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In 2018, Block O'Toole & Murphy continued to secure multimillion-dollar results for injured victims and workers.

Block O'Toole & Murphy Gets Results
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Justin Smulison

January 3, 2019 03:28 PM

At Block O’Toole & Murphy (BOM), the firm’s trial-tested lawyers are known for delivering for their clients, and with good reason: in addition to recovering well over $1 billion for its construction accident and personal injury clients, the firm has achieved the sort of consistent precedent-setting results that set it apart from other plaintiffs’ firms. BOM lawyers have attained more than 300 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million, and in each of the last seven years, stood out among others for having the most reported million-dollar awards.

BOM’s record-setting results include a $20,181,484 verdict in New York State's Court of Claims and a $32,756,156 verdict in a pedestrian accident case—the largest non-medical malpractice verdict in the history of Long Island.

The firm continues its tradition of newsworthy results in 2018 with a $5.85 million injury settlement for a Bronx woman who sustained neck and back injuries after her apartment ceiling collapsed on her.

“Our promise to our clients is that we will aggressively pursue their case. We begin envisioning how the trial plays out on the first day we meet the client,” said partner Jeffrey A. Block. “That has always been our recipe for success.”

Block O’Toole & Murphy is consistently regarded as a firm that fights for injured construction workers, and their track record for reported million- and multimillion-dollar results is second to none. In 2018, BOM registered several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured construction workers. Standout cases included a $4 million settlement for a union worker who fell off a ladder and sustained an ankle injury which required multiple surgeries, and a $3.5 million settlement for a 35-year-old construction worker who sustained critical injuries to his arm and hand when a saw he used malfunctioned. The firm’s lawyers used their expertise and years of experience handling construction matters to demonstrate the severity of their clients’ injuries.

“One of our key missions is to represent hard-working people who are injured while simply doing their job to the best of their ability,” said partner Daniel P. O’Toole. “They are often compelled to work under unsafe conditions that nobody should endure. We are honored to be their voice in the courtroom.”

The firm’s presence is felt outside the courtroom as well—in the legal and local communities. All three name partners have been recognized in the The Best Lawyers in America© for their work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in New York since 2015. Additionally, Block and O'Toole have each been recognized by New York’s Super Lawyers for more than 10 years, while Murphy celebrated his eighth straight year receiving this designation in 2018. Three more firm partners, five associates and an of counsel attorney were also recognized in 2018 by the publication with the same designation or as Rising Stars.

The firm is also well-known for its charitable efforts and contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They run the popular Autumn Wine Tasting, an extremely well-attended event in the legal community, to benefit the hospital. This fall, the firm raised $760,000 in a single evening, putting its total fundraising efforts for the children’s cancer hospital at more than $5 million over the past decade.

“We try to do our best when it comes to helping people in need,” said partner Stephen J. Murphy, a former homicide prosecutor. “Every lawyer and staff member of our firm takes pride in what we do, in and out of the courtroom, and we are extremely proud of that reputation.”

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