Raphaelson & Levine Has Helped Accident Victims Recover More Than $500 Million In Verdicts And Settlements
In New York, thousands of commuters rely on the mass transit system for daily transportation. There is a reasonable expectation for the safety and security of passengers, bystanders, and other drivers, however, thousands of people are injured in train, bus, subway and taxi accidents each year in New York.
Over the past five years, 4,592 MTA injury cases have been resolved, forcing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pay out $431 Million in MTA lawsuit settlements. Since 1992, Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm has helped many New York transit injury victims recover compensation through MTA lawsuit settlements.
Our firm has litigated and prevailed on a number of top MTA lawsuit settlements and verdicts throughout New York. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a train, subway, bus, taxi or other mass transit vehicle in New York we can help you understand your rights, MTA lawsuit time requirements, and identify your best next steps. To speak with an attorney, please complete the free lawyer consultation form or call 212-268-3222.
Below are brief summaries of commercial vehicle and MTA lawsuit settlements we have secured for past clients.
$5,300,000 injury Settlement
Wrongful Death Caused By Train Accident
$2,500,000 injury Settlement
Wrongful Death Caused By Airplane Accident
Queens Bus Rollover Accident
$1,300,000 injury Settlement
Bronx Pedestrian Injured By Commercial Vehicle
$500,000 injury Settlement
Nassau County Rear-End Bus Accident
$87,500 injury Settlement
Bronx Pedestrian Struck By Taxi
$500K Bus Accident
Our client, a young single mother, was parked alongside Main Street in Freeport, New York. She was beginning her day and had stopped to get a cup of coffee. After exiting her car she was struck by a mass transit bus from behind. The out of control bus smashed into her throwing her into her vehicle, and ultimately crashed into another car further up the roadway.
The impact resulted in our client sustained numerous injuries, including an elbow dislocation, knee derangement, liver laceration, and other internal injuries. She underwent a surgical procedure to her knee. Our law firm aggressively litigated the lawsuit claim in Nassau Supreme Court, securing numerous internal documents which included zonar records (showing the bus was speeding). We also took multiple depositions which allowed us to establish that the defendants had changed their story in what we believed was a hope at avoiding the finding of their liability.
Through the use of expert medical witnesses, we created a life care plan and were able to provide not only for the client’a present needs bit whatever the future holds. Andrew Levine said this settlement will allow the client to move on and care for herself and her son in the best possible way. Howard Raphaelson stated it is another example of justice served on behalf of the Freeport community which we hold so dear to our heart.
$87.5K Taxicab Accident
Raphaelson & Levine represented a man who was struck by a taxi in the Bronx, New York, which resulted in a broke his wrist and the wearing of a cast for a month and a half. The victim had hired another New York Law Firm but after five years, and no offers to resolve the case, he hired Raphaelson & Levine. Our firm assumed handling of the matter and quickly brought the case to trial in Bronx Supreme Court. After New York Trial Lawyer Jason Krakower selected a jury and began an opening statement, the driver’s insurance company agreed to pay our client $87,500
$750K Bus Rollover Accident
After visiting relatives in Texas, a 27-year-old Queens woman traveling on a commercial bus was injured when the bus lost control and rolled over. Howard Raphaelson negotiated the settlement for her injuries and suffering, securing a $750,000 award for the victim.
$1.3M Commercial Vehicle Pedestrian Accident
The case was prepared and ready for trial. Three orthopedic surgeons concluded our client, a 50-year-old Female resident of the Bronx and home nursing aid, would never return to work and would require an ankle fusion for her surgically repaired ankle fractures caused by a road supervisors failure to stop at a stop sign by Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
The supervisor blew the stop sign and then tried to argue to the police, while the plaintiff lay on the ground with a fractured and deformed ankle, that the women was to blame for the accident. Fortunately, a second pedestrian witnessed the entire accident, confronted the driver as he lied to the police and reported what she saw to the officer. That witness testified at the deposition and exposed the truth.
Although our client will never return to work again, with the help of an economist that explained not only her past but also future earning loss, she will be well taken care of in the future. In addition to her economic loss which amounted to approx 500k, she will receive another $800k for her pain and suffering.
Raphaelson and Levine are proud of our recovery for this client and wish her and her family all the best in the future.
Unfortunately, serious pedestrian accidents occur on New York City roadways, so always use extra caution and keep in mind that even a trained road supervisor like the one that caused this accident, can be distracted from the rules of the road.
$2.5M Airplane Accident Settlement
A man was killed when the American Airlines aircraft he was traveling on suddenly crashed. As a result of expert negotiating skills, Howard Raphaelson was anointed chief negotiator by a panel of lawyers and quickly recovered a $2.5 million settlement on behalf of the deceased’s family.