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Gary Phillip Heslin

Gary Heslin’s Legal Cases

4 total

  • $1.5 million awarded to client in SEPTA case

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Outcome:
    1,500,000.00
    Description:
    $1.5 million jury trial verdict for woman with significant knee injury while a passenger on a moped that fell over when it ran into a pothole. The driver of the moped only had a $15,000 insurance policy. Mr. Heslin argued that Septa was also responsible for his client's injury for failure to fix the pothole. Septa denied the claim and used a highly tactical defense that septa needed to have advance written notice of the pothole before they could be held responsible. After exhaustive discovery, Mr. Heslin was able to obtain testimony from an inspector for the City of Philadelphia who produced an inspection report indicating that on a routine inspection of the area he saw and made note of the pothole and that it was his custom to mail the report to Septa. The jury accepted this testimony as the required written notice and awarded $1.5 million to his client.
  • •$700,000 settlement for client with leg injuries from trench collapse

    Practice Area:
    Slip and Fall Accident
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Outcome:
    $700,000 awarded to client
    Description:
    $700,000 settlement for client with leg injuries as a result of trench collapse. Mr. Heslin's client was an apprentice plumber who jumped into a ditch to turn off a water valve, after his friend, who was digging the ditch, ruptured the pipe with a front end loader. The friend's insurance company argued that Mr. Heslin's client caused his own injuries by jumping into the ditch and also argued that the client and his friend were co-employees, and thus the friend could not be sued because suits against co-employees are barred by workers compensation laws. Mr. Heslin was able to successfully overcome these arguments during a pretrial conference before a Judge and at the request of his client, settled the case for the final offer of $700,000.
  • $400,000 awarded to herneated disk from slip & fall incident

    Practice Area:
    Slip and Fall Accident
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Outcome:
    $400,000 awarded to client
    Description:
    $400,000 for client with herniated discs after stepping in a pothole. The defendant was the City of Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia initially refused to make any offers because they argued that the pothole had been there for months, was only about 100 feet from where the client lived, and the client had acknowledged that he knew the pothole was there. Mr. Heslin did exhaustive legal research and was able to uncover a little-known theory called "momentary inadvertence" which can effectively excuse someone from stepping into a pothole, even when they already know the pothole is there. The judge accepted this theory and the result was $400,000.
  • 500,000 awarded to 19 yr old car accident victim

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    500,000
    Description:
    $500,000 awarded to verdict in federal court for car accident victim injured on Roosevelt Blvd. in Northeast Philadelphia. The insurance company originally denies responsibility because the 19 year old accident victim had run out of gas and was trying to get his car started when he was struck