Car Accident Settlements
The streets of New York City and the surrounding areas are generally so busy that even the most careful driver can be involved in an accident solely as a result of the recklessness and negligence of another. We represent drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured as a result of many different types of car accident scenarios.
Train Accident Victim: $5.3 Million Settlement
A young father was killed in 2002 as a result of a train accident. A wrongful death lawsuit was brought against the defendants. The matter was resolved for $5.3 million.
Defective Automobile: Multi-Million Dollar Award
Several individuals were seriously injured as a result of a defective gear shifting device that caused the driver of the motor vehicle to lose control and run over pedestrians inside a New York City park. Our law firm obtained a significant confidential settlement from a major automobile manufacturer because of the defect.
Rear-End Motor Vehicle Accident Aggravates Back Injury: $900,000 Pretrial Settlement
Our client, a 49-year-old freelance photographer, was rear-ended by a truck while he was stopping at a red light. The collision exacerbated earlier injuries that client sustained to his back.
Our client had a long-standing herniated disc that he was previously advised required surgery. Our law firm successfully argued that the collision significantly worsened his condition. The matter mediated on two separate occasions. Andrew Levine and Howard Raphaelson were able to obtain a $900,000 settlement prior to trial of this matter.
Bus Accident: $750,000
A 27-year-old Queens woman was traveling on a commercial bus after visiting a relative in Texas when the bus lost control and rolled over. Howard Raphaelson negotiated the settlement for her injuries and suffering.
Spinal Injury leads to $750,000
Our office represented a 30-year-old woman who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The car in which she was a passenger was struck by a truck. The driver of the vehicle she was in was attempting to exit a parking spot and was primarily responsible for the accident. As a result of the impact, our client sustained spinal injuries that led to epidural injections and ultimately a laminectomy, a procedure to relieve pressure in the spine due to a herniated disk. The case was particularly difficult because our client had two prior accidents, both pursued legally, with one resulting in a back injury in the same area that our client ultimately underwent the laminectomy. Additionally the truck driver claimed our client was in fact the driver, not the passenger and the police report attributed the complete fault on the car, not the truck. Through aggressive litigation Andrew Levine was able to secure a recovery of $750,000 on the eve of trial. This included $25,000 from the car, which represented the full insurance policy limit. The remaining portion as recovered from the truck. A portion of the sum was placed into a structured settlement thus the client's ultimate recovery will near $1,000,000. This recovery was featured in the New York Jury Verdict Reporter as a top recovery.
Good Samaritan Injured in Auto Accident: $650,000
A 31-year-old driver traveling along the Henry Hudson Parkway came upon a disabled vehicle that had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. He observed someone injured inside the vehicle. After parking his car on the side of the roadway, he was attempting to assist the injured person when another vehicle, proceeding on the Parkway in an unsafe manner, struck him. The Raphaelson Law Firm, P.C. resolved the case at the time of trial.
Disc Bulge Yields More than Half a Million Dollars
Our firm represented a woman who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Two vehicles collided in an intersection. As a result of that impact, one vehicle lost control and struck our client. We filed a lawsuit against both vehicles in Queens Supreme Court, which happened to be three blocks from where the accident happened. After two years of litigation and on the eve of trial, the matter was resolved for 550,000. Our client had sustained a disc bulge. Throughout the entire case the Defendants attempted to minimize the extent of her injuries. Andrew Levine said, "This matter was the perfect example of how our office handles our client's claims. We were committed to making the defendants understand the effect this accident had on our client's life not what her MRI report said." That was the difference between the defendant's initial offer of $10,000 and the ultimate recovery of $550,000.
Auto Accident Victim: $500,000 Settlement
A 38-year-old man was pinned between two vehicles while he was unloading groceries from a delivery truck. Our client suffered a severe fracture to his leg, which required two surgeries. Through the use of a forensic economist, we established that the client would not be able to work in his former occupation and that he suffered loss of future income. Howard Raphaelson and Andrew Levine obtained a $500,000 settlement for the injured client.
$500,000 for Shoulder Injury
The firm represented a woman who was injured in a chain reaction car accident in New York. She was rear-ended and sustained a shoulder injury. After several weeks of physical therapy she was seen by an Orthopedist and advised to undergo Arthroscopic Surgery. Following the procedure she developed stiffness in the shoulder and required a revision procedure where scar tissue was removed. The vehicle that struck her in the rear had a $100,000 insurance policy, which was offered immediately upon filing the lawsuit. Our office then made a claim under the Underinsured Motorist Endorsement of our client's insurance policy. Prior to the scheduled arbitration Andrew Levine and Dario Martinez personal injury attorneys in New York were able to obtain an additional $400,000 for a total recovery of $500,000 (Half and Million Dollars). Andrew said this case was the perfect example of the importance of having the proper Underinsurance on our policies. Here a client was able to protect herself when the dangerous driver failed to have sufficient insurance. This benefit costs very little in comparison with the benefit it has brought our client. Feel free to forward the Declarations Page of your insurance policy for or office to review.
Multiple Six-Figure Settlement for Soft Tissue Injury
The firm represented a young man involved in a New York motor vehicle accident. Our client had a prior accident and a subsequent accident before this matter could go to trial. Both the prior and subsequent accidents resulted in injuries nearly identical to the injuries we alleged. Prior to trial the insurance company for the defendant refused to offer more than $7,500. Trial Attorney Jason Krakower took the matter before the jury seeking justice for our client. Jason persuaded the jury that the accident caused all of our client's injuries and the jury awarded the sum of $200,000.
Bronx Jury Awards 15-Year-Old Pedestrian $550,000
The firm represented a 15-year-old girl who was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street. The driver of the vehicle claimed he had the green light and that our client darted out in front of his vehicle. Our client sustained a herniated disc in her neck and treated with a chiropractor for four months. Trial attorney Jason Krakower tried the case in the Bronx Supreme Court and a jury returned a verdict in favor of our client for $550,000.
3-Car Auto Accident in New York City Exacerbates Pre-existing Back Injury: $300,00
Although a person who sustained injury to a particular body part may be more susceptible to reinjuring or exacerbating the injury to that same body part in the future, New York Law allows plaintiffs to recover for aggravation and exacerbation of preexisting injuries. This week, the injury lawyers of Raphaelson and Levine recovered a $300,000 settlement for a 32-year-old security guard who was injured in a 3-car accident in New York in 2007. Several years prior to this accident, the client had a car accident and injured his back. His injury was diagnosed as a herniated disc. He received treatment for two years and recovered monies as a result of a lawsuit that was brought on his behalf by another law firm. Following his recent accident, he returned to the law firm that handled his first accident and was advised that he could not recover monies because that part of his body was already injured. He was then referred to Raphaelson and Levine by a friend that our law firm had represented. We advised the client that although the new accident involved injury to the same part of his back as the first accident, we would fight his case as an exacerbation of a preexisting injury. Raphaelson and Levine was able to prove that the injury was exacerbated as a result of the second accident and was able to negotiate a $300,000 settlement.
Aggravation of Back Injury Brings Multiple Six Figures: $300,000
Our firm represented a young man who injured his back in a motor vehicle accident. He had previously hurt the same portion of his spine and underwent extensive care immediately before the current accident. The MRIs were virtually identical and confirmed he had a Herniation. In spite of the similarities, Howard Raphaelson was able to establish that the current accident aggravated the condition and would require extensive treatment into the future. Howard obtained a $300,000 settlement on behalf of our client.
Auto Accident Aggravates Neck Injury: $245,000
Our firm represented a woman involved in an auto accident in Washington State. Our client had a prior accident approximately 10 years ago that caused a herniation in her neck. Andrew Levine successfully argued that our client's neck injury was made significantly worse due to the current accident. As a result, Andrew Levine was able to negotiate a pretrial settlement for our client in the amount of $245,000.
This represented the fourth six-figure result that Andrew obtained in the past four months for clients claiming neck injuries that had prior injuries and accidents.
Car Accident Resulting in Neck Injury: $245,000
The New York car accident lawyers of The Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm in New York represented a man who was injured while traveling as a passenger in his own car. The truck that struck his vehicle had no insurance. Our client sustained a neck injury, which ultimately required surgery. The firm presented a claim pursuant to a clause in our client's insurance policy. The insurance company claimed that the client's own doctor said the surgery was not related and was due to his advanced age (over 80) and further that his injuries were in no way related to the accident. Through aggressive litigation Andrew Levine was able to recover $245,000, which represented nearly the maximum recovery available.
New Jersey Accident Victim Recovers $225,000 for a Fracture
Our firm represented a woman who was in a car accident in northern New Jersey. Our client was struck by a car driven by a newly licensed driver that attempted to make a left turn. As a result of the impact, our client sustained a fracture to her nondominant wrist. The fracture was treated via a surgical procedure. Following the completion of discovery, but prior to the start of trial, Andrew Levine obtained a recovery of $225,000 for our client. Interestingly our firm was able to use Facebook entries made by the defendant following the accident to challenge her claims that our client was speeding and had in any way contributed to the accident.