HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS RECOVERED FOR OUR CLIENTS
WE WORK HARD, DIG DEEP, AND OBTAIN SUCCESSFUL RESULTS FOR OUR CLIENTS
At Reiff & Bily, we don’t believe in “the easy A”. We work harder. From experience, we know that almost every problem has many sources. It’s not just the driver of the other car that causes an injury. It’s can be bad engineering, the poor lighting, and many other factors. And we diligently follow all of them. We prepare people to be on the witness stand, so they are confident. We make sure the facts are clear, powerful and sharp. Facts tell the story.
In many cases, the company we are suing will settle for a very large sum instead of taking the risk of going to court. That’s a good deal for our client, who gets a large, guaranteed award without the trauma of a trial. But as part of the settlement, the company may also demand that we keep the agreement confidential. That protects them from pile-on lawsuits. But it means we can’t publish details of our best cases here.
Automobile accident traumatic brain injury
Our client was traveling in his personal vehicle on a highway when another vehicle collided with his car. He was taken in for medical treatment. Over the course of medical visits and interviews, treating physicians began to suspect that the client had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) causing a mild cognitive deficit. Unfortunately, this initial diagnosis of a mild injury failed to capture its true severity including its cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deficits.
Despite an initial diagnosis of a mild injury and defense experts lined-up and ready to testify that no injury had occurred, Reiff & Bily attorneys were able to marshal the evidence to demonstrate life-altering, catastrophic, and permanent traumatic brain injuries. By showing that a severe brain injury had occurred and that its cause was the automobile accident, our attorneys were able to secure a confidential multi-million dollar settlement in a case that other attorneys valued at significantly less than six figures. Our attorneys negotiated the settlement to fully account for the client’s and his wife’s needs by including damages to compensate for lost past wages, future lost wages due to an inability to work, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain & suffering.
$ 5.7 million
Brain injury caused during radiographic procedure
The patient goes into the diagnostic procedure expecting to get help and answers. Instead, life-altering brain damage occurs. The client required a lifetime of special care; the family was left with shattered hopes and dreams. By diving deeply into the case, we discovered that a record had been changed…implying a coverup of medical error.
Another lawyer told our client that the maximum value of their claim was $200,000. We found that he had many subtle but critical impairments of his thinking that added up to serious brain injury. The jury agreed.
A woman was referred by her HMO to a psychiatrist to treat depression. She was drugged and sexually assaulted, and eventually stalked and threatened, by the man. In researching the case, we discovered he had actually stolen his credentials. The health plan had failed uncover the fraud in their review of his credentials, exposing our client—and, it turned out, 27 others—to his criminal actions. Without our intervention, he would potentially still be victimizing patients.
Our client shattered his ankle on a slide at a waterpark, due to rubbery, gripping water shoes he bought there just half an hour earlier. Our expert was able to show exactly how the shoes were responsible for the injury. We made it clear how cynical the park was in continuing to sell the shoes even though they were dangerous on the attractions. (In fact their own lifeguards weren’t wearing the shoes.) As a result the jury came back after just 3 hours to ask: “Is there any limit to what we can award?”
Our Mennonite client formerly worked full time, then used all his savings and vacation to go do hurricane relief and other good works around the world. In his 70s, still working, he fell on the job one day, cracking the back of his head. He was taken to the ER, but even though he was on blood thinners and had other risk factors, he was given no CAT or MRI scan. Because of the bleeding in his brain, over hours, he suffered extensive brain damage which put him in a wheelchair for the next 10 years.
His case had been badly mishandled by his first attorneys, who had failed to get him any relief over 8 years. When we took it over, we made the suffering of this stoic family plain to the jury, and achieved a much more just result.
Motor vehicle rollover accident
Several lawyers turned down this case. We couldn’t walk away from the suffering of these victims. We took time to research the accident history of this particular type of vehicle and found it was involved in a very high number of similar crashes.
We found the hidden memos and evidence that they went to great lengths to conceal. It showed the company knew about several major engineering problems—and had failed to make the inexpensive changes that would have saved lives. The company settled for multiple 8 figures.
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