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Personal Injury Verdicts & Awards


June 3, 2002

Verdicts and Settlements



Date of Settlement: March 2002
Court and Case Number: N/A.
Judge: N/A.
Type of Action: Uninsured motorist claim.
Injuries: Degloving injury of the left foot; fractures of the second, third and fifth metatarsals of the left foot; left calcaneous and cuboid fractures; permanent scarring; gait dysfunction.
Plaintiff(s)' Attorney(s) : Joseph A. Quinn, Michelle M. Quinn, HKQ Law, Wilkes-Barre.
Defense Attorney(s) : Robert Panowicz, Wilkes-Barre.
Plaintiff(s) - Expert(s) : Kenneth Gentilezza, M.D., physiatrist; Andrew Verzilli, Ph.D., economist; George Ritz, M.D., orthopedic surgery; Richard M. Jay, M.D., podiatrist; George Speace, M.D., plastic surgeon; Jack Henzes, M.D. orthopedic surgeon; Sanford Sternlieb, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. Defendant(s) Expert(s): N/A.


Shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, 1997, David Shepherd, 55, was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Lake Side Drive in Harveys Lake Borough. His wife Nancy was his passenger.

As they were driving around the lake, a group of three motorcycles approached traveling in the opposite direction. All three bikes were in Shepherd's lane of travel.

Shepherd was able to avoid the first two, but was struck head on by the third. Both Shepherd and his wife were thrown from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. The tortfeasor was also thrown from his bike, but left the scene before providing identification.

After collecting $60,000 in UM coverage from their motorcycle insurance carrier, the Shepherds made UM claims against their personal auto policy and Shepherd s commercial business policy.
Erie tendered its $2 million policy limits prior to the arbitration hearing.

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

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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