Largest Verdict & Settlement Ever Recorded Against Greyhound in PA
$21.3M+ in verdict and settlements against Greyhound Bus Company. A Greyhound driver fell asleep while driving a bus full of passengers on I-80. A seven-week trial in Philadelphia County led to a verdict of $5.05M, the largest recorded verdict against Greyhound in PA.
Philadelphia Settlement Highway Bus Crash
$2,700,000 litigation settlement for passenger who suffered multiple foot fractures (requiring surgery) in a PA Turnpike (I-276) bus crash. The lawsuit related to this crash was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Settlement in crash on Rural Hghway
$6.051M in total settlements for seven Chester County, PA residents injured as occupants in a vehicular crash that occurred on a rural highway. This settlement recovery occurred shortly before trial commenced.
Settlement in Highway Crash on I-80
$5M recovered for the estate of a woman who died as a result of injuries she sustained in a highway crash on I-80 in Union County, PA. Our client, who was a passenger, was ejected from the vehicle after her driver collided with a tractor trailer.
Settlement for Philadelphia Worksite Injury Back fracture
$1,100,000 settlement recovered for Philadelphia laborer five years later due to COVID-19 pandemic delays. The plaintiff was a laborer working for a construction site’s general contractor, when a traffic signal pole fell and smashed into him. He sustained injuries including but not limited to a T-12 compression fracture and a L1-L2 transverse process fracture.
Philadelphia Jury Veredict Luzerne County Client/Bus Vs. Truck Crash
Greyhound Bus was in the middle of a route between New York and Cleveland and at around 1:20am, the driver fell asleep with a bus load of passengers, injuring many, killing one. After a highly contested, seven week Philadelphia jury trial led by Partner Jon Ostroff, against a team of lawyers from two separate law firms, representing Greyhound and it’s driver, Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers's trial team won a verdict of $3,000,000 for this client, who was one of four Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers clients that were represented at this trial. This $3,000,000 verdict included a $500,000 punitive damage portion, which was intended to punish Greyhound for it’s failure to adequately manage fatigue among it’s drivers. This client’s award was part of a $5.05 million verdict rendered to the four passengers that were represented by Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers in this precedent setting trial against Greyhound Bus Lines. Prior to trial, CNN news network aired a story about this crash and the litigation that led to this trial, interviewing Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers partner Jon Ostroff and the Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers client that received this verdict. This CNN story and high profile jury trial exposed a nationwide fatigue management problem involving Greyhound Bus Drivers that were falling asleep at the wheel during long bus routes.
Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers has 8 offices spread across the State. We have litigated cases in every county across the State, and at any given time we have dozens of cases listed for trial. We are not a referral or settlement mill. We do not let insurance companies set the narrative for the case.
The Firm has been in business for more than twenty years, gaining notoriety over a decade ago when it represented dozens of individuals injured in a Greyhound bus crash. The firm has grown from a solo practitioner practice with a few staff members to its present size of 9 lawyers and 40 total employees with an inventory of over 750 personal injury cases.
Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers is governed through the following Core Values:
Our Business is Litigating Personal Injury Cases: We Do Nothing Else.
We Never Stop Fighting.
A Loss Affects Us More Than Our Biggest Win. We MUST learn from both.
If you've been injured in an accident due to someone else's negligence, you deserve compensation. You'll need an experienced personal injury attomey to join you in that fight. At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, you can count on our talented legal team to help make sure you get maximum recovery for the injuries you have suffered.
A car crash can be life changing. In addition to vehicle damage, you might be dealing with serious injuries. Emotional trauma may also weigh on you and your family. The last thing you need to think about is battling the insurance company with your injury claim.
Whether you use the Turnpike, 1-80, the Schuylkill, or 1-79, you know that truckers often drive like they own the roadway. Pennsylvania truck accidents often occur because truckers drive too aggressively. When this happens, the consequences can be deadly
Bus accidents are different from all other vehicular accidents. If a bus or a big-rig truck runs into an automobile, motorcycle, or pedestrian, the results will be roughly the same–and always tragic for the smaller vehicle.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a crash caused by a driver that is drunk or impaired by drugs, Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers has the experience, knowledge, and passion to help you. Drivers who make the reckless decision to get behind the wheel
Motorcycle accident victims are 35 times more likely to die in a crash than those in larger vehicles. They’re also nine times more likely to get hurt. If a motorcycle accident injured you or killed a loved one,
Personal injury claims involve a person or group that acted negligently, causing someone to get seriously hurt. Every personal injury case is different. The facts, evidence, injuries involved, and the implications for the future vary with every situation. Personal injury cases commonly involve:
Of course, an injury can happen anywhere someone acts negligently. Victims who get hurt can hold the responsible parties accountable and seek compensation for their related medical bills with the help of a skilled accident attorney.
Meet Rich Godshall
Rich Godshall is the owner and managing partner of the Firm. Rich is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on catastrophic injuries caused by car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and construction site and electrocution accidents. He is the Firm’s most seasoned trial attorney with multiple six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements. Rich oversees an inventory of over 700 personal injury cases with his team of 8 lawyers and 35 staff members. Rich’s trial successes include a $450,000 verdict on a case where the defendant made a $1,000 offer, and a $950,000 verdict on a case where the defendant made a $25,000 offer.
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Meet Jon Ostroff
Jon has fought for over 30 years for accident victims nationwide. He has received virtually every award or honor an injury lawyer can receive. Philadelphia County has designated Jon as a mediator "Judge Pro Tern." Jon was sworn in and is currently licensed to present cases to the US Supreme Court. He was honored as a lifetime "Advocate" by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Jon was chosen as a "Master" by the American Inn of The Courts, tasked with mentoring law students. He has been awarded the "Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards" by Martindale-Hubbel, the leading directory of lawyers in the country. Jon was selected as an Executive Board Member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association ("PTLA"). Jon and his wife are Co-Founders of the non-profit "Love To Langa." Jon has been interviewed or featured on news networks nationwide.
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Recovering Compensation for Losses After an Accident in Pennsylvania
If an injured person can prove negligence, they can hold the at-fault party financially responsible for losses such as:
Lost work income, including lost capacity to work in the future
Damaged and/or lost personal property
Lost consortium with a spouse
Lost enjoyment of life and other long-term effects of permanent disability/disfigurement
Emotional and psychological trauma
Working with a well-known and respected personal injury attorney and law firm in Pennsylvania will improve an injured party’s chances of success.
Possible Restrictions on Recovery Under State Law
State law does not grant injured parties unlimited time to file their lawsuit. Under 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §5524, the deadline for most personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. However, there are some rare exceptions to this time limit. Additionally, 42 Pa.C.S. §7102 states that injuries parties who are found more at fault for their damages than all defendants in their claim combined are ineligible to recover any compensation. Those who bear some degree of fault are subject to a reduction in payment based on their percentage of liability.
In my business, I have worked with a lot of attorneys. Rich Godshall is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. From our first meeting, he explained everything to me in terms I could easily understand and more importantly he was always very responsive when I had questions outside of our meetings via text, phone, or email. When needed, Rich got back to me, not the assistant...
- Jerry Ehrlich
I was involved in a car accident where I was a passenger in the back of a rideshare vehicle. Due to the accident, I needed months of physical therapy and a major back surgery. The insurance company's initial offer was very small, and I consulted with Ostroff Law for direction. From that moment, Ostroff Godshall handled every piece of my case, allowing me to focus on treatment and recovery. In...
- Michelle Taylor
Fantastic experience. Everyone was super knowledgeable, great to explain and break stuff down for someone not easily familiar. Barely had to do much on my side. I had limited tort and didn't think I had many options, but Ostroff Godshall got me a payout and a adequate one at that. Great experience. Stacie G was amazing and always fast to respond.
- Matt Carpenter
I was lucky enough to have Rich and his team hold my hand through a very trying accident injury process. I never once felt like I had unanswered questions. They were organized, thorough, and very understanding as I had never been through something like this before. I had contacted several local law firms to handle my case and they all told me to come back when I knew in detail...
- Jessica Pumphrey
I can’t recommend Ostroff enough. Josh and his team represented me in a personal injury case and worked hard to get me the compensation I deserve for the situation I was in. Every interaction was professional, kind and I really believe they care. I will recommend you guys to anyone! Thank you again!
- Rachel Weston
These guys know what they're doing! They helped us out when nobody else wanted to because we only had limited tort! Highly recommend! 10/10!!
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Unfortunately, no amount of money can completely erase the physical and emotional suffering that may come from an accident. However, winning an accident lawsuit or settlement can ensure you do not bear the financial burden of another person’s negligent actions.
The attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers have decades of experience helping personal injury victims like you. A conversation with a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will provide you with a clear picture of your recovery options. We’ll explain the next steps, what you can expect, and how our firm can help you. Call us today to schedule a meeting. There is no charge to speak or meet with us. You will learn about how we will win your case and we can thoroughly discuss your situation.
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