$1.15 Million Settlement – Distracted Driver in Supermarket Parking Lot Held Accountable for Hitting Shopper

Two days before Christmas a driver of a Dodge pick-up truck was rushing to find a parking spot at a Hannaford supermarket in Lloyd, Ulster County, to get some last minute groceries for the holidays. It’s dark and raining. The driver is looking left and not paying attention to the car in front of him when suddenly the brake lights come on. The pick-up truck driver swerves to the right to go around the car in front. As he does, he doesn’t see the woman walking towards the supermarket. The right side view mirror of the pick-up truck strikes the head of our client, a 60-year-old woman, knocking her unconscious. The pick-up truck driver drives off leaving her on the ground in the rain. After visiting his wife in the hospital, our client’s husband called Finkelstein & Partners because he knew whoever did this to his wife needed to be held responsible. Our law-firm immediately obtained the video surveillance from the supermarket as well as the police report. After identifying the pick-up truck driver we started a lawsuit. Due to the crash our client suffered a mild traumatic brain injury that resulted in her losing her sense of smell and partial loss of sense of taste. The insurance company for the pick up driver initially didn’t believe our client and offered only $100,000. That all changed once we sent the reports from our experts that clearly showed the mTBI caused a confirmed lack of smell and taste. Rather than proceed to trial in Ulster County the insurance company agreed to settle the case for $1,150,000. The case was handled by partners Andrew Finkelstein, Kenneth Fromson and David Gross.

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As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP