Poughkeepsie, NY—Our client, a 41 year old male, was involved in a chain rear-ender. There was $700 worth of damage to his car, and had soft tissue injuries. Plaintiff underwent surgery & the case settled for the full policy from the defendant that caused the rear-ender.
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Please read on for a selection of recent cases of note.*
Madison County, NY—Our client, a 33 year old was returning home and defendant vehicle was stopped in front of her driveway. The defendant had put the vehicle in reverse and struck the front of our client’s vehicle. The defendant fled the scene and was eventually found and charged with DWI. Our client treated after an accident for neck injuries with surgery. The defendant insurance offered the $100,000 policy to our client. Attorney: Victoria Lightcap & Edward Steves
Steuben County, NY—Our client, a 56 year old operator of a UPS truck was cut off by defendant who turned left in front of him. The defendant claimed a knoll obstructed his view and the our client was speeding. Our client suffered rib fractures, which the defense tried to prove was from a prior accident, but medical records confirmed injuries resulting from this accident. Allstate offered the policy limit of $100,000 to our client. Attorney: Victoria Lightcap
Tompkins County, NY—Our client, a 25 year old female, was a passenger in her mother’s vehicle that went off the roadway due to icy road conditions. Our client suffered soft tissue neck, shoulder and back injuries. Following the accident, our client had to have surgery two years after the accident. The case settled for the full policy of the defendant of $100,000. Attorney: Victoria Lightcap
Newburgh, NY Our client, was 31 when, while working in December 2006 as an ironworker on a new building in Rosendale, he fell through a hole meant for a hatch in a partially built roof, landing on his back 18 feet below. Our client suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and a mild traumatic brain injury. Surgery was unsuccessful in alleviating his unremitting back pain. Our client sued the property owner and general contractor. After a two-week trial on liability issues, the judge directed a verdict on one section of the case and the jury found two other issues. As the parties prepared to pick a jury for the damages portion, of the case, the sides agreed through mediation to settle for $3.2 million.
Newburgh, NY Our client, an 18-year-old man, was working on the dock in Newburgh unloading a trailer of steel beams when the boom of a large crane gave way and crashed down upon his left leg, crushing it. The owner of the trailer was his employer, however the crane was being leased to another company who was in charge of its operation. In this case the defendant knew that the crane boom was not working properly, yet despite that they allowed a worker to get into the cab while the boom was positioned above our client and while the crane was running. Our claim was that the failure of the crane was a violation of New York's Labor Law. Our client suffered a great deal, having undergone numerous surgeries to salvage the multiple fractures in the leg, and may still need a hip replacement surgery in the future as well. After the accident he was able to return to college and received a degree in Business. Attorney: George M. Levy
Orange County, NY Our client, a retired police officer, was caring for his ailing mother. His plan was to return to work as a security officer after her passing. However he was rear ended and as a result of injuries sustained from the motor vehicle collision, he required cervical fusion surgery. The first surgery was unsuccessful and a second was required. The injuries and subsequent necessary surgeries left him unable to return to work in any capacity. Attorney: Elizabeth A. Wolff
Hartford, CT Our client was a retired, 67-year-old married man. He went to pick up pizza for dinner and was crossing the street when he was struck by a speeding vehicle. The defendant was driving his employer's vehicle. Our client was in a coma from the time he was struck until he passed away a few days later. The case settled just before jury selection commenced. Attorneys: Kenneth Bartlett, Marshall Richer and Managing Attorney Andrew Finkelstein.
Albany, NY Our client was passing through an intersection with a green light when the defendant pulled out of a gas station in front of her. Defendant claimed the light was yellow and that the plaintiff was speeding. We were able to show that the defendant was actually lost and following her boyfriend who pulled out and made a left from the station with plenty of room, not realizing his girlfriend would follow without stopping. Our client suffered a lumbar disc herniation that required surgery. She lost a partial semester from college but has since returned to finish her degree in nursing. Attorney: George M. Levy
Dutchess County, NY Our client's vehicle was struck by a van driven by the defendant. As a result of the crash, she suffered soft-tissue injuries and two herniated discs. From the very beginning and throughout the course of followup treatment most doctors concurred that she would need surgery for her neck. The defendants opened up with an offer of $50,000 and we continued to work on the file. The key here was not backing down from our demand, working up the case and politely leaving the mediation when we realized that they did not come with full authority to settle the case. At that point they realized we were serious and approximately two weeks later the case settled. Attorneys: Robert Borrero