April 7th, 2020
Our client suffered serious orthopedic injuries and a concussion when her car was t-boned by a commercial delivery vehicle that passed a red signal. After knee and shoulder surgeries, our client was unable to return to her 18 year career as a bus driver and was forced into early retirement. We were successful in obtaining summary judgment on all issues before trial, including serious physical injury, negligence of the defendant and dismissal of claims that our client caused or contributed to the crash. With the threat of a damages only jury trial, the multiple insurers for defendant made combined offers that our client accepted at a pre-trial mediation.
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,.
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.
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.
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:
- Check for injuries of all passengers and call 9-1-1
- Turn on hazard lights to alert other drivers
- Call the police, even if accident is minor, and insist on an accident report
- Be cooperative and polite
- If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road or a well-lit parking lot so you’re not blocking traffic
- Notify insurance agency or company immediately
- 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
- Exchange information with other drivers involved including name, address, vehicle make/year/model, insurance carrier, insurance policy number and license plate number
- 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.