A Long Island man drove home from a doctor’s appointment on Route 25A but never reached his destination. A car heading in the opposite direction crossed the double yellow line and struck his car head on, instantly killing the man. The tragedy left behind his widow and two college-age daughters. The family asked me to represent them and we settled the case for $1.25 million.
Wrongful death cases represent the saddest cases that we handle and require both great sensitivity for the surviving family members and steely purpose to represent the family and the name of the deceased. In this case, the other driver survived the crash and blamed my client’s husband who could no longer speak for himself. And the other driver’s insurance company took a hard line in an effort to avoid and then delay payment. We conducted a rigorous investigation, working closely with the Suffolk County Police, to unearth the facts of the case and then aggressively pushed the insurance company until they agreed to pay the full policy, including an excess coverage policy.