A Manhattan high school student walked home along Fifth Avenue. As he crossed 106th Street, a taxi cab turned left and struck him, knocking the student to the ground. An ambulance took the frightened young man to the emergency room at St. Luke’s Hospital. His mother called the Schlitt Law Firm to ask for help protecting her son’s rights, for help with No Fault insurance and to obtain compensation for her son. Five months after receiving that call, we successfully negotiated a settlement from the taxi company to compensate for the young man’s injuries. While only a small case – luckily the student’s injuries were not severe – the settlement will give this young man a nice boost as he makes his college plans.
A New York City man crossing Third Avenue at 73rd Street was struck by a car and badly injured. The injured man retained our law firm to represent him in an effort to collect compensation from the man who hit him and to protect his rights. We investigated the case and overcame the objections of the defendant to force an early settlement for the full insurance policy of $100,000. We settled the case in less than six months.
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.
A Long Island man crossing Larkfield Road in East Northport was struck by a pick-up truck and badly injured. The injured man retained our law firm to represent him in an effort to collect compensation from the man who hit him. We investigated the case and overcame the objections of the defendant to force an early settlement of the full insurance policy of $100,000.
Perhaps there is no more frightful collision than a pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle. I have assisted many clients injured while out walking and a car or truck hit them, leaving not only serious physical injuries, but emotional trauma too. I do all I can to support my clients in their efforts to recover from such an incident and to help them receive the maximum compensation possible.
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An out-of-state truck driver was injured while making a delivery in Westchester County. The injury required stitches and left the man with a small scar on his shin. The property owner agreed to settle the case for $20,000. Let me share some of the facts of the case and the basis for the settlement.
I received a question from a mother regarding a potential settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of our son, who was in a car accident. The case raises questions about comparative liability, the value of a settlement vs. a court award, the impact of insurance policy limits on a potential award and the value of having your attorney provide an assessment of your case. I thought it might prove helpful to share her question and the answers I gave her.
On September 27, 2010, a Manhattan jury awarded Antonia Reyes $500,000 in compensation for the injuries she suffered when knocked down by a New York City Transit Authority bus. The jury made the award in the case Antonia Reyes v. New York City Transit Authority (Index No. 106304/05).
The case stemmed from a December 23, 2004 incident when Ms. Reyes, at the time a 74-year-old factory worker, crossed 181st Street at the intersection with St. Nicholas Avenue. As she reached the curb, the Bx3 bus pulled up to the intersection and hit Ms. Reyes. The impact, while not very hard, knocked Ms. Reyes to the ground. While some passer-bys offered assistance, Ms. Reyes refused immediate medical attention. Ms. Reyes testified that the bus driver, who was a relief driver temporarily assigned to that route, asked her not to say anything because the bus driver would get in trouble.