After being struck by a large vehicle on the way to work, a bicyclist hired Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm seeking justice and compensation for their injuries. Thanks to the uncompromising representation of Andrew Levine and Narciso Garcia, we are proud to announce that the bicycle injury claim has been successfully resolved for over half a million dollars.
Bicyclist v. Large Vehicle
The victim, a hard-working dishwasher at a popular local restaurant, was riding a bike on the way to work along Roslyn Road in Nassau County, NY when they were struck from behind. The defendant, operating a Cadillac Escalade, crashed into the rear tire of the bicycle, claiming to have not seen the rider on the side of the road.
The collision resulted in the bicyclist being thrown off of the bicycle and onto the ground, sustaining injuries to the lower back and knee in the process. As a result of the impact, the cyclist underwent a knee arthroscopy as well as a microdiscectomy, a procedure where part of an intervertebral disc is removed.
Shortly after the crash, the blame game began.
Opposition Tries To Deflect The Issues
Our client, the bicyclist, had worked at various restaurants since emigrating to the United States. Rising from a dishwasher to cook, he had worked tirelessly to provide for his family who resided in El Salvador.
The defendants sought to exploit his immigration status in an effort to deflect from the serious injuries suffered during the collision and his inability to work. When that argument failed, they looked to place responsibility for the collision on our client.
Raphaelson & Levine Fight Back
Andrew Levine and Narciso Garcia vigorously litigated the matter in the Nassau Supreme Court, taking key deposition testimony that allowed us to argue that our client was completely free of any fault and the defendant was 100 percent at fault.
While the surgical procedures did help, the victim continues to have pain. We refused to compromise and demanded that our client be fully compensated irrespective of his immigration status.
Result: Judge Awards $500,000 Bicycle Injury Settlement
Andrew Levine successfully resolved the case at a mediation before the Honorable Joseph Spinola, who awarded our client a personal injury settlement of over half a million dollars. We are proud that justice was delivered and hope this serves as a reminder to drivers throughout New York of their responsibility to share the road.
Distracted driving affects more people than just the driver. A serious bicycle injury can change a person’s life forever, being aware of the pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles that share the road each day can help prevent injuries from occurring.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in New York, contact Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm to discuss your legal options with a bicycle accident lawyer today. For more information call 212-268-322 or complete the free consultation form below.