As reported in Verdict Search by ALM Media’s Annual Top New York Verdicts of 2011, Lawyer Edith Pearce representing six children of the truck driver and another lawyer representing the widow reached a $2.6 million dollar settlement in the lawsuit filed after a bus carrying a women’s hockey team from Ontario slammed into the truck driver’s tractor-trailer as it was parked along Interstate 390 in Geneseo, New York.
Widow in Fatal Workers’ Compensation Case secured over $1 million in workers’ compensation benefits.
Edith Pearce filed a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania for the widow of an airline pilot killed in an accident. The insurance company attempted to argue that benefits should be paid at a lower rate in Georgia, where the company was headquartered. The insurance company also attempted to argue that hotel lodging and meals paid for by the airline should not be used to calculate the average weekly wage. Edith Pearce successfully appealed and won in a decision published by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Edith Pearce was successful in bringing the action in Pennsylvania where benefits were higher, and securing over $500,000 in benefits from 2004 to 2014, and ultimately settling the case for an additional $600,000 in 2015.
Sexual Harassment Plaintiff awarded over $250,000
A woman employed by a local security service was sexually harassed by her supervisor, by making inappropriate comments, gestures and unwelcome advances. The plaintiff was told by her employer to ignore her supervisor’s behavior. When Plaintiff could no longer tolerate the behavior, she was forced to stop working. The case proceeded to jury and Edith Pearce represented the Plaintiff. She informed the jury that the employer failed to take any action to prevent the harassment after Plaintiff reported the behavior, including repeated sexual comments and groping, grabbing and touching. Pearce requested economic and punitive damages. The Jury awarded a total of $287,763 for both economic and punitive damages. The case settled after the jury verdict for a confidential amount.