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Personal Injury Verdicts & Awards

Jury awards more than $1.4M in vehicle mishap case (pedestrian accident)

A civil court jury has awarded a total sum of $1,457,694 in connection with two separate, but related, legal actions brought as the result of a vehicular accident which claimed the life of one person and resulted in injuries to a second.

The mishap occurred Aug. 15, 1988, on Route 309 in Wright Township.

Fatally injured in the mishap was Stacy Ann Galardi, 15, of 66 W. Hartford St., Ashley.

Injured was Leigh Ann Savitski, 15, of 267 Church St., Mountaintop.

Plaintiffs in the case are Joseph and Kathleen Galardi, parents and co-administrators of their daughter's estate, and John and Mary Savitski, parents and natural guardians of Leigh Ann.

Listed as defendants in both cases were Joseph P. Minzola of 139 Middletown Road, Freeland, and Energy Technologies Inc., 634 Perry St., Hazleton.

The lawsuits contended that the two young girls were walking in a southernly direction along Route 309, near Church Road, in Wright township, when they were struck by a van driven by Minzola and owned by Energy Technologies Inc.

Stacy Ann Galardi died Sept. 5, 1988.

Judge Gifford Cappellini presided at the seven-day trial with a jury of seven men and five women with two alternates.

The jury award in the lawsuit brought by Joseph and Kathleen Galardi totaled $55,975 under the Wrongful Death Act.

This amount included medical expenses, $51,570.32, and funeral expenses of $4,405.

Also, the amount of damages sustained by the plaintiffs under the Survival Act: Loss of Stacy Galardi's future earnings capacity, less personal maintenance, $950,000 and the pre-impact fright suffered by Stacy Galardi, $50,000.

The total amount awarded by the jury in the legal action brought by John and Mary Savitski and their daughter, Leigh Ann, was: $401,719.

This amount included the following:

Past and present medical expenses, $1,719.85; future medical expenses, $50,000; past and present physical pain and suffering, $100,000; future physical pain and suffering, $50,000; past and present emotional distress and mental anguish, $35,000; future emotional distress and mental anguish, $20,000; past and present loss of pleasures and enjoyment of life, $5,000; future loss of pleasures and enjoyment of life, $5,000.

Also, past and present humiliation and embarrassment, $10,000; future humiliation and embarrassment, $25,000; disfigurement and scaring she has suffered to date and which she will continue to suffer for the duration of her life, $100,000.

The plaintiffs in both cases were represented by Attorney Joseph Quinn, assisted by Attorney John Nardone and Melissa Scartelli and paralegal Rita Groves.

Defendants were represented by Attorney Mark A. Ciarvarella, Jr.

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

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. 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, Jr. 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. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in 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.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



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