Michael J. Hurwitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP
 | 1 Penn Plaza, Suite 5315
New York, NY 10119
Phone: 212-736-5300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael J. Hurwitz is an associate attorney at the New York City law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP. At the firm, Mr. Hurwitz focuses his practice on assisting New York state residents who have suffered severe personal injuries, especially those suffered in catastrophic construction accidents. In addition, he represents clients in labor law matters, medical malpractice cases, wrongful death suits, premises liability cases and suits related to motor vehicle accidents.

Mr. Hurwitz began his legal career in 1999 after earning his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law and his approval to practice law in New York state. In addition to his approval to practice in all of New York's courtrooms, the state of New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Connecticut, the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York have all approved him to practice in their courtrooms, along with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorney Hurwitz has represented clients in hundreds of catastrophic injury cases over the past 16 years, and he has secured millions of dollars in compensation for those clients in settlements and verdicts. As a result of his long record of success, he has earned much recognition from the legal community. The National Trial Lawyers lists him among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, and he holds a "Good" Avvo rating.

In addition to his work for his clients, Mr. Hurwitz works for the good of the legal community. He is a member of several legal associations, including the Brooklyn Bar Association, where he is a panel member of the Legal Referral Service; the American Association for Justice and the New York County Lawyers' Association, to name only a few.

 
Practice Areas

Personal Injury - General (90%)
Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%)

Personal Injury - General (90%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Michael Hurwitz

Admitted: 1999, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.blockotoole.com/Attorneys/Michael-J-Hurwitz.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2005
  • New Jersey, 1999
  • New York, 1999

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $1,500,000 settlement for a driver struck in the rear by an MTA bus causing neck and back injuries. 
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a woman injured in a slip-and-fall accident on snow and ice on her building front landing and steps.
  • $2,200,000 settlement for a 62 year-old pedestrian who sustained a back injury requiring surgery after she was struck by a NYC bus.
  • $2,250,000 settlement for a Bronx tenant who fell down stairs in an apartment building causing neck and shoulder injuries.
  • $2,640,000 settlement for a non-union construction worker who suffered a partial amputation of a finger as well as shoulder and neck injuries from a drill that fell from a scaffold at the level above where he was working.
  • $2,700,000 settlement for a 54-year old female who tripped and fell over a sidewalk defect injuring her spine and knees.  
  • $3,750,000 settlement for a non-union construction worker who suffered elbow, shoulder and back injuries when he was caused to fall from a ladder off a second roof level.
  • $2,000,000 settlement in Bronx County for a 48 year-old male who was struck in the rear while operating a work veicle resulting in neck injuries.
  • $1,300,000 Settlement for a client who sustained spine and knee injuries in an intersection collision
  • $1,350,000.00 Settlement for Brooklyn livery cab driver that sustained a neck injury
  • $1,500,000 Award after Arbitration for a 44 year-old woman who sustained spine and shoulder injuries in a Long Island motor vehicle accident
  • $1,500,000.00 Settlement for a construction worker who sustained partial blindness in one eye when a pipe burst spraying cement into his face
  • $1,500,000.00 Settlement for a 15-year-old girl where physicians failed to timely diagnose a brain tumor
  • $1,600,000.00 Settlement for a construction worker who injured his neck requiring surgery when he was struck by a drill rod that detached from a drilling rig
  • $1,700,000.00 Settlement for a construction worker who suffered a tear to the meniscus in his knee necessitating surgeries when he was caused to dive out of the way of bricks that were being hoisted above him
  • $1,750,000.00 Settlement for a construction worker that suffered a calcaneus fracture when he was caused to fall from a ladder
  • $1,750,000 Settlement for a woman who injured her neck and back after a Suffolk County motor vehicle accident
  • $1,800,000 Settlement for a woman who injured her back and knees in a motor vehicle accident on Manhattan's FDR Drive
  • $1,850,000.00 Settlement for a driver stopped behind a truck that was struck when the truck suddenly started to go in reverse resulting in a neck injury
  • $2,500,000.00 Settlement for a man who suffered from chronic and unrelenting headaches resulting from an improperly performed nasal surgery
  • $3,700,000.00 Settlement for a brain damaged baby due to an improper labor and delivery
  • $4,400,000.00 Settlement for a truck driver who suffered an amputation of the foot after being run over by a forklift
  • $4,600,000.00 Settlement for a driver who was struck by a vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way resulting in neck and lower back injuries
  • $6,600,000.00 Verdict for a student burned by an oxy-acetylene torch in the school's art studio
  • $11,000,000.00 Settlement for a brain damaged baby due to improper care immediately after birth

Educational Background:

  • Northeastern University, B.S., Major: Criminal Justice, 1993

Industry Groups

  • National Top 100 Trial Lawyers; ATLA; NYSTLA; NYSBA; Bronx County Bar Association; Kings County Bar
  • Office Location for Michael J. Hurwitz

    1 Penn Plaza
    Suite 5315
    New York, NY 10119

    Phone: 212-736-5300

     

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    Last Updated: 9/1/2017

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