Personal Injury

A personal injury occurs when a person suffers physical or psychological injury as a result of an accident. The most common “accident” claims are traffic and highway accidents, work-place accidents, at-home injuries, and medical and dental accidents and/or negligence as well as industrial diseases. An “accident” may also be the result of an intentional tort, such as false arrest, invasion of privacy, slander, libel, defamation or other harmful conduct.

The Law Firm of Duffy + Fulginiti can quickly assemble an expert team of attorneys with the skills best suited to address the individual circumstances of a wide variety of personal injury cases. The firm provides its clients with personalized attention and assists its clients in making informed decisions. Duffy + Fulginiti has an outstanding reputation for providing the victims of personal injuries with effective and efficient legal representation.

  • In Doe, Duffy +Fulginiti negotiated a record-setting settlement, of which $54,350,000 was not confidential, for a young teenager who was helping in a food truck owned by her aunt when an explosion in the truck left her with disfiguring burns on over 65% of her body. It was determined that the cause of the explosion was a propane tank, and further discovered that a U-Haul outlet where the food truck’s tanks were taken regularly to be replenished was filling defective tanks illegally and with uncertified personnel. This settlement is reported to be the largest Pennsylvania state court pre-verdict settlement in history for a minor. It is also reported to be the second largest pre-verdict settlement in Pennsylvania state court history. It was negotiated as part of a larger settlement, of which $160,000,000 was not confidential, for four victims of the explosion.
  • Duffy + Fulginiti obtained a confidential settlement of $9,900,000 for a young man and his wife after the man suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell from a stationary bus after leaning against the door, not realizing the door latch was not working properly.
  • In Nguyen, a 53-year-old farmer, a husband and father of five, suffered second and third degree burns on 25% of his body following a portable stove malfunction. The firm, along with its product experts, cited issues with packaging, labelling, and a lack of instructions (both in the package and from the seller). The seller tendered its full $1,000,000 insurance policy, and the firm also secured a $9,300,000 verdict against the manufacturer.
  • In Divon, Duffy + Fulginiti won a $6,000,000 verdict against Wills Eye Hospital for Peter Divon, a forklift operator who suffered blindness in one eye as a result of an infection which developed following a surgery to repair a detached retina. The verdict was reported as one of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania that year.
  • In Mathis, Duffy + Fulginiti obtained a $3,750,000 settlement during the fourth day of trial for a man who was injured in a low-speed, low-impact crash. There was only $750 in property damage, and there was no traumatic injury established on any x-ray, MRI or other study. However, during trial, Duffy + Fulginiti, through expert research and testimony, established that the minor accident triggered a genetic condition in Mr. Mathis, then 44, known as Ankylosing Spondylitis, a condition of which Mr. Mathis was even unaware. By the time of trial, Mr. Mathis walked with a cane as his genetic condition had caused a progressive fusing of his spine.
  • In Ward, Duffy + Fulginiti secured a $2,500,000 settlement for a woman who, while working at her job as a bank teller supervisor, sustained injuries and permanent nerve damage when a deliveryman knocked a heavy box off of a hand truck onto our client's foot and leg.
  • In one confidential matter, Duffy + Fulginiti represented a young schoolteacher who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck in a multi-car pileup following a flash freeze involving multiple vehicles. Defendants denied wrongdoing since many vehicles were involved, and claimed that the plaintiff’s injury actually came from an accident some weeks prior. The firm’s accident reconstruction experts established that the defendant drivers were at fault, since the plaintiff’s car was positioned on the side of the road, and, had the defendants been operating at safe speeds for the weather conditions, they would have had time to react. This matter settled for $2,200,000.
  • In Moyer, a a Philadelphia jury awarded $850,000 to a client who had been struck and knocked down by a delivery truck as the truck was pulling out from the loading dock. The defense argued that the driver had looked in his mirrors within seconds before the incident, and Ms. Moyer was not present. Duffy + Fulginiti successfully argued that whether Ms. Moyer was present for merely seconds or longer is immaterial as one should not move a truck without confirming it was safe to do so. The defense also argued that Ms. Moyer sustained nothing more than soft-tissue injuries.

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