Michaels Bersani Kalabanka Lands Seven-Figure Personal Injury Settlement

We recently settled a Syracuse personal injury case in mediation for a confidential amount above seven figures. Although we are not at liberty to discuss the details of the settlement, nor any of the specifics regarding the injury (we signed a confidentiality agreement with the insurance company), nor the exact amount, I can say that Jan, once again, did an outstanding job.

I interviewed one of our lawyers about this result after his mediation.  Here’s what he said:  “My client was very satisfied with the result.  As usual, I can’t say much about the case because the insurance company insisted on a confidentiality agreement.  But I can say this:  The settlement was a win for our client.  She is very happy with the result.  And that’s my definition of winning.” 

Why did the insurance company insist that the settlement be “confidential”?  This happens a lot with large settlements. Insurance companies worry that, if word gets out that they have paid out a significant sum of money on one case, plaintiffs with similar injuries in other cases against them will hold out for more money and refuse to settle for less.

At Michaels Bersani Kalabanka, we don’t like confidentiality agreements.  We believe other injured victims should be able to know what their case might be worth by seeing what kind of settlement other plaintiffs achieved.  But sometimes we need to sign these confidentiality agreements to get our client the largest settlement we can.  We are of course ethically required to think first and foremost about what is best for our client, not for other injured victims.

We settled the case after we had sued the defendant, taken depositions and moved for and received a “summary judgment” ruling in favor of his client.  This means he proved to the judge that the defendant was liable for the injuries without even having to go to trial.  the judge agreed with us that the proof we presented on “liability” was so strong that no trial was needed.  After we got summary judgment, the only issue for a jury was, how much the pain and suffering was worth?

At that point, the insurance company asked us to “mediate” the amount of money due to his client.  Mediation is a formal form of negotiating a settlement out of court.  Insurance companies often want to “mediate” when they are up against a law firm with a good track record in court, to avoid the possibility of a high verdict, what they refer to as a “runaway jury” verdict.

The insurance company had every reason to be concerned about going up against our firm at trial.  We have been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and named in “Super Lawyers” for many years now.  This means that other lawyers and judges rate us as top lawyers.  Our settlement and verdict numbers over the years amount to many millions of dollars.

I asked one of our lawyers involved in this settlement whether he thought some people might consider his settlement too high. “Absolutely not”, he said.  “I realize that insurance company propaganda has led some people to believe that large settlements and verdicts are a “money grab” by greedy lawyers and their “exaggerating” plaintiffs.  But at Michaels Bersani Kalabanka we have never had a client who would not give the money back in exchange for her or his pre-injury health and well-being.  This settlement was good because it was fair.  It was not good because it was a windfall for our client.

Our whole law team was involved in this case and this result.  All our lawyers met numerous times to discuss strategies for the case.  Our stellar staff spent countless hours preparing pleadings, copying documents, reviewing and summarizing medical records, and setting up depositions and the mediation. That’s the way we do things at Michaels Bersani Kalabanka, as a team.

In sum, I am very proud of our whole team for this fantastic outcome!

Keep safe!

Mike Bersani

Email me at:  bersani@mbk-law.com     I’d love to hear from you!

Syracuse NY Personal Injury Lawyers
Michaels Bersani Kalabanka



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