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$2 Million Settlement : Wrongful Death of 81 Year Old Pedestrian

Walking through a parking lot should be a safe experience. Drivers must look before they back up. Unfortunately, when a 72-year-old driver got into her parked car after shopping at a shopping plaza in New Hyde Park in Nassau County, she put her car in reverse and just backed up without looking. Walking in the middle of the parking lot was our client. The driver did not know what she hit and just kept on going in reverse dragging our client 15 feet. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries at the scene and was never able to say goodbye to his wife, three children and eleven grandchildren. The insurance company argued New York wrongful death law only provides for loss-wages and since he was retired they were not going to offer much. We were able to show the loss of guidance the patriarch of the family provided to everyone. Eventually, the case was settled just before trial for $2,000,000. The case was handled by Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein, Managing Attorney Elyssa Fried and Trial Attorney Sharon Scanlan.