Our Work and Past Cases

Speiser Krause has a long, successful record in recovering for plaintiffs. In 1965, when aviation litigation was still in its infancy, we won our first million-dollar verdict - then an unprecedented amount - in a lawsuit against American Airlines. We have continued to obtain for our clients high verdicts and settlements in disaster, medical malpractice and other personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Though we are proud of the results achieved, we of course realize they cannot begin to replace the lives and relationships that have been lost. We do believe, however, that such awards carry a strong message to defendants - and that they may go a long way toward preventing similar, avoidable tragedies in the future.

Below are some examples of the results we have obtained on behalf of our clients.


2014

Settlement: aviation crash involving the wrongful death of a husband and father.

$20,000,000

2013

Settlement: aviation crash involving the wrongful death of a husband and father.

$9,500,000

2013

Settlement: aviation crash involving the wrongful death of a divorced, non-custodial father.

$4,500,000

2011

Settlement: motor vehicle accident involving the wrongful death of a divorced, non-custodial father.

$4,000,000

2009

Settlement: General Aviation crash in Florida where we represented four individuals--three burn victims, one death. Each case was settled for multi-million dollar amounts.

(confidential)

2008Jury Verdict: Record setting verdict in Louisiana Parish for the death of a married pilot with two adult children after suffering an engine failure in a Beech Baron
$4,000,000

2008

After twenty years of fighting for our Pan Am Lockerbie clients' rights, the Government of Libya was held responsible for the act of terrorism which brought down the Pan Am plane when it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. A New York jury held Pan Am responsible and, once that case was completed, our firm fought to hold Libya accountable. Libya agreed to pay each decedent's family $10 million (in addition to what was recovered from Pan Am's insurer). The final payment was made near the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. Our 60 clients were thankful that justice finally prevailed. Their efforts were instrumental in not only punishing a terrorist act, but in forcing Libya to denounce terrorism and in forging better relations with the United States.


2008

Settlement: Two Comair Flight 5191 settlements, both multi-million.

(confidential)

2007

Settlement: Three Comair Flight 5191 settlements, all multi-million (names and amounts are subject to confidentiality agreements).

(confidential)

2006

Jury Verdict: Trial of medical malpractice wrongful death case by Kenneth P. Nolan and Jeanne M. O'Grady in Supreme Court, Nassau County. Because of factual and legal circumstances, the only issues were malpractice and, if found, the amount that a jury would award for predeath pain and suffering. The jury in this suburban area awarded the family of the decendent $700,000 for predeath pain and suffering, an excellent result.

$700,000

2005

Settlement: 53 year old handyman killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving a wife and two adult children from prior a marriage.

$2,400,000

2005

Settlement: 50 year old businessman killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving a wife and two children one of whom is a minor.

$5,100,000

2004

Settlement: 33 year old ensign in Navy killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving a wife and three children.

$3,500,000

2004

Settlement: 45 year old home attendant killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving husband and minor child.

$2,800,000

2004

Settlement: 54 year old killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving two children, one of whom is a minor.

$2,700,000

2003

Settlement: Husband, wife and handicapped daughter killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving four adult children.

$4,900,000

2003

Settlement: Husband and wife, 58 and 53, killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving three adult children.

$4,800,000

2003

Settlement: 43 year old home attendant killed in American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor, NY leaving husband and one minor child.

$2,500,000

2001

Jury Verdict: 51-year-old adult male pilot killed when his helicopter fuel transfer system failed

$9,000,000

2001

Settlement: Death of adult male in South America commercial jet crash leaving wife and two adult children

$6,500,000

2000

Settlement: KAL Flight 801 crash in Agana, Guam. Firm represented 56 families - Settlements exceeded

$70,000,000

2000

Settlement: Obstetrical malpractice during the labor and delivery of an infant girl

$5,000,000

1999

Settlement: Deaths of husband, age 63, and wife, age 59, in KAL 007 Shootdown

$4,800,000

1999

Settlement: 56-year-old executive killed in Pittsburgh 737 crash leaving a wife and two adult children

$4,925,000

1998

Settlement: Two married couples without children killed in ValuJet crash in the Florida Everglades

$5,600,000

1998

Settlement: 48-year-old executive killed in USAF Dubrovnik crash leaving a wife and two adult children

$6,000,000

1997

Settlement: Plane crash survivor with severe burns. In excess of

$20,000,000

1996

Settlement: For the deaths of 23 students in the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Air Disaster. These settled after jury selected in 1st case to be tried.

$32,500,000

1996

Settlement: Death of 33-year-old government worker in Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Air Disaster, survived by wife and 2 children

$4,500,000

1996

Settlement: Canadian family suffered injuries as a result of a van roll-over on a Georgia highway

$3,600,000

1995

Settlement: 50-year-old executive's death in mid-air collision

$3,500,000

1995

Settlement: Death of 2 police officers in helicopter crash. This case settled after 2 weeks of trial.

$8,000,000

1995

Settlement: Cargo loss

$4,500,000

1995

Verdict: Wrongful death and personal injuries due to helicopter crash in Mexico; Pain and suffering only (no economic or medical)

$8,100,000

1995

Settlement: Helicopter instructor suffered burns following a crash of a McDonnell Douglas 300 Helicopter

$3,200,000

1994

Settlement: Helicopter crash, Bolivia, South America; reached prior to trial in cases of 3 decedents. Exact amounts are confidential. Bolivian attorneys inform they are the highest amounts ever known to be recovered in Bolivia for wrongful death action


1994

Verdict: Corporate aircrash for 39-year-old chemical engineer, earning $40,000 per year, survived by wife and 3 daughters. (Settlement offer before trial was $1,200,000)

$7,500,000


Verdict: Awarded to parents of a young married couple. No earnings history, but evidence of Japanese cultural norms, including likelihood of parental support by adult children, was admitted

$2,200,000

1994

Settlement: Sightseeing helicopter crash, East River, NY, where father was passenger with 14-year-old son. Father survived and son drowned. Settlement on eve of trial, primarily for father's emotional distress

$3,500,000

1994

Settlement: El Al 747-200F cargo plane crash into apartment buildings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Firm represented 196 Dutch citizens and one American citizen. Settlement terms are confidential.


1994

Settlement: S.A.M. Airline crash, Medellin, Colombia, South America; Firm represented 14 families. Suits filed in Florida State Court. Settlements exceeded

$11,000,000

1994

Settlement: Perris Valley Parachute Crash; Fund arranged for the heirs of decedents and those injured in the crash of a sky diver club flight near Perris, CA on April 22, 1992

$13,500,000

1993

Verdict: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down by soviet fighter in 1983. Jury verdict found KAL guilty of wilful misconduct. Verdict affirmed on appeal. Firm represented 30 victims



Verdict to widow, 3 children and parents of a 32-year-old civil engineer (with pre-judgment interest)

$4,000,000


Settlement: For 46-year-old businessman earning approximately $60,000 per year, who owned a computer refurbishing company; left widow, age 45 and 2 daughters, ages 11 and 13


$3,600,000

1993

Verdict: USAir Fokker F-28 crash, LaGuardia, NY, due to wing icing; 3 month trial in Cleveland resulted in liability verdict on behalf of plaintiffs


1993

Settlement: Avianca Boeing 707 crash, Cove Neck, NY; for 19-year-old

$3,000,000


Settlement: For 29-year-old mother

$3,250,000


Settlement: For 30-year-old woman who lost her 2-month-old child. Mother was holding child at time of crash. Settlement was primarily for emotional distress of mother


$3,500,000


Settlement: For 56-year-old woman, comatose for 5 weeks

$3,000,000


Settlement: For 30-year-old short order cook, who sustained fractures of both legs

$3,000,000


Settlement: For 48-year-old man who fractured both his legs
and his 10-year-old son suffered a displaced fracture to the arm

$2,500,000
$600,000


Settlement: Death of father/husband, leaving wife, three minor children, and two adult children

$3,500,000

1992

Settlement for personal injuries of 35-year-old lawyer burn victim, Houston, TX - Honduras air disaster

$3,500,000

1992

Settlement for multiple deaths in crash of Independent Air B-707 in Azores

$34,000,000

1992

Settlement for death of husband, age 34, in aircrash

$2,500,000

1992

Settlement for death of father and teenage child in Aeromexico DC-9 crash

$3,300,000

1992

Settlement of ground cases: Pan Am 103/Lockerbie bombing; Liability against Pan Am affirmed on appeal

$26,000,000

1992

Settlement: United DC-10 crash, Sioux City, IA;
One for death of a 14-year-old student
and one for death of a 25-year-old single attorney with one year practice

$1,600,000
$1,600,000

1992

Settlement: Aeromexico crash, Cerritos, CA; to widow with 3 children

$3,300,000

1991

Settlement with manufacturers and FBO: MU-2 crash at Juarez Airport in Mexico (1987) - Family members killed

$9,650,000

1991

Settlement for death of 28-year-old lawyer, survived by wife and two children, Houston, TX - Honduras air disaster

$5,600,000

1990

Recovery for motorcycle accident victim. Structured settlement will pay out $60 million over the life of the insured. One of the highest recoveries ever in Connecticut

$4,600,000

1990

Verdict: for deaths of father and two teenage children. Aeromexico DC-9 crash

$5,685,000

1989

Settlement after trial commenced in U.S. airline disaster: (31-year-old man, survived by wife and 4 minor children)

$6,000,000

1989

Infant brain-damaged from fetal distress at birth (total payments if child reaches life expectancy: $11.5 million)

$1,600,000

1989

Punitive damage verdict against Korean Airlines for loss of Flight 007

$50,000,000

1987

Verdict: Electrical burn injuries to both hands, loss of hearing, physiological injuries, loss of consortium with wife

$2,720,000

1987

Verdict: Private plane crash, death of husband, age 35, survived by wife and four children

$3,400,000

1986

Settlement: Arrow Air crash (1985)-10 death cases of young military personnel ranging from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000


1986

Automobile collision; paraplegic injuries (age 26, 2 minor dependent children)

$2,000,000

1985

Settlement: military Bell Helicopter crash; products liability case (structured, guaranteed payout for 33-year-old major survived by wife and four children)

$4,800,000

1985

Oil rig disaster off coast of Newfoundland (1982); 58 estates of victims. Highest award:

$1,600,000

1984

Verdict: Helicopter crash; 40-year-old businessman (with interest, near $3 million)

$2,090,000

1983

Settlement: Air Canada DC-8 crash Highest award was for death of a 54-year-old executive, survived by wife and 3 minor children

$4,600,000

1983

Settlement: Air Florida B-737 crash on takeoff from Washington National Airport (1982). Guaranteed payments to families of:
a.39-year-old man, survived by wife and two minor children
b.46-year-old man, survived by wife and two minor children


$2,800,000
$2,600,000

1982

Settlement: Stouffer's Hotel Fire in Westchester, NY (1980). Highest award was for death of a 37-year-old man, survived by wife and two children

$3,650,000

1982

Settlement after trial commenced: Medical malpractice at birth, brain-damaged baby. Paid over lifetime

$14,000,000

1981

Structured settlements: American Airlines DC-10 crash, Chicago, IL (1979) (guaranteed payments):
a.55-year-old surviving wife
b.47-year-old wife and 3 children
c.50-year-old surviving wife


$1,960,000
$2,640,000
$2,780,000

1979

Settlement: 15-year-old boy, brain-damaged after fall from a truck bed while attending camp (settlement provided $128,000 per year tax free)

$2,250,000

1965

Verdict: Our first million-dollar verdict in a passenger case against American Airlines

$1,172,000

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome


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