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.
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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.
This past April, on the Saturday before Easter, a manager at a health care firm left his office for the drive home. He had recently purchased a Jaguar sedan and he drove that car to work that day. On the way home, New York City police officers pulled him over and arrested the Bronx man for possession of a stolen car. Although the man presented his license, the registration for the car, the title to the car and a receipt for the bill of sale, the officers still arrested him. The police ultimately dropped the charges and the man retained me to represent him. He wanted the New York City Police to be held accountable for their reckless actions and compensation for missing the Easter holiday with his family. Last week, we settled the case for $25,000.
On a warm September evening last year, a woman set out from her Manhattan apartment to pick up some dry cleaning. As she walked past the Frederick Douglass Houses, the woman’s right foot became stuck in a broken edge of… Read More ›
In November 2010, a Nassau County woman rode with her grandmother for a doctor’s appointment at a Brooklyn hospital. They drove along the Belt Parkway and as they reached the exit for Coney Island Avenue, the grandmother slowed her car because of traffic at the exit ramp. While backed up in traffic, a New York City Department of Sanitation truck hit them from behind. The collision left the young woman with soft-tissue injuries to her neck and back. The young woman asked me to represent her and we recently settled the case with the City of New York for $20,000.
In January 2011, a Brooklyn man out for a walk on the Brooklyn Promenade slipped and fell on an uncleared patch of ice. The incident tore the ligaments in his left elbow and required surgery and months of intensive physical therapy to repair the damage. The man asked me to represent him. I worked with the man to investigate the incident and to evaluate the medical condition. I made a settlement offer to the City of New York and we negotiated a settlement of $120,000 to compensate the man for his injuries.
In recent weeks, I have received a number of inquiries from people damaged when New York City Sanitation trucks crashed into their cars. In fact, I have now filed three cases arising from these inquiries. I suppose this activity is not unexpected since the City of New York paid out $17.6 million to settle 1,069 claims involving Sanitation Department vehicles in 2009. Given the volume of inquiries about accidents with garbage trucks, I thought it might be worthwhile sharing some information about these cases.
Receiving compensation for damage due to a pothole can be difficult, very difficult, but not impossible. In general, you need to meet the following conditions to have a chance at receiving compensation:
You need to know the municipal entity responsible for the road.
The municipality had to have prior notice about the pothole and had enough time to repair it.
You need evidence that the pothole caused the damage and proof of the cost to repair the damage.
You need to navigate the maze of bureaucracies to file a claim and negotiate payment.
I often hear from potential clients who ask if their case is large enough for me to take. Others wonder if I will devote enough attention to their case if it will not return a large award. I make a… Read More ›