TTORNEY(S) David W. Lipcon and Mitchell J Lipcon, of Lipcon & Lipcon P.A.,
Plaintiff was a full time resident of the defendant nursing home,totally dependent on its nursing care. Plaintiff complained to her nurses that for at least three days her legs were going numb and sore. She was ignored. She was not bathed or changed during that time. When Plaintiffâ€™s family was allowed to see her, they discovered multiple large bed-sores. Her legs showed the beginning signs of gangrene. She was rushed to the hospital where it was necessary to amputate both legs below the knees. during discovery it was revealed that the nurses failed to follow their own care protocol by not turning and repositioning plaintiff every 2 hours. It was also revealed that Plaintiff was not given the proper nutrition and was unable to feed herself. Plaintiff was a Medicare patient.
During the discovery stages, her lawyers were successful in arguing to the court that they should be allowed to present a claim for punitive damages to the jury. The case settled after that ruling,and prior to trial.
RESULT: A pretrial settlement for $2,300,000.00 was reached.
Estate of Aguilera v. ACSR, Inc
$600,000 awarded to family of woman who fell in da
An adult day-care center agreed to pay $600,000.00 to the family of an elderly woman who falls out of her wheelchair while riding in the defendantâ€™s van.
J.A., 73, was a passenger in a West Active Day Center van when the driver stopped short. The lap belt that attached her wheelchair to the floor of the van became loose, causing her to slide out and hit the floor when the van stopped.
The driver acknowledged he never used a shoulder strap and was never trained to do so.
The Plaintiff sustained a severe leg injury.
CASE: Estate of Aguilera v. ACSR, Inc.
Case No,: 06-5423 CA 08
Plaintiff's Lawyers: DAVID W. LIPCON and MITCHELL J. LIPCON, of LIPCON & LIPCON, P.A.
E.D., Plaintiff, v. Miami Provisions, Inc. and Ralph De Collibus
Jul 08, 2008
PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S) David W. Lipcon and Mitchell J. Lipcon of Lipcon & Lipcon, PA
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS Plaintiff, 81, retired, was planning on meeting her grandson at the Burger King located at Collins Avenue near 183rd Street for breakfast. Plaintiff did not own a car and used public transportation for all her needs. She had just dropped off some mail at a nearby post office and was walking northbound on the sidewalk on Collins Avenue, heading for the restaurant. A Boar's Head delivery truck, owned by Miami Provisions Inc. and driven by Ralph De Cc-Anhui, was stopped at the stop sign at a shopping mall exit, facing Collins Avenue, intending to turn right (southbound). After making sure the truck was stopped, Plaintiff proceeded to walk in front of it, making it all the way across the nose of the vehicle, from its right to the left, before the truck started forward, hitting her and running over her left leg.
Plaintiff sued De Collibus and Miami Provisions for his negÂligent operation of a motor vehicle. Her lawyers contended that she had the right of way and had walked most of the way across the front of the truck before De Collibus negligently struck her.
The defense contended that Plaintiff was comparatively negÂligent. It contended that Plaintiff crossed in front of the large truck in a way that may have blocked the driver's view of her.
INJURIES/DAMAGES amputation, below-the-knee: crush injury, .foot
Plaintiffâ€™s left foot was crushed requiring multiple surgeries and eventually a below-the-knee amputation. Plaintiff sought damages for her medical bills and her past and future pain and suffering. RESULT The case settled pretrial for $990,000.
INSURER(S) Allstate Insurance Company
Ioannis Skordilis v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc.
Mar 01, 2009
$150,000.00 awarded to injured crewmember
PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Mitchell J. Lipcon and David W. Lipcon of Lipcon & Lipcon, PA
Ioannis Skordilis, Greek, second electrician aboard a Celebrity Cruises ship, was injured when he slipped and fell in the shipâ€™s stairway. He claimed that there was cleaning fluid on the steps that was not visible, causing him to fall and injure his shoulder. Mr. Skordilis was sent to Miami for medical care and treatment. He eventually underwent arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder. His orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Wilkerson, felt that Mr. Skordilis made a partial recovery from his injuries but was limited in the amount of weight he could lift to 25 lbs. or less. Shipâ€™s regulations call for a shipâ€™s electrician to be able to lift at least 50 lbs. Therefore, Mr. Skordilis could no longer work on a ship. The Defendant claimed Mr. Skordilis could find a job, on shore, as an electrician.
RESULT: The case was settled just prior to trial for $150,000.00
Inna Budnytska vs. 10 Le June Road, Inc., Airport Regency Hotel, Airport Regency Management, Inc
$300,000.00 awarded to woman assaulted at hotel
PLAINTIFFâ€™S ATTORNEY(S): David W. Lipcon and Mitchell J. Lipcon of Lipcon & Lipcon, PA.
Ms. Budnytska, a native of the Ukraine, was working aboard the Norwegian Dawn, an NCL ship, when she injured her hand. As part of a claim for maintenance and cure, she was sent to Miami for medical treatment. She was housed at the Airport Regency Hotel. Approximately four (4) months after she checked into the hotel, she was attacked, in her room, and assaulted. A claim was made by her attorneys, against the hotel for negligent security. In addition, the security company for the hotel was brought into the suit.
Ms. Budnytska sustained an open wound to her right eye, multiple orbital fractures, facial lacerations and post traumatic stress disorder. She was treated, initially, for her injuries at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
It was alleged in the law suit that the hotel failed to provide a safe place for their guests, failed to perform an adequate security analysis, failed to have adequate monitoring of their security cameras and negligently allowed an un registered guest to have access to hotel room floors.
RESULT: The case was settled after mediation for $300,000.00.
Jesus Gonzalez v. MVM International Security Inc.
Jul 26, 2013
Settlement: $2.25 million
Jesus Gonzalez was in federal custody on Sept. 15, 2005, and was being transported from the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse to the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade. He had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to distribute crack.
Gonzalez was handcuffed and leg shackled in the back of a van driven by employees of Vienna, Va.-based MVM International Security, a subcontractor of the U.S. Marshals. The van was heading south on I-95 when two cars collided, causing a GEO Metro to hit the van. The van rolled three times, ejecting Gonzalez and leaving him a partial quadriplegic from a skull fracture, spinal injuries and nerve damage. He was left paralyzed from the waist down with only limited movement in his arms.
Despite the accident, he completed a sentence of two years and six months in August 2007.
The other prisoners in the van suffered relatively minor injuries. Gonzalezâ€™s medical bills approached $300,000, most of which was paid by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Gonzalez struggled to find a civil attorney to represent him because many lawyers assumed that the federal government was transporting the prisoners instead of a contractor, Lipcon said. A negligence lawsuit against the U.S. Government is difficult to prosecute because of award caps and other restrictions.
â€œEveryone thought they were marshals,â€ Lipcon said. â€œI looked further into it and realized it was a private company with private insurance, and it really changed the nature of the case.â€
Lipcon filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against MVM, Arizona-based Scottsdale Insurance and San Antonio, Texas-based Argonaut Insurance, but dropped the two insurers from the case in March. The lawsuit includes a single count alleging that MVM failed in its duty to ensure that Gonzalez was being transported safely at the time of the crash.
The case settled before trial.
Plaintiff Case: In the lawsuit, Lipcon argued that MVM wasnâ€™t negligent in how it operated the van, but in failing to ensure Gonzalez wore a seatbelt. He also contended that the van MVM used, a Chevrolet 350, had a tendency to roll in crashes when it was loaded with passengers.
Defense Case: Fulmer said he did not have permission from his client to talk to the media.
But according to Lipcon, the defense contended that MVM had no obligation to ensure the prisoners wore seat belts, and that it was following the orders of the U.S. Marshals Service, which does not make it mandatory for prisoners to wear seat belts.
Outcome: MVM agreed to settle for $2.25 million.
Quote: â€œHeâ€™s still a citizen, he didnâ€™t ask to be put in this position, he asked to be seat-belted. Does he deserve what he ultimately got, a life sentence in a wheelchair? Absolutely not,â€ Lipcon said.
â€œThis is tantamount to a death sentence.â€
Post-decision: Gonzalez is confined to a wheelchair. Medical reports from prison doctors who treated him note that his condition is likely permanent.
M.A. and R.A., her Husband vs. Richard K. and Geico Indemnity Company
Policy limits paid to injured client of Miami law firm
Legal Business Review, Staff Writer
October 22, 2009
CASE: M.A. and R.A., her Husband vs. Richard K. and Geico Indemnity Company
Court: Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit
Plaintiff Attorneys: Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A.
Facts and Allegations: Plaintiff, M.A. was injured when the car she was driving was crashed into by a driver of a vehicle who ran a red-light at the intersection of N.W. 3rd Ave and N.W. 2nd Street in Miami, FL. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance where she was treated for injuries to her neck, back and right knee. Plaintiff ultimately underwent surgery on her knee to repair a torn meniscus. Defendant was insured with Progressive Insurance Company for $100,000.00. Attorney Mitchell Lipcon was able to secure payment of the full amount of those limits after he argued there would be a claim for bad faith if Progressive did not immediately tender the money (Progressive had suggested that Plaintiff may have had a pre-existing condition to her knee which would have precluded recovery). Lipcon secured payment, in full, of Plaintiff’s stacking uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits when he successfully argued that the tortfeasor’s insurance limits were insufficient to fully compensate Plaintiff for her suffering.
RESULT: Settlement for full bodily injury and uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance limits.
Comments: Lipcon stated that after 44 years of specializing in personal injury law he knew how to seek out a full recovery for his client, which included recovering for stacking underinsured motorist benefits, which plaintiffs were unaware they possessed. “You have to have the experience to know where to look and how to get the most for your client, otherwise you are practicing in the wrong area of law.”
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School teacher wins settlement for rear-end collision
Legal Business Review, Staff Writer
October 21, 2009
SETTLEMENT: $ 37,500.00
CASE: G.L. v. L.C. and ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
Court: Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit
Plaintiff Attorneys: Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A., David W. Lipcon and Mitchell J. Lipcon
Facts and Allegations: G.L., 23, after care teacher, was injured in a rear-end collision on March 17, 2007, in Hialeah. G.L. had injuries to her neck and low back. She was treated for approximately one (1) year for soft tissue injuries. She lost approximately 2 weeks from work. Following medical care, she was able to return to her usual work and leisure activities. Case settled before trial.
RESULT: Settled before trial for $37,500.00
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Attorney’s work wins $2.25 million for inmate injured in transport van
Daily Business Review
July 02, 2009 By: Review staff
Attorney David W. Lipcon
Case: Jesus Gonzalez v. MVM International Security Inc.
Case No.: 08-60662
Description: Personal injury
Filing date: Oct. 2, 2008
Settlement: June 20, 2009
Judge: Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Scott Silverman
Settlement: $2.25 million
Plaintiff attorney: David Lipcon, Lipcon & Lipcon, Miami
Defense attorney: C. Richard Fulmer Jr., Fulmer Leroy Albee Baumann & Glass, Fort Lauderdale.
Details: Jesus Gonzalez was in federal custody on Sept. 15, 2005, and was being transported from the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse to the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade. He had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to distribute crack.
Gonzalez was handcuffed and leg shackled in the back of a van driven by employees of Vienna, Va.-based MVM International Security, a subcontractor of the U.S. Marshals. The van was heading south on I-95 when two cars collided, causing a GEO Metro to hit the van. The van rolled three times, ejecting Gonzalez and leaving him a partial quadriplegic from a skull fracture, spinal injuries and nerve damage. He was left paralyzed from the waist down with only limit
$2.85 Million Dollar Settlement in Case of Bad Faith Claims Handling
Jan 01, 2012
Result: Settled before trial for $2.85 Million
Bad Faith Settlement
Case: Estate of Suarez v. J. Muniz and Allstate Insurance Company
Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, Honorable Jerald Bagley
Plaintiff's Attorneys: Lipcon & Lipcon. P.A., David W. Lipcon
In 2009, David W. Lipcon, of Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A., in Miami,
Florida, was hired by the parents of a 19-year-old girl who was killed by a
drunk driver. Christine, a college student home for vacation, was driving to her
parent's home in Coral Gables when a car ran through a red light at an
intersection, crashing into her, killing her instantly. The driver who ran the
light had been drinking at a local bar. He surrendered at the scene and was
charged with DUI Manslaughter. His insurance carrier refused to tender his
insurance policy limits of $100,000.00 to the family claiming the traffic light
was not red, and that he had the right of way, in spite of being legally
The family then hired Lipcon & Lipcon to represent them. David
Lipcon, who has over nineteen years of experience in wrongful death/personal
injury claims, was able to successfully obtain a settlement for the parents, of
$2.75 million over the policy limits. The case was settled during Mediation when
Lipcon brought in a team of bad faith and accident reconstruction
Bed Bug Infestation! Hotel Settles With Family Attacked by Bed Bugs While Sleeping!
Jan 01, 2011
Settled Before Trial
CASE: Keefe v. St. Augustine Hotel and Inn
Plaintiff Attorneys: Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A., David W. Lipcon
Facts and Allegations: Bed Bug Attack. Mrs. Keefe and her family were guests at the St. Augistine Hotel and Inn, in St. Augustine Florida, on July 21, 2011. They were vacationing to celebrate a family engagement. Some time during the night, Mrs. Keefe was attacked by a swarm of bed bugs that were infesting the mattress and sheets that she was sleeping on. When she awoke, she was in extreme pain and discomfort. Her body was covered with bites, from head to toe. Her face was swollen and disfigured. She sought immediate medical attention.
When the issue was brought up to the hotel, they denied that there were bugs infesting the room. They did, however, offer to take ten percent (10%) off of her bill! They did not offer to pay her medical bills or even refund her, in full, for her stay.
The family hired the law firm of Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. Although the firm is located in Miami, they
specialize in Personal Injury Litigation throughout the state of Florida. Attorney David Lipcon reacted quickly by sending a team of investigators to the hotel. Negotiations with the hotels insurer began. After a few short weeks, the case was resolved. While the terms of the financial settlement remain
confidential, the family reports that they were extremely satisfied with the compensation, which included amounts for pain and suffering as well as emotional distress. Further, as a condition of the settlement, the hotel agreed to completely sanitize the entire property and implement a protocol of monitoring and sanitizing the hotel in case of future infestations.
At first the insurance company was resistant to negotiate a settlement. However, Mr. Lipcon
persisted. Based on his reputation of going to court and receiving favorable verdicts, the insurer, and the hotel, felt it was in their best interest to settle with the family.
Charter School Pays Policy Limits for Injury to Student
Jan 01, 2011
Settlement for full amount of insurance coverage
Case: A.R., a Minor v. Homestead Charter School
Court: Miami Dade County Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: David W. Lipcon, of Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A.
Facts and Allegations: Injury on school playground.
A.R. (name withheld to protect the identity of the minor) only 5 years old, was
a student at Homestead Charter School. On October 4, 2010, after it had rained
for hours, A.R.’s teacher brought the class outside to play on the school
playground. Despite being cautioned by other teachers that the monkey bars were
slippery and muddy, due to the rain, A.R.’s teacher allowed the children to play
on the monkey bars. When A.R. climbed to the top, because the bars were
slippery, his hands slipped, causing him to fall to the ground. The fall caused
him to fracture his forearm.
A.R.’s parents hired the Law Firm of Lipcon
& Lipcon, P.A., a law firm in Miami, Florida that specializes in personal
injury litigation. Lipcon’s investigation confirmed that other teachers at the
school did not allow their children to play on the monkey bars because of the
wet, dangerous condition.
The insurance company argued that the teacher
was not negligent and that there was no liability for children playing on
playground equipment. After months of negotiation, the lawyers at Lipcon &
Lipcon were able to convince the insurance carrier, for the school, to pay the
full amount of bodily injury coverage available.
Comments: The school was unavailable for comment.
David Lipcon stated that the family was very satisfied with the settlement and
that proceeds were placed in a restricted Guardianship Account for the benefit
of the child.