Supermarket cases are seldom known to result in big recoveries. Marsha Alban defied those odds by settling a serious leg fracture for $1,750,000. The case was extensively “worked up”, both as to facts of the accident and to the complicated nature of the injuries which were sustained. The plaintiff, a wonderful woman in her 50’s, was shopping and had just turned a corner when she approached the heavily trafficked front aisle. Ahead of her on her right, she observed a spill and a single cone. As a result, she moved to the left but unfortunately fell onto her knee. She discovered that she had fallen on a red liquid substance about five feet away from where the original spill was located. In several depositions, it was established that the spill came from a 64-ounce bottle. The defendant conceded that the liquid, which caused the plaintiff to fall, came from the original spill several feet away – something, which may seem obvious, but can be a hurdle in cases such as these. The term “splatter” had been used in the store’s accident report, which helped to link the liquid on which the plaintiff fell to the original spill. Finally, Feinberg & Alban, P.C. argued that the placement of the single cone rather than cordoning off an area was insufficient to protect store patrons. In the course of the defendant’s store manager’s two-part deposition, he admitted that “we could have done better, absolutely.”
The plaintiff suffered a severe fractured patella and underwent numerous surgeries. Unfortunately, she developed an infection, which was very painful and required yet another surgery, an irrigation and debridement. However, she has been able to continue working, although the medical experts retained by Feinberg & Alban, P.C. have determined that she will have to retire at age 60, not 65, because of her injuries. Seven medical illustrations were prepared to give meaning to the plaintiff’s ordeal and would have been shown to a jury if a trial were necessitated. It was not, however, and a very favorable conclusion was reached in what is usually thought of as a very difficult case. This case will be featured in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Verdicts & Settlements in a Fall 2012 issue.
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"Robert was so accommodating to the special circumstances of our case and our family.He came to our home for meetings,for our convenience. He kept us informed and prepared for all stages of the process. He was always reachable and responsive. Robert worked tireless for us and towards the best possible outcome. Our case was recently settled for what Robert anticipated. I cannot imagine a more positive experience. I would choose Robert all over again."
"Colleen Santora was very attentive to my needs throughout the duration of my cases. Additionally, she was very effective in communicating with me regarding any issues that came up or any questions that I had. I felt that Colleen was truly on my side, and this greatly decreased the level of stress that I felt during the duration of my cases. I am very happy with the results that Colleen was able to achieve for me, and I highly recommend her for those seeking legal counsel in the Boston area."
"Robert Feinberg and Colleen Santora represented me in a case that lasted almost four years. They showed consistently superior professionalism, skill, and knowledge throughout the process, and worked tirelessly with persistence and patience to achieve an excellent settlement. Moreover, they placed a high degree of importance on ethical behavior and honest communication. I recommend them and the firm unequivocally."
"My Family contacted Feinberg & Alban after my mother was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. She suffered a life threating brain hemorrhage, a broken neck, and will be affected by traumatic brain injury symptoms for the rest of her life. Thanks to the efforts of Robert and his team my mother was accepted as a patient by the best neurological doctors and health care professionals in the state of Massachusetts. Ultimately Robert was able to negotiate a very favorable settlement for my mother. I would highly recommend Feinberg & Alban to anyone with a personal injury case."
"So glad that Feinberg & Alban were recommended to me after I was injured in a car accident. I'd never been in an accident before, didn't know what to do, didn't know how to deal with the insurance companies, didn't know what to expect with the process. Fortunately, Marsha Alban is experienced, knowledgeable and excellent at her job. She put me at ease right away, and explained the options I had. Throughout the process, Marsha and her team handled everything, keeping me apprised along the way. I'm pleased with the outcome and happy that I had Feinberg and Alban on my side."