A few days after Superstorm Sandy struck New York City and knocked out power, a college student attempted to cross a downtown Manhattan intersection where the traffic lights were not working. A car failed to stop or even yield at the intersection and stuck him, breaking his leg. The young man’s parents contacted the Schlitt Law Firm and Carol L. Schlitt to represent their son. The case required working with three insurance companies and we reached a settlement that made both the young man and his parents happy and provided a big financial boost for his college education. Or as the young man’s father put it, “Great news.”
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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.
New York Personal Injury Lawyer Garners $975,000 Settlement for Passenger in a Car Accident in the Bronx
Our client was a passenger in a car travelling east on Randall Avenue in the Bronx. When the driver made a left turn on Zerega, the car crashed into a dumpster left in the street. Our client suffered a fracture of his both fibulas, his left ankle and his left humerus, each of which required surgery. The driver of the car admitted liability for his role in the accident, though the dumpster owner denied all responsibility. At trial, Attorney Carol L. Schlitt proved the liability of both the driver and the dumpster owner and then forced a settlement for $975,000.
New York Personal Injury Lawyer Announces $140,000 Settlement at Trial for Long Island Woman in a Car Accident
A Long Island school employee driving home from work eased to a stop behind another car and was struck in the rear. Shaken by the incident, the woman rejected the offer of an ambulance, but the next day went to see her doctor with neck pain, back pain and right knee pain. She retained the Bronx law firm of Krieger, Wilansky & Hupart to represent her in the matter. When they could not settle the case, they retained Carol L. Schlitt to handle the case at trial. Ms. Schlitt opened the trial and forced a settlement for $140,000.
Under New York’s Workers Compensation laws, employees hurt on the job are generally prevented from suing their employer for compensation for their injuries. In this case, a Brooklyn woman was hurt on the job in Manhattan, yet in investigating the case, we were able to develop a legal theory that made the landlord responsible for her injuries, not her employer. Therefore, we sought compensation from the landlord for her injuries. This week, we settled the case for an amount that made my client very happy.
On Tuesday, November 27, 2007, a nurse employed at Montefiore Medical Center drove along a Westchester road. Suddenly, a mini bus pulled off a highway and broadsided her car. The collision left the woman with neck and back injuries that required extensive physical therapy and epidural and facet injections. She retained the law firm of Crasto and Associates to represent her and they, in turn, retained Carol L. Schlitt to serve as trial counsel. On the eve of trial, as the defense saw the case that Mr. Crasto and Ms. Schlitt had mounted, the insurance company settled the case for $140,000.
In the past week, I have delivered three settlement checks to clients and that may be the most satisfying aspect of my practice. It is wonderful to see the gratification on a person’s face when he or she receives the check to compensate her for an injury. That check represents the culmination of all the work I do for my clients. For my clients – good men and women hurt through no fault of their own – the settlement or award check not only compensates for damages and a loss, but provides a special opportunity in their lives. I take great satisfaction and inspiration to see the look of hope and joy on a client’s face when delivering that check.
On Friday morning, January 28, 2011, a student attended class at her New York City-based university. She parked her car in the designated parking lot, yet the footing proved treacherous given the uneven job a contractor had done in clearing the parking lot of ice and snow. The young woman slipped on a patch of ice and fractured her right ankle. The woman asked me to represent her. After conducting an investigation into the matter and building the case, she received a settlement for the full value of the case.
In many, though not all cases, a client will receive a settlement offer and have to decide whether to take that offer or to proceed to trial. Making that decision requires a close working relationship between the attorney and the client, but the decision remains with the client.