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Personal Injury Verdicts & Awards

UIM Arbitrators Award $610,000 in Rear End Crash D'Angelo v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

August 9, 2004

Date of Award:
June 11, 2004

Court and Case Number:
C.P. Luzerne, 2003 Term, No. 7652c.

Type of Action:
Underinsured motorist claim

Disc herniations with impingement; radiculopathy

Plaintiff's Attorney:
Amanda Wright-Kluger, HKQ Law, Kingston

Defense Attorney:
Michael T. Savitsky, Margolis Edelstein, Scranton

Plaintiff's Expert:
Albert D. Janerich, M.D., physiatry, Kingston

Defense Expert:
Robert T. O'Leary, M.D., physiatry, Scranton; Bill Walker, vocational expert, Scranton

In February 1999, Joseph and Elaine D'Angelo sustained injuries when their vehicle was rear-ended in a motor vehicle collision, according to attorneys for the D'Angelos and their carrier, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. The present case stemmed from a claim for underinsured motorist benefits with Liberty Mutual.

Joseph D'Angelo, 52, who had to be cut out of the vehicle after the accident, sustained injuries including several disk herniations and EMG demonstrated radiculopathy, the attorneys said. Angelo attempted to return to work as a Capitol police officer, but he retired due to his inability to perform the job as a result of his injuries.

The D'Angelos and Liberty Mutual disagreed over the cause of the injury and the extent of damages. According to the plaintiffs, D'Angelo testified that he intended to work until age 65, meaning that he had lost more than 10 years of wages as a result of the accident.

In the same accident, the plaintiffs claimed Elaine D'Angelo sustained injuries to her hand, low back, neck, wrist and leg.

The D'Angelos' UIM claim went before an arbitration panel, which awarded Joseph D'Angelo $550,000 and Elaine D'Angelo $60,000, according to the attorneys.

PLEASE NOTE: Every case is fact specific, and these results do not guaranty the same results will be obtained in a different case.

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HKQ Law is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nine attorneys at HKQ Law were recently named to the 2019 Best Lawyers List and has been designated a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury, medical malpractice litigation labor law and corporate law in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history on behalf of injured clients. The firm was also recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A. Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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