$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.

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

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.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

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