Case Summaries

VERDICTS

Combined $95 Million Verdict For Victims Of Serial Killer

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorneys Mark Altemose and Kelly Rambo Williams won a combined jury verdict of $95 million for eight victims of serial killer nurse Charles Cullen.  The individual verdicts included:

  • $18 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate, husband and three daughters of a 41-year-old woman
  • $16 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate and wife of a 73-year-old man
  • $15 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate of a 67-year-old woman
  • $10 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate and husband of a 79-year-old man
  • $10 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate and daughter of a 83-year-old man
  • $10 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate and daughter of a 83-year-old man
  • $9 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate of a 90-year-old man
  • $8 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, for the estate of an 83-year-old man

$4.36 Million Construction Accident Verdict

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorneys, Mark Altemose and Kelly Rambo Williams won a $4.36 million verdict in the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County for a 55-year-old client whose leg was amputated above the knee as a result of injuries he sustained in a construction site accident. At the time that the client's leg was crushed, he was acting as a volunteer during a remodeling project for a church. The drywall subcontractor negligently stacked 20 sheets of drywall in the hallway directly in front of the outlets that our client needed to access to perform his work. This action was a violation of good construction site practices and standards.

As he was in the process of attempting to move the drywall sheets, they fell on his leg trapping him underneath for over 10 hours. By the time he was found, his leg had sustained such severe and extensive injury that it had to be amputated. Both Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo lawyers alleged that the contractors were negligent for violating OSHA regulations that required all hallways be kept cleared of stacked materials. After a 10-day jury trial, both the contractor and subcontractor were found negligent. They awarded our client a total of $4,368,847.10.

$3.9 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

After five days of trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, a Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorney was successful in obtaining a verdict of $3,973,000 against Dr. Joseph M. Skutches and St. Luke's Hospital. The lawsuit was based upon a failure to recommend the biopsy of a breast lump that led to an 11-month delay in the diagnosis of cancer. As a result of this medical negligence our client, who had a 20 percent chance of survival, lost her battle with cancer.

$1.5 Million Construction Accident Verdict

Jury verdict of $1.5 million for a 36-year-old man who suffered a post-traumatic concussion syndrome with vestibulopathy and loss of sense of smell as a result of being struck by concrete escaping from a burst defective concrete pump truck hose. The pretrial settlement offer was $300,000.

$1.124 Million Underinsured Motorists Arbitration Verdict

Arbitration verdict of $1.124 million for a 22-year-old woman who suffered two lumbar herniated disks as a result of a car accident. Pretrial settlement offer was $275,000.

$825,000 Underinsured Motorists Arbitration Verdict

Verdict of $825,000 for a 23-year-old woman who suffered labral tears and a lesion to the head of her femur as a result of a bus accident. The pretrial settlement offer was $400,000.

$697,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict

Arbitration Verdict of $697,000 for a 46-year-old man who suffered lumbar disk injuries as a result of medical malpractice.

$500,000 Underinsured Motorists Arbitration Verdict

Verdict of $500,000 for a 51-year-old woman who suffered an aggravation of knee arthritis resulting in severe degeneration of the knee and the likely need for one and possibly two knee replacement surgeries. Pretrial settlement offer was $9,000.

Three Medical Malpractice Verdicts Over $500,000

$450,000 Car Accident Verdict

Arbitration verdict of $450,000 for a 53-year-old woman who suffered an aggravation of pre-existing degenerative spinal and disk disease as a result of a car accident.

$440,000 Trucking Accident Verdict, Which Included $150,000 In Punitive Damages

$300,000 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdict

Jury verdict of $300,000 for a 36-year-old woman who suffered an aggravation of pre-existing degenerative disk disease, herniated disk and lumbar radiculopathy as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Pretrial offer of settlement was $0.

$300,000 Medical Malpractice Verdict

Jury verdict of $300,000 for a 28-year-old woman who suffered a punctured bladder during laparoscopic surgery as a result of medical malpractice. The pretrial settlement offer was $0.

$285,000 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdict

Summary jury verdict of $285,000 for a 46-year-old woman who suffered a nondisplaced vertebrae fracture and a herniated disk as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The pretrial settlement offer was $20,000.

SETTLEMENTS

Defective Hip Implant Clients Recover More Than $16 Million

Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, the manufacturer of the defective DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement, has agreed to a settlement totaling $2.5 billion for victims of the defective hip replacement whose hip replacement was removed and replaced as of August 31, 2013. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo represents over 100 victims of this defective product, including 60 who fall within this group. We recovered over $16 million for our clients from the initial settlement. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo continues to vigorously pursue the remaining cases against J&J.

Defective Implant Clients to Recover Another $5.8 Million

Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, the manufacturer of the defective DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement, has reached a second settlement with additional Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo clients. In this settlement, the firm's clients will recover $5.8 million, bringing the total recovery to the firm's client to more than $22 million.

$2 Million Industrial Accident Products Liability Settlement

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorney, Mark Altemose, obtained a $2 million settlement in an industrial workplace accident. Our client was a 57-year-old maintenance worker for the borough of Lehighton, and was injured when a sewer line suddenly and unexpectedly exploded while he was performing a routine maintenance procedure. The explosion was caused as a result of certain chemicals being improperly introduced into the sewer.

As a result of the explosion, our client suffered serious injuries to his face and head including, burning injuries to his face and eyes. A product liability lawsuit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County based upon defective design.

$2 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

$2 Million In Automobile Accident Settlement

$1.86 Million In Route 22 Auto Crash

Our client was operating her 1996 Jeep Cherokee east on Route 22 in Whitehall, Lehigh County Pennsylvania and was on her way to work. As she entered the area of Fullerton Bridge over Route 22, a tractor-trailer owned and operated by the Vidov Trucking Inc. struck the bottom of the bridge causing the container that it was carrying to fall to the ground. Our client was unable to avoid the container causing her to suffer severe blunt trauma injuries that caused her immediate death.

Partner Mark Altemose of Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo brought a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Court against the driver of the truck and his employer. The evidence revealed that these companies also caused the accident by either failing to provide the dimensions of the container on the shipping documents or by supplying the wrong dimensions for the container on the shipping documents supplied to Vidov Trucking.

After extensive litigation and the involvement of the client's underinsured motorist insured company, a total settlement was reached in the amount of $1,860,000 payable to the Plaintiff's estate and her heirs.

$1 Million Pharmacy Malpractice Settlement

Settlement of $1.4 million for a 67-year-old woman who suffered a stroke and lost partial vision in both eyes as a result of pharmacy malpractice.

$1 Million Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement

Settlement of $1.1 million for a 21-year-old man who suffered facial fractures, loss of teeth and fractures of the arm and leg as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

$1 Million Industrial Accident Settlement

$1 Million Product Liability Settlement

$950,000 Work Site Machinery Settlement

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorney Mark Altemose settled a workplace-related injury filed in the United State District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for $950,000. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo's client resides in Lehighton, and the injury occurred at his place of employment in Macungie. The Plaintiff suffered an amputation injury to the first and second toes and partial amputation of his third toe while he was assisting in the process of unloading a 35,000 gallon plastic fire truck poly tank that was going to be used on the body of a fire truck. As the tank was being hoisted from the truck bolts that are attached to the rigging system to the tank for the purpose of lifting the tank failed, and the tank weighing just under 3,000 pounds fell and crushed the Plaintiff's left foot.

Attorney Altemose sued both the manufacturer of the rigging system used to lift the tank as well as the company that manufactured the wrapping around the tank. Both of these claims asserted a product liability defect in the design and manufacture of the faulty equipment. There were approximately $110,000 in past medical expenses and a loss of earning capacity claim. Even though the Plaintiff will return at his former position, attorney Altemose was able to negotiate a settlement with both defendants in the amount of $950,000.

$875,000 Slip-And-Fall Settlement

Settlement of $875,000 for 52-year-old man who suffered a herniated lumbar disk as a result of a slip and fall on a wet floor.

$855,575 Motorcycle Accident Settlement

Settlement of $855,575 for a 46-year-old man who suffered complex fractures of the tibia and fibula as a result of a motorcycle accident.

$850,000 Car Accident Settlement

Settlement of $850,000 for a 48-year-old man who suffered bilateral carotid aneurysms as a result of a car accident.

$800,000 Construction Accident Settlement

Settlement of $800,000 for a 33-year-old man who suffered a broken leg in a construction accident where steel beams being unloaded from a truck slid from their rigging and struck his leg.

$775,000 Road Construction Accident Settlement

Settlement of $775,000 for a 52-year-old man who suffered an aggravation of pre-existing spondylolisthesis and a herniated disk when a tractor-trailer hit his truck during road construction.

$770,000 Car Accident Settlement

Settlement of $770,000 for a 59-year-old man who suffered facial fractures and a concussion with post-traumatic vestibulopathy as a result of a car accident.

$750,000 Pedestrian Accident Settlement

Settlement of $750,000 for a 67-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian and suffered numerous serious injuries.

$750,000 Defective Product Settlement

Settlement of $750,000 for a 44-year-old man who suffered nerve and ligament injuries to his left elbow and wrist as a result of a defective access/egress system on a fire truck.

$700,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement

Settlement of $700,000 for a 41-year-old man who suffered a herniated disk as a result of medical malpractice.

$700,000 Slip-And-Fall Settlement

Settlement of $700,000 for a 45-year-old man who suffered an aggravation of cervical degenerative disease as a result of a fall into an open manhole.

$600,000 Defective Product Settlement

Settlement of $600,000 for a 24-year-old man who suffered amputations of most of the middle three fingers on his left nondominant hand as a result of a defective plate bending roll machine.

$600,000 Car Accident Settlement

Settlement of $600,000 for a 42-year-old woman who suffered a hemorrhagic contusion and shear injury of the brain as a result of a car accident.

$600,000 Underinsured Motorist Accident Settlement

Settlement of $600,000 for a 46-year-old man who suffered a cervical herniated disk in a car accident.

$472,500 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement

Settlement of $472,500 for a 46-year-old woman who suffered complex left femur fractures as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

$450,000 Defective Product Settlement

Settlement of $450,000 for a 51-year-old woman who suffered a torn rotator cuff and aggravation of cervical degenerative disease when her body was pulled into a defective roll-up machine.

$425,000 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlement

Settlement of $425,000 for a 23-year-old man who suffered fractures to his face, arm and leg as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

$350,000 Defective Product Settlement

Settlement of $350,000 for a 44-year-old man who suffered degloving injuries to his right hand as a result of his hand becoming entrapped in the rollers of a defective printing press.

$350,000 Settlement

Settlement of $350,000 for a 13-year-old boy who suffered a subdural hygroma when he struck his head on the springs of a trampoline.