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Welcome to the Results page of Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, where excellence in litigation meets unparalleled client service. Our firm takes pride in not just representing, but championing the causes of those who seek justice. Here, we showcase a selection of our significant settlements and verdicts, illustrating our commitment to securing outstanding outcomes for our clients.

At Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, we believe in making a difference—one case at a time. Our legal team combines in-depth legal knowledge, sharp negotiation skills, and a passionate advocacy to ensure that each client’s rights are fully represented. Whether it’s a complex personal injury case, a challenging medical malpractice lawsuit, or any legal battle in between, our track record speaks volumes of our dedication and success.

The cases highlighted on this page are a testament to our strategic approach and our relentless pursuit of justice. Each settlement and verdict represent not just financial compensation, but a closure and a step forward for our clients. We are honored to have been able to make such a significant impact in their lives.


$1.89 Million

$1.89 million awarded by the Special Master of the Victim Compensation Fund to the estate of a woman killed in the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. We obtained sworn statements of the decedent’s co-workers and superiors that she was anticipated to have a bright future at the company, and thus her earning capacity was greater than what might have been anticipated by simply reviewing her income prior to her untimely death. This case was handled without fee or expense to the client, as part of the Trial Lawyers Care program.


$1.75 million

$1.75 million and a full waiver of the Medicaid lien to a young woman who suffered “Dropped Foot Syndrome” due to an injury to her peroneal and sciatic nerves, when the car in which she was a passenger had a head-on collision with a leased vehicle, which was being operated by a drunk driver.


$1.7 Million

$1.7 million settlement for client who suffered a crush injury and de-gloving to his left foot when he was run over by a forklift while on the floor of a lumber warehouse in the Bronx. We argued that the driver was driving too fast and failed to notice the customer.


$1.65 Million

$1.65 million award to two young siblings, both of whom had been exposed to lead paint in their apartment during the formative years (ages 2 – 6), when lead paint peeled from the radiator pipes and window frames. We showed that lead paint has a sweet taste, attractive to children, who find it on the apartment floor as they play and ingest it. As the children got older, they experienced cognitive and neurological symptoms, resulting in poor school performance, hyperactive behavior and poor eyesight, amongst other health issues.


$1.6 Million

$1.6 million to a woman who lost her leg when she was struck by a subway car that failed to properly brake after she fell onto the tracks. Plaintiff provided evidence that demonstrated that the train was traveling too quickly upon entering the station and if moving at a slower speed would have had time to avoid the collision.


$1.6 Million

$1.6 million awarded to a retired Kentucky couple in their 60’s, struck by a semi near the border of Tennessee. This tragic accident involved a distracted trucker, not paying attention to electronic highway signs indicated “traffic up ahead”, that failed to slow from his 80 mph speed and careened into multiple stopped vehicles. Our clients were 2 of 5 parties injured during the impact, and sadly the trucking company only had $1 million of underlying coverage and $1 million of excess insurance, which was tendered almost immediately. At mediation, with the help of our local counsel, we argued that our client’s suffered the most severe injuries. The husband suffered a brain hemorrhage, a nasal fracture and a rib fracture. His wife suffered multiple injuries, causing her to slip into a coma at the scene, never regaining consciousness. She died shortly thereafter. The mediator awarded us $1.4 million of the $2 million policy limits. We were also able to obtain the uninsured motorist coverage on the vehicle they were traveling in, their own vehicle’s coverage, and a small homeowner’s policy, getting our clients an additional $300,000 which was still too little for this tragedy, but all that was available.


$1.5 Million

$1.5 million medical malpractice settlement for a 48 year old woman who went to the hospital due an anaphylactic reaction from accidently eating seafood. The hospital administered epinephrine shots into both of the clients legs to stop the allergic reaction, but ended up causing the client nerve damage. The plaintiff was eventually diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Syndrome (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in all extremities, and required the implantation of permanent spinal cord stimulator, a device used to exert pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord to control chronic pain.


$1.5 million

$1.5 million for a construction worker who herniated cervical discs and required surgery after the oversized jackhammer he was using, to perform deck repair work on a major New York City bridge, punched completely through the bridge deck, causing him to nearly fall to his death and dangle by the machine’s pneumatic hose. We sued the owner and general contractor and the court held that both parties put the plaintiff in an unreasonable risk of serious injury.


$1.5 Million

$1.5 million medical malpractice settlement to victim’s estate for a hospital’s failure to diagnose and treat a condition known as spinal epidural abscess. The hospital argued that the condition was extremely difficult to diagnose because it was consistent with multiple pathologies. However, our experts opined that routine follow-up on any of the differential diagnoses, as well as film studies, would have revealed the existence of the abscess such that it could have been treated before resulting in permanent injury.


$1.5 Million

$1.5 million for the family of a Long Island mother, whose ovarian cancer progressed to a terminal stage due to a Manhattan hospital’s failure to properly treat the disease after Stage 1 ovarian cancer was found following a hysterectomy. Two years later, when the cancer was found, it had developed to Stage 4 and led to the plaintiff’s untimely death at 60 years of age.


$1.5 Million

$1.5 million medical malpractice settlement for a woman who lost her eyesight following complications from surgery. The defendant doctor failed to promptly see his patient, despite complaints of severe burning and redness. By the time he examined her, the damage was done and her eyesight was permanently lost.


$1.425 Million

$1.425 million verdict in a products liability case, whereby a high school teacher was seriously injured while using a home exercise device that hooks into any doorframe and allows a person to perform pull-ups and sit-ups using their own body weight. The accident happened when the device unhooked from the frame, as the plaintiff was doing reverse crunches, causing the plaintiff to land on his head and fracture a vertebrae in his neck. He underwent spinal fusion to insert a cage, which left him with mild numbness in his hands. The company was Chinese-based, so we sued and collected from the U.S. product distributor.


$1.375 Million

$1.375 million awarded to an elderly Rhode Island couple who sued their condominium association when the rear deck of their newly constructed home collapsed due to faulty construction and contractor shortcuts. The plaintiff husband sustained serious leg injuries, while the wife sustained internal injuries.


$1.35 Million

$1.35 million paid to a 35-year-old Queens mother of three, who sustained multiple cervical herniations requiring decompressive laminotomy/facetectomy after her car was struck by a driver who ran a red light. The patient was left with a permanent range of motion problems in her neck. All bills were paid by no-fault insurance.


$1.3 Million

$1.3 million settlement during a medical malpractice trial for an infant that suffered a brachial plexus injury during delivery because the doctors failed to properly estimate the fetal weight and consider a Caesarian section. The baby then got stuck in the birth canal during birth, which necessitated excessive pulling on the infant’s head and right arm with forceps. As a result, the baby suffered minor paralysis in certain arm muscles and required several years of physical therapy.


$1.25 Million

$1.25 million settlement on the eve of Arbitration for this 31-year-old man Westchester, who was a passenger in a Ride-Share vehicle that was violently struck by another vehicle in Yonkers. The plaintiff suffered serious neck and back injuries that led to an anterior cervical disc excision and fusion at C3-4, C4-5 and C-6 with interbody fusion using. allograft bone at C3-4, C4-5 and C5-6 and a decompressive laminectomy of the thoracic spine at T5, T6, T7, T8 and T9 with decompression of the spinal cord as well as posterior instrumentation of the thoracic spine from T5 through T9 with bone grafting for fusion. After collecting the entire $100,000 policy from the offending vehicle, we went after the host vehicle’s underinsurance (SUM) policy, collecting the remaining available value of $1,150,000.


$1.24 Million

$1.24 million awarded to a 5-year-old girl residing in Section 8 Housing who suffered cognitive deficits from lead paint poisoning that occurred after several years of ingesting paint chips that flaked off the radiator, window sills and walls. Following an infant compromise hearing, the money was placed in a structured settlement, to protect the money and to provide monthly payments over the course of her adult life.


$1.05 Million

$1.05 million verdict for a Queens packaging manager who fell off a commercial roof while shoveling, due to icy conditions and a missing parapet wall. The plaintiff suffered a fractured coccyx, a fractured sacrum and a comminuted right calcaneal fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation, as well as a second surgery to remove the hardware.


$1 Million

$1 million tendering of the defendant’s insurance policy for a woman struck and run over by a tractor-trailer. The plaintiff sustained multiple fractures to her sacrum, pubic rami, tibia and fibula and a degloving of a portion of her leg. She required multiple surgeries, including bone graft surgery, open reduction internal fixation and debridement.


$1 Million

$1 million insurance policy issued to a 13 year old Westchester boy, who was run over by a car while he was on his bicycle. The plaintiff sustained pelvic and sacral fractures from one of the car tires running over his mid-section. He also suffered a complete urethral transection and bladder neck disruption, requiring him to undergo two surgeries and be catheterized for 10 months, during which time he needed to be home schooled. Due to the limited amount of insurance, we arranged that the money be placed in a structured settlement, and it is anticipated that, as a result, the plaintiff will be paid more than $4.3 million over the course of his lifetime.

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