On December 4, 2015, Richard was exiting a mechanic shop when he was struck by a forklift! He had a brief loss of consciousness and when he woke up, everything in his pockets were scattered all over the place. According to the police report, blame was actually put on Richard for walking in front of the forklift (see original diagram below). Richard felt pain in his neck, back, shoulder and left side of his body (left knee, leg, arm, hand, hip, elbow, and foot). He was transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Bellevue Hospital Center where he was evaluated, treated, and released home with a cane.
Richard suffered a cervical/lumbar sprain (requiring pain management injections), a left shoulder sprain, a left foot sprain, and a left hip sprain. Due to the severity of his back injury, he underwent lumbar spine surgery. As a result of the surgery, Richard suffered complications that caused him to develop a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis also known as DVT) that required the hospital to cut open his leg to relieve the pressure (see photo below). Before the accident, Richard was employed as a full-time employee with duties involving lifting, carrying, sitting, standing and walking. After the accident, Richard had difficulty walking, bending, sleeping and lifting. As a result, Richard was incapacitated from employment. He attended physical therapy, chiropractic care, heat and acupuncture three times per week. Richard also uses a back brace, a cane, and prescribed medication to help alleviate his injuries.
Richard initially hired another lawyer from a previous case. That lawyer did not check in with Richard at all and he felt neglected as a client. Then, once he got into the forklift accident, the other lawyer started giving him attention because it was a serious case. Unfortunately, even when he met with that lawyer to discuss the forklift case, that lawyer could not find his file since it was buried under other client files! Not acceptable. Around that time, Richard heard about The Case Handler team. Richard was so impressed by Adam when they first spoke, that he decided to fire the previous lawyer. While the police report put Richard at fault for the accident, The Case Handler team successfully proved he was the victim! As for the result, the maximum policy limit was $2,000,000.00 and with the help of our team at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, Richard recovered an astounding $1,800,000.00 settlement award!