The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy left many distraught and left one Queens man with a chemical burn on his foot. The New York City Police had set up flares at a gas station on Jamaica Avenue and one of those flares burned the man’s foot. The man retained the personal injury firm, the Schlitt Law Firm, to represent him in his claim against the City of New York. Presented with the facts of the case and evidence of the man’s injury, the City of New York agreed to a settlement to compensate the man for his injuries.
Our client was walking along Dorsey Street in the Bronx when he slipped and fell on snow and ice. The New York City Department of Sanitation plows had pushed the snow from the street onto the tops of parked cars and onto the sidewalk, creating high mounds of snow. Our client fell when he was trying to find a way to walk through the snow mounds. He broke his ankle. The City refused to settle and made two motions to dismiss, both of which attorney Carol L. Schlitt defeated. The City found it better to pay now than go to trial so the case settled for $125,000.
The Schlitt Law Firm has announced a settlement with the City of New York for a case involving a lack of adequate supervision in the New York City public school system. Our client, an eight-year old boy at the time of the incident, attended a Bronx public school. During a period of 20 minutes when he and several other students were left unsupervised, our client suffered a broken arm. His mother retained Carol L. Schlitt to represent them in an effort to collect compensation for the pain and suffering the young boy experienced. After lengthy negotiations, the City of New York agreed to settle the suit for an amount that met the value of the case and gave great satisfaction to the family.
A New York woman slipped and fell on black ice at the pay station kiosk of a train station and injured her shoulder and back so badly that she required surgery on her back. A physically active woman, she was devastated by these injuries. She asked us to get her compensation and to hold the negligent party responsible. Metro North and their snow removal contractor pointed fingers at each other, so we filed a lawsuit against both. We demonstrated that Metro-North bore direct responsibility for the area around the pay station kiosk. Metro-North agreed to settle the case for $265,000.
The law is clear in New York: a pedestrian struck by a car is entitled No-Fault coverage through the insurance company of the car that struck the pedestrian. I repeat this fact for a simple reason. A woman called our offices this afternoon. She had been struck by a taxi in New York City and wanted No-Fault coverage. The insurance company for the taxi tried to deny her coverage claiming that she should get the coverage through her own insurance company, an impossibility because she does not own a car.
Do not be denied your rights. If you are a pedestrian and you are struck by a taxi or any other vehicle in New York State, you are entitled to No-Fault insurance through the insurance company for that vehicle.
The Attorney Other Lawyers Study to Learn about Filing a Claim and a Lawsuit against the City of New York
The New York County Lawyers Association is offering a training class for attorneys on filing a claim and a lawsuit against the City of New York. The class is also covering 50-h hearings, sometimes known as statutory hearings. We received a call asking for permission to use our articles at one of the texts for this class. We’re only too glad to help as we publish our law blog to help educate people about personal injury and medical malpractice law. You do not have to attend the class with the other lawyers; you can read about filing a claim against the City of New York or other municipalities at our blog, New York Law Thoughts.
New York Personal Injury Lawyer Announces Settlement with the City of New York for Trip and Fall in Manhattan
A Bronx woman visiting her mother in Manhattan tripped and fell on a hole in the hallway floor and injured her ankle. The building was owned and managed by New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The woman hired our firm to represent in her in a negligence case against the City of New York. After investigating the trip and fall incident and developing the case, we presented a Settlement Proposal to the City. The City recognized the strength of our liability case and the value of the injuries and agreed to settle before we had to file suit. Our client grinned ear to ear when she learned the news, thrilled with both the speed of the settlement and the amount of money she will receive.
New York Personal Injury Lawyer Announces Settlement with New York City after Garbage Truck Injures Brooklyn Woman
A New York City garbage truck struck a car stopped at an intersection in Brooklyn, injuring the woman driving the car and her passenger. Both people retained our firm to represent them. They had different injuries that required separate legal strategies to maximize the money a client receives. We achieved a rapid settlement for the passenger’s case in December, but the City’s offer to settle the case for the Brooklyn woman driving the car was too low. Therefore, we filed a lawsuit against the City and began the legal process. Our aggressiveness with the lawsuit provided the leverage needed for the City to increase their offer by more than three times to an amount that represented a fair value for the woman’s case and we have now settled the case.
In March 2011, a Brooklyn businessman rode in the front passenger seat in a colleague’s car when they came to a stop at the intersection of Troy Avenue with Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Suddenly, a New York City Sanitation truck hit them from behind causing minor damage to the car and sending both the driver and the passenger to Kings County Hospital. The Brooklyn man suffered soft tissue injuries and retained me to represent him. This week, we settled the motor vehicle case with the City of New York making the Brooklyn man very happy.
How Lazy and Impersonal Can a Lawyer Be? Insurance Company Responds to a Slip and Fall Case by Using Auto Accident Papers
I received some papers in a slip and fall case that are both comical and maddening. In response to a summons and complaint for a case where a woman suffered an injury in a stairway fall, the attorney for the insurance company responded with papers for an auto accident.