Year: 2021

Greenberg Minasian Settles Two Wrongful Death Claims in August

Newark Injury LawyersWEST ORANGE, NJ – Greenberg Minasian, LLC, a premiere personal injury law firm located in Essex County, New Jersey, has announced the settlement of two cases in August stemming from the wrongful death of two individuals.

The first case resulted in a $1.125 million settlement awarded to the wife of a 53 year-old motorist struck and killed when a dump truck lost control and landed on top of the Plaintiff’s car. Two additional vehicles then collided with the Plaintiff’s car, creating doubt as to which collision caused the fatal injury. The recovery was limited by the available insurance and lack of assets. A claim against one of the additional vehicle operators is still pending

The second case resulted in a $1.75 million settlement due to the death of a 27-year-old junk hauler at a recycling center. After dumping his truck, a payloader operated by a recycling center employee was driven backwards at twice the posted speed limit and without the operator looking behind him, crushing the Plaintiff while his brother witnessed the tragic events unfold. The settlement included a bystander claim for the brother.

Both cases had been pending for several years.

“We’re pleased to finally get some closure and a measure of justice for the families,” said William S. Greenberg, attorney and partner at Greenberg Minasian. “While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, both families are now secure in the knowledge that their future finances are now in order,” he added.

The recent wrongful death settlements are part of a growing list of successful cases for Greenberg Minasian, which has earned a reputation for high value settlements and verdicts for its clients, including a record setting $17 million verdict in 2014 (Baker v. New Jersey Transit).

Attorney Lawrence Minasian Argues Before the New Jersey Supreme Court

Lawrence D Minasian
Lawrence D, Minasian, Esq
This week, New Jersey-based personal injury attorney Lawrence Minasian of Greenberg Minasian, LLC, argued before the NJ Supreme Court on a case involving the immunities afforded to public entities and police officers in performing their duties to render aid to car accident victims. This issue is extremely relevant due to the increased scrutiny first responders and law enforcement officials are presently facing across the country.

Under current law, police officers may have immunity under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act for the good faith exercise of discretionary duties. However, police officers do not have immunity for negligent performance of ministerial duties such as rendering aid after a car accident. Mr. Minasian argued that police officers are duty-bound to help car accident victims. In this case, the victim was left by police officers on a dark, rainy bridge in the middle of the night while he waited for a ride. Twenty minutes later, he was struck and killed by another car as he attempted to get off the bridge. The outcome of Minasian’s case will settle the law in the State of New Jersey on how car accident victims are treated at crash sites by police in the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Minasian is highly experienced in the field of Title 59 litigation. He has been practicing in this area since 1994. Most notably, Mr. Minasian and his partner Mr. William Greenberg, obtained a record-breaking $17 million verdict against NJ Transit bus operations in 2014 (Baker v. NJ Transit), which is another Title 59 entity. Throughout his career, Minasian has represented hundreds of plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including wrongful death, motor vehicle, premises liability, worker’s compensation, social security disability and medical malpractice claims.

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