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Boy Wins $14M Settlement in DWI

Mar 13, 2001 @ 08:55 PM — by David Worby

A Yonkers boy who suffered permanent injuries after being hit by a twice-convicted drunken driver two years ago has won a $14 million settlement. Carlton Jackson Jr., 11, was comatose for two weeks and endured several operations after he was hit by a Stanlou Tobacco delivery truck. He had been crossing Warburton Ave., and the collision sent him flying headlong into a fence. Driver Keith Crosby, who witnesses said ran into a nearby bodega to buy breath mints after the accident, is serving a four-year prison sentence fort the DWI, his third conviction. My son was struck down brutally and harshly by this shameless drunk who was allowed to drive despite his history of DWI, said Carlton Jackson Sr. Even with therapy and rehab, Carlton will never be the same again. The family s lawyer, David Worby, said the boy will have to undergo physical therapy for the rest of his life. The settlement ends a civil suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that named Crosby, Stanlou, and

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Boy Hit by Van Wins $14.4M Settlement

Mar 13, 2001 @ 11:47 AM — by David Worby

A $14.4 million out-of-court settlement was awarded yesterday to an 11-year-old boy, who was run over by a delivery driver with a history of drunken-driving convictions. A $14.4 million out-of-court settlement was awarded yesterday to an 11-year-old boy, who was run over by a delivery driver with a history of drunken-driving convictions. Carlton Jackson Jr. was walking to a nearby bodega to pick up a loaf of bread for his mother on April 24, 1999, when a delivery van driven by Keith Crosby hit him. The impact from the crash sent Jackson, then 9, flying across the road. He suffered brain damage, a fractured femur, a ruptured spleen and other life-altering injuries. Crosby was drunk at the time of the accident. The 40-year-old Yonkers man had been convicted of two other driving-while-intoxicated charges, including one in 1994 that resulted in five years probation, court-ordered alcohol treatment and the revocation of his license. He is currently serving a four-year sentence in

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Construction Worker Wins $4.7M Lawsuit

Dec 15, 2000 @ 04:42 PM — by David Worby

A 34-year-old construction worker who was left paralyzed by a fall at a Yorktown work site two years ago has laid claim to a $4.7 million settlement. A 34-year-old construction worker who was left paralyzed by a fall at a Yorktown work site two years ago has laid claim to a $4.7 million settlement. Palemon Mendez of White Plains has been living alone, without the benefit of workers compensation, in a situation his lawyer called commonplace for local immigrant workers. The plaintiff will finally be able to provide daily care for himself and pay for the future medical treatment so desperately needed and previously denied to him, said his attorney, David E. Worby. Worby said immigrant workers, like his client, often find themselves without protection afforded other American workers. This area has had an influx of Hispanic immigrants, and sometimes they have to struggle to be treated as citizens, he said. Mendez was working on an elevated platform at the Canterbury

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$30M Suit in School Bus Death

Dec 1, 2000 @ 04:38 PM — by David Worby

The mother of a 14-year-old Greenburgh girl who was crushed to death by her school bus last month broke down and wept yesterday as lawyers announced a $30 million lawsuit against the bus company and bus driver.

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Ex-Five Towns Student Wins $480G for Injuries

Nov 15, 2000 @ 04:26 PM — by David Worby

A former student of Five Towns College in Dix Hills has been awarded $480,000 from the college after a Westchester jury found the college liable for an injury she received while living in off-campus housing. The jury also awarded Jennifer Frank $1.1 million from the hotel, the Woodbury Ramada Inn. But Frank settled her claim against the hotel before the jury reached its verdict June 2, and will receive a lesser amount. The lawsuit began in 1995 when Frank, a pianist from Ryebrook in Westchester County, severed a wrist nerve, an artery, and some muscle on a broken window at the hotel. Five Towns, a music college, does not house students on campus and recommends they live at area hotels. A self-taught musician who could not afford lessons, Frank learned to play the piano from friends.Before her accident, Frank dreamed of becoming a singer and songwriter. According to her lawyer, Howard Frederick, the injury made that impossible. It took away her passion, her dream, he said

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Should Car Phone Makers Be Liable?

Oct 15, 2000 @ 02:41 PM — by David Worby

Car phone companies believe you can drive and talk at the same time. But a lawsuit filed in New York recently would hold them responsible for what drivers do behind the wheel. New technologies can improve our lives. But when a new product however beneficial it may be has the side effect of placing lives in danger, then the manufacturer must take responsibility for protecting consumers. And that is why I have just filed a case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan against Motorola, the largest manufacturer of mobile phones in America, for $35 million. Cellular phones can be useful, but some studies have indicated that there may be thousands of automobile accidents each year because people use these phones while they drive. The manufacturers of car phones have the resources and the technology to prevent many of these accidents and they have a legal and moral responsibility to do so. I represent Ronald Silber s family, who were seriously injured almost two years ago when ano

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New Rochelle Disputes Award to Injured Cop

Aug 1, 2000 @ 02:10 PM — by David Worby

City admits no liability despite $500,000 verdict NEW ROCHELLE The city is asking a federal judge in White Plains to set aside a $5000,000 jury verdict in favor of a police officer who fell and hurt her back at the station house in 1998. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Brieant last week heard arguments on the city s motion to set aside the verdict, which was reached after a three-day trial in early June. It is the city s position that it has no liability here, said Peter Meisels, the lawyer who was hired by the city to pursue the motion, and if that fails, an appeal. Susan Ryan was a rookie officer in July 1998 when she slipped and fell in a puddle of water in a locker room at the station house, herniating two discs in her back. She sued, claiming the puddle was an ongoing problem. Ryan s lawyer asked for $325,000 for pain and suffering. After deliberating for 2 hours and 45 minutes, the jury awarded her $500,000. Both sides agreed it is a large damage award. Ry

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America's Untold Highway Scandal

Sep 22, 1996 @ 09:14 PM — by David Worby

Five times a day, someone is killed by a truck driver who s asleep at the wheel. During the Republican National Convention in San Diego last month, a young woman was driving down the San Diego freeway when mechanical trouble forced her to the side of the road. A man traveling behind her in a van saw her plight and stopped to help. He gave her his cellular phone to call for help. Within moments, the world fell in on them. A monster truck came barreling down the Freeway and swerved toward them. It sideswiped the van, grazed the good samaritan, and slammed head-on into the woman s car, killing her instantly as she was dialing for help. A police investigation disclosed the cause of the tragedy. The truck driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. When I read the details, I assumed it was an isolated disaster, one of those horrendous, unpredictable things that happen in life. In fact, it is such a common, everyday calamity that it is a national scandal crying out for remedy.

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Courtroom Theater: When Drama Means Dollars

Aug 9, 1996 @ 04:33 PM — by David Worby

Judge says personality sets great attorneys apart [ Excerpts ] All the world s a stage. Especially for attorneys. Consider Henry Miller and David Worby, two of the area s most prominent plaintiff s attorneys who have won some of the biggest personal-injury lawsuits in the history of Westchester and Putnam counties. Using courtroom theatrics often is how attorneys get those big settlements. I play to my strengths, says Miller, who once studied acting under legendary coach Stella Adler. I m always comfortable before an audience and with words. I m as relaxed in the courtroom as out, which is a tremendous advantage. In courtrooms across the northern suburbs, attorneys practice their trade with varying levels of melodrama. State Supreme Court Justice Joan Lefkowitz sums up the personal qualities that she and her peers think make an outstanding civil attorney. A personality, meaning the ability to come off as a human being with a sense of humor, and the ability to co

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