$700,000 Settlement : Head On Crash

Our client, a 53 year old Oneonta, New York resident, was driving on SR 28 in Milford, NY when the defendant turned left in front of her, causing a head –on crash which totally destroyed her vehicle. She was transported via ambulance to AO Fox Hospital in Cooperstown complaining of leg and back injuries. After undergoing right knee arthroscopic surgery approximately 8 months after the accident, she was then faced with many months of physical therapy. It was determined by her doctor that she would probably need a total knee replacement in the future, but he wanted to wait at least five years due to her age. After being out of work for more than six months our client was discharged from her job. This cost her a loss of seniority and benefits, not least of which was her private health insurance. She has unrelated health issues that require expensive medication which now must be paid out of pocket. Finkelstein & Partners was able to document these “special” damages and obtain a settlement for our client that truly reflects her losses, which in this case were much more than physical injury.

Personal Injury Legal Team
Case Manager- Judy Gentile
Paralegal- Nory Picos
Adjustor- Susan Cariffe
Calendar Coordinator- Maggie Bonaparte

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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