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Case Results

Results Speak Louder Than Words

7,750,000 - A mediated settlement for a young man paralyzed from a car crash.

$5,200,000 - Verdict against the State of NY for paraplegia as a result of a failure to properly supervise a person in custody (Settled during the Appeals process for $4.5 million).

$3,800,000 - Settlement on behalf of a construction worker who sustained severe and permanent lung damage from dust created during demolition and construction activities.

$3,200,000 – Jury verdict for young woman who suffered significant scarring from burns in an explosion.

$ 2,225,000 - Settlement after one week of trial -- roofer sustained severe orthopedic injuries from fall from roof

$2,542,376 - Verdict ($3,814,390 with interest after Appeals). An elderly Parkinson's patient paralyzed and brain damaged due to an equipment malfunction during brain surgery (ask for a copy of the decision and news articles).

$2,500,000 - A woman's doctors failed to properly diagnose cancer.

$1,600,000 - Brain damage to an infant during childbirth.

$ 1,850,000 - A construction worker sustained severe back and neck injuries when a tractor trailer rear ended his car.

$1,500,000 - Brain damage to an infant during childbirth.

$1,500,000 - A man suffered a severe and permanent lung injury due to an industrial explosion.

$1,500,000 - A college student suffered an amputation of a leg below the knee due to a boating accident.

$1,300,000 – A welder was rear-ended and suffered herniated cervical disks requiring surgery.

$1,250,000 - A woman suffered triplegia from a car crash.

$1,200,000 - A roofer suffered severe orthopedic injuries as a result of a fall from a ladder at an office building.

$1,200,000 – A firefighter’s widow and son recovered this amount for lost income after firefighter died after being negligently ordered into a burning building.

$1,150,000 - A college student suffered a traumatic brain injury in a snowmobile collision.

$1,023,888 - A woman sustained severe fractures to her legs, face and back as a result of a truck turning left in front of her.

$1,000,000 - For a construction worker who suffered a low back injury, requiring fusion surgery, after he fell from a 12-foot scaffold and landed on his feet.

$836,783 - For wrongful death and pain and suffering for the family of a man struck by a truck.

$750,000 - Mediated settlement college professor whose ankle was severely fractured in a car accident.

$685,000 - An elderly woman pedestrian was struck by a car suffering severe orthopedic injuries.

$625,000 - (Actual, $725,000 with interest). A woman suffered a severe back injury requiring surgery as a result of a State Police Officer running a stop sign.

$585,000 - To a widower for the wrongful death of his 53-year old wife-homemaker who, as a pedestrian, was struck by a tractor trailer while crossing a road.

$575,000 - A doctor failed to properly treat a fractured arm on a child resulting in permanent limitations.

$560,000 - A man sustained a severe back injury.

$507,000 - For wrongful death arising from medical malpractice.

$500,000 - A doctor failed to diagnose a clot in an elderly woman's foot resulting in an amputation.

$450,000 - A woman suffered a shoulder injury from a fall on steps at a State Campus (ask for a copy of the decision and news articles).

$440,000 - Arbitration award for dry-cleaner employee whose hand was crushed and burnt in a shirt press.

$400,000 - A man with severe orthopedic injuries after a car pulled out striking his motorcycle.

$375,000 - A child that suffered traumatic epilepsy as a result of an accident.

$350,000 - A man suffered a disability due to a hospital's failure to diagnose a fracture.

$350,000 - A man was discharged from a hospital with a missed knee fracture and then developed complications.

$340,000 - A construction worker suffered a back injury when a load of blocks fell on him.

$324,869 - A child in a car seat suffered severe facial injuries from a car crash.

$303,245 - Verdict against the State of NY for a man injured on a construction project.

$300,000 - A child suffered severe facial fractures in a car crash.

$300,000 - A woman suffered financial losses due to legal malpractice in the sale of her business.

$300,000 - The wrongful death of a man struck head-on on his way to work.

$300,000 - Verdict for man with shoulder impingement syndrome due to a fall from scaffold.

$290,000 - A worker with shoulder impingement syndrome from fall off scaffold.

$285,000 - A woman suffered a back injury requiring surgery due to a car crash.

$285,000 - A construction worker fell from a roof fracturing his ankle.

$275,000 - A motorcyclist suffered orthopedic injuries when a truck turned left in front of him.

$250,000 - Settlement - wrongful death of a woman when a careless driver crossed the center line (this consisted of $100,000 from the driver's insurance carrier and $150,000 on the supplementary underinsured motorist claim)

$225,000 - A construction worker suffered a back injury due to a fall from a roof.

$225,000 - A businessman sustained financial losses due to legal malpractice in a real estate transaction.

$155,000 - Mediated settlement in a legal malpractice claim against attorneys that missed the statute of limitations in an injury case.

Past results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Client Reviews
He is one of the top lawyers in central New York & has the accolades to show for this, but in my book he's the top lawyer in the country. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Bersani & to have had him on my team! Matthew
I admire the amount of background work he did which was instrumental in getting me a very good settlement. Also, having never been involved in a personal injury lawsuit, Michael was very patient explaining the legal issues. You're in good hands with Michael Bersani and the firm of Michaels & Smolak. Richard
Dave took over my wrongful death case after it was badly messed up by another lawyer. He was dogged in his pursuit of all the information needed to make a solid case, and he succeeded in bringing it to a very satisfactory settlement. He was honest and straightforward, kind and compassionate through meetings, depositions, court appearances. I highly recommend him. Christine
Dave has handled our legal matters for over 20 years. Always there when we needed him. We were so happy with his professionalism and results that we referred him to several friends. If we ever need this type of service again, Dave will be the first and only call we make. Jackie