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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, Bernardsville 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 2019, we settled or won, at trial/mediation/arbitration, 111 personal injury cases. Our clients recovered just under ten million dollars.
In the last eleven years, we have settled/won over one thousand cases and our clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.

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

Some of our Verdicts/Settlements in the last several 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.

Motorcycle Accident — 1.3M
In the Spring of 2020, Phil Wiskow and Matt Villani settled a motor vehicle/motorcycle accident case for the Defendant’s 1.3M policy limit. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $1,040,000
In June of 2019, Phil Wiskow and Matt Villani settled a motor vehicle accident case, with the assistance of retired Judge Daniel Mecca, for $1,040,000.00. The driver, a woman in her 50’s who sustained multiple fractures and underwent multiple foot surgeries, received $625,000.00. Her teenage daughter, who fractured her femur and had a rod inserted into her thigh, received $375,000.00. The driver’s husband, who came to the accident scene to render aid, received $40,000.00 for his Portee claim since he witnessed his family’s suffering.

Two Injury Claims — $1,000,000
In the Summer of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a motor vehicle accident case for $385.000.00. The case was very complicated because Mr. Wiskow previously settled two prior cases for the same 65-year-old Plaintiff for over $600,000.00. In total, the Plaintiff received over $1,000,000.00 from her injury claims. In this case, she was broadsided at an intersection by a young driver and was compelled to undergo multiple surgeries on her knees.

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).)

Motor Vehicle Accident  — $800,000
In the Spring of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a school teacher’s federal court lawsuit for $800,000.00. After the teacher’s car broke down on Route 80, her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that jack-knifed. As a result, she sustained a concussion, a subdural hematoma and a partial loss of taste and smell. The case settled at mediation, with the assistance of retired Judge Jack Lintner.

Intersectional Accident — $750,000.00
In May of 2019, Phil Wiskow and Rich Isolde settled an intersectional accident, motor vehicle case. The firm’s client, a woman in her late 50s, was compelled to undergo an anterior cervical fusion and knee surgery after a collision. Since the Defendants only had $550,000.00 in insurance coverage available, the Defendant had to pay the balance of the $750,000.00 settlement from her personal assets.

Product Liability — $750,000
In the Summer of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a retired gentleman’s products liability case for $750,000.00. The terms of the settlement, which were negotiated with retired Judge Eugene Codey’s assistance, is confidential.

Falldown Accident — $750,000
In the Spring of 2018, with the assistance of co-counsel, Phil Wiskow settled a fall down case for $750,000.00. The Plaintiff, a Spanish woman in her 30’s, fell at a local supermarket. When conservative therapy failed, she underwent several epidural injections, a radiofrequency ablation and an anterior cervical fusion.

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.

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.

Tort Claims Case — $640,000.000
In March of 2019, Phil Wiskow negotiated a confidential $640,000.00 settlement for a young man seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. (Details cannot be provided.) An accident reconstruction expert greatly helped with the case.

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.

Trucking Accident — $500.000.00
In June of 2019, Phil Wiskow negotiated a $500,000.00 policy limit settlement for his mid-40’s male client whose foot was run over by a commercial vehicle. Thereafter, the injured party was compelled to undergo back and shoulder surgery. All medical bills were paid separately.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $500,000
In the Winter of 2018, David Kowzun and Phil Wiskow settled a motor vehicle case, with the assistance of retired Judge Daniel Mecca, for $500,000.00. The case was complicated by the fact that the Plaintiff was in the country on a work VISA, which expired while the case was being litigated. As a result of her accident, the mid-40’s Plaintiff received epidurals and underwent a lumbar laminectomy. No wage loss claim was presented.

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.

Motor Vehicle Accident  — $450,000
In the Winter of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a complicated, consolidated motor vehicle accident case for $450,000.00. The case was complicated because the 50-year-old Plaintiff already had two prior accidents and previously settled those cases for over $200,000.00. Thereafter, she had two additional accidents within a year and, in one of those accidents, liability was hotly contested. The case settled after Mr. Wiskow deposed the Defendant’s accident reconstruct expert for five hours and his medical expert for three hours.

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.

Trucking Accident — $400,000.00
In May of 2019, with the assistance of Retired Judge Anthony Graziano, Phil Wiskow settled a 50 year old disabled man’s case for $400,000.00. Prior to his accident, the man already had back surgery but, while legally disabled, was still stable. After being rear-ended by a commercial vehicle, his condition worsened and additional surgery was recommended.

Motor Vehicle Accident  — $385,000
In the Summer of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a motor vehicle accident case for $385.000.00. The case was very complicated because Mr. Wiskow previously settled two prior cases for the same 65-year-old Plaintiff for over $600,000.00. In total, the Plaintiff received over $1,000,000.00 from her injury claims. In this case, she was broadsided at an intersection by a young driver and was compelled to undergo multiple surgeries on her knees.

Trucking Accident — $375,000.00
In November of 2019, with the assistance of Retired Judge Daniel Mecca, Phil Wiskow settled a 50 year old woman’s MVA case for $375,000.00. The woman’s vehicle was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. When conservative treatment failed, she was compelled to undergo an anterior cervical fusion. Damages were hotly contested because she allegedly had significant pre-existing arthritis.

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.

Slip and Fall Accident — $362,500.00
In July of 2019, with the assistance of Retired Judge Daniel Mecca, Phil Wiskow settled a 40 year old Caribbean woman’s falldown case for $362,500.00. The woman was very familiar with the accident scene and the Defendant tried to blame her for her fall on ice. Prior to her accident, she was already totally disabled from a serious work-related accident.

Falldown Accident  — $348,000
In the Fall of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a fall down case for $348,000.00. The 52-year-old Plaintiff fell on “slime” in the parking lot of the Defendant’s restaurant and fractured her ankle. Open surgery was required and a second surgery, to remove hardware, was being considered when the case settled, with retired Judge Daniel Mecca, at mediation.

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.

Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Accident — $325,000.00
In the Spring of 2020, Phil Wiskow settled a hotly contested pedestrian/MVA case for $325,000.00. Liability was hotly contested because the Defendant had the right-of-way when the firm’s client allegedly exited his parked vehicle into the roadway. The Plaintiff contended the Defendant was driving too close to all of the parked vehicles on the small town’s Main Street. The 55 year old Plaintiff underwent multiple knee and shoulder surgeries and the settlement included satisfaction of approximately $75,000.00 in unpaid medical bills. The case was settled after Plaintiff’s doctors were videotaped for trial and numerous Motions in Limine were filed by Plaintiff’s counsel. The case settled for $150,000.00 more than the arbitrator’s non-binding award.

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.

Falldown accident — $312,000
In the Spring of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a falldown case in which his 60-year-old client fell on water at a grocery store and injured her knees and ankles. She underwent three arthroscopic surgical procedures and missed three months of work. However, she made a good recovery and returned to her old job. With the assistance of a mediator, the case settled shortly before trial for $312,000.00.

Falldown Accident — $300,000.00
In the Spring of 2020, Phil Wiskow settled a 38 year old mother of four’s falldown accident case for $300,000.00. Liability was disputed because the step that allegedly caused the Plaintiff’s fall was painted yellow and the words “Watch Your Step” were written in black paint on the top of the yellow step. Since the step was located in a common area of the Defendant’s business, which was quite crowded on the day of the Plaintiff’s fall, the Plaintiff argued the Defendant’s warning was ineffective. The Plaintiff underwent bilateral patellar tendon surgery after her fall. All bills were paid by the Plaintiff’s health insurance company, which did not assert a lien.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $300,000
In the Fall of 2018, David Kowzun and Phil Wiskow settled a young woman’s motor vehicle accident case for $300,000.00. The woman sustained multiple herniated discs in her accident and underwent epidural injections, facet injections, branch block injections and a radiofrequency ablation.

Falldown Accident — $300,000
In the Fall of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a falldown case that resulted in our client’s death. The firm’s elderly, retired client fell down an interior staircase at his rented bungalow. Since he was not found for two days after he fell, the firm hired an accident reconstruction expert to re-create the way the accident probably happened. Since nobody knew exactly how the accident happened, liability was difficult to prove. With the assistance of a mediator, the case settled favorably to the Plaintiff. His only daughter put a large deposit on a new house with the net settlement proceeds.

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.

Falldown Accident — $299,000.00
In the Summer of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a Sussex County falldown case for $299,000.00. Our fifty-five-year-old client, who previously had his knee replaced, had to have his knee replaced again after he fell in a parking lot outside PetSmart. He also injured his shoulder. Since the client was a convicted felon, and since there were no witnesses to the accident, the firm’s client was thrilled with his settlement.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $297,500.00
In the Fall of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a motor vehicle accident case for $297,500.00. Significantly, the Defendant’s total available insurance was $300,000.00. The firm’s client fractured his hip and underwent open reduction surgery. The case settled within a year of the accident.

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.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $275,000.00
In December of 2019, Matt Villani settled a motor vehicle accident case for a middle aged woman whose legs were severely burned when her airbag deployed. As a result of her injuries, she was compelled to treat at the St. Barnabas outpatient Burn Center for over a year.

Bicycle Accident — $275,000
In the Fall of 2018, Phil Wiskow, and the Essex County attorney who referred the case to him, settled a young high school graduate’s bicycle-truck accident case for $275,000.00. Liability in the case was hotly contested as the Plaintiff was wearing dark clothes, while riding his blue bike, late in the evening. Additionally, the Defendant truck driver alleged the Plaintiff was riding in the road. The Plaintiff, who contended he was riding on the shoulder of the road, sustained a concussion, a large laceration to the back of his head, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The case settled, with the assistance of retired Judge Jack Lintner, at mediation.

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 — $260,000.00
In the Spring of 2020, Phil Wiskow settled the 72 year old Plaintiff’s falldown accident case, which occurred on a raised commercial sidewalk. The settlement was negotiated less than a year after the accident and before depositions were scheduled. As a result of the accident, the Plaintiff fractured her femur and required open reduction surgery. Fortunately, the firm’s client made an excellent recovery and resumed most activities, including intensive physical exercise, prior to the settlement. Medicare’s net lien was less than $15,000.00.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $250,000
In the Summer of 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a college student’s motor vehicle accident case, less than six months after her accident, for the Defendant’s $250,000.00 policy limit. Liability was clear as an elderly woman struck the Plaintiff as she was standing in front of her Fair Lawn house waiting to cross the street. The young Plaintiff fractured her pelvis and seriously injured her hip and leg. She was compelled to undergo multiple debridement surgeries. Fortunately, all her medical bills were paid by her own insurance company.

Motor Vehicle Accident — $250,000
In the Fall of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a Passaic County client’s case for the insurance company’s $250,000.00 policy limit. The firm’s fifty-year old client, who previously underwent lumbar fusion surgery, had a permanent pain stimulator inserted into her back after her vehicle was rear-ended in Paterson. Initially, the insurance carrier presented a vigorous medical defense, arguing all injuries were pre-existing. After a successful arbitration hearing, the carrier’s policy limit was offered.

Motor Vehicle Accident  Case  $250,000
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
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
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.

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.

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.

Legal Malpractice — $237,500.00
In June of 2019, Phil Wiskow settled a legal malpractice case against an uninsured lawyer who failed to diligently represent a client in a personal injury case. As a result of the lawyer’s malpractice, the middle-aged, male Plaintiff did not receive fair compensation in his underlying case. The uninsured lawyer was required to pay all damages and the victim’s attorney’s fees.

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.

Falldown Accident — $232,500.00
In January of 2019, Phil Wiskow settled a young man’s falldown accident case for $237,500.00. The victim, who was in his late 20’s, fell while exiting a restaurant. He sustained a fractured ankle and underwent open reduction surgery. The Defendants alleged he was drunk at the time of his accident and denied liability. An engineer greatly assisted with the case.

Falldown Accident — $231,000.00
In the Spring of 2020, Rich Isolde settled the young Plaintiff’s falldown case for $231,000.00. Liability was vigorously disputed because the Plaintiff was living at her boyfriend’s parents’ house at the time of the accident and a dispute arose about the condition of the premises leading to the Plaintiff’s basement apartment. As a result of her fall, the Plaintiff fractured her ankle and underwent open reduction surgery. Her Medicaid lien was approximately $6,000.00. The case settled after numerous depositions were taken, including the deposition of the Defendant’s insurance carrier’s private investigator, as the parties were preparing for trial.

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.

Motor Vehicle Passenger — $225,000.00
In the Spring of 2020, Phil Wiskow settled a MVA passenger’s lawsuit, right before trial, for $225,000.00. While liability was clear, damages were thoroughly challenged because the Plaintiff had a very serious accident approximately ten years earlier and underwent serious neck surgery after that accident. The Defendant tried to blame the Plaintiff’s need for another surgery on the Plaintiff’s old accident. The Defendant also contended that the Plaintiff was exaggerating his injuries and hired a private investigator to follow him and videotape him. Fortunately, the Defendant’s surveillance tape, which was quite favorable to the Plaintiff, helped settle the case.

Legal Malpractice — $225,000
Shortly before Christmas 2018, Phil Wiskow settled a legal malpractice case for $225,000.00. Liability in the case was clear as the Plaintiff’s prior attorney failed to diligently prosecute a ten-year-old underinsured motorist case. The 65-year-old Plaintiff seriously aggravated a pre-existing lumbar condition and was compelled to undergo multiple epidural injections. Eventually, stability rods had to be placed in his back.

Fall down Accident — $225,000.00
In the Fall of 2017, Phil Wiskow, with the assistance of Tim Fleming, Esq., settled a Morris County falldown case for $225,000.00. The liability portion of the case was difficult because, although the firm’s client alleged she fell on coffee, nobody else, including other store patrons, the investigating police officer/EMT, saw any coffee on the floor. Our client tore her hamstring and was compelled to undergo two surgeries. In light of the liability issues, with the assistance of a mediator, this case was settled for $225,000.00.

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.

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.

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.

Falldown Accident  $206,000.00
In the Summer of 2017, Phil Wiskow, with the assistance of Casey Donovan, Esq., settled a falldown case for $206,000.00. The Plaintiff, a forty- year old mother, was participating in a dance class when she fell and seriously injured her shoulder. The firm hired a ballet expert who opined the firm’s client was improperly instructed and improperly asked to perform dance moves she was incapable of performing.

Motorcycle Accident — $200,000.00
In September of 2019, Phil Wiskow settled a local DPW worker’s motorcycle accident case for $200,000.00. The Plaintiff, an obese middle-aged male, had multiple prior accidents and significant pre-existing back problems. As a result of his accident, he underwent back and ankle surgeries.

Falldown Accident — $200,000.00
In the Spring of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a falldown case against a local board of education for $200,000.00. The Plaintiff’s client fell on ice on school property while walking her son to his kindergarten class. The firm hired an expert engineer who opined the accident was caused by the improper placement of downspouts. The firm’s client fractured her ankle, underwent open reduction surgery, and missed three months of work. Fortunately, she made an excellent recovery.

Falldown Accident  $200,000.00
In the Winter of 2017, Phil Wiskow settled a Passaic County falldown case for $200,000.00. The firm’s client, a long-time resident of a multi-family home, fell on ice on the front walkway of the property. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, a manipulation under anesthesia procedure, and two lumbar epidurals. His outstanding medical bills were reduced, as part of his settlement, from $206,000.00 to $35,000.00.

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.

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

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VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
  • In 2019, we settled or won, at trial/mediation/arbitration, 111 personal injury cases. Our clients recovered just under ten million dollars. In the last eleven years, we have settled/won over one thousand cases and our clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Our Offices
  • Dover Office
    77 Union Street, Suite 2A
    Corner of Rt. 46 and Union Street
    Dover, New Jersey 07801
    Phone: 973-366-3900
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Newton Office
    93 Spring Street
    Suite 406
    Newton, New Jersey 07860
    Phone: 973-512-2207
    Fax: 973-813-3360
  • Elmwood Park Office
    One Broadway
    Suite 304
    Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07470
    Phone: 201-794-3131
    Fax: 201-794-0812
  • Bernardsville Office
    150 Morristown Road
    Suite 103
    Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
    Phone: 862-263-0770
    Fax: 973-813-3360