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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 11th, 2018


Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018

To our valued clients:

Bergen & Schiffmacher LLP will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Positive Change in NYS Auto Insurance Policies.

December 20th, 2017

This is truly fantastic news that will allow people to use their insurance to true advantage in the event of a serious injury accident. Hats off to State government for getting it done. Contact us to learn more if you don’t know what SUM coverage is-it’s just too important to protect yourself and your family with this insurance.

On Monday, Governor Cuomo signed in law legislation impacting SUM (Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists) Coverage in New York. Beginning with new motor vehicle insurance policies issued after June 18, 2018, optional SUM coverage will be automatically included in auto policies at the same coverage level as liability insurance coverage purchased, unless the policy holder affirmatively waives the coverage or affirmatively chooses to purchase lower limits,.

$2,450,000 Settlement

January 31st, 2014

Our 42 year old client was injured as she headed to her child’s school one winter morning and her stopped auto was rear-ended by a delivery truck. With severe neck and back injuries that required surgery but left her unable to return to the factory job she’d held for eleven years, our client suffered significant physical and monetary damages. After winning summary judgment before trial, the case settled for $2,450,000, securing our client’s financial future.

Plaintiff accepts settlement of $475,000

January 5th, 2012

While motorcycling, our 35 year old client was broadsided by a Sheriff’s patrol car, suffering orthopedic injuries requiring multiple surgeries. While the Sheriff claimed that the cause of the accident was the need to respond to an emergency thus absolving the deputy from any fault, we proved this claim to be incorrect and a settlement of $475,000 was thereafter achieved.

What To Do After An Accident

December 21st, 2011

Accidents are unexpected and can be both overwhelming and stressful. It is important to not only remain calm after an accident, but also take the necessary steps to ensure safety and peace of mind. Below are ten suggestions that may come in handy the next time you’re in an automobile accident:

  1. Check for injuries of all passengers and call 9-1-1
  2. Turn on hazard lights to alert other drivers
  3. Call the police, even if accident is minor, and insist on an accident report
  4. Be cooperative and polite
  5. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road or a well-lit parking lot so you’re not blocking traffic
  6. Notify insurance agency or company immediately
  7. Check for property damage and take pictures of all vehicles involved (including license plates and registration stickers), any skidmarks, and car parts or auto fluids on the roadway
  8. Exchange information with other drivers involved including name, address, vehicle make/year/model, insurance carrier, insurance policy number and license plate number
  9. Collect contact information of witnesses and tow company if your vehicle has been towed

Please note that these are suggestions to help you take the right course of action after you’ve been involved in an accident. Remember above all to never leave the scene of an accident and remain calm, help is on the way.

Contact us for more information or keep a copy of our accident checklist so you’re prepared.

The Insurance Company Call

December 16th, 2011

After an accident, insurance companies may call you to ask you questions regarding the severity of the accident and your injuries. This call is often made before you’ve had the opportunity to speak with an attorney. An attorney is hired to protect your interests, guide and educate you about your rights and defend you from insurance company efforts to compensate you as little as possible.

It is important that you do not give these companies any statement without an attorney present, as it is your attorney’s responsibility to inform and protect you. Although you do have an obligation to report an accident as soon as it happens, you are permitted to give a statement with your own attorney present, regardless of what they may tell you.