A van ran a red light in Upper Manhattan and struck a taxi, throwing the taxi’s passenger into the cab’s Plexiglas divider. He sustained very bad laceration under his chin that required stitches and the work of a plastic surgeon. The laceration did not heal correctly and required a second surgery. The man retained Carol L. Schlitt and the Schlitt Law Firm, a leading New York personal injury law firm experienced with taxi cases, to represent him in an effort to gain compensation for his injuries. Today, the Schlitt Law Firm settled his personal injury claim for $100,000. Our client was ecstatic with the outcome. “Great! Thank you Carol – you’ve done a wonderful job.” We love delivering for our clients.
Rapid Settlement for High School Athlete Struck by Taxi in New York City Announced by the Schlitt Law Firm
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 playwright and actor crossed 14th Street in Manhattan when a taxi passed a stopped car and struck him, knocking him to the ground and breaking his leg. He called the Schlitt Law Firm due to our experience winning taxi cases and our commitment to communication with clients. Carol L. Schlitt served as the client’s personal attorney. This afternoon, we reached a sizeable settlement making our client very happy and rewarding him for his persistence in pursuing the taxi company.
On a clear and cool November afternoon, our client, an office worker in Manhattan, went out to get some lunch. While crossing in a crosswalk on Seventh Avenue, a taxi struck her and knocked her to the ground. She suffered bruises and was left with a bulging disk and disc herniation. The woman asked Carol L. Schlitt to represent her in an effort to receive compensation for her injuries. We reached a settlement yesterday afternoon that will put money in the hands of our client as soon as possible.
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.
There are approximately 49,000 taxi drivers in New York City, most of whom are good, law abiding drivers. Those cab drivers provide over 250 million rides each year. There is a small percentage of drivers that thumb their nose at the law and can turn a mundane cab ride into a nightmare. To change this behavior requires aggressive work by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and passengers willing to stand up to taxi drivers who put them in harm’s way.
Asa Aarons of Ask Asa on CBS-TV in New York ran a report last week and asked for help in identifying some of the risks that passengers face when climbing into a cab and what people can do if they run into trouble with a taxi driver. I want to elaborate on what I told Asa on television last week.
I appeared last night as a legal expert on a televised report about dangerous cab drivers in New York City. Asa Aarons of Ask Asa on CBS-TV in New York called me to ask for help with a story on dangerous cab drivers. He focused on the story of a woman held captive by a cab driver who didn’t want to bring her to the Bronx. I discussed some of the risks that passengers face when climbing into a cab and what people can do if they run into trouble with a taxi driver. You can see the video and read his report here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/ask-asa-angry-cab-drivers-can-put-riders-at-risk/
On a Sunday morning last May, a young woman from Queens rode her bicycle to work when a livery car driver struck her, throwing her in the air and injuring her. She wanted No Fault coverage so she could receive much needed medical care and she wanted compensation for her injuries. She retained our law firm to represent her. The livery cab company initially denied responsibility, claiming that the woman failed to stop at a stop sign, but we prevailed and the livery company settled. In the end, No Fault insurance covered the care for her injuries and the livery cab company’s insurance coverage paid compensation to the woman for her pain and suffering
In June 2007, a woman took a bus from her native Boston to New York City so she could attend a business seminar. She hailed a cab in front of the Port Authority, loaded her luggage and climbed into the cab. Before she could sit down, the cab driver lurched the car away from the curb, then came to a shuddering halt, throwing the woman into the Plexiglas divider. The wild and erratic driving left the woman with two broken teeth and neck and back pain. The woman asked me to represent her and last week we settled the case with the taxi driver for $30,000.
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On a Monday morning in July 2010, a woman walking to work was struck by a car. The woman asked me to represent her. After conducting an investigation into the matter and building the case, I negotiated a settlement for the full value of the case. The woman has since relocated out of state and will receive her settlement today.