 (of its $250,000.00 policy) and the Plaintiff agreed to accept it.

MVA  $225,000.00
In the Spring of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented an attorney who fractured her heel in a motor vehicle accident. Surgery was recommended but the Plaintiff is trying to hold off as long as possible before undergoing the recommended procedure. The underlying case settled for $225,000.00 and the attorney’s underinsured motorist case was recently arbitrated for  an additional $150,000.00.

Falldown Accident  $225,000.00
In the Fall of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented a woman who fell on the exterior sidewalk of a Sussex County restaurant. The woman fell because the ramp she was walking on led to a step that was the same color as the ramp. The Plaintiff did not realize there was a step and, due to the optical illusion, fell. The sixty-five (65) year old woman fractured two bones in her lower leg and developed knee pain. The case settled after non-binding arbitration but before trial for $225,000.00.

MVA — $225,000
In 2011, Phil Wiskow represented a decorated State Trooper who required multiple shoulder surgeries after a motor vehicle accident in the course and scope of his employment. The case settled after the Trooper’s surgeon’s videotaped deposition was taken in preparation for trial.

MVA — $225,000
In the fall of 2012, Phil Wiskow represented a woman who had been disabled for years with a back injury. After her motor vehicle accident, the woman required neck surgery. The case settled only a few months after Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was retained.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $220,000
In the Summer of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled an underinsured motorist case against the Plaintiff’s own insurance company. The Plaintiff, a 40-year-old construction worker, developed a fistula and underwent two surgeries to improve his balance and hearing.

Falldown Accident  $215,000.00
In the Summer of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented a sixty (60) year old woman who slipped and fell on ice at her place of employment. The woman fractured her ankle and required surgery. The Plaintiff sued her employer’s snowplow contractor. The case settled after non-binding arbitration but before trial for $215,000.00.

Pedestrian Accident — $212,000
In 2012, Phil Wiskow represented a pedestrian who was run over by a hearse outside of a funeral home. The woman sustained injuries to her head and face and required surgery on her trigeminal nerve. She also sustained emotional damages. The case settled after mediation for $212,000.

Malfunctioning Traffic Light — $208,000
In the Summer of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a young scientist’s claim against the State of New Jersey and two motor vehicle operators after she seriously injured her back in an intersectional accident. At the time of the accident, the traffic light was not functioning. All of the drivers claimed to have the right of way. With the assistance of the county’s presiding civil judge, the case settled just prior to trial.

Medical Malpractice — $200,000
In the Summer of 2016, Phil Wiskow settled a medical malpractice case against an emergency room physician and a physician’s assistant who negligently failed to give the firm’s client antibiotics after she lacerated her finger on her roommate’s tooth. As a result, she developed an infection on two knuckles of her hand and was compelled to undergo hand surgery.

Underinsured Motorist — $200,000
In the Winter of 2015, Keith Evans settled a police officer's lawsuit against his own insurance company. The officer was injured by a motor vehicle when he was trying to apprehend a criminal. The officer's injuries were largely psychological.

Nursing Home Negligence  $200,000.00
In the Summer of 2014, Phil Wiskow settled a Bergen County nursing home malpractice case, after mediation with a retired judge, for $200,000.00. The Plaintiff, a 78 year old widow, alleged she was improperly supervised by a nurse.  As a result, she fell and fractured her hip and required surgery.  Sadly, the Plaintiff died three (3) years after the accident from unrelated causes.

MVA-Pedestrian Accident  $200,000.00
In the Spring of 2013, Phil Wiskow represented a thirty year old man who, while crossing a local street at night while intoxicated, was struck and killed by a Mercedes-Benz. Three lawyers refused to take the Plaintiff’s case because they felt the accident was the Plaintiff’s fault. Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy accepted the case and settled it within six (6) months for $200,000.00.

MVA — $200,000
In 2012, Jim McCarthy represented a man who was injured in the course and scope of his employment and required shoulder surgery. The client also fractured four ribs. The case settled for $200,000.

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

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