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LCBF obtains defense verdict on liability in traumatic brain injury case

In Skorupski v. Paley, a Monmouth County, New Jersey, jury returned a defense verdict in favor our clients following a three- week trial. Plaintiff allegedly sustained mild traumatic brain injuries as a result of being pushed by another student on a school bus and asserted negligence claims against the bus company and driver. Plaintiff called numerous liability and damages witnesses to testify, including three expert witnesses. LCBF was able to rebut plaintiff’s theories of liability and damages through cross-examination of witnesses and use of plaintiff’s social media. Plaintiff sought monetary damages for pain and suffering, disability/impairment and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as $1.7 to $2.2 million in future economic losses. The LCBF team was headed by Joseph Tomaino, Gerald Ford, and Elyse Schier.

Firm makes 2 new members

The firm’s new members are Tina Bhatt in New York and Andrew Kornblau in Philadelphia. Andrew recently successfully defended an appeal of a summary judgment he had obtained dismissing two FELA claims in a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas spinal fusion case and has obtained several defense verdicts in state and federal arbitrations in transportation-related cases, a voluntary withdrawal of a minor’s claim in a premises liability case after deposing the minor child, and summary judgment in a federal premises liability case. Since joining LCBF from a federal clerkship in 2010, Tina’s accomplishments have included working to obtain a voluntary withdrawal of a triple amputee’s claim after 8 years of litigation and on the eve of trial with no money paid, a defense verdict after a jury trial in a federal employment discrimination case, and summary judgment in a Bronx med mal/wrongful death case.