PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS FOR THE ELDERLY:
$350,000 FOR ELDERLY VICTIM OF HOUSEFIRE,
$295,000 FOR GRANDMOM ESCORTING GRANDCHILDREN,
$128,656 FOR ELDERLY SLIP AND FALL VICTIM
Petrillo and Goldberg recently resolved three personal injury claims for elderly clients.
The first was an elderly victim of a house fire. The claimant left a pot cooking on her kitchen stove which caught fire. The victim believed that her fire alarm system would automatically call local fire officials as it had done in the past. She suffered burn injury when fire officials did not receive the automatic signal and she attempted to put the fire out by herself. Petrillo and Goldberg brought suit against her fire alarm company and telephone servicer which allegedly cut the fire alarm system’s automatic alarm connection to local authorities.
“Insurance companies get really nervous when an elderly claimant testifies in court because juries tend to like them so much. So we put such cases into suit as quickly as possible while exhausting all available settlement methods such as mediation or arbitration”
The second claim involved a grandmother escorting her grandchildren, who fell into a hole left when a parking meter was removed by vandals.
The third involved an elderly victim who slipped and fell on ice leaving a hair salon.
Personal injury claims for the elderly usually take on special characteristics. Generally, elderly claimants make good witnesses in front of juries. However, defense attorneys will try to lessen damages by alleging lesser life expectancies. Also, elderly claimants usually have an interest in resolving their claims more quickly as prolonged litigation can be wearisome and can prevent elderly victims from the useful benefit of their compensation awards.
Lead trial counsel, Scott Goldberg, advises that, in light of these concerns, Petrillo and Goldberg will place claims involving elderly claimants into suit and initiate all available settlement methods as quickly as possible to bring such claims to a successful conclusion. “Insurance companies get really nervous when an elderly claimant testifies in court because juries tend to like them so much,” commented Goldberg. “So we put such cases into suit as quickly as possible while exhausting all available settlement methods such as mediation or arbitration,” he added.
The results speak for themselves.