Nicholas Dell'Anno, founder of Dell'Anno Law PLLC, has conducted investigation, taken depositions, and defeated motions to dismiss on many cases that have gone on to receive hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars in settlement compensation. However, if you are not pleased with any settlement offer, we are more than equipped to fight for you at trial for the best possible outcome.
At Dell'Anno Law PLLC, you, the client, makes the decision whether to accept any settlement offers. We will advise you every step of the way as to the fairness of any such offers and the probability of success and potential monetary awards at trial based on the particular facts of your case.
At Dell'Anno Law PLLC, we will never settle your case for an amount without your prior consent and approval. However, settlement offers are not always just and adequate, and when that happens, those cases should proceed to trial.
The truest test of an attorney's use of strategy and integrity, however, takes place in the battlegrounds of the courtroom. When a plaintiff and an insurance company cannot come to an agreement, our Sixth Amendment Constitutional right to a trial by jury becomes necessary, where the results are often all or nothing.
Below is a list of some of the results Mr. Dell'Anno has obtained on behalf of his clients when cases were unable to settle, as well as recent notable settlements.
$3,600,000 settlement (New York State)
Plaintiff was a 45-year-old Local 580 ironworker who fell approximately 3 to 5 feet into an excavated area after pushing past an unlocked and completely unlatched door with inadequate signage. Plaintiff was determined to be fully disabled from his line of work after suffering severe orthopedic and neurologic injuries, including a biceps rupture that required reattachment with anchorage, and spine injuries including slipped discs that required multiple surgeries. Defendants argued that various questions of fact existed that they asserted would defeat Plaintiff's pending motion to summary judgment, including that plaintiff's accident was unwitnessed and facts existed to contradict plaintiff's testimony. The case settled for
$3.6 million at private mediation before dispositive motions were fully submitted.
N.Y.S. Fulton County, March 27, 2014
In this unified jury trial involving a motor vehicle accident, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a directed verdict on negligence, where the judge ruled that the defendants were completely at fault. The jury awarded a damages verdict on behalf of plaintiff, who sustained patellar tendinosis and exacerbation of Osgood-Schlatter disease, in the amount of $315,000. There were no post-trial motions or appeals.
N.Y.S. Suffolk County, August 14, 2019
In a summary jury trial on damages involving a rear-end motor vehicle accident, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a verdict in the amount of $150,000 on behalf of a 47-year-old plaintiff, who sustained three cervical herniations with findings of radiculopathy.
N.Y.S. Bronx Civ., October 11, 2017
In a unified jury trial involving a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident where defense argued an implication of fraud on the part of plaintiff, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $135,000 on behalf of plaintiff, who sustained cervical spine herniations with findings of radiculopathy.
N.Y.S. Richmond Co., November 20, 2015
In a bifurcated jury trial, where there is a trial deciding negligence before a trial deciding injuries, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a verdict on behalf of plaintiff assigning 100% of liability to the defendant, where the defendant sideswiped plaintiff as plaintiff was merging onto a highway. The case settled prior to opening statements on the damages portion of the trial.
N.Y.S. Kings County, July 18, 2014
In a bifurcated jury trial, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a verdict on behalf of plaintiff assigning 100% of liability to defendant, where defendant collided into plaintiff’s bus as she was pulling out from a bus stop. The case settled for the entire insurance policy during the damages portion of the trial.
N.Y.S. Kings County, September 25, 2017
In a bifurcated jury trial, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of plaintiff assigning 70% of liability to defendant and 30% to plaintiff, where plaintiff’s ankle twisted upon his heel becoming caught in a hole in the sidewalk in front of the sanitation garage where he worked. Plaintiff had testified that he had passed the hole thousands of times, which Defendant City of New York argued made him fully or mostly at fault for his own accident. The case settled prior to the trial on damages.
N.Y.S. Kings County, May 8, 2015
In a bifurcated trial, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of plaintiff assigning 60% of liability to defendant and 40% to plaintiff. Plaintiff testified that he had the stop sign on a service road where the intersecting road was governed by a traffic signal, and testified that he last saw the traffic signal a few seconds prior to impact. The defendant argued that plaintiff was 100% at fault for the accident since he had both a traffic signal and a stop sign, and had a duty to see defendant and yield the right of way. Plaintiff was adamant that he had the green light, though defendant also claimed that she had the green light. The case settled for the entire insurance policy after the negligence verdict was decided. Click here for article.
N.Y.S. Suffolk Co., December 11, 2014
In the bifurcated jury trial for this Dram Shop Act matter, based on serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated patrons, the three plaintiffs were involved in a bar fight on Christmas Eve in an establishment that was serving alcohol-spiked punch. Plaintiffs introduced a video into evidence that showed several other patrons shouting and arguing outside. The jury deliberations began in the afternoon and was adjourned at the end of the day. The matter settled for $215,000 the following morning while deliberations were ongoing after the insurance company significantly increased their settlement offer in the face of a pending uncertain result and due to Mr. Dell'Anno's determination in obtaining an acceptable settlement for his clients.
N.Y.S. Kings County, August 20, 2018
In a trial on damages, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a jury verdict on behalf of his defendant client against the remaining plaintiff who did not settle, holding that plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury as a result of his motor vehicle accident, where both plaintiffs underwent spinal surgeries for the motor vehicle accident they alleged caused their injuries. Click here for article.
N.Y.S. Bronx County, February 21, 2020
In a unified trial, Mr. Dell'Anno obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of his client, a defendant taxi cab driver. The taxi cab driver had the only stop sign at an intersection, where he collided with a motorcycle, and it was undisputed that the plaintiffs flew off the motorcycle several feet. The case settled with the motorcycle passenger, and proceeded to verdict against the remaining plaintiff, the motorcycle operator who did not settle. The jury assigned 50% of liability against the plaintiff, who did not have a stop sign, and awarded $5,000 where the 28-year-old plaintiff alleged an ankle avulsion fracture and multiple spinal herniations.
N.Y.S. Kings County, March 25, 2019
In a summary jury trial on damages Mr. Dell'Anno was able to limit damages on behalf of his client, a defendant taxi cab driver, who hit the 71-year-old pedestrian plaintiff in a crosswalk and who did not dispute that she had the walk signal. Mr. Dell'Anno was able to mitigate damages to a $90,000 verdict where plaintiff underwent surgery to repair a meniscal tear on the knee that was struck, and alleged multiple spinal bulges and herniations with findings of radiculopathy.