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Amy Sylvester Averill and Mike Brow

The lawyers at Sylvester & Brow have handled over 1000 cases in their collective 100 years+ of practice.  A sampling of some of the more notable cases is as follows:

  • $5,400,000.00 Recovery for wrongful death caused by the negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

  • $4,925,000.00 Recovery for injuries received in a single car accident against the driver and liquor server.

  • $4,850,000.00 Recovery for wrongful death claims against the operator of a motor vehicle driving at excessive speeds.

  • $2,800,000.00 Recovery for wrongful deaths due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning caused by the defective condition and negligence in the manufacture, sale, installation and service of the gas fired unit.

  • $2,500,000.00 Recovery for wrongful deaths in a recreational boating accident.

  • $2,500,000.00 Jury Verdict in a wrongful death claim against a trucking company in United States Federal District Court. The defendant claimed the middle age decedent had a very shortened life expectancy due to prostate cancer.

  • $2,000.000.00 Recovery for a birth injury against an obstetrician, pediatrician, and hospital for negligent care and treatment before, during, and after birth

  • $1,800,000.00 Recovery for wrongful death against the manufacturer of an automobile, the supplier of parts, and the operator of a motor vehicle.

  • $1,750,000.00 Recovery for failure to warn of the dangers in a recreational diving accident.

  • $1,500.000.00 Recovery for negligence of ski area in maintaining its premises.

  • $1,500,000.00 Recovery for failure to warn of the dangers in a recreational diving accident.

  • $1,500,000.00 Jury Verdict for a beginner/low intermediate skier for injuries caused by the negligent maintaining and grooming of its trail.

  • $1,100,000.00 Recovery for the wrongful death of a 68 year female pedestrian.

  • $1,000,000.00 Recovery for delay in diagnosing and treating cancer.

  • $1,000.000.00 Recovery for failure to monitor a hospitalized patient.

  • $1,000,000.00 Settlement for a child age 10 who suffered head injury when struck by a vehicle while crossing a state road.

  • $900,000.00 Recovery in a case involving an accidental shooting.

  • $850,000.00 Recovery for failure of hospital to adequately monitor, care, and treat patient.

  • $775,000.00 Recovery against the negligent operator of a motor vehicle who caused a fractured and dislocated hip and fractured ankle to the two occupants of a vehicle he struck.

  • $750,000.00 Settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered a broken leg due to the failure of a motorist to maintain a proper lookout.

  • $750,000.00 Settlement for failure of anesthesiologist to provide adequate care.

  • $500,000.00 Settlement against a ski area for negligence in failure to properly inspect its trails, and remove hidden unsafe conditions.

  • $500,000.00 Settlement for a wrongful death case due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning for failure to properly install and provide adequate warnings relating to a gas fired hot water boiler.

  • $500,000.00 Settlement against a ski area for not closing an unreasonably dangerous trail after it had notice of the dangerous condition.

  • $350,000.00 Settlement for injuries caused by a defective condition and unreasonably dangerous printing press.

  • $350,000.00 Settlement for woman who suffered back injury.

  • $300,000.00 Settlement for low back and shoulder sprains caused by the failure of the operator of his motor vehicle to keep his car under proper control.

  • $250,000.00 Settlement to a pedestrian who suffered two broken ribs when hit by a motor vehicle in a crosswalk

We have also successfully represented and recovered for our clients in hundreds of other cases.  A small sampling of additional types of cases we’ve handled are:

  • Recovery for the wrongful deaths of four passengers in a commercial airplane that crashed due to the negligence of the pilot.

  • Settlement during trial for the wrongful death of a motorcyclist caused by the negligence of a railroad, town, and city in designing, warning, and operating a railway crossing area.

  • Settlement during trial in United States District Court for the Wrongful Death of a passenger in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Jury verdict in United States Federal District Court in a case alleging pajamas worn by a young plaintiff were unreasonably dangerous and in a defective condition due to their flammability.  Defendant claimed they were safe since they passed the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act test.  Plaintiff countered by showing that a copy of the New York Times newspaper could also pass the Federal Flammable Fabrics Act test.

  • Jury verdict in United States Federal District Court for injuries sustained by a bus driver who was driving in the passing lane of the Interstate when he was blinded by a fog type cloud of mist from a State snow plow that was spewing hot hydraulic oil onto the cold pavement.  Plaintiff alleged and proved the hydraulic system was in an unreasonably dangerous and defective condition.

  • Jury verdict in United States Federal District Court for negligence of a surgeon in failing to adequately monitor and treat a patient after surgery.

  • Recovery for wrongful death due to the failure of emergency room physicians and surgeons to timely diagnose and treat a life-threatening condition.

  • Recovery against hospital for failure to properly interpret test results.

  • Settlement for wrongful death in an electrocution case.

  • Jury verdict for injuries due to the failure of the physician to properly monitor a patient during experimental drug treatment.

  • Recovery for failure of hospital to adequately monitor, care, and treat a full term baby in utero,

  • Recovery for injuries caused by the negligence of the primary care physician in not properly monitoring and treating patient while on a potentially dangerous prescribed drug.

  • Recovery against healthcare providers for failure to timely diagnose and treat cancer relating to a woman’s reproductive system.

  • Recovery against a surgeon for serious burn injuries sustained during surgery.

  • Recoveries for drug prescription errors.

  • Recovery against the operators of a summer camp for failing to properly monitor and supervise plaintiff while in the camp pool.

  • A bad faith recovery from an insurer which arose out of a refusal by the insurer to pay its policy limits to a child who was a pedestrian hit by an automobile.  The insurer paid twice the amount of insurance it provided.

  • Recovery for a skier who was injured during an evacuation from a ski lift.

  • Jury verdict in United States Federal District Court involving a customer who slipped and fell on a foreign substance hurting her back while shopping at a supermarket.

  • Numerous recoveries for people who slipped and fell on snow covered ice.

  • Jury verdict in United States Federal District Court for the failure of a ski area to safely operate and maintain its ski lift equipment.

  • Recovery against a collection agency for the wrongful death of a debtor due to a fatal heart attack caused by the agency’s harassing and intimidating tactics.

  • Numerous recoveries for back, neck injuries and/or nerve injuries sustained as a result of automobile accidents.

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