George B. had stomach surgery in 1972 at a large New York City hospital. More than twenty years later, he experienced several episodes of fainting and eventually, his doctors discovered a 14 centimeter catheter lodged in his heart. Despite numerous unsuccessful attempts to remove the catheter, George was required to undergo an open-heart procedure to remove the catheter from his body. Since George never had a prior surgery other than the one in 1972, Chiariello & Chiariello sued the original hospital and doctors involved in the 1972 surgery. Even though more that twenty years had passed since the original malpractice, the jury awarded George B. and his wife a total verdict of $3.25 million.
James D., a chronic diabetic, was admitted to a hospital for repair of an open wound on his left foot which was not healing properly. James expected that his left foot would eventually have to be amputated. While he was anesthetized for the surgery, his right foot (which was in fine condition and not intended to be the subject of any surgery) was somehow injured. Due to the diabetes, the minor injury eventually worsened requiring the amputation of James' right foot below the knee. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $1 million.
Ray P. was a plumber working on a building that was being renovated in the Bronx when the floor collapsed underneath him. Ray suffered a fractured wrist, a broken finger and torn cartilage in his knee. Ray settled his case for a total settlement of $600,000.
Herb L., 62 years old, was a maintenance man at a Long Island Shopping Mall. While one of the stores in the mall was undergoing renovation, Herb was watching workmen lift a large ventilation unit to the second floor with a portable gantry crane. One of the crane's legs broke, knocking Herb down an escalator and rendering him a paraplegic. Chiariello & Chiariello commenced an action against the mall, crane operator and general contractor at the job site. The firm even assisted Herb in having his house renovated to accommodate his wheelchair. Herb L. settled his case for a total settlement of $3 million, a portion of that money was used to buy Herb an annuity which would give him an income for the rest of his life.
Sherry V. was a 22 year old woman who was traveling in Arizona with her boyfriend who was there on business. While they were driving in the desert one night, Sherry unbuckled her seat belt to get a soda from the back seat. At the same time, the boyfriend lost control of the vehicle and it went off the highway and rolled over. Sherry was ejected from the vehicle and killed. Although the accident occurred in Arizona, Chiariello & Chiariello started a lawsuit in New York on behalf of Sherry's parents against the driver, the rental company and the driver's employer. The case settled for $390,000.
Richard S. was a passenger in a two vehicle automobile accident with combined insurance coverage of only $50,000. Chiariello & Chiariello was able to capitalize upon an error committed by the insurance company's attorneys and forced the carrier to settle the case for $150,000.
Mira S. was struck as a pedestrian in a crosswalk and suffered a fractured skull, post-traumatic stress and seizure disorder. Chiariello & Chiariello worked closely with her family to ensure that all her medical bills were paid and that she received extensive medical assistance with medical professionals that spoke her native language. In addition to obtaining a partial advance settlement of $50,000, Chiariello & Chiariello obtained an additional settlement of $1.45 million which was used to purchase a structured settlement that will provide Mira with monthly income for the rest of her life.
Ray T. was unemployed due to a prior work related injury when the vehicle he was operating was struck in the rear by a fast moving bus, killing him instantly. Since his front seat passenger walked away from the accident without a scratch, and despite overwhelming evidence that Ray was not wearing a seatbelt, Chiariello & Chiariello was nonetheless able to negotiate a $1.25 million settlement for his 2 minor children which, when structured, will make significant guaranteed payments to them for the rest of their lives.
Jane Doe was an 11 year old who was sexually assaulted due to negligent security in the building where she lived. Prior to trial (which her parents wished to avoid entirely), Chiariello & Chiariello was able to secure a settlement package expected to pay her over $2 million during her lifetime.