Case(s) Opened: 2018
I was extremely overwhelmed when I had a life-altering incident and found that I needed to hire an attorney. I had no experience in the legal world so my sister conducted a search for me, vetted several firms and recommended two. The one I selected was Petro and Cohen, and Richard G in particular. From my initial phone conversation with Richard to the conclusion of my case, he treated me with compassion, kindness and patience. He kept me apprised of every detail of the case in a very timely manner. His advice was always prudent and due to his expertise the case settled with a positive outcome. It was a pleasure to work with Richard throughout the process. I would highly recommend Richard without reservation to anyone in need of an attorney for a personal injury matter.
Case(s) Opened: 2018
My name is Clarence Harris, and I’ve been a sheet metal worker for 25 years. I got hurt on the job a couple of years ago, and I was referred to Frank by a friend of mine. And, wow, Frank was great. He helped me through everything – my back, my knees, my shoulders. 25 years of doing construction, this work is very hard. You WILL break down. They push you and they push you. So, you’re gonna need some help in the long run, because your body breaks down, and they have what they call wear and tear disability. And once your body starts breaking down, they can help you get a figure for each body part.
I was very happy with Frank. So, if anybody gets hurt on the job, you can contact Frank. You can contact ME directly because I know Frank. Me and Frank are like family now. He ain’t going nowhere. He’s in my phone, FOR LIFE! So, if anybody, for any accident, whatever it is on the job, give Frank Petro a call, and he can help you out.
Case Opened: June 2020
If all of the attorneys at Petro Cohen have the same attentiveness and respect as Mr. Richard Gaeckle, then Petro Cohen are the attorneys for you. Mine was not the largest of cases by far, but Mr. Gaeckle never made me feel as such. He made me feel like a person, not just another client/payday. He listened to everything that I had to say and never once made me feel like I was being brushed off, ignored or a nuisance. Many thanks and appreciation.
Case Opened: July 2020
Wow! What an exceptional team. I went to Petro Cohen right after the pandemic with a pretty traumatic fall incident and they were nothing but caring and professional! Everyone on the staff was very patient and willing to fight their hardest for the best possible outcome. Amazing job and much appreciated! 10 out of 10!!
Case Opened: November 2020
Hi, I’m Denise. I have Rich Gaeckle representing me due to a vehicle accident back in 2020. I can’t praise enough about this firm. Rich has been extremely supportive and patient, and he took the time to make sure that we were compensated fully for the accident that had occured.
Case Opened: April 2017
Richard Gaeckle of Petro Cohen is a very professional and caring lawyer! He worked very hard on my case with GREAT success, and I was always kept in the loop of what was happening. Richard would explain things on a level that I understood and always felt at ease with. I would highly recommend Petro Cohen, PC, and definitely recommend Richard Gaeckle.
Thank you so much, Rich!
Case Opened: 2018
Hi, my name is Craig. In 2018, I was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. I had some major injuries and I consulted the law firm of Petro Cohen. Susan was my attorney and the only thing I can say [was that] she was absolutely fabulous. She fought for me for all my surgeries, all of my doctor’s appointments, she made sure I had all the proper treatment, she made sure financially I was secure, and really, I cannot say anything bad about the firm itself. They’re incredible; every time I called she picked up the phone [or] partners picked up the phone. And it was just a wonderful firm to deal with. Susan is excellent and the reward I received was more than what I could ask for.
Longtime client since 2011
Firstly, this firm is very much worthy of praise and recognition. A dear friend was concerned about my overall wellness after seeing me go through some physical changes due to my duties as a casino employee. Not only was she concerned about my health, but my emotional state as well, which has taken a great deal of emotional strain on me. She suggested that I speak to a workers’ comp. attorney named Mr. Petro as she has the utmost respect for him and told me he is the absolute best in his field. I trusted her judgment and spoke with him. As soon as I saw his credentials, I was so impressed and knew I was in the right place. His attentiveness to my issues made me feel very much at ease. He took his time and paid very close attention to every single concern I had. My case was extremely difficult to prove but it was successful and I am very, very grateful to him and all of the others that contributed to my case. I must also thank Dan Rosenthal for his compassion and expertise as well as Suzanne Meola. If you want the absolute best, Mr. Petro IS the Man!
Case Opened: October 2021
An accident that results in injury is disturbing, even more so when you realize you need legal representation to protect your interests and don’t know where to turn. Thanks to a referral from a friend, I turned to Petro Cohen, P.C. After a thorough review of my situation, they agreed to represent me and Richard Gaeckle took my case. As a result, I highly recommend Petro Cohen Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Law Firm. They have an experienced and dedicated team of attorneys who are committed to fighting for the rights of their clients. Mr. Gaeckle is knowledgeable, compassionate and a pleasure to deal with. He worked tirelessly to ensure that I received the best possible outcome in my case. His communication is excellent and he kept me informed throughout the entire complicated process, always making time to answer my questions and address my concerns. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of my case and the level of service I received. If you need a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend Petro Cohen, P.C.
Petro Cohen was absolutely the right choice to represent me in my worker’s compensation case. Dan Rosenthal was with me every step of the way in this very complicated and difficult case. He is truly an asset to the firm and a blessing to his clients. Frank Petro and Dan Rosenthal worked tirelessly to achieve the maximum compensation for my injuries. I am 100% satisfied with my settlement and forever grateful for Frank and Dan helping me achieve the end result!
Case Opened: April 2021
I hired Petro Cohen in 2021 for a fall I had at work. I ended up having three surgeries from the fall and was out of work for a while. Terri Hiles was my attorney and she was fantastic! I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from the law firm, and especially from Terri Hiles. She was there with me every step of the way, and totally professional. I will definitely be using her again in the future if need be. I would recommend to anyone, if you get hurt at work, give this law firm a call and request Ms. Hiles. Don’t even think twice about it.
Case Opened: March 2019
James: Hello, I’m Jim. I’m a client of the Petro Cohen association and have been since 2003. I’ve had several workers’ comp claims and they’ve been resolved professionally. I’m totally satisfied. I would recommend this service that the company and corporation does. I’ll guarantee that you’ll walk out of here a happy person. They take care of you. They don’t just say, “Yeah, we’ll take your case” and then walk out the door. They really do care and I can vouch for that since 2003.
Kelly: Hi, my name is Kelly and I’ve been a client as well at the Petro Cohen law firm. They’re really good, very thorough, and I’m very satisfied.
Case Opened: July 2019
Brenda: Hi, my name is Brenda and I’m a fortunate individual to be represented by Susan Petro. She is the absolute best. The individuals that work here, everyone gave us such an outstanding and welcoming time to spend while we were waiting to see her, which was a very short period of time. Everything has just gone great with her. Very good communication, very excellent with every one of the patients I’ve seen her interact with. I would recommend her highly to anyone. She is the best. Petro Cohen is the best.
Brittany: I’m the daughter of Brenda and we had the pleasure of working with Susan on multiple occasions. We continue to work with this particular law firm because we know that they are the best in New Jersey. Really top-of-the-line in terms of communication, organization, and giving that human touch, which I think is the most important thing when you’re picking a law firm to work with. We know that Susan is going to be there for us, she is going to answer our calls, and she going to give us that little something extra to support us, sometimes in really challenging cases. So, there isn’t anyone else I would ever work with and you should work with her too.
|BOB and ROSINA D.
Case Opened: November 2016
Rosina: Hi, my name is Rosina. I went to Petro and I love him to death. He’s the best person in the world. He is the best helper in the world.
Bob: Like me and my wife discussed, we actually introduced people from Philadelphia who are willing to come down here and I think they already have. We got a lot of respect for this company and we’re very happy with the settlement.
Case Opened: September 2020
Hello, I’m Jewlyin. I’m represented by Richard Gaeckle of Petro Cohen. I’ve had a case going on for a couple of years now. At one point I thought it would never get resolved. Rich carried me along the way and made sure I was comfortable with every aspect of the case. Then, he helped me reach a settlement. If it wasn’t for Rich and Petro Cohen, I would not be as ecstatic as I am today. I honestly don’t think I would be able to move on in life if this case was not solved the way Rich settled it. I prefer Petro Cohen and if, God forbid, this ever happens again, they will be the first people I call.
Case Opened: January 2019
My name is Kell. My case just got settled! Over the course of the years, Rich definitely helped me out and took me under his wing. His services are very professional. They’re great here at Petro Cohen. He definitely helped me out a lot, especially with the back injury I had. Now I have my settlement and it definitely compensated me. Everything worked out for me and turned out great for me. If I do have to return, hopefully me and Rich can do services again.
Case Opened: December 2021
Thank you, Susan Petro, for handling my personal injury case. I want you to know how grateful I am for your kindness, dedication, and persistence on my behalf. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my results. You have truly exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend your firm to anyone in need of an attorney.
Cases Opened: July 2018
Cases Resolved (Frank): September 2019 and February 2020
Cases Resolved (Deb): September 2019 and March 2022
Case Lawyer: Michael Veneziani
Thank you, Mike, for all you have done for us over the years regarding this claim! Deb and I are extremely happy with all of the hard work, expertise and professionalism shown by both you and your firm to reach such a lucrative settlement, especially given the “No Pay ” positions of most carriers in this current financial environment. We will both be singing your firm’s praises for years to come! Thanks again for everything!
Case Opened: July 2021
At the worst time in our life, Susan walked into our home and told us not to worry. She went to work and within eight months got us a great settlement. I would absolutely recommend Susan and her firm.
CLIFF: Meta had a very bad accident back in July. She fell on concrete and spent a lot of days in the hospital. She had 57 clips in her head.
META: My doctor told me I had two chances, I almost died twice.
CLIFF: And when I got her home we wondered what we would do, because I couldn’t work anymore. I had to stay with her 24/7. A friend of mine said, “Cliff, you need to get a lawyer.” I said, “Good idea!” I went on the web and got Susan. Of all the lawyers in Atlantic County, I got Susan. One of the best things I’ve done in a long, long time. Susan did the job for us. For a long time we thought it was going nowhere. Then, all of a sudden, we get a phone call, “Cliff, we got a settlement.” One thing I know for sure, Susan is our lawyer. I can’t put her on retention, but she knows if we have a problem I got her number to call.
Case Opened: July 2021
Generally, I am not one to send out reviews or testimonials because, as someone who works in the service industry and is “old school,” giving excellent service should be part of your job.
However, since I have not had much experience with litigation cases, I felt a testimonial was worth my time as our attorney, Rich Gaeckle, did an outstanding job for us. Rich clearly communicated all aspects of our case. He also exceeded all our expectations in handling and ultimately settling for us. His communication and explanations of all important and secondary aspects of our case were presented in easy-to-understand terms. Rich also conveniently scheduled all meetings in advance and with flexibility. He was also very prompt in returning calls, emails, and texts… Even when he was on vacation with his family. We couldn’t be more pleased with Rich’s performance as our attorney.
I highly recommend Rich Gaeckle at Petro Cohen to anyone needing an attorney for a personal injury case.
Case Opened: March 2004
Case Reopened: June 2013
Case Reopened: March 2017
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
When I got a hold of Frank Petro’s law firm almost 20 years ago, I never imagined I would need his help numerous times. But Frank and his law firm have taken care of me time and time again.
My job in the casino industry was very hard on my body. I had my first operation on my knee and didn’t even realize I could get a lawyer to help me get the workers’ compensation that was due to me.
Frank and his team have been very good at handling my cases. It seemed like every few years, I was needing operations – the constant WEAR and TEAR on my body ended up causing me to have a total of 13 operations, and they took care of me every single time.
Frank and the others at the law firm dealt with my employer and the insurance companies; all I had to do was relay information to them as to what was going on with me.
Working with Frank and Petro Cohen law firm has been a very good experience for me. I was very pleased with the settlements and would absolutely recommend Frank Petro and Petro Cohen law firm.
I didn’t know that my work issues were going to last all these years and I would be going through all these operations. Fortunately, it all worked out in my favor as Frank and his law firm did a great job for me.
Case Opened: September 2016
Case Opened: March 2018
When I was injured at work, a friend referred me to Frank Petro at Petro Cohen law firm for help with my workers’ compensation case.
My initial impression was that Mr. Petro was very professional and top notch. He was straightforward, explaining everything thoroughly with a timeline, and it all panned out as he said.
I also dealt with two other workers’ comp attorneys, Terri Hiles and Suzanne Holz Meola, who were the best. Like Frank, both of these attorneys were very nice, explaining everything, answering questions, and calling me back when I reached out. Suzanne was especially helpful in walking me through everything and calming me down when I was stressed.
I was happy with my settlement, and although it was in line with what Frank said I should expect, I thought it would be less than it actually was! They are top notch lawyers. I would definitely refer them to others and already have!
Case Opened: November 2016
While at work, I was holding two trays when I fell over a sign and hit the ground hard. I didn’t know it at the time, but with the recommendation of a nurse friend, I got checked and learned I had a bad concussion from the fall.
One of my co-workers, along with another friend, told me about Petro Cohen so I reached out to them for help. In addition to my fall, daily tasks at work, such as lifting and using machinery, had caused numerous WEAR and TEAR injuries, so I was hopeful Petro Cohen could help.
From our first visit to the law firm, we felt very comfortable. Everyone was very professional and we liked what they had to say.
They took the time to explain everything to my husband and me, and everything went through like they said it would.
They directed us to a couple of doctors who ended up being very helpful in getting me the medical attention I needed.
Throughout the case, they kept us abreast of the status by phone or letter. And if we had any questions, they would call us back right away. Frank Petro even gave me his personal number if I needed something. We were very impressed all the way through the process!
From the beginning, Frank told us head injuries are very hard to prove. So, we were pleasantly surprised that Frank was able to eventually get me total disability for life.
Everybody at the firm is very nice. They were very good to me and my husband.
We would highly recommend Frank Petro and Petro Cohen Law Firm – 100%. We already did!
We were just happy all around with Frank Petro and Petro Cohen, P.C.
Case Opened: September 2014
I worked in the casino industry for over 20 years as a dealer and my hands suffered badly because of my work. Ultimately, I ended up with permanent nerve damage.
Friends had recommended Frank Petro and Petro Cohen Law firm as they had used the firm and had great results. I also had read about Petro Cohen, P.C. and knew they were reputable and good.
My case was a difficult one because there were a lot of variables, but Frank Petro and his team fought hard on it for me. Throughout the process, they very much were in touch, explaining things and keeping me informed. They were also great at getting back to me. And I know Frank wracked his brains for me to make sure I received a settlement to my satisfaction.
All across the board, everyone at the firm was very helpful. They didn’t give up on me, even though it took a long time for my case.
Frank goes above and beyond, as proven by the rate he ended up getting me. He cares and was compassionate, even calming me down when I would have a meltdown. I know a lot of attorneys are all about the money, but I didn’t feel that way with Frank. I felt confident and secure in his hands. He even gave me his personal number. Who does that?!
If you are looking for someone to really fight for you, Frank Petro is who you want. I liked him and I liked the firm, and would definitely recommend them to others. In fact, I already have! A firm truly committed to Excellence!
Case Opened: August 2020
A year ago, I had a nasty fall made all the more traumatic because I was holding my 10 month old grandson at the time. We were referred to Susan Petro.
During our initial consultation, she was compassionate about my situation, which was exactly what I needed at that time. Throughout this process, she has continued to be caring, professional, and attentive to every detail. She kept in touch with me as the process progressed.
I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer during this difficult time. Highly recommend.
Case Opened: January 2017
Having worked hard in customer-oriented businesses for over four decades, I place a very high value on customer service. The level of communication and response from Petro Cohen is astonishing – it’s hard for me to describe. I just can’t say enough nice things about them. They never let me down!
Although I loved the challenges of my job, the years of hard work took a serious toll on my body – from my knees, to my back, neck, and shoulders, and eventually osteoarthritis. I kept toughing it out figuring it was not a big deal and that I would continue to work. In 2015, it got so bad that doctors told me I would need had to have both knees replaced, which I ended up putting off until 2017.
It was at that time that I went to Petro Cohen. I was referred to the law firm by a friend, and was also familiar with the Petro Cohen billboards.
I immediately felt like I was in good hands as they made my healthcare a priority, conducting a thorough back history of my medical issues and then sending me to a trusted regional orthopedic practice.
After seeing my history with ongoing issues, Frank Petro called me to let me know that I would qualify for permanent disability. At that point, I trusted their knowledge of workers’ compensation and knew they had my best interest at heart.
They explained that WEAR and TEAR injuries like mine can take years to resolve, but they were great at keeping me informed throughout the process. Even during the pandemic, they reached out to check in and to always let me know what was going on. My husband and I both felt very confident in their hands.
I have been a hard worker all my life and was actually devastated that I would not be able to return to work. Petro Cohen helped me put things in perspective – I gave my life to my job, and had years of WEAR and TEAR injuries to show for it. The compensation they were able to get for my medical care and loss of income certainly helps.
I would highly recommend Petro Cohen, P.C. and actually have already referred two friends.
Case Opened: January 2019
During the summer of 2018, I was involved in a serious work injury as a laborer at a worksite where the company was shorthanded. The foreman had me lifting, moving and replacing sewer grates alone. At about the eighteenth one, I felt something pop in the right side of my neck and shoulder which was immediately followed by excruciating pain permeating from the right side of my neck, back and gluteal muscles. Unfortunately, this accident eventually caused cervical fusion surgery.
From the moment I contacted Petro Cohen Law Firm regarding my accident, Terri Hiles gave me her full attention. All phone calls received an immediate response and I was never made to feel like an inconvenience. Terri always made me a priority, was sure to keep me constantly informed about my case as well as upcoming appointments, and constantly had my best interest at heart. Without a doubt, Terri worked diligently to resolve my case with the best settlement possible.
I am truly grateful to have had Terri Hiles as my attorney for my serious injury along with her team at Petro Cohen. Knowing firsthand how their clients are given the utmost respect, dignity and compassion I highly recommend using Terri Hiles at Petro Cohen Law Firm for any personal injury, workman’s compensation, and permanent disability claims.
Case Opened: September 2020
I am grateful to have worked with Susan Petro and her staff recently to settle a claim.
Their professionalism and attention to detail forced a quick settlement with very little effort or pressure on my part.
They kept me up to date regularly on the status of my case which made me feel at ease. I highly recommend Susan Petro and Petro Cohen law firm.
My trailer was being loaded with cargo, when I was seriously injured. Due to a lift operator error, a pipe fell on my foot causing major damage.
I did a Google search to find a law firm that could help me with my case and also reached out to the Atlantic County Bar Association. Petro Cohen had the best reviews and was recommended by the Bar, so I went to them with my workers’ comp case.
My initial impression was that the lawyers and staff were very caring about what they were doing as well as extremely professional paying attention to details. During what was a very confusing time, they provided a steady hand to help us with what we were going through at the time.
At my first meeting with Dan Rosenthal, he helped us understand that, in addition to the workers’ comp case, we also had a personal injury case. He introduced us to Rich Gaeckle who handled that portion of my case.
Because my crush injury resulted in amputation and wasn’t just a fracture or other injury, it was important to me that no mistakes were made in the handling of my case medically. I had never filed a workers’ comp or personal injury claim before, but I felt confident deferring to the wisdom and guidance of my attorneys.
Throughout the process, Rich kept us informed of what was happening and consulted us on what we hoped to get for a settlement without promising anything. I didn’t know what we could expect, but Rich was very grounding in a good way and kept us informed, coming back to us anytime there was any movement in the case. I felt very reassured with the process.
Rich was also great with communicating with my wife as I wasn’t always available. And to me, it was a big thing that we were treated as individuals with personalized treatment. Rich made us feel like we were his only client.
With my schedule, it was also hard to come into the office at times, particularly as things were wrapping up. Rich would drop off or pick up documents, even for the workers’ comp case although he was handling the personal injury side. We just felt like he worked to make it as easy as possible – going above and beyond. He is very genuine.
We were very satisfied with the outcome of the case and feel the office as a whole is top-notch. We were very glad that we found Petro Cohen and that we went with them. We never had second thoughts about bringing Petro Cohen in to help us. From the beginning to the conclusion, it was a very good experience overall.
Case Opened: June 2020
In June of 2020, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in my car being totaled and injuries that lead into multiple surgeries. Susan Petro was referred to me from a friend and I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for her assistance both professionally and personally throughout this entire process.
I’ve never had to deal with anything like this in the past and if it wasn’t for Susan, I cannot imagine how this would have turned out. She took control of the situation immediately and made sure that communication between both insured parties were strictly dealt directly through her office. Susan took the time to walk me through everything that was going on and made sure I understood it – there was never a time I felt in the dark.
Susan’s guidance and professionalism is top notch and her attention to detail is immaculate. As a divorced mother of two, It makes me feel much better to know I have an attorney like her in my corner who is there for us when we need her. I would highly recommend Susan and this firm to anyone.
Case Opened: June 2016
I wanted to say thank you for helping to resolve my case.
I really appreciate you going the extra mile to get me funds for life. You somehow pulled a rabbit out of a hat! LOL
I cannot thank you enough for the services that you rendered on my behalf.
Case Opened: November 2019
When I was injured in an automobile accident, a friend of mine referred me to Petro Cohen law firm.
From day one, my whole experience with Rich Gaeckle and the law firm was awesome! This was my first time going through anything like this, so I really didn’t know what to expect. But every step of the way, Rich was there for me.
When the insurance company reached out to me, he dealt with them and reassured me that if they called, I should refer them to him and he would handle everything as my lawyer. He even set me up with doctors that were very helpful.
Then COVID came, but Rich kept in touch. It wasn’t even so much about the case – he would call just to see how I was and to let me know he hadn’t forgotten about me. He also knew I worked in the medical field and wanted to make sure that me and my family were safe. He kept me updated and was a big help with making sure I saw the right doctors. The whole transition was quick and peaceful without any stress.
I was very appreciative of Rich and the outcome of my case, and would absolutely recommend Rich and the law firm to others.
Case Opened: December 2020
I was referred by a good friend to Susan Petro after a terrible accident that happened in November 2020. My left leg was badly injured after being hit by a speeding car while riding a bike.
Susan contacted me, assured me that she will take care of everything and that immediately put me at ease. Having known her personally even before we had this case, I felt confident that I wouldn’t have anything to worry about.
She kept in regular contact with me via phone calls, texts and emails, and updated me with any pertinent details about the case. She worked fervently and efficiently, even going above and beyond what the case covered. She helped negotiate other issues for me and she knows how grateful I am for that. My case was settled in only 3 months and she got me the settlement that I deserved. Thanks to her I can now put this behind me and just focus on complete healing and recovery.
I knew then that this firm was one of the best in the industry but now I see why, having worked with Susan directly. I couldn’t have picked a better lawyer. I greatly appreciate what she has done for me and I highly recommend her for personal injury cases.
Case Opened: August 2018
After being injured in an auto accident I contacted Petro Cohen and quickly received a return call from Susan Petro.
Through every stage, I was kept informed of the progress of my case and had one-on-one personal contact directly with Susan. She thoroughly communicated what was happening and what to expect in terms that were understandable. She was genuinely concerned with my recovery as I went through multiple surgeries and went above and beyond by not only being a fantastic attorney, but also a very thoughtful counselor, listening to my anxieties and offering words of advice and comfort. Her pep talks provided a much-needed boost of confidence on more than one occasion!
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Susan continued to work on my case and found ways to send and sign documents as well as conduct my deposition and mediation safely.
Petro Cohen exceeded my expectations in handling my auto accident case and getting the best result possible. The personal service you will receive from this law firm, and Susan Petro and Nancy Gallo in particular, is A+ and I recommend them to anyone who is injured in an accident or has any other injury claim.
Susan’s years of experience shine through – she is intelligent, patient, professional and dedicated to her clients and I will forever be grateful for her assistance with my case.
Case Opened: April 2019
I was involved in a five car pile-up auto accident and injured my back which put me out of work. It was recommended to me that I contact Petro Cohen Law Firm.
When I first met with Rich, I felt like he would be a good lawyer to handle my case. He explained the process to me and was helpful in getting me the medical treatment I needed. I like that Rich would get back to me quickly when I would call and would try to answer all my questions. In my experience, most lawyers don’t find the time or put in as much effort as Rich did.
I would definitely recommend Rich to others who are involved in a serious automobile accident.
WC Case Opened: July 2016
PI Case Opened: July 2016
When I was injured at work, I had been working with another law firm but ended up switching to Petro Cohen as I felt they were a better law firm.
I was driving and was hit by an ambulance, so my case involved both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.
Frank Petro was great to work with. He always called me personally to check up on me.
I was also very happy with Rich Gaeckle, who took on my personal injury case and went above and beyond to help me. He’s been like a right hand; I knew I could always count on him. He was always on point, and even helped me with a non-related legal issue, which I really appreciated.
I really appreciate what the firm has done for me. Frank and Rich are good guys, and I would definitely recommend them to others.
Case Opened: January 2019
I was introduced to Petro Cohen law firm by a sign on the Atlantic City Expressway which mentioned WEAR and TEAR injuries. A construction accident years ago led to ongoing pain and back problems, eventually forcing me to have surgery for a disc to be replaced. I actually went to see Frank Petro with a knee problem, but after telling him about my back surgery and complications that forced me to retire, he was able to work on getting me disability compensation for both injuries.
When I first went to Petro Cohen, they seemed like a normal law firm. But the more I worked with Frank Petro and everyone at the firm, I found them to be uniquely different. They worked on more of a personal level and were really involved. It was clear that they truly wanted to help me because of all the pain I had suffered.
Frank talked to me man-to-man – on my level. He never talked down to me because he was the educated attorney. I thought that was really nice.
Everybody at Petro Cohen was really nice – totally polite and very concerned about their clients. They were also very informative – they didn’t keep me in the dark unlike some law firms where you don’t hear from them after they sign you up.
Frank made me feel like it was more “personal” than business. He told me a bunch about himself and even gave me his personal cell phone number, telling me, “I’m here for you,” and to call him anytime during the process or down the line if I had questions or concerns. Not many attorneys give their personal cell numbers!
I wouldn’t hesitate to use Frank Petro and Petro Cohen law firm again. I would definitely refer others and have already referred some people. From my perspective, all the plaques on the wall at their offices are well deserved.
Case Opened: November 2000
Case Reopened: December 2005
Case Reopened: October 2007
Case Reopened: November 2010
Case Opened: July 2019
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
When I was 24 years old, I was seriously injured at work, tearing ligaments in my spine that would eventually lead to numerous surgeries and lifelong pain. Although I went to my foreman after the injury, he let me go a few days after the accident. I knew I needed a lawyer to protect myself and my family.
Over the years, I continued to have problems stemming from my initial injury, which led to more surgeries. After one surgery, the doctor told me the surgery had failed and that I could not work anymore. I had young kids and needed to work to put bread on the table, so I went back to work for another year.
A slight mishap at work jarred my neck enough that I had to go back and have another surgery. Afterward, they told me I was 100% disabled. Again, I had to provide for my family, so, regardless of my injury and the pain I felt, I worked for 10 more years. I ended up being in so much pain, I could barely walk and would crawl from the bathroom to my bed.
I can’t explain how thankful I am for Frank Petro for getting me through this process. When I first met with him at Petro Cohen, I could immediately tell that Frank’s heart was in his work. He cared about me and his other clients. It was incredible the way he felt and worked on everything to make sure you were getting adequate help in every way. You knew he was just an intelligent, clean cut, American guy who went to school for a lot of years to try to help out people like me who had been hurt.
Actually, everybody in the office was kind and generous, going out of their way to help you. I received paperwork religiously; they kept you in the line of fire so that you knew everything that was going on.
I had to reopen my case numerous times, but even between cases, Frank would reach out just to see how I was doing and how my family was. He is so personable and really helps you a lot.
The people at his firm are the same way. I think people follow suit when there is a good leader. I feel like that’s how it is at the Petro Cohen offices. Even during COVID, Frank and his people still made us feel at home.
I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my case. I was totally surprised – I wasn’t chasing something and wasn’t trying to do a lawsuit. I just knew I had worked my butt off and always kept pushing. And a few things happened as a result of my hard work, but I figured I would always be ok. I never expected payment for the rest of my life.
I trust Frank Petro with my life. He truly cares about the working class person and understood how hard I had worked. In fact, he tells me I was one of his most impressive clients as I continued to work even when told by doctors said that I couldn’t work. You can just tell that Frank gets how you feel.
Only with the help of Frank can I smile every day and know me and my family will be ok. I just love him – great character, great guy.
If I knew anybody injured on the job, the first words out of my month would be, “You gotta’ call Frank Petro!” His reputation is incredible. I would recommend Frank Petro and Petro Cohen in a heartbeat – it doesn’t matter – male, female, whoever you are – he cares.
Case Opened: August 2019
Thank you, Susan.
When you are injured in an accident, you don’t know where to turn. We looked on the Internet and we seen found Susan Petro.
From the first meeting with Susan, she showed her concern for Carolyn’s well-being first. We let Susan handle the whole case, knowing Susan would do her best for us.
She’s settled the case after informing us. It’s far exceeded our expectations.
Susan was so courteous and professional.
Thanks again, Susan.
Case Opened: January 2006
Case Opened: March 2011
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
I had only been in the area for about a year, when I was beaten in an elevator by one of my clients.
I looked for a good attorney in the Yellow Pages at that time and found Frank Petro and Petro Cohen law firm.
When I first walked into the office, I was very impressed with the receptionist and how I was greeted. I was also very impressed with Mr. Petro. I liked the way he presented himself and made me feel comfortable. I felt assured that he would help me get through what I was going through. It was a lot and a very complicated case, as my client ended up filing a suit against ME, saying that I attacked him.
Mr. Petro made it go very smoothly. He explained the whole process and exactly what I needed to do and what he would be doing. And everything he told me was completely accurate; exactly the way he explained it is exactly the way it happened.
Since that time, I had several other work accidents and I went back to Frank Petro each time. I was very pleased and not only used him again, but also referred other employees to him. Each time, I was completely pleased with the case settlements.
Everyone at Petro Cohen was very professional at all times. If you reach out, they get back to you. If you have questions or concerns, they get back to you. You always feel that they are there for you.
They also had great concern for my health, which is very important to me! It’s not always about the money, and they reminded me that my health comes first and encouraged me to get that straightened out first.
I feel like some attorneys are not honest; they were honest and upfront. I also worked for attorneys, so I know sometimes they are not always in your corner – and I never doubted for one minute that Frank and Petro Cohen were in my corner. They were going to make sure I got what I deserved and would get the best they could get for me!
Case Opened: August 2003
Case Reopened: July 2007
Case Opened: February 2008
Case Reopened: December 2013
Case Reopened: April 2017
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
I am writing on behalf of Frank Petro, Attorney at Law. Mr. Petro has been my attorney for over 17 years. He was referred to me and highly recommended by another attorney. He is revered amongst his peers. He is a brilliant, compassionate man who is dedicated to his clients.
I met Mr. Petro due to an injury that I had at work which has left me with physical disabilities. I have had numerous issues with insurance companies which have affected me both mentally and financially. If it were not for Mr. Petro’s dedication to my case, the outcome could have been detrimental to me on all levels. His determination has made an otherwise challenging and painful experience easier to deal with.
He has had such a positive impact on my life, and I cannot thank him enough for not only taking on my case but for seeing me as an individual. And that is what makes him so successful.
I highly recommend Petro Cohen Law Firm. They will represent you beyond any expectations that you may have. I am eternally grateful to Mr. Petro for all he has done for me.
Case Opened: May 2005
Case Opened: July 2016
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
I had a dear friend who had a case handled by Petro Cohen and he was quite satisfied. When I injured my shoulder at work, he put me in touch with the law firm.
I ended up having three surgeries on my shoulder, then a fourth surgery after I went back to work; I was compensating for my injured shoulder and ended up hurting the other one!
I met Mr. Petro on the first visit. Just from speaking to him, it was obvious that he was very educated, and very personable. He primarily answered every question in the first meeting; even though those were guidelines, at the end he was right on.
He stayed in touch throughout the entire procedure and when anything of importance happened, he spoke with me.
Throughout the entire process, everyone at the law firm was extremely helpful and answered any questions.
We discussed preliminary numbers early on. Anything they could have done wouldn’t make my injury better, but would make life a little easier.
At the end of the day, they actually received a greater percentage of the disability than expected by about 30%, making it a win-win for everyone. It didn’t make my shoulder hurt less, but it gave me a little less to worry about. I couldn’t be happier from that aspect
I feel that Frank Petro came through every bit on my friend’s recommendation. While I hope none of my friends ever get injured, I most certainly would hold their hand and introduce them personally to Frank Petro…and I don’t say that often.
Thank you! Everyone involved was really a pleasure to work with!
Mr. Petro and his team were fantastic and I am happy to provide a testimonial.
I was involved in a serious construction accident in 2003 after being rear ended by another piece of heavy equipment. I was really hurting and went to the emergency room where I was told there was nothing wrong.
I sought out an attorney who directed me to a doctor that told me I had a broken spine! After my first surgery, I was having more problems. I felt my lawyer was not helpful whatsoever and that I was getting the run around from insurance. I spoke to a few people who recommended that I talk with Mr. Petro.
Frank Petro jumped on it and got me to see the right doctors. He really helped me out and always got me satisfaction! He always stood by my side, along with Teri Hiles, and they both helped me in every way they could. They told me what was going on with the case and always made me feel very comfortable.
The entire office was great, including Shannon. They all treated me nice and always answered my questions.
I ended up having seven spine surgeries and finally closed my case about a month ago receiving total disability.
The first time I went to court and saw Mr. Petro walk in, it was like Moses parting the courtroom! Frankly, I was overwhelmed with Mr. Petro and the way he handled himself in court with his clients. Amazing! He takes care of business and I am so grateful to him and his team.
Case Opened: August 2019
I was injured after being struck by a tram on the Boardwalk while visiting from out of state. Not knowing where to turn, I made several phone calls and was immediately put at ease after speaking to Susan Petro.
The whole legal process was overwhelming, especially dealing with a physically and emotionally upsetting situation. Susan kept in regular contact with me and explained every step of what was happening thoroughly and respectfully.
While I realize that my case was relatively small in the scheme of things, I was never made to feel less than important. I greatly appreciate all that was done for me and would highly recommend this firm.
Case Opened: October 2019
Hello Suzanne, I have just received some wonderful news in the mail today. I just received my letter of approval for SS [Social Security] disability. This has been so uplifting for me. I feel like a lot of weight has just been lifted off of my shoulders.I want thank you for all of your help and support in this matter. You have been a God send to me.
I want thank you for all of your help and support in this matter. You have been a God send to me.
Thank you again for understanding my situation and helping me navigate through all of the various channels.
Case Opened: May 2018
I have just experienced my first time working with a lawyer because of my unfortunate personal injury.
Susan Petro responded immediately to my husband’s phone call regarding the case.
After meeting with her, we felt confident with her handling the case. Susan thoroughly went over our information and she explained any possible complications and the law.
I felt she was always working on the case and she kept us up on the next step.
She always responded to our emails or phone calls and sent correspondence with many letters of information.
The case was recently settled within 1 1/2 years. I would highly recommend Susan and her firm.
Case Opened: May 2018
The day we signed an agreement with Petro Cohen turned into one great decision with satisfaction.
Susan Petro represented the firm and exhibited supreme professionalism while always staying on top of our case.
In my opinion, she represented herself and her firm in an extremely straight forward approach regarding the law.
If someone would be in need of a personal injury lawyer, I would tell them to look no further. She’s the best.
Case Opened: February 2017
Dan Rosenthal and the Petro Cohen team were true to their word from the beginning to the end of my workers’ compensation case. Feeling neglected and humiliated by my past employer, Dan supported me and walked me through this arduous process. His guidance, extensive knowledge, expertise, and professionalism were crucial in my case.
My injury was due to a very traumatic experience. Dan was sensitive and understanding to my questions and concerns, and always took the time to explain EVERYTHING to me and always got back me when I had another question.
The day of my settlement closing, I was nervous and Dan put me at ease and walked me through the process. I was able to feel confident and tell my story.
Moving forward, I feel so fortunate to have had Dan and the Petro Cohen team on my side and am confident that they will continue to have my back. I can say without out a doubt that I would highly recommend Dan Rosenthal and Petro Cohen law firm to represent you.
Case Opened: October 2017
I had a fall in a shopping center where I was injured and couldn’t go to the gym anymore, among other things. A friend at the gym suggested I talk to Susan. When I met with Susan, she stated the case wasn’t going to be easy because of a pre-existing condition, but that I was injured and it was worth pursuing.
Over the two years, I was distracted by family issues and not always easy to get in touch with. Susan never gave up on me. I appreciated her perseverance – both with me and the case.
Susan got me a very nice settlement. I was pleased with the process, the staff and especially Susan. Thank you!!
Case Opened: April 2019
Case Opened: June 2019
Case Lawyer: Susan Petro
I was referred by my best friend to meet with Susan Petro after a very small car accident that happened during the holidays. This was the first time I hired a lawyer and it couldn’t have been more easy as I called in and was quickly asked to come in. As small as my case was, Susan treated me like an individual with respect for me and my accident. Not only did she take care of every single detail to the point where I felt like I did nothing, she also was able to settle my case within months.
I felt so comfortable working with her that I brought my own mother to help with a horrible car accident involving brain injury that happened a year prior.She has gone above and beyond for me and my family and now my mother is getting her case settled as well. This was a simple, stress-free, fast and no BS kind of place. As a first time car injury individual who needed a lawyer, I can confidently say that I would hire her again.
Case Opened: June 2019
I would like to thank Susan and the team for their hard work and time they put in for my mother’s injury case. She was hurt in an AC casino, so we contacted a local law firm via e-mail. Susan promptly reached out to us and informed us of the procedures she was going to take to help us.
We were always kept up to date on the progress of the case and Susan and Nancy couldn’t have been more professional and helpful. Thank you again from our family, and I would recommend Susan to represent anyone who needs legal assistance!
Case Opened: November 2017
On November 4, 2017, I was a passenger in an auto accident as a result of the other driver being drunk. I suffered serious injuries including a concussion, eye injury, neck, and back injury. Also, because of the NJ laws and policies and restrictions that certain physicians had, getting follow-up care was very difficult making what was already an emotional roller coaster very stressful.
I was familiar with the firm and reached out to Mrs. Petro. I did via email and she called me immediately. Once we met, she was able to get the ball rolling and help me find physicians to treat my injuries. Mrs. Petro was also very engaged in my case and never ceased. I was kept informed of all correspondences between herself,and the insurance company, and received all information that I needed to know at all times.
There was no lapse in her diligence regarding my case or personal welfare. She made it her priority to check on my status and speak to me directly, and it was never a situation where I felt she didn’t care.
As my eye and concussion healed and the back pain wasn’t as bad, I still suffered debilitating pain and ultimately had neck surgery. As of today, I am still recovering well and with the help of Mrs. Petro was able to be compensated. I will always be grateful for her expertise and help during a crucial time.
Case Opened: December 2018
Rich Gaeckle of Petro Cohen was instrumental in helping me obtain a settlement for a car accident I was involved in.
Not only did he get the maximum amount I was entitled to from the insured, but went the extra step to make sure I was compensated from all parties, and did so in a timely manner.
A car accident is always traumatizing, but I never felt for a minute that I was not in capable hands. I never had to second guess or question his due diligence. I would highly recommend him for anyone suffering from a personal injury, and have even forgiven him for being a Cleveland Browns fan.
Case Opened: August 2012
I was injured at work and needed advice on what to do because I felt my employer and their insurance company were not taking care of me properly. I asked around and Frank Petro at Petro Cohen came up as the top person in the New Jersey for workers’ compensation.
My first impression of Frank was that he was very professional, intelligent, and incredibly respectful. He fought hard for what he thought I deserved, and that’s what we got!
Like Frank, his staff was very attentive and paid attention to detail. When you have a question, they take the time to research your case and make sure they get you the absolute correct answer.
Anyone who knows me knows that I like being to the point and direct – I don’t mince words. Frank and his entire office were amazing, attentive, very thorough, and go the extra mile! Based on my experience, there is NO ONE else I would recommend, other than Frank Petro and Petro Cohen.
Case Opened: June 2016
I am beyond grateful for what Susan Petro has done for me. I was in a major accident in 2004 and again in 2016. Both accidents changed my life dramatically and Susan was by my side fighting for me both times.
In 2004, she worked so hard for me and helped me get what I needed, so I knew exactly who to call when I had another major accident in 2016.
Susan has gone above and beyond for me, helped me, checked up on me, kept me informed, and, above all, she genuinely cared about what this accident did to my life and truly wanted to help.
There are not enough words to describe how I felt knowing I had her by my side, fighting for me through these two life changing events. Thank you so much Petro Cohen!
Case Opened: January 2017
I was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash on 12/24/2016. After a few weeks with treatment, I decided to obtain an attorney due to my injuries. My friend told me about Susan Petro. I filled out the online form and Susan contacted me to setup an appointment to go over my case and obtain more information.
After two years, we have finally settled the case, which I am very pleased with. Susan is honestly the best lawyer I have met and will fight for her clients. After the accident, I was very nervous and emailed her everyday – she promptly replied to every email so that I would be able to have peace of mind. She was very prompt and never let me think that she was fighting for anything other than my best interest.
The meetings, arbitration, and mediation went smoothly. Susan stood by my side, regardless of any other clients she may have had, and always made me feel like a priority. I can’t thank her enough for all that she did for me and the care that I was able to obtain, and for the future. She is truly a professional, and I will contact Susan if I ever need her in the future.
When I was injured in a car accident, I was in serious pain and didn’t know where to turn. Another vehicle t-boned me causing great neck pain, nausea, headaches, and back pain. I reached out to my insurance company for direction on getting medical care, but they were no help, telling me I needed to get treatment on my own.
I remembered that my husband had a great experience with Frank Petro and Petro Cohen law firm when he had a workers’ compensation claim five years earlier, so I reached out to them.
I first met with Barry Cohen who was very friendly, guiding me in the right direction to see medical professionals who could help me start getting relief from my injuries.
I then met with Richard Gaeckle – he was great as well. It can be intimidating meeting with an attorney, especially the first time, but it was not that way with Richard. My first experience – he was such a funny guy and just really made me feel so comfortable. When he was asking me questions, I felt like we were having a casual conversation and he made me feel like we knew each other forever!
He answered all of my questions, he explained everything, dealt with the insurance companies, and helped me work through my frustrations with the medical treatment.
The settlement exceeded my expectations – it was way more than I was expecting, considering the Verbal Threshold law in New Jersey that Richard had explained to me. I actually received the maximum that I could get.
I would absolutely recommend Richard Gaeckle and Petro Cohen law firm to others. I already have, and will continue to do so!
Case Opened: November 2016
My accident was a terrible experience, but Susan Petro made it as wonderful as she could by making the process as seamless and stress-free as possible.
I was injured at a gym and knew right away something was seriously wrong. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and had to have surgery to fix my spine. There was pressure on my spinal cord so the doctor told me a brace would not work and surgery was my only option.
After the surgery, my mom found Susan and Petro Cohen on the Internet and did some research, including reading client testimonials.
When I interviewed with Susan, I felt good about her and decided to move forward. Susan has a confidence that made me feel good about what we were doing. Although I didn’t personally feel like a lawsuit was something I wanted to pursue, I got hurt because it was unsafe and felt like I needed to bring that to someone’s attention. Hearing Susan’s perspective made me feel better. My gut instinct – I just trusted Susan. I liked what she said and how she treated me.
We knew it would be a difficult case because there was a waiver involved, but in the end, it was the best outcome we could have gotten.
I never had a lawsuit, so I needed explanations, which Susan provided, in a way I could understand. She was more than willing to explain the legal stuff to me. I felt like I was very well informed throughout the process, copied on every document. And Susan was very reachable – she responded almost immediately to my e-mails.
I felt like I was important. I know with a big law firm that handles a lot of cases, that doesn’t always happen. But I always felt like when I needed their attention, their attention was given to me, throughout the entire process, including depositions and arbitration.
I was very pleased with the outcome of my case and settlement. This is something that I never wanted to do and never want to do again, but if I had to, I would want to work with Susan again. I would recommend Susan 100% to my friends in New Jersey
Case Opened: September 2016
When I was seriously injured in a car accident, I had heard of Petro Cohen and seen their billboards, and was also referred to Susan Petro by a friend. After my experience, I would absolutely recommend Susan and her law firm.
The injuries I sustained from my car accident were causing a significant change in my life, including my job, so I felt like I needed legal representation.
I called to set up my first meeting at the firm and found everyone to be very welcoming, polite, and empathetic. In meeting Susan, I liked how up front and real she was. She was very thorough with all of her questions and listened to everything I had to say, playing devil’s advocate. I really liked that she didn’t make false promises or mislead me. She always kept it real and didn’t get my hopes up.
Throughout the process, there was excellent communication. I felt like they always let me know what was going on. Any time they sent documentation to the doctor, they always sent me a copy. And if I reached out to Susan with questions, she was very quick to return my call or e-mail, no matter how busy she was or how late it was!
I was very pleased with my settlement and surprised that it happened in just two years, when I had heard that it could take three to five years. Susan definitely had my back and was dedicated to getting me as much as possible for the settlement.
Susan and the Petro Cohen team alleviated a lot of stress on my end – I didn’t have to worry about anything other than getting better. I felt like they were being professional, upfront, and honest; it gave me great peace of mind to know that they were doing everything right. I absolutely would recommend Susan Petro and Petro Cohen for anyone injured in a serious automobile accident.
WC Case Opened: April 2009
WC Case Opened: October 2016
I am very grateful to Frank Petro as well as everyone at Petro Cohen. They got me through the rough times, got me the surgeries that I needed, and followed up on everything for me.
I had a serious accident at work in 2008 and ended up falling hard on concrete. I had to have my first of four surgeries after the fall and began to realize that I probably would not be able to go back to work and to the job I loved. I felt like I had to protect my wife and family so I decided to see an attorney.
I had heard of Petro Cohen from their commercials and a friend has used the firm and was very pleased. Like my friend, I ended up recommending Frank Petro and his firm after my experience.
It was a little weird for me meeting with an attorney for the first time – I had never been involved with lawyers or ever had a lawsuit so the pace of things can be intimidating. Frank explained the process and warned me that it could be lengthy – there was a lot involved in proving the accident and injury were legitimate and dealing with the big insurance company.
Sometimes it got a little stressful. I’m so thankful for my wife who could process everything better than I could – she knew what questions to ask and, if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I could have gotten through everything. Even though it took a long time, the end result was worth it.
I’d never been involved in a workers’ compensation case but dealing with Petro Cohen was a very good experience. The case went smooth and you could tell Frank Petro knows his business. If he tells you he’s going to get something done – he’s going to get it done!
I can’t thank Frank Petro and his entire staff enough. With their help, my life is better and I know what the future holds and my limitations are.
WC Case Opened: June 2015
I had been suffering for a while with severe pain in my neck, when a coworker recommended that I talk with Frank Petro at Petro Cohen. Frank had helped my co-worker several times with various workplace injuries and he highly recommended that I talk with Mr. Petro.
It turns out my injury was a large herniated disk in my neck which was pressing against a nerve. Although surgery was an option, I chose not to have it and just kept trying to get better through shots and treatments.
I finally made an appointment to speak with Mr. Petro and really had no expectations – just to talk about my injuries and see what he might say. Since my injury happened over time, I wasn’t even sure if I qualified for workers’ compensation. After talking with him, I was impressed. Frank Petro was awesome!
My case was not going to be cut and dry – there was work that had to be done to prove that the injury was a result of my work activities. Mr. Petro explained everything that was going to happen and he was dead on. There was no anticipation on my part – he advised me on the process the whole way through and couldn’t have been more right!
He really was incredible and was able to get the insurance company to own the injury. He even made them agree to be responsible for surgery, should I decide that I need it down the line.
I was absolutely 100% pleased with the outcome of my case. Frank Petro is great at what he does and I would highly recommend him to anyone with a workplace injury, particularly one like mine, an occupational or wear and tear injury. I couldn’t be happier with everything he did for me – anyone suffering a workplace injury would be a fool not to go to him for help!
WC Case Opened: November 2016
I’m pretty straightforward, so it was great to work with Frank Petro who is a very upfront person. He made me feel very comfortable and was very personable and friendly in addition to being professional.
I was rear ended by another party when I was using a work vehicle during normal hours. As a result of the accident, I had severe back pain and neck pain, and ended up in the local hospital. After the accident, I had to see a doctor once a week in the beginning, then saw an orthopedic doctor once every three weeks while continuing with physical therapy. Due to the injuries, I was put on light duty at work for over six months and eventually got laid off.
When I finished physical therapy, I was still in pain and continued to have a lot of problems with my neck and back. I knew I needed additional treatment, which is when I contacted Petro Cohen law firm.
I actually had heard Frank’s radio commercial about wear and tear numerous times. It really appealed to me – listening to him, it sounded like a good firm to call.
I liked that they told me exactly what they would do for me and that the paralegal was always in contact telling me what was going on.
Everybody seemed very personable and they treated me like a whole person, not a person with an injury. I felt very comfortable with that. I was getting personalized service and they were trying their best to take care of my injuries.
When Mr. Petro took over my case, he wanted to meet me in person and get to know me a little bit. He continued to update me on the case and how to move forward. I felt like family – my needs were being met, they were listening to me, and I was being heard. Having worked in the human services area, I know what good personal service entails as I do it every day.
I was happy with the outcome of my case – everything was explained to me and went along exactly the way it was explained. I would recommend Petro Cohen law firm and would definitely go back if I had another work-related injury.
WC Case Opened: April 2010
When I was injured at work, a client recommended that I reach out to Petro Cohen and I was glad I did as Mr. Petro helped me out significantly.
Working as a teacher, I fell at work and tore my meniscus in my right and left knees, with my right knee damaged more so than the left. The firm helped me to get the proper medical treatment needed as well as compensation from work based on the severity of the injuries.
During my first visit with the firm, the office was impressive – it looked and was run very professionally. It was very busy, which I took as a good sign. I was also impressed seeing all of the Best Lawyer and other recognition plaques for Mr. Petro and the firm, which made me feel very comfortable with my decision.
When I met with Mr. Petro, he was very cordial, relaxed, and professional. He made me feel comfortable and I felt like I could open up to him and tell him what was going on. He didn’t lead me, but worded the conversation so that I would remember certain aspects and then tell him so that he would have all of the information needed to best serve me.
I was very happy with his work – he was diligent and incredibly helpful, as well as a very nice man.
As a result of my knee injury, I started having issues with my hip and needed to get my right hip replaced. Mr. Petro got me reparations from work for this as well, because the issue was a result of my initial knee injuries.
The waiting period was long – but I knew that going in, as Frank explained everything to me initially, letting me know that it would take a while for the maximum effect. There were really no surprises. Throughout the process, I was kept informed and felt comfortable calling if I needed to know anything as they were always responsive.
I was very pleased with the outcome and would go back in a heartbeat if I had another issue. I’ve already recommended other people to the firm.
During the workers’ comp claim, I was involved in a car accident when someone hit into me. Frank’s wife, Susan Petro, represented me and got a good settlement for me as well. Just like Frank, she was professional, courteous, informative, and made me feel very comfortable. They are the perfect pair!
I am happy to provide this testimonial as I have only complimentary feelings toward Frank, Susan, and Petro Cohen law firm.
Case Opened: September 2007 (WC Accident)
Frank Petro is wonderful! I have a lot of respect for him and the great job he’s done for me.
I have been a truck driver for the same company for over 30 years. When I first started, I made all the deliveries by myself – everything from windows to shingles to heavy doors and siding. It wasn’t until 2001 that I finally had a helper to share the load of the heavy lifting that the job required.
Over the years, I had several injuries – knees, back, neck, and hand, but it wasn’t until I injured my ribs falling from the truck that I went to see Frank. A friend at our church referred me as she had hurt her back and Frank worked on getting her compensation. I knew nothing about New Jersey law and how I might be entitled to compensation.
My first encounter with Mr. Petro was in his Northfield office, which was very convenient to me as it was close to my church. What really impressed me were his questions – he wanted to know everything and was very thorough. I could tell he was able to grasp what I had been going through. I just liked him a lot and, after having worked with him, feel he is a great guy.
He worked to get me a settlement on my broken ribs, and then again when I had to have by knees replaced. The knee settlement was much larger than I thought would happen, and he even managed to include my lower back in the claim so that I could receive a percentage of disability for that as well. I’ve been back to Frank a few other times since and, given the nature of my work, I will likely go back to Frank for other injuries as well.
I have already referred Frank Petro to numerous people – I actually keep his cards with me and give them out regularly to everyone!
One of the best parts of working with Frank was that I didn’t have to chase after him – he would keep me updated on the case – even calling me at home. He is right on the ball with keeping in touch with clients and I will continue to recommend him to others.
I can’t say enough about the folks at Petro Cohen! Complete professionalism, very friendly, and definitely had my best interest at heart.
When I was seriously injured at work a few years ago, I asked a good friend of mine who is an attorney who I should reach out to for assistance. He told me Frank Petro was the best workers’ compensation attorney in the area – and he was right!
I was foreman on a construction site working in a tight area on a small ladder when it collapsed, causing a severe tear of my meniscus. I reported the accident to my Project Manager, told him I could no longer work, and headed to the hospital, where I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon told me that the tear in my knee was so bad, they wanted to do surgery within a few weeks. Over the course of the next few years, I ended up having three procedures on my knee.
When the accident first occurred, I received workers’ compensation for a few months. Then after the first surgery, they wanted me to go back to work, even though it was clear that I needed more treatments and still was unable to work.
That’s when I turned to Mr. Petro and his team at Petro Cohen. Everyone there has such a level of professionalism and yet, they talk with you at a level that you can understand. I really felt like I was a friend, not just a client. It was a very good experience.
In addition to working with Frank Petro and Terri Hiles, Janet Giddings was my case worker and did an exceptional job keeping me informed, especially considering it took seven years for my case to finally be resolved. If Mr. Petro or Ms. Hiles were not available, I could speak with Janet. She was there to answer any questions and, if she didn’t have the answer, would research and get back to me within a day. I had a high comfort level knowing she would always respond, which she did, every single time.
I was also impressed with the fact that they had my best interest in mind, and were most concerned that I received the proper medical attention and treatment that I needed.
I was very pleased with the outcome of my case! I no longer have to worry about medical treatments or my finances with the settlement award of 100% permanent disability, which they fought hard to get for me. When I first met with Frank, he told me that my chances were about 50-50 for this type of award settlement, so needless to say, I was thrilled with the decision and the final outcome.
I have already recommended three people to Petro Cohen law firm and would highly recommend them to anyone with a workers’ compensation issue.
After working with the lawyers and staff at Petro Cohen, my husband and I feel that they are genuinely devoted and exceptional at what they do! They feel your pain and truly care about what you are going through!
When I was injured at work, my cousin highly recommended that I speak with Frank Petro. Frankly, I tend to be a trooper and loved where I worked, so when I fell at work, I didn’t even want to stop working…filing for workers’ compensation was the last thing on my mind! Even though I couldn’t get up for 45 minutes, I ended up hobbling back to work and kept working until it got so bad that I couldn’t walk.
When I first dealt with Petro Cohen law firm, I met with Terri Hiles, who was very professional and very helpful. This was the first time anything like this ever happened to me so I had no idea how to navigate everything. Terri explained the process, told me I could reach out at any time with questions, and just made me feel like I was in good hands. In fact, everything at the office was so pleasant, from the person at the reception desk to Frank’s assistant, Janet Giddings, who absolutely amazed me at how quickly she would find answers to my questions and get back to me.
I honestly wasn’t even sure I would need Terri’s help – I told her I would think about it and continued to deal with the insurance adjuster from work regarding my claim. He seemed so genuinely concerned about me and very caring. I was still in so much pain after my knee surgery that he told me to go for an MRI. However, when they found issues with my lower back on the MRI, all of a sudden, the adjuster no longer returned my calls and didn’t want any more testing done. What a drastic change!
With the adjuster being nonresponsive and my pain continuing to get worse, I decided I needed the professional help of the Petro Cohen team. Meeting with Frank Petro was impressive – he, too, is very professional and is a wiz! I never saw someone take so many notes and remember everything! He is very good at communicating and I felt comfortable calling him on his cell phone, which was his suggestion. In fact, I once texted Mr. Petro while he was out to dinner and he called me back immediately! He explained what to expect and my expectations were met, 100%!
Unfortunately, things got worse! As I was coming back from getting a shot for my foot, our car was rear ended. They took my husband and I to the hospital and, afterward, we were very shaken up. We had been so happy with Mr. Petro, we stopped by the firm to see if he could help us out. They recommended us to his wife, Susan Petro. Susan was great and actually taught me to communicate by e-mail. Like Frank, she responded immediately to my outreach via e-mail, even if she was busy. Susan was very in tune on picking up on anything that I needed.
Although the accident was life changing, impacting my daily activity and certainly our finances, we were very happy with the outcome of our case.
I would absolutely recommend Frank Petro, Terri Hiles, Susan Petro, and everyone at Petro Cohen. It was very convenient for us to have the workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys in one building. They were all very professional – answering all of our questions and getting back to us quickly.
On top of them being so professional – they make you feel like family – that is the truth! Everybody there is wonderful!
Case Opened: April 2017
Hi Suzanne and Hallie – Received your letter today and I just wanted to thank both of you for all you did to help in getting me approved for permanent disability. My body especially thanks you!
The process ended up being much faster than we all expected due in part to your effort and in part to my aching bones.
This has been my second great experience with your law firm (the first being with Steven and Janet) in having positive results. Again, thank you and hopefully the w/c [workers’ compensation] injury claim going forward will have the best result of all!
Mr. Petro should consider substantial increases in compensation at your next individual reviews for all that everyone there does for their clients. (And let’s not forget Terri, either!)
Poured it on a little thick I know, but all true. See you all going forward with the upcoming filings.
Case Opened: January 2013
I would highly recommend Petro Cohen! Barry Cohen and his assistant, Christina Philpot, along with Rich Gaeckle and everyone at the offices were just amazing!
My son was involved in an extremely serious automobile accident when he was 21 years old. He was at a bar drinking. Unfortunately, he was over served at which time he began acting out of character, became very obnoxious, and was clearly drunk.
Rather than put him in a taxi or take away his keys, he was allowed to leave the bar and ended up hitting a tree with his car. The EMTs, who later found and befriended us, told us they had never seen a more severe accident. Clearly, our son was lucky to be alive!
We learned about the accident when a cop showed up on our doorstep the next morning and, although I don’t remember getting there, we rushed to the hospital where we were faced with the horrible site of our son who had broken every bone in his head. He started out in the local trauma center for a week, but because of the damage to his eye, was sent to another trauma center which tried unsuccessfully to save his eye. He remained there for a few weeks. After that, they sent him back to our local hospital, and then to a rehabilitation facility.
I don’t actually remember how I got Barry Cohen’s name, but I called the office asking for him and spoke with his assistant, Chris, telling her our story in detail.
From when we first came into the offices to meet with Barry, it was a wonderful experience. Barry went over every little detail and, throughout the process, did not forget anything we told him. He is a cool guy – I just love him!
Barry and Chris are a great team – she always kept me up to date…even if I didn’t return her call, she would track me down. She cared and treated for my son as if he were her own!
I knew that even if we didn’t win the case, they tried their hearts out to win this for my son. And when we did win, they were so genuinely happy for us.
It was an amazing experience – they never made me feel inadequate. In fact, the front desk treated my son and me as if we were the firm’s only clients! It was a long and painful process, but they made it a wonderful experience and we all got very close in the process.
Rich Gaeckle came on the case a little later and, oh my gosh, what a guy! He knew every detail – as much as Barry did – and he cried when we settled! Actually, all of us were in tears – I could tell that our case really got to them. The three of them are priceless to us – we really love them for what they did for our son!
I already have recommended the firm to everybody that I’ve spoken with about our case and you can be sure I will continue to do so!
Case Opened: March 2017
I would recommend anyone who is in a car accident to contact Barry Cohen and Petro Cohen – they were terrific!
I was involved in a serious automobile accident last February. I was heading home after a great night having dinner with my sister when I saw headlights coming toward me. I tried to swerve to get out of the way, but the car side swiped mine and my vehicle ended up on the other side of the road.
When I finally got over the initial shock, I looked to see if the other driver had stopped and didn’t even realize I had been injured. Fortunately, an EMT was on his way home and saw me. The police came and helped me to take my jacket off, which was when I saw blood on my fingers and realized that I was injured – my arm from my wrist to elbow was broken.
I had never been in a serious car accident my entire life and was very upset and crying. The police officer took one look at my car and told me I was lucky to be alive!
They put me in an ambulance, but I remember nothing after that. The ambulance took me to the local hospital, but I was then transferred to Cooper University Hospital Trauma Center because of the extent of my injuries. I vaguely remember being at Cooper and was heavily sedated with pain medication. Because I was on blood thinners, the doctor had to wait a few days before he could perform surgery. After surgery, I was transferred to a rehabilitation facility closer to my home, where I remained for over 30 days.
When I finally came home, I really wasn’t planning on suing anyone. But then I received the police report that said the other driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. The driver claimed he hadn’t been feeling well, but thought he could make it home without any problems. My feeling was that the driver had no right to be on the road if he was not feeling well!
I didn’t know of a lawyer, so I reached out to my pastor’s mother who gave me Barry Cohen’s number as he had taken care of a motorcycle accident claim for them.
I first met with another personal injury attorney at the firm, Rich Gaeckle. He was so patient with me! When I would ask a question, he would assure me that the question was not dumb and would take the time to answer everything, helping me through the entire process.
Mr. Cohen’s assistant, Christina Philpot, was also very nice, answering questions and assuring me that I could call at any time. If they weren’t there, they would call me back as soon as possible and never left me hanging.
Barry Cohen was such a sweet gentleman and worked hard to help me through it all. He would call to see how I was feeling or ask different questions. I felt Barry and Rich went above and beyond when they tried to help my sister and her husband, whose car I had been driving at the time of the accident, with sorting out insurance issues from the accident.
When it came time to settle, Barry took the time to explain my options for settling the case. I had never planned on suing for millions of dollars, but just felt the other driver should never have been on the road and wanted some type of compensation for the accident he caused.
I am feeling better, but still have a rod in my arm that hurts every so often when I do certain things or when the weather is bad. I was very grateful that Mr. Cohen and the law firm did such a good job for me. Everyone there was decent and kind, never making me wait. They were so nice – I would recommend Petro Cohen to anybody!
Cases Opened: April 2015
When my wife and I were involved in a very serious car accident, we were fortunate to find Barry Cohen of Petro Cohen.
We were heading south on a two-lane highway when another vehicle pulled out into traffic t-boning a car heading north, which then slammed into ours. We were both seriously injured, although I was able to get out of the car. My wife saw steam coming up through the car and thought it was on fire, but because she had a broken foot and fractured ribs, she couldn’t get out. It was very frightening!
We knew we needed a lawyer so I did a Google search for a law firm that could help with our accident and found Barry Cohen. When I called him up, Barry came to our house and I was very impressed from the beginning. My first impression was that Barry was a very nice man – he was very straight forward and seemed very honest, which proved to be true. There was no “sales pitch” – although Barry was very personable, there was no bull!
My wife’s injuries were worse than mine and she will probably be messed up for the rest of her life. When they took the cast off her foot, her heel would not touch the floor. She was in terrible pain and her leg would turn purple! We went to four different specialists who kept telling us there was nothing wrong – even though it was quite obvious that there was an issue! Barry finally referred us to a great doctor who recognized that it was not her ankle that was the problem, it was her Achilles heel. She had to have surgery, and although she still has frequent pain, her foot at least reaches the floor now. She also had to have surgery on both hands from carpal tunnel caused by the accident.
Throughout the process, Barry was great at communicating with us and was very responsive. He actually gave us his cell phone number; if he didn’t answer right away, he returned our call within hours that same day. He never ignored us – even if we had a silly question, we knew we could call him direct.
We went to the firm’s offices several times and always had a great experience. We never had to wait more than a few minutes and the staff, especially Barry’s assistant, Christina Philpot, were very good and very polite.
When it same time to settle, Barry laid out all the options for us, taking time to explain the various scenarios and associated costs. Although he offered his advice, it was totally our choice and we decided to accept the settlement offer proposed.
We really felt good about choosing Barry and how he handled our case. After our experience, if I ever had to recommend a lawyer, it would be Barry Cohen! And if I ever needed a lawyer again, it would be Barry Cohen!
Initial WC Case Opened: January 2007
I was very impressed and honored when Frank Petro asked if I would provide a testimonial. I figure with the thousands of satisfied clients he has represented, he certainly must have many who would testify to the great work he does!
I actually was first referred to Frank by my father, who worked for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Frank had a great reputation for helping my dad and many of his fellow employees with their workers’ comp litigation.
When I first came to the firm, I was in high school and was injured at work in a supermarket. From the first time I met with Frank, it was obvious that he had trained his staff to excel at customer service. From the very first consultation to the very end, Frank and his staff were wonderful. They continually followed up via mail or phone calls to ensure I was seeing the doctors on time and knew what was going on with my case.
When I was seriously injured at work years later, I didn’t hesitate in calling on Frank again. I was working for a supermarket unloading perishable trailers and was on a forklift. The dock plate that backs up to the truck caved in and the fork lift I was on fell to the floor. In the process, I was ejected from the forklift and landed hard on my rear, breaking a knee cap and hurting my spine. Because of the way I landed, my spine compressed upward, causing severe nerve damage, which ended up requiring double spinal fusion.
In spite of all the treatments I received, I still experience nerve damage today, which probably wouldn’t be as bad if it didn’t take the workers’ comp insurance company a YEAR to send me to the right doctor! Frank Petro and his team fought for me – they were adamant and persistent to make sure I got the proper care.
He knows his stuff! He is just very, very good at what he does – number one in our area, maybe in the nation! As far as I’m concerned, Frank Petro is second to none!
Like in my father’s industry, once the word got out about the great job Frank did for me, there have been a lot of referrals in the supermarket industry, many from me!
Frank really knows how to take care of clients – he really caters to the people he serves. In fact, I know they opened several other offices, including one in Cape May, to make it easier for clients to meet with them.
Frank and his entire team are very thorough at what they do and very knowledgeable. I call Frank the “brains” of the operation, but I’ve actually worked with Suzanne Holz Meola and Steve who have the same knowledge and work ethics, returning calls and not leaving you hanging.
They are all phenomenal…and they get to know you! Frank never looked at me as a number or a “paycheck” – he has gotten to know me, my family, my kids. The last thing on his mind is his compensation – he’s worried about your well-being and getting you everything you’re entitled to receive!
Unfortunately, I still deal with a lot of nerve damage. But Frank has stayed on top of my case and, every two years, has reopened the case to make sure I get evaluated and receive any additional medical care that might be necessary. He is just the nicest person I’ve met and you can be sure I will continue to refer him to anyone who is injured at work.
Case Opened: August 2015
When I was injured at work, a friend recommended Frank Petro as he had done a good job with his worker’s compensation case.
I had torn a ligament in my shoulder and injured my elbow when taking a guy into custody. Years before, I had learned a valuable lesson about filing workers’ comp claims. I had been injured at work but didn’t file a claim. When I went back to my employer a few years later to complain that I was having issues again, they told me it was too late as I hadn’t filed a claim when the initial injury occurred.
Years later, I dealt with another workers’ comp lawyer and was not happy with his services – the judge actually asked me if I had met with my attorney prior to court!
With Frank Petro and Petro Cohen, I had an excellent experience. They walked me through the process, were always on time with responding, and made sure I went to the different doctors necessary to make my case. They kept me informed all the way down the line with each step – even telling me what opposing attorneys or other doctors were saying.
Frank Petro was right on board – upbeat, honest, and explaining to me exactly how everything was going to happen. With his help, we reached a mutually agreeable settlement.
If I ever needed a workers’ comp attorney again, I would definitely go back to Petro Cohen and Frank Petro. I was 100% satisfied with the law firm and have already referred three other people to Mr. Petro!
Case Opened: June 2014
When I was injured at work, Frank Petro was a true blessing from God! He was awesome and did a stellar job for me and my family!
I had worked in the pool industry most of life. In the spring of 2014, we were preparing a hotel pool to get it ready for the season, which required draining and then painting this particular pool. I was coming out of the deep end of the pool when I stepped on wet paint – it was like stepping on ice; I slid around on the high slope and went down hard, landing face down knees up.
When I got out of the pool, they tried to send me home – I wanted to continue working but I couldn’t. The next day, I was determined to get back to work, but when I tried getting into the work van, I could barely open the door!
My company sent my case to their workers’ comp insurance company, but it took one and a half weeks to see the first doctor. He looked at my x-rays and told me there was nothing wrong. He offered me some pills to make me feel good. I refused and left the office. Now, I’ve worked since I was eight-years-old and always loved working. It’s been my therapy and a way for me to provide and take care of people, so I wanted to go back to work. I’ve gotten beat up over the years and rode BMX bikes – but never experienced anything like the pain I was having. But I don’t take pain meds and wasn’t about to start now!
That’s when I called Mr. Petro. My dad had told me about Frank Petro, who had represented him years before, and told me he was the guy I want to talk with. Both my dad and I are straight shooters and don’t like BS – he was right, Frank was straight and to the point. And he delivered what he said he would!
With Frank’s help, we found a “real” doctor who told me I had multiple fractures. In order to get authorization for surgery, I had to go through therapy, which I did. When the surgeon finally operated, he found “shatterings” and told me he wasn’t sure how I was even walking!
Mr. Petro kept in very good touch with me, making sure I was doing well. When I was finally released from post-surgery therapy, they wanted me to go back to work. Believe me, I wanted to be “fixed” so that I could return to work – I have a young daughter and need my job to take care of her and my wife!
After two months, they performed additional surgery as the screws they had put in previously were backing out and my body had rejected the cadaver they had initially put in. This second round of surgery entailed putting more rods into me.
Once again, they tried to send me back to work full time, but I was in so much pain, I couldn’t make it through a day without crying. In spite of my severe pain, the workers’ comp insurance company claimed I was lying and actually made me take a test to prove that I was telling the truth about the level of pain I was experiencing.
Every day my faith in God got me through as a Christian. They finally figured out that I was not trying to play the system – just in pain!
Frank – he was the backbone for my case. We were in a bad situation financially, with my wife working numerous jobs to make up for my lost income. I truly believe that Frank was the right guy for us – he genuinely cared about me and my family. He wasn’t making false promises, but everything he did promise happened. I have immense respect for him and greatly appreciate everything he did for us.
From a customer service stand point, the attorneys and staff at Petro Cohen were always quick to respond. Even if they didn’t have an answer, they got back to me to let me know that and told me when I could expect for them to have the answer. All of the staff members were good and were great with my six-year-old daughter when she came with us to one of the meetings.
I would stick my neck out for them any day and have already recommended the firm to others. If had to do it over, I would definitely use Petro Cohen law firm again.
Even after all the trouble I had with the workers’ comp people, I felt very at ease with the court experience. Frank has a very commanding presence – it was obvious in courtrooms and meetings, there was just a high level of respect for him. He’s a good man!
Frank told me that I could likely qualify for full disability, given the magnitude of my injuries – even the judge wanted me to go that way. But I wanted the opportunity to work or at least try – I’m accountable for the way that my daughter grows up and I need her to see me working hard to provide for the family.
I can’t say enough good about Frank Petro – he was an answer to our prayers and blessing from God. I look up to him, respect him, and greatly appreciate time that he took on my case and to care about my family.
Case Opened: July 2016
When my daughter investigated the possibility for an attorney that could help us with my slip and fall accident, she found Barry Cohen at Petro Cohen law firm and was impressed. We liked Barry immediately – he was very attentive and professional laying out the groundwork of how our case would work.
It all started when my daughter was trying to do something nice for me by getting me a haircut with her regular stylist near her home. Getting up from the hair dresser’s chair, I fell flat on my face, which I later found out was from tripping over haphazardly laid electrical cords. I was rushed to a nearby hospital where I learned I had a spiral fracture in my right humerus.
The doctors immobilized the bone so it would be stable, but advised me I would need surgery. Due to past medical conditions, I needed to get medical clearance from my doctor back home, which took a while due to some health complications. A few weeks later, I was finally cleared for surgery, which required me to be hospitalized for six days, then in a rehabilitation facility for nearly three weeks. When I was eventually able to go home, I continued to have physical and occupational therapy – it was a long healing process, which continued for another nine months!
A few months into my recuperation, the accident kept nagging at me. My daughter, who continued going to her same hair stylist, was back in the salon several times and was able to take pictures of the hair dryer cord that caused my accident. She also found marketing photos from the salon where the same hair dryer cord that caused my accident was visible. It was so frustrating to me that that I walked into beauty shop for a nice outing with my daughter and fell so easily because of those same cords being on the floor. I really felt like the shop needed to do something about the problem and should be taught a lesson.
I was never one to consider a lawsuit – mine was actually a case of ensuring that the business owners took responsibility for their carelessness so that another accident like mine would not happen.
Based on my daughter’s research, we met with Barry Cohen in the firm’s Cape May office, which was very convenient for me as it was close to my home. Both he and Christina, his assistant, were helpful and nice to work with. They gathered all of our correspondence with Medicare and started tackling the case.
As part of their preparations, Barry took depositions from the salon owner and the stylist. Although my daughter continued loyally going to her hair stylist, the salon owner eventually told my daughter they would no longer welcome her business. To me, that was an admission of guilt, not remorse!
Fortunately, we had Barry and his team on our side. They proved the shop owner was at fault and helped us reach a settlement relatively quickly.
In addition to being happy with the end result, it was a very pleasant experience working through the entire process with Petro Cohen. Chris was great – she kept me posted on what I had to do and our progress. I continued to get updates from conversations with Barry and could just tell he was a good guy as he repeatedly worked to accommodate me and make my life easier throughout the process, even coming to me with the settlement check!
I was very happy with Barry Cohen and how Petro Cohen handled my case!
Case Opened: November 2016
When I was injured in a very serious truck accident, my wife called a friend who is an attorney and asked if she could recommend someone. Without hesitation, our friend told my wife that we needed Barry Cohen.
I was in my truck last November when another truck crossed the center line and hit into me. Apparently, I had swerved to try to avoid the accident, but the other vehicle still hit mine. I actually don’t recall the accident at all, which I’m told is probably a good thing.
I was pretty banged up – a broken ankle, a broken femur, as well as my left arm took the brunt of the accident. Not only did I have one working extremity, I was told I wasn’t allowed to stand for 12 weeks. I spent a month in the hospital and then rehab, and had to learn to walk again when I was finally allowed to bear weight on my legs.
The day after my wife contacted Barry, he was at the hospital. From the beginning, he was very reassuring. It was comforting to hear him tell us that if bills become an issue or if anyone bothered us for payment, to contact him. We just felt like we were in good hands.
After the State Police investigated the accident, they found the other driver to be completely at fault. We were impressed that Barry was so quick to settle the case and for the maximum amount.
Our experience with Barry and his assistant, Chris, was great. There were very pleasant to work with…I can’t say enough good things! They impressed us…especially how quickly he settled everything and to the maximum effect! We were able to avoid court altogether.
I have already recommended Barry Cohen to a friend and would absolutely recommend him to others. This is the guy you want!
Case Opened: October 2012
I had a serious injury at work and Mr. Petro did an outstanding job helping me!
While working on the night shift at a casino, one of my responsibilities was to prep kitchens for the morning shift. Another employee, who was trying to fix a clogged dishwashing machine and was improperly using the grease trap for a drain, had pried off the grate to the grease pit. As I was prepping to light the stoves and turning on the exhaust fans, I didn’t see that the grate had been removed and fell into the grease trap. The fall was only about six feet, but the metal bars that I bounced off of did severe damage.
The fall took nearly all the skin off of my back. I ended up needing two back and two neck surgeries, which resulted in 30 screws, four plates, and two rods. Plus, I still need an operation on my elbow, which I initially thought I had broken. As bad as it was, I was lucky – had I rolled to the opposite side, I would have ended up in 20 feet of grease.
I initially called on a good friend who owns a law firm, thinking he would help me with my case. It was a big mistake! Instead of handling my case, he referred me to another attorney at his office who never got back to me. The only time I ever heard from him was when I finally told him I was done with him!
Word of mouth at work was that Frank Petro was the best so I went to him. It ended up being true – he did so good by me…I couldn’t be happier. The entire office makes you feel at home – you just don’t get that anywhere else.
They call Frank Petro the “pit bull”…I call him the “great white shark”! When he sees something, he goes right after it. He tore up the defendants in court!
It took almost six years, but he did a fabulous job. My employer tried to say everything was “pre-existing.” That’s when Mr. Petro did what he does best – and tore them up!
The workers’ compensation doctor came to court and tried to lie about the case. I have scars from the top of my neck halfway down my back – the doctor said he never saw them. Frank went to bat and ended up getting me an award of permanent total disability as well as a significant permanent partial disability award.
With Frank’s help, the end result was outstanding. I have already recommended two people from work and my wife – I’ll be sending others as well! I can’t say enough about him – he did that great of a job for me. I’ll gladly send Frank and Petro Cohen all the business I can.
Frank Petro is the “James Brown” of compensation litigation – the hardest working man in show business! As someone who was good at what I did in my line of work, you just know when you are dealing with someone who is hard working, knows what they are doing, and is well prepared. That’s Frank Petro.
I was a general foreman of a construction company and had three rather serious workplace accidents within about a year’s time that left me unable to work. The first accident involved a large piece of scaffolding that I tried to grab so that others wouldn’t be injured as it was about to flip over. I ended up tearing my shoulder and ripping off my bicep. I had surgery to repair my shoulder, but the doctors were unable to fix my bicep and put me on a pain management program.
I went back to work a while later and was lifting an 80 lb. concrete form from my truck when I fractured vertebrae in my back and tore muscles. When I went to the emergency room, there was a large shadow that showed up in the x-rays. At first, they thought it was a tumor. Turns out my muscles had ripped away and bled into my back. When I went to a specialist, he told me that the fracture would heal, but the only way to repair the muscles was a rather complex back surgery, which I opted not to have.
I went back to work and was still hobbling around on the worksite when I grabbed another heavy object that my partner was passing to me and ripped my shoulder open again. Up until that point, there were only a few muscles left in the shoulder – this third accident left it totally ruined.
I wanted to work and in theory, a general foreman should be able to do “light duty” work supervising others. In realty, there were not enough workers to get the job done so there was no “light duty” for me. Although I tried to go back to work, I couldn’t even stand for 10 minutes.
All I could do was lie in bed…disabled. That’s when I knew I needed help and started asking around about a lawyer. A lot of people were telling me that Frank Petro was the best, so that’s who I called.
Frank explained the process to me and told me how long it would take to pursue my claims. He also hooked me up with Suzanne Meola to handle my Social Security Disability claim. I was impressed as she handled everything for the SSD claim and got me approved with the first claim submission.
I could tell Frank was good, so I didn’t bother him – I just let him do his thing and he would call me if he needed information or had updates. Just as he predicted, our court date came as expected. Let me tell you – it was pretty impressive watching him and even more so when the judge told me that I had the hardest working attorney in workers’ compensation! Frank is a crackerjack!
I watched in court as other attorneys weren’t prepared for their cases. In comparison, I saw Frank running around – he was so smooth and so well-prepared; it was a pleasure just to watch someone who is so good at what they do. Very impressive.
I am absolutely ecstatic about how Petro Cohen handled everything – from the SSD case to my workers’ comp cases. After having a wonderful home, a great job and a company expense account – I had lost everything and was forced to file for bankruptcy. Petro Cohen saved my life! I would definitely refer Frank Petro, Suzanne Meola, and the firm to anyone.
A few years back, my brother was seriously injured at work and contacted Petro Cohen law firm. He went to see Frank Petro and really liked his energy. Mr. Petro gave my brother a lot of confidence at a time when he wasn’t feeling very confident.
With Mr. Petro’s help, my brother started receiving workers’ compensation payments, but occasionally the checks would stop coming. He would reach out to Petro Cohen and Frank would do his part to make sure the checks started coming again.
In the meantime, the doctor suggested that back surgery would help, so my brother underwent surgery. The surgery did not work out as anticipated and reduced my brother’s mobility because of the pain. He went back to the doctor, who said they would have to operate again. Before he had the chance to have the second surgery, my brother had a massive and fatal heart attack.
As his sister, I was the closest relative – he was actually living with me so his workers’ compensation checks continued to come to my address even after he had passed away.
I went to the firm and met with Frank Petro and Suzanne Meola, and I can’t say enough about their treatment! At first, I simply asked their help with the erroneous checks we continued to receive, which they quickly handled. They said that that they could continue the case for my brother and worked to make sure that I would be covered for the funeral expenses that my other brother and I had incurred.
They advised me every step of the way – even helped me in dealing with my brother’s affairs when I was being hassled because I was only a “sister,”, not a wife or child, and made suggestions on how to deal with the surrogate office. I was extremely happy with everything they did – and how compassionate they were – to Kevin, especially, and then to me.
During this very difficult time when I was grieving and totally frustrated, Suzanne was very comforting and calming, and worked hard to get me on the right path. She kept on top of everything and helped me to keep going.
My brother loved Mr. Petro. Any time he was frustrated with his case, he would call Frank Petro, who would always call him back.
I know my brother would be so happy that we were able to get closure on the case. This wasn’t a huge case for the firm, but I’m proof that you don’t have to have a multi-million dollar case to be treated as important and given support. I would highly recommend Petro Cohen to anyone.
Case Opened: January 2013
Having worked for a property and casualty insurance company for 29 years, I knew a lot of adjusters in the industry and had many friends that were attorneys on both sides of litigation. They all highly recommended Petro Cohen law firm – especially Frank Petro.
My first experience with the firm was when my wife had a Social Security claim, and then later when I was rear-ended in an automobile accident. My experience for both cases was excellent, so when I got hurt at work a few years back, I didn’t hesitate in reaching out to Frank Petro again.
I had been preparing my van for an industry “ride along” with my boss the next day when I felt my back go out. I was in so much pain the next day that my boss had to do my job for me – I could barely move!
Although my company asked about my back injury a few times after I initially reported it, the next thing I knew, I was laid off. While the company claimed that it was laying off 15% of the employees, I was one of their very best workers and, in fact, was number one in the state.
I knew from past experience that I could expect excellence with Frank Petro and his firm, and that’s exactly what I received throughout the entire process of my workers’ comp claim. He really came through for me this time and did a tremendous job.
I had seen various doctors and learned that I had four herniated disks in a row. I tried minor physical therapy and even tried a chiropractor when the pain was excruciating, which only brought me temporary relief. The workers’ comp doctor told me on several occasions that the only possible option was surgery that had only a 50% chance of success – plus, there was a chance that my back could be worse after surgery. When my wife pushed the doctor, asking him what he would do if he were the injured party, he said he would probably deal with the pain for as long as possible and only consider surgery if he couldn’t get out of bed. That’s when I decided to hold off on surgery for as long as I could.
Throughout the process of my claim, the office staff was always very quick to return phone calls, and very courteous and helpful. If I had a question and they didn’t have the answer, they would research it and respond within 24 hours with a good, informative answer
I was extremely satisfied with the result. With Frank’s help, I was awarded total permanent disability –what I had hoped I could get. He was fantastic – extremely knowledgeable…I would absolutely recommend him and the firm to anyone.
Case Opened: February 2014
Since I was 21 years old, I worked as a carpenter. When injuries at work prevented me from working in the trade, I was in pain and frustrated, blowing through what little savings I had in just few years. Frank Petro saved my life!
I first met Frank when I hurt my back delivering wood at work. An on-site physician identified an umbilical hernia protruding from my belly and told me that surgery would be necessary. After the surgery, I still wasn’t getting better and thought I was suffering from a sprained back.
My shop steward and business agent recommended that I speak with Mr. Petro and told me he was the best. Boy, were they right!
My back wasn’t getting better and none of the treatments that the doctor recommended seemed to help. An MRI showed that two discs were completely shredded. I was in constant pain and it kept getting worse. I finally took the doctor’s advice and had surgery, thinking it would help. When I was finally able to go back to work, my records indicated that I was 45% disabled. My supervisor said I could try working for a month to see how I felt, but there were no options for “light duty” in my line of work.
I was determined to continue working – this was my lifelong trade! In spite of increasing pain levels, I persevered for five years, using vacation and sick days on those days when I just couldn’t move. The work continued to take a toll on my body as I was in pain 24/7 – the only relief I got was when I was asleep. I got to the point where I had to go on State disability for six months – hoping if I rested and was diligent with physical rehabilitation, it might help.
I was back at work in 2013 when I slipped on some chalk while walking down a hallway. Although I fell hard, at first, I thought I was ok. But after a little while, the pain was off the charts.
Once again, I called on Frank Petro to assist me as I was forced to file for permanent disability. With the insurance company dragging their feet for three years, I was simply trying to survive on the limited savings that I had. Fortunately, with Frank’s help, it all worked out.
From my very first meeting with Frank, you could tell he was a down to earth guy. It was a bit intimidating walking into the law firm offices and seeing all the awards on the walls. But it also gave me a good feeling that I was in the “big leagues” with someone who was very capable.
Everyone in the office – from the legal aids and administration personnel, to the associate attorneys – were great. Frank is very busy with a lot of cases, but he makes you feel very comfortable around him and is very confident. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to the office for answers. They took care of everything and scheduled any necessary appointments. It was obvious when I received correspondence from them that they have been hard at work on my behalf.
I can tell you this – you are in good hands with Frank Petro and Petro Cohen. I wish I could give back to them for all that they have given to me!
If it wasn’t for Petro Cohen law firm, I would have been lost when I got injured at work! A few years back, I was seriously injured on a construction worksite when an excavator hit me in the back. I ended up being out of work for a year and a half. I went to the hospital after the accident and reported the injury at work, but my claim was never submitted.
Fortunately, I was talking to a friend about the incident and he referred me to Petro Cohen. He had used the law firm for a workers’ compensation claim and was quite pleased with the outcome of his case.
Working with attorneys Frank Petro and Terri Hiles, they went to bat for me and, first, ensured my claim was properly submitted. Throughout the process, everything went very smooth and I was very satisfied with the outcome.
I didn’t realize that I might also have a third-party lawsuit because the excavator was being operated by someone from a different company. Fortunately, Ms. Hiles recognized this and referred me to Susan Petro to investigate a third-party claim, which was immediately filed on my behalf. Susan was wonderful – guiding me through the process step-by-step. On a scale of one to 10, there is no question that Susan is a 10! With her help, I was very happy with the settlement on this claim as well.
After having gone through this process, it’s no surprise why my friend initially recommended Petro Cohen. You can be sure I will be recommending Petro Cohen law firm to others!
Case Opened: September 2009
I have the utmost respect for Frank Petro. He is a miracle worker and a great attorney with a big heart!
When my workers’ compensation case started in 2009, I knew I had a long road ahead and, quite honestly, I was ready to give up several times along the way. But it was Frank who convinced me that I shouldn’t quit. He just never gave up on me!
For 25 years, I had a job that entailed dealing with mentally challenged individuals who, at times, could be very volatile. My first work-related injury occurred as a result of an altercation with an autistic gentleman in 2009, leaving me with a torn meniscus. Although I had it repaired, things seemed to go down hill after that as I then experienced a wear and tear injury resulting from repetitive trips up and down three flights of stairs.
My work injuries became so bad that I was forced to walk with a cane for my last few weeks at my job. Although I had hoped to work for a few more years, my injuries eventually forced me to leave my position. Since leaving, I’ve had two knee replacements, one wrist operation, and am about to undergo surgery on my other wrist.
I would strongly advise anyone that has a workers’ compensation case to seek the help of Mr. Petro and his firm, particularly if yours is a complicated case as mine was. You need someone who knows the workers’ compensation system! Everyone at Petro Cohen was great to work with from the attorneys to the receptionist. Pure class!
Without their help, I’m quite certain I would never have received the benefits and compensation I did, including total disability and a lump sum payment. Frank fought for and won the maximum compensation I could receive!
The best part was that Frank was probably happier for me than I was! You could tell he puts his entire heart and soul into his cases, and was genuinely concerned for my welfare. As far as I’m concerned, he is a genius and he will always have a piece of my heart! He is one of a kind – I felt a true connection with him and would recommend him to anyone. I already have referred people and will continue to refer people to Frank Petro and Petro Cohen.
Unfortunately, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2013. I contacted Susan from Petro Cohen law firm, who quickly helped to resolve the issues associated with my accident.
From the beginning, Susan Petro and Frank Petro were top-notch. I could not have been more satisfied with my decision to contact Susan. She was thorough and explained everything to me regarding personal injury along with motor vehicle coverage. Susan had a copy of my policy, but effortlessly restated the laws to me as if they were her “first language.” Right from the start, Susan’s quick wit and knowledge left me confident that my situation would be handled in the most positive way and that she was my advocate. She made sure I was receiving my work benefits, as well as assured me that she would be getting me the most for the reward/settlement.
My accident involved a rear collision while driving to an offsite location for work-related purposes. Initially, I received a jolt from the impact, but did not notice any substantial pain. Over the next few days, my pain became increasingly bad and eventually excruciating. I was unable to work. After several series of x-rays and no relief in pain, I called Susan Petro. I’ve known Susan for years and realized that I needed her advice. She immediately insisted that I come into the office. At this point, I had an appointment with a neurosurgeon secured. Susan immediately determined that my case was not only personal injury, but also workers’ compensation. Within minutes, she consulted her partner to reaffirm that I needed assistance with the companies associated.
Promptly, I began physical therapy along with epidural injections from a pain management specialist. However, my pain and physical limitations continued to worsen and I remained unable to work. My work involves helping special needs students, which is physically demanding.
After these procedures failed, I had my first surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. I still suffered from chronic pain in my back and legs putting a hindrance in my daily living and leisure activities. While still under the care of the same spinal doctor, he recommended a spinal fusion. A year after the first surgery, I underwent my second surgery, a spinal fusion, and subsequent rehabilitation.
This was an extremely long and challenging process and I feel I made the best decision in seeking the guidance of Susan and Frank Petro. Their involvement from the beginning made the whole process run smoothly and gave me the peace of mind that a very well-known and reputable law firm was handling my case. Susan and Frank were always available by phone and email. The entire staff at Petro Cohen was always friendly and considerate of their clients. They would answer questions or promptly return calls for help and guidance.
Susan Petro and Frank Petro explained the whole process as the case went on and guided me through it. They both worked very hard to resolve the case in a timely and rewarding manner. It was evident they had my best care and interest in mind. I was extremely satisfied with the settlement, which made up for lost wages, while out of work. I have since recommended Petro Cohen to a friend, whom Susan is representing. I would not hesitate to recommend the firm to others seeking personal injury or workers’ compensation representation. As I stated earlier, Petro Cohen is top-notch!
As an Emergency Room Nurse for 28 years, I appreciate people that know what they are doing and get the job done quickly. And that’s what I got when I reached out to Petro Cohen after being given the run around through my workplace.
While at work, I injured my shoulder trying to pick up a patient. Over the course of the next year, I had to have four surgeries, was unable to work, and still suffered.
Worse yet, I felt like my employer and the insurance carrier were giving me the run around with payments that were owed to me, sometimes delaying checks for weeks.
Being unable to work, my bills were piling up and we were forced to give up our home. The only bright side was that my Realtor recommended I go to Petro Cohen for assistance as they had helped out a relative who felt they were fair and did a good job.
Frank Petro explained the workers’ compensation process to me and really made me feel comfortable. He told me that I was to contact him if at any point my checks were delayed in the future and he would call to ensure that I was paid promptly. After all I had gone through, it felt good to know I had someone in my corner, especially in the courtroom.
After two surgeries, I had only been back to work a few hours when I slipped on a wet floor that did not have proper signage and hurt my shoulder and my knee. Even though my supervisor saw that I was injured and had to help me get up, I felt like my employer was questioning my injury. Fortunately, I was referred to Susan Petro, who handles personal injury cases. She was very professional and clearly knew what she was doing.
Both Susan and Frank were honest and upfront with me. They explained what I needed to know, answered my questions, and, along with the paralegals, were there for me to help with any issues throughout the process. If I had a question, they would get right back to me with answers, which was really important to me.
It certainly has been a long and painful process, and, with my injuries, I’ve been forced to give up my nursing career earlier than I had intended. But with the settlement I received, I can finally stop worrying about paying my bills. I have already referred my husband, my son, and several friends at church to Petro Cohen.
Client Since: 2007
Most Recent Settlement: May 2016
LOST AT SEA. That’s what I compare my workers’ compensation experience to. My name is Daniel and I would like to share my story of just how helpful the Petro Cohen team was to me.
I was lost at sea for over 18 1/2 hours with just a life jacket on after our boat sank 30 miles offshore. During that time, I experienced total helplessness. Helplessness is the worst feeling in the world.
It wasn’t until I got hurt at work that I experienced that feeling again. I didn’t like the doctors that the insurance company sent me to or the treatment for my injury. My employer couldn’t help me and I felt the same helplessness feeling again. A friend of mine at work suggested I call Petro Cohen for help.
Not only did they get me proper health and medical treatment, they assured me that my job was safe. After things returned to normal, I received a settlement check that helped me get back to a normal lifestyle. As silly as it sounds, I consider Petro Cohen a life-saving group just like the United States Coast Guard.
Once again I thank them for their help.
WC Cases Opened: December 2012
WC Cases Resolved: December 2014
PI Case Opened: January 2015
After a series of injuries which ultimately cost me two jobs, I probably would be destitute had it not been for Frank Petro and the law firm of Petro Cohen.
While working as a nurse, I injured my back in 2011 when I was asked to transport a heavy television. Even though I initially told my supervisor I didn’t want to move it, she insisted and I was trying to be helpful in fulfilling her request. Boy, was that a painful lesson learned!
As I was attempting to get the TV into my trunk, I heard my back go out and ended up having three bulging disks. Even though my employer acted like it was not a big deal, I was in severe pain – so much so that I had to postpone leaving for a cruise until two days later. When I asked my employer about covering the costs of rebooking my flight, they refused. In spite of seeing doctors and getting treatment, to this day, I still have back issues.
To complicate things further, I started having issues with my wrist and was in such pain that I lost sensation in my hand. I needed surgery and, although the doctor had planned to simply release a nerve, the damage was much more extensive than originally thought. The doctor told me that the carpal tunnel syndrome injury was most likely work-related, particularly since I did a lot of writing for my employer at the time.
In spite of the surgery, I was expected to come to work. My sister, who deals with a lot of attorneys in her line of work, encouraged me to see a lawyer regarding my issues and recommended Frank Petro. I really didn’t want to make a claim against my employer and was a bit apprehensive about seeing an attorney, but Frank could not have been nicer. He took the time to listen and immediately recognized that I had two workers’ compensation issues. In addition to my back accident at work, the carpal tunnel syndrome was a lesser-known type of worker’s comp injury known as “wear and tear”. I was 100% pleased with Frank Petro and everyone I worked with at the firm. They were very timely in working the case and kept me informed throughout the process.
Ironically, when I showed up for court with Frank, I had, yet, another injury, and it was Mr. Petro who suggested I speak with his wife, Susan Petro, who handles personal injury cases for the firm. In February of 2014, I fell on black ice in the parking lot of my apartment complex, breaking my ankle and experiencing the most excruciating pain of my life! After seeing several doctors, I ended up having surgery and now have three giant screws connecting both ankle joints, on top of other screws holding a plate in place.
Once again, I was hesitant to call an attorney as I didn’t want to sue the complex where I was residing. With the insistence of my sister and some girlfriends, I made an appointment and met with Susan, who was wonderful. She explained that there was a potential case, but we would have to prove negligence. With Susan’s help, we were eventually able to prove that an issue with the drainage system at the complex caused the black ice to form. We actually settled on the case much faster than I anticipated!
In the process of my two workers’ comp claims, followed by the accident with my ankle that left me in a wheelchair at the time, I was financially stressed. I truly believe that if it hadn’t been for Frank Petro’s help in settling my workers’ compensation cases, I would have been destitute! It was such a stressful time for me and my family – I had heard from friends and my sister that Petro Cohen law firm had the best lawyers and they were right! I would absolutely refer the firm and, although I’m hopeful I do not have future issues, I would definitely use both Frank and Susan Petro again.
Case Opened: November 2012
Case Resolved: June 2015
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
After having worked with Frank Petro on my workers’ compensation case, I can tell you that I would never use anybody else!
I had been having knee and foot problems for five to eight years as a result of my work as a cocktail server in a casino. My job entailed walking seven or eight miles a day up and down stairs, carrying a tray that could weigh upwards of 25 pounds. I finally had to have surgery on my feet and it wasn’t until after I had the procedure that the doctor made me realize I had a potential workers’ comp case. According to my surgeon, if I hadn’t worn heels so extensively during my 30-year career, I might not have had issues with my feet. He recommended that I wear flat shoes moving forward, which was frowned upon by my employer.
After hearing my doctor’s advice, I spoke with some of my friends and coworkers who had experienced issues – all of them said I should speak with Frank Petro and that he would tell me if I had a case worth pursuing. When I first met with Frank, I immediately felt very comfortable – he was very down to earth and, although he was obviously a very knowledgeable lawyer, he was not intimidating – he put me at ease and made me feel like I could talk to him as I would a friend.
It was a challenging three years as the case was redirected to another court and another judge. Throughout the process, Frank was always very patient, informative, and positive. He made himself available to me – when I had questions, I could call him and knew I would hear back from him, not his assistant or someone else at the office. I trusted him explicitly and was confident he would do his very best for me.
Although I’ve had to change careers as a result of my medical issues, I am extremely happy with the outcome of my case. I would use Frank a million times over!
Accident Date: May 2013
Case Resolved: March 2015
Case Lawyer: Susan Petro
On May 21, 2013, I was involved in a car accident, when another car “t-boned” my car on the driver’s side. The accident was deemed the other driver’s fault. Initially, I was not experiencing any pain, but later on that night, my neck started hurting. I sought relief from a chiropractor, who sent me immediately to Urgent Care before touching me.
Urgent Care performed an X-Ray, gave me a pain relief shot, prescribed pain medication, and stated that I had “whiplash”. I did return to the chiropractor for treatment and within a day or so, started experiencing pain (nerve pain) down both my arms, accompanied with tingling and numbness. The chiropractor continued treatment, and nothing seemed to help. The chiropractor decided to refer me to a neurologist, but I had to wait several weeks for an appointment.
Due to my constant pain, I decided to seek legal representation in the event I needed further treatment and was entitled to compensation. I met with Susan Petro and spoke to her at length on July 17, 2013. She agreed to represent me.
In the meantime, I attended my appointment with the neurologist in August, who prescribed an MRI, which was performed on August 13, 2013. The MRI revealed that I indeed had an injury that was more than just “whiplash”. I had cervical spine herniations at C-5/6 and C-6/7.
I was referred first to a Pain Management Specialist Physician and was first placed on pain medication. With no relief, I was then scheduled for epidural injections in hopes of relieving some of the nerve pain I was experiencing. I had four epidural injections, with no success. During this process, I was sent by my insurance company to various independent medical evaluations (IMEs) to see if they were thought to be necessary, before the insurance company would approve them. Susan Petro ensured that I was aware of every appointment, and also ensured that I provided her office a “survey” of the events that happened at the appointment. There were also many follow-up telephone calls as well.
After the failed attempts of the epidural injections, I then made an appointment with a Neurosurgeon for February 19, 2014. The surgeon prescribed many, many tests, with surgery being the last resort. Every test had to be approved by the insurance company, and Susan ensured that IMEs and approvals were made in a reasonable amount of time. Throughout the entire time, Susan kept me abreast of everything that was happening from scheduling of the tests to the IMEs that were requested. I also unsuccessfully attempted physical therapy, as was referred by my doctor, but instead of the pain lessening, it was getting worse; the therapist contacted my neurosurgeon and referred me back to see him.
In October 2014, Susan worked with the defendant’s insurance company and ensured I received the full amount of the defendant’s insurance.
Also, in October, after all the testing and PT, and failed attempts for pain relief, the neurosurgeon stated that after all exhausted attempts, the last resort was surgery. I tentatively scheduled the surgery for the beginning of December 2014, as I thought that would be enough time to get through the “red-tape”, and also it would work well with my work schedule and acquired sick leave I had on the books. Immediately, the insurance company denied the request for surgery, and sent my records to a random Orthopedic Surgeon in New York, who deemed the impending surgery as unnecessary.
Susan went right into action, challenging the surgeon as to his remarks and findings. It was very clear that this surgeon did not truly read all of the doctor notes and test results that were sent to him. Susan sent a very stern letter to the insurance company, questioning the denial. The insurance company then sent my records for another IME with the same neurosurgeon I had seen the year before. Susan ensured that this IME was scheduled ASAP, calling and mailing the request until it was scheduled. The urgency was to ensure a decision was made on the approval/denial of the surgery before the December 5, 2014 proposed surgery date. The IME was scheduled on November 18, 2014, plenty of time, and the IME surgeon agreed that surgery was necessary.
Susan was on top of the insurance company to make sure that a decision was made quickly due to my time off and work schedule. Susan did not give up until it was agreed that the insurance company would approve the surgery for the date of December 5, 2014. The surgery was approved a week before the December 5, 2014 date and I believe to this day, that if Susan was not on my case, I would still be waiting for approval of this surgery.
Every piece of correspondence that left her office on my behalf I was copied on and kept up-to-date at all times on the progress of my case.
Everything from that point forward with the surgery fell into place beautifully. The surgery was performed as scheduled on December 5, 2014 with great success. The nerve pain and numbness I had been experiencing down both arms was gone when I woke up in the recovery room. I spent one night in the hospital and was released the following afternoon. While I was in the hospital, Susan sent me a beautiful gift basket that really cheered me up. I recovered very quickly from the surgery, and was released from the neurosurgeon’s care in March 2015, with very few limitations.
Susan contacted me stating that she had been continuing to work with my insurance company, due to my policy having “underinsured” coverage, and on March 9, 2015, I received the maximum settlement that the coverage allows.
I am very grateful to Susan for everything that she has done for me over the past two years. She has gone “above and beyond” my expectations. Susan is professional, caring, determined, intelligent, and the list goes on and on. The way my case was handled was of the utmost highest caliber. Like I stated earlier, if it wasn’t for Susan, I really believe that I would still be getting the “run-around” and waiting for surgery approval. I am now six-months out from surgery and I feel great. I have my life back! I have no pain and I have resumed my normal activities, including going back to the gym, which is something that I had missed for almost two years.
My story is a long and painful one, which, thanks to Frank Petro and the law firm of Petro Cohen, has a happier ending that I ever could have dreamed!
As a long time Security Supervisor at an Atlantic City casino, I was beginning to have problems walking. Initially, I thought it was just a heel spur, but I learned that it was plantar fasciitis. I went to various doctors who tried everything from cortisone shots to clinical therapy, but nothing seemed to work. Although I didn’t want to have surgery, it came to a point where there seemed to be no other options.
After surgery, I was in a cast and couldn’t move my leg or foot. Due to complications from the surgery, I suffered a pulmonary embolism, which was one of the most painful and frightening experiences in my life. Doctors told me I was lucky to be alive, but the after effects left me in a state I had never experienced. I now had to take blood thinners, was still on painkillers for my foot and, in spite of the surgery, still had troubles walking.
My vascular doctor was telling me it was important to walk, yet I could barely walk 50 feet without feeling as if I just ran 20 miles! Although I tried to go back to my job, I certainly could not take pain medications since my job as security supervisor required that I be alert, and my struggles in walking any great distance would not cut it in my line of work where I sometimes had to walk five or more miles in a day.
Fortunately, a friend who had a similar situation referred me to Frank Petro. We clicked almost immediately when we learned that his daughter and my niece went to school together. In addition to him being very personable, I had a sense from the very beginning that he was on top of everything – he clearly knew what he was doing and he was the type that crosses his t’s and dots his i’s.
Frank knew right away that this was a workers’ compensation case of wear and tear, due to my repetitive walking at work. Frank forewarned me that it would be a challenging case to prove and explained what had to be done. At that point, my attitude was, “If he could help me – great!” I had already lost so much; I didn’t have anything to lose by pursuing this case.
I continued to work for a while until I just could not work any longer. I eventually had to go on disability, and the financial struggle was very painful for my family. I was lucky to have family members who were supportive during my difficult times.
Little did I know that it would take more than eight years for a judge to render a decision. Fortunately, I felt very comfortable throughout the process with Frank and the firm. If I had any questions, I knew I could call and get answers. The entire staff at Petro Cohen was very professional and very responsive. I also watched as Frank worked and worked and worked, tirelessly on my behalf, with no guarantee that the case would come out in my favor.
When I heard the judge’s decision in my favor, I left the courthouse, sat down, and cried. After years of chronic severe pain and frustrations with not being able to work, there was finally a light at the end of a long tunnel.
I am so grateful to Frank Petro and his law firm that it is hard to express in words. I would highly recommend him and couldn’t have asked for a better attorney to be on my side, fighting for what he knew was right.
I am one of those people that had never even been in a lawyer’s office my entire life, but when I got hurt at work, I found myself in need of legal assistance and, boy, am I grateful that I found the Petro Cohen law firm!
Four years ago, I was injured on the premises of my workplace and hurt both of my knees. I had surgery on one of my knees prior to this incident, so my first thought was that I hoped the fall didn’t irritate my “bad” knee. Unfortunately, both knees were in severe pain after the accident.
I followed procedures at work and went to see the company approved doctor. For four consecutive weeks, I went back to the authorized doctor who did very little, other than give me some pain medication. I was in extreme pain and both knees were swelling, so their doctor finally agreed that I could go to my own specialist.
From my previous knee surgery, I had an orthopedic doctor that I trusted. He recommended arthroscopic surgery for my one of my knees, so I had the surgery, which kept me out of work for two months. During that time, I had expressed to my doctor that I was concerned with losing so much time at work. As a longtime waitress, I hoped my employer would be understanding of my situation, but I really didn’t comprehend how “workers’ compensation” worked.
I finally sought guidance by meeting with Frank Petro, who immediately put my mind at ease by taking the time to explain to me that I was entitled, by law, to workers’ compensation. He further explained step-by-step how the process would work and what I could expect. He was right on target! Due to the nature of my accident, Frank also suggested that I talk to his wife, Susan Petro, who handles personal injury cases, as he thought there might be a “third party” case.
Having never used an attorney before, I was quite hesitant to get another attorney involved. It was actually my employer’s insurance company rep who prompted me to call Susan, when he told me another person had the same type of accident just two days prior to mine due to faulty equipment at my workplace.
I was extremely impressed with Susan Petro. Like her husband, she was very professional and made me feel comfortable, working through every detail and keeping me informed along the way. Due to the circumstances of my accident, she explained from the beginning that it would be a tough case to win. The fact that we got a settlement is a testimony to her hard work and persistence on my behalf!
Throughout the process, if I had a question, I knew I could call the office and would hear back from someone promptly. Everyone in the office was so nice and so professional – it’s clear that, even though they handle cases like mine all the time, they understood that this was my first time dealing with these legal issues, so they took the time to explain things, respond to my questions, and make me feel at ease. It was such a positive experience!
I am so grateful for the work that Frank Petro and Susan Petro did on my behalf. I would whole-heartedly recommend these two exceptional attorneys and this great law firm to others!
As a professional bus driver, my worst nightmare came true a few years ago when I was involved in a five-vehicle collision, with the driver at fault being an uninsured motorist. I sustained numerous injuries in the accident, including ones to my back, foot, and neck, which caused me to be out of work for five months. Fortunately, a coworker had recommended that I contact Petro Cohen law firm.
From my first meeting with Petro Cohen, I felt very connected and knew I was in good hands. Due to the nature of the accident, I dealt with both Frank Petro, for the workers’ compensation portion, and Susan Petro, for the third party claim against the driver at fault. Both Frank and Susan were straight to the point, taking time to explain everything to me in detail. I immediately felt assured that I would get the proper compensation – and I was right!
Both Frank and Susan were very dedicated over the course of the next three years, which is how long it took to settle my claim. Surprisingly, I was not stressed at all about the long process – I knew I was in the best possible hands!
It was well worth the wait as the final settlement award exceeded my expectations and allowed me to make a nice investment for my family. I would gladly recommend Frank Petro, Susan Petro, and Petro Cohen law firm to anyone!
I had only been on my job a few days when I was involved in an awful collision. I was familiar with Petro Cohen law firm through my mom, who had been hurt at work and turned to Frank Petro for help with her workers’ compensation case.
I wasn’t sure I needed an attorney or whether I had a case. But based on my mom’s great experience, I knew I could trust Frank and his team to offer honest advice and guidance.
After speaking with Frank and his wife, Susan Petro, it was clear that I did need an attorney to navigate the road ahead, which included a civil lawsuit and then a workers’ compensation case. I felt like I had the best of both worlds with this team of exceptional lawyers. Frank has a straightforward style – he explained from the very beginning what I was up against and made sure I understood that this would not be a simple case. Susan was nurturing, compassionate, and so “hands on” that I was amazed.
The paperwork for this case was unbelievable and my medical bills exceeded $250,000 in the first six months alone! Susan was there every step of the way to help me out and guide me – whether it was talking with a doctor or following up with creditors. She insisted I keep a detailed journal to record pain levels, treatments, phone calls, etc., which came in handy during the civil suit arbitration. Since I was unable to write or type due to injuries sustained in the accident, Susan even offered to let me dictate the journal entries and have the firm’s staff transcribe them! Everything about Susan’s approach to my case was “above and beyond” what I could have ever imagined.
I was extremely impressed with everything Susan and Frank did for me. So of course, when I had a second car accident several years later, there was never any doubt that I would turn to Petro Cohen law firm again for help. I was involved in a head on collision and the news stations at the scene of the accident reported there was a fatality and mistakenly reported it was me. By the grace of God, I survived.
Susan frantically reached out to my husband when she heard the news – not because she was looking for another case, but simply because she was concerned about my well-being. She assured my husband that she would take care of whatever we needed…and she did. In those first few months, Susan actually came to my home to meet with me rather than have me attempt to go into their offices.
Because I was in a previous accident, the insurance lawyers tried to blame my injuries on the first case. Susan fought hard, articulated a very strong case on my behalf, and guided me through the entire process. She was a rock! Needless to say, we won!!!
The healing process for both accidents; were very long and painful, but made easier by Susan’s caring and guidance. Even when I was unsure of the prognoses, Susan was there every step of the way encouraging me and motivating me. To this day, I credit her for helping me get out of my “funk” and start living life again. I would not wish these two accidents on anyone, but having the professional and powerful team of Frank and Susan Petro was life changing, in my case. I whole-heartedly would recommend them to anyone facing a workers’ compensation or personal injury case.
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
As a career electrician, my job required repetitive, tedious work using my hands, which resulted in numerous injuries. When I first developed carpal tunnel in my hand, I met with Frank Petro to see if I possibly had a case. From the very first interview with him, I had a great deal of confidence in him. He immediately made me feel comfortable and treated me with a great deal of respect. It was obvious that he was quite knowledgeable in workers’ compensation and he took the time to explain the system to me.
Like many other people, I was apprehensive about filing a workers’ compensation claim for fear that there might be negative repercussions at work. But Frank explained how the State workers’ compensation system actually worked and that I was very much entitled to the coverage the system provided.
Unfortunately, I had repeated injuries over the years, ranging from repeat carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, and trigger finger to a hernia, which were all the result of the work I did. No matter what the size of the claim was, Frank always treated me with the same professional care and concern as if it were a huge claim. He was with me every step of the way and even helped me find the right medical specialists and treatment that I needed. In one case, Frank’s medical referral helped me find the root of my carpal tunnel issues, which was a pinched nerve. I shudder to think that I may not even have use of my hands had it not been for the finding and subsequent treatment of this doctor!
I have been so pleased with Frank Petro and have such a high confidence level in him, that I repeatedly referred friends and coworkers. Many of my coworkers, like me, were very apprehensive about even talking to a lawyer, for fear of losing their job. At no cost to them, Frank would patiently meet with whomever I sent his way, explaining the system and guiding them as he guided me. Everyone I sent to him ended up coming back to me with huge gratitude for sending them to someone who was so caring, explanatory, and thorough.
My wife and I have relied on Petro Cohen numerous times over the years for workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. We feel so fortunate to have found Frank Petro as a lawyer and as a friend who we know is always on our side and looking out for our best interest.
My life was changed dramatically when I was hit by a postal truck while riding my bicycle. One minute I was riding the bike down a sidewalk, avoiding road traffic; the next minute I was being airlifted to the Atlantic City Trauma Center with a brain injury, concussion, and long road of recovery ahead.
I was referred to Barry Cohen by a local friend and was impressed that he came to my house to meet with me and hear my story. Although I had been given another attorney referral, I was immediately comfortable with Barry’s knowledge and expertise. It was also very helpful that the firm had a local office here in Cape May Court House.
Because my case involved a Federal agency, it created extenuating circumstances – they required a multitude of tests resulting in a lengthy case period. Although in hindsight I am very lucky to have not suffered worse than I did, I completely lost my sense of smell, which also affected my taste buds. It took three years to finally settle my case and I was very appreciative that Barry was on my side the whole time – he knows the ins and outs of the law and worked hard to be sure I was treated fairly. The Petro Cohen administrative staff was also very efficient and helpful in expediting the case during this long process.
It quickly became clear to me that Barry has been around the law, he has fought the fights, and he represented me well. This was clearly not a circumstance in which I ever thought I would find myself – but it helped to know that I had someone on my side who would make every effort on my behalf to ensure I was treated fairly and received just compensation.
Case Lawyer: Susan Petro
My experience with Petro Cohen was just fabulous. Not a blip in the entire process. I had searched the Internet for a local female attorney and found Susan Petro in Cape May Court House. When I met with her in their Northfield office, she immediately put me at ease; I felt very comfortable. I wasn’t even sure if I had a case, but Susan listened carefully to my auto accident details, and took the time to explain how the New Jersey no fault insurance system worked. She took it from there, handling everything from soup to nuts.
If a lawsuit can be an enjoyable thing, this most certainly was! Susan was very aggressive and persistent, very responsive to me. Her follow-up and organizational skills are excellent and everything was handled around my schedule. I was relatively new to the area so it was so helpful to find someone like Susan who was so well-connected and respected. My settlement was much more than I expected. I have already referred a friend to Susan and she was also very happy with her outcome.
When I ruptured my ACL, I was in tremendous pain. My physical therapist recommended that I talk with the lawyers at Petro Cohen to assist me with investigating whether I had a case. I immediately felt like Barry Cohen was a straight shooter – he didn’t promise me the moon, but he was very knowledgeable. I could sense he was committed to working the case through and giving it his best shot.
It was a long rehabilitation period for me including corrective surgery and months of physical therapy, which resulted in six months out of work. Barry was there for me every step of the way, attentive to my needs and keeping me informed of the case progress.
I felt very comfortable working with Barry – he is a gentleman and a true professional, a craftsman at his trade! I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the case. Although I hope no one has to suffer the way I did, I would definitely recommend Barry Cohen and Petro Cohen law firm to my friends.
Case Lawyers: Susan Petro
In 2008, an unlicensed driver who was operating his parents’ vehicle broadsided me. The day after the accident, I had some neck issues and thought it might be whiplash, so I went to a chiropractor and learned it was much more serious. That’s when I contacted Susan Petro.
Knowing the firm’s excellent reputation, I wanted to see what my options might be.
From the very beginning, I received OUTSTANDING legal advice from Susan Petro. I immediately felt I had someone who was on my side. She embraced me and understood my needs, and most importantly, she believed in me. One of her first pieces of advice was to not speak with the other insurance company, which I wouldn’t have known.
She guided me and my family through such a difficult process. The unlicensed driver pleaded guilty to all charges in court. In addition to guiding me through the judicial system, Susan guided me through all the medical procedures – orthopedics, neurological, etc. I was forced to resign my job because of the severity of these issues, while at the same time my husband accepted another job out of state, so it was a very difficult time for us. She guided me through all of the necessary paperwork and these significant life changes, since I was no longer able to perform basic tasks with my arm.
Susan’s guidance, knowledge, and expertise in personal injury is astounding. She always has the client’s best interest at heart. She takes the time to dig and find out all the particulars to understand exactly where the client is coming from and to verify that you are, in fact, truly injured. She helps work through all the “nonsense” so that you don’t have to!
She is a professional in her field – and she prepares you, as a professional, to work through the difficult process to get what you need, which was particularly important in my case since I lost my livelihood.
She prepared me and my family to work through what happened. It was such a relief to know you have an attorney as professional as Susan who always has her client’s best interest at heart. She was very upfront with us – honest, open about what we should expect. She would not promise something she could not deliver. She told us what to expect and what not to expect.
I couldn’t imagine recommending anyone but Petro Cohen for personal injury cases. I would highly recommend Susan – she is the utmost professional with honesty and integrity that is unmatched.
We were very happy with the settlement and know that Susan worked so hard to get me what I deserved. She gave me realistic goals and expectations. Through her hard work and determination, she got me what I rightfully deserved – more than I could have expected. She educated me on how to buy insurance in the future, too!
I was in a horrific auto accident that left me in severe pain. Even though the accident wasn’t my fault, I had a nightmare of a time trying to get my insurance company to help – the pain was so excruciating, I had to lay down, yet my insurance company told me I didn’t need physical therapy.
After weeks of getting the run around from them, I was desperate and decided to seek out legal assistance. My primary concern was getting the proper care that I needed to heal. I looked in the phone book for a few lawyers specializing in personal injury and made some appointments to meet with a few and pick the one I felt would best serve my needs.
Barry Cohen was the first and last attorney I met with, as I knew immediately that he would take care of me better than anyone else. From the beginning, he treated me like a human being, not a dollar sign! My focus was on getting proper care; I wasn’t looking for a huge lawsuit settlement. I knew had a champion in my corner – every time I was denied care, Barry and his staff got involved and straightened things out.
Barry was honest with me and trustworthy with a high level of integrity every step of the way. In addition to getting the physical therapy and healthcare I needed, Barry fought for a case settlement that completely exceeded my expectations – I was thrilled!
You hear stories about how difficult it can be dealing with insurance companies in these types of situations, but I experienced it firsthand! I know that the accident could have been much worse.
I was lucky to be alive and lucky to have found Petro Cohen law firm. I wholeheartedly, without hesitation would recommend Barry Cohen and the firm to anyone who needs a great personal injury lawyer!
Case Lawyer: Frank Petro
Frank Petro of Petro Cohen has a radio commercial stating, “In litigation, you don’t get a second chance.” Boy is that ever true!
I feel fortunate to have met Frank Petro years ago and since then he has been my “go to” attorney whenever I have needed advice or legal counsel over the years.
I was at work when I stepped out of my company’s truck and shattered a bone. I wasn’t even sure if I had a case – but I sought out Frank for advice. He reviewed my case and took care of everything. He made sure I got the proper medical treatment, guiding me to an excellent doctor who specialized in these types of injuries, and he helped with the workers’ compensation claim so I didn’t miss a day’s pay.
Frank gives great legal advice and has an impeccable reputation – not only in advising clients like me, but helping other lawyers, who greatly respect him for his vast knowledge. He has an incredible foundation in legal circles and is the “king” in the workers’ compensation industry, as was evident when I often saw other attorneys come to him for his recommendations! Not only did Frank usually have the “top of mind” knowledge to guide the other attorneys, but he had probably handled a similar case at least a few times; he knows how to foresee roadblocks and how to navigate the workers’ comp system.
I have used Frank several times over the years and have referred at least 30 other friends and co-workers, who have also referred their friends. I would whole-heartedly refer Frank Petro again and again. He won’t let you down! He is by far one of the best workers’ compensation attorneys in the state!
Case Lawyer: Susan Petro
During a time of my life after a car accident, I was really so naive about just how physically hurt I really was. I was the kind who avoided doctors. I wanted to believe the well meaning medical professionals who persisted to tell me “You’ll get better”. Day by day, my pain got worse, and worse.
Strong denial set in. This could not really be happening to me. Sleep deprivation, nights of pacing the floor, tears of despair. I reluctantly yielded to a host of doctors and medications. My left arm was going numb. I had my very first surgery (in my life) on my neck. The pain persisted…
At some point during my ordeal, my friend said to me, “Why don’t you call my lawyer?”
Susan Petro became a beacon of light at the end of my arduous tunnel. Susan carefully accessed my particular situation. Susan listened.
Lots of people hear. Susan really listened. I felt she was on my side, and to a great degree, understood what I was going through. The staff was always courteous. I always felt welcome to call. The staff was always professional, polite, and I never felt as though I were an inconvenience. Phone contact with Susan through the legal process (which I was unfamiliar with) gave me a clear picture of where we were headed. She was like a guide. I received written copies of all her legal correspondence.
I was not left in the dark. At a time when I did not understand why this happened, or how I would come through, I understood what Susan was doing for me. I knew she was working hard and in my corner. No nonsense here. She always answered my questions clearly.
My calls were always returned in a timely way. Comfort in my time of sorrow. When my body was going haywire, and my recovery was slower than I had ever imagined, I never had to wait and wonder what was happening legally. Shelter from the medical storm I was walking through. Doctors did not have all the answers and did not always return calls. Susan and her staff ALWAYS returned my calls. I could count on it. I knew she was there for me.
I was totally pleased with the results. To this day, I am thankful for Susan’s good work. I would recommend anyone seriously injured to meet with Susan to talk it over.
After a serious injury I found I was unable to do so many of things I used to do. A friend referred me to Petro/Cohen and Frank/Terri and their team have helped and supported me in anyway I needed help. I am appreciative of all they have done to help me!