On a Friday evening in May 2010, a Suffolk County woman eased her car to a stop at a red light on Jericho Turnpike. While waiting at the traffic light, another driver struck her car from behind. The accident left her with neck and back injuries, though no broken bones. The insurance company made an immediate offer to the woman, telling her that she only had soft tissue injuries and would not receive much. She asked me to represent her for this matter and I settled the case for $45,000 and she will receive many times what the insurance company initially offered.
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I went to a store to get some supplies, and some wood. When I went to get the wood I noticed it was a mess and above the safety braces. So I reached to grab the top one and 4 or 5 boards fell down. When I went to pick them up another one fell and hit me on the top of my head. The corner of the board hit me on the top of my head and left a big bump and gave me a huge headache. I had to go the emergency room to get a CT scan. Do I have a 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.
In September 2009, a New York City school teacher suffered soft-tissue injuries from a car accident in the Bronx. She came to me for help in collecting compensation for her injuries. The insurance company initially refused to pay claiming that the woman had caused the accident by changing lanes and that the soft-tissue injuries would not meet the New York State threshold for a serious injury and therefore did not warrant compensation. I led an investigation that proved the defendant liable for the accident and showed how her soft-tissue injures would meet the serious injury threshold.
As a result of the investigation into this car accident and our preparation of the case, on Friday afternoon, I settled the case. When I called my client to tell her the good news, she shared the news that she was pregnant with her first child. What a wonderful gift the settlement check will make for her and her husband.
On a warm September day in 2010, a Brooklyn woman set out for her morning bicycle ride. Riding along some leafy residential streets near Prospect Park, she came to an intersection with Church Avenue. Seeing the light green, she proceeded to ride through the intersection. Unfortunately, she never made it across the intersection as a driver on Church Avenue slammed into her and sent her rolling on the ground. An ambulance took her to King County Medical Center for treatment of scrapes, bruises and a broken bone.
After conducting an investigation that included finding and interviewing key witnesses, and preparing a detailed case assessment, I presented the case to the insurance company to open settlement talks. After some brief back and forth, we agreed on a settlement that pleased my client and compensated her for her pain and suffering. This case represents another rapid settlement as we resolved the case within six months of when the client retained me.
Last November, a schoolteacher took a trip to her local bank during a free period. On her way into the parking lot, she caught her foot on some broken pavement near a drain, tripped and fell and hurt herself. Once the woman’s medical condition stabilized, we were able to prepare a detailed assessment of the case. I reviewed that information with my client so she could understand all aspects of the case. She understood the cost of going to trial and how that affects a view a potential settlement offer. We then reached out to the bank, which offered to negotiate a settlement. Yesterday, we reached a settlement agreement that met my client’s needs and expectations.
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