Raphaelson & Levine Has Helped Injury Victims Recover Over $500 Million
Recognizing the seriousness of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in New York City, city planners developed an initiative called Vision Zero with the goal of completely eliminating these tragedies.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents have only increased over the past decade despite a complete redesign of numerous pedestrian-oriented streets. Drivers continue to make choices that can have a devastating impact on pedestrians such as speeding, texting while driving, or engaging in another type of distraction.
For over 25 years, Raphaelson & Levine have helped pedestrians injured throughout New York recover maximum compensation.
Below are brief summaries of pedestrian injury settlement and verdict amounts we have secured for past clients.
Pedestrian Accident Settlement
Raphaelson and Levine Law Firm obtained substantial compensation for a client who was struck by a vehicle while he was lawfully crossing the street in Queens. The insurance company defending the vehicle argued that our client was substantially responsible for the collision because, although he was struck in the crosswalk, he turned back to walk in the direction from which he had just come. The insurance company argued that its driver could not be responsible for the collision because the driver had a reasonable belief that it was safe to make its turn when our client had passed through the area where the vehicle was going to turn. However, the insurance company’s assessment of the liability in this case, as well as the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, was misplaced. The law states that a turn on a roadway is prohibited unless it can be done so with reasonable safety, which in this case, it was not. The driver failed to see what there was to be seen—our client lawfully crossing the street in the crosswalk with the right-of-way. After effectively arguing liability in this case, and based upon the extent of our client’s injuries, the insurance company promptly paid nearly its entire insurance policy. In addition, our client was disabled from the course of his employment for eight months. Throughout this time period, we were able to obtain lost wage payments through New York’s “No-Fault” insurance law for our client in order to support himself while disabled.
$400K Pedestrian Accident Settlement
Howard Raphaelson and Andrew Levine litigated and negotiated a claim in under one year in the Supreme Court, Queens for a client who was violently struck by a massive Range Rover. Our client sustained injuries to his foot, toes, and knee and arthroscopic surgery was required to correct his meniscus tear to his knee. Unfortunately, this is an all too common occurrence in New York, if you or a loved one have fallen victim to an accident give us a call today.
$115K NYC Pedestrian Injury Settlement
A pedestrian turned to our firm after an accident while crossing 35th Street near the tunnel exit left her seriously injured. This area usually is so congested with traffic that it requires a New York City police officer to help direct and control it.
On the day of the accident, our client waited until she had the legal right-of-way to begin crossing the street at the corner. She had made it a little more than halfway across the street to its double yellow lines when a driver in a large Cadillac approached.
The driver of the Cadillac, who was making a left-hand turn, did not yield the right-of-way to our client or stop his car completely as required by law. This resulted in him striking our client before she made it to the other side of 35th Street.
Even after hitting her, the driver came up with several excuses for why the accident was not his fault. He blamed everything from not enough light in the area to the color of clothes our client wore. With two large street lights in the area, neither lack of light or our client’s clothing had any bearing on the accident.
The force of the impact from the Cadillac knocked our client to the ground. She instinctively outstretched her left hand to break her fall. Although Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tended to her at the scene, she did not visit a hospital. The pain grew worse over the next month until her orthopedist diagnosed her with non-displaced wrist fractures.
The good news for our client is that she did not need surgery. However, she did attend physical therapy until she no longer required it. Despite what she went through, our client feels fortunate her injuries were not worse. We shared the same sentiment since we frequently work with clients who seek a pedestrian accident lawyer New York because an accident left them paralyzed or had another life-changing effect.
Andrew Levine and Mila Andreou argued this matter successfully today during a mediation session. They quickly and confidently disputed attempts by the insurance agent to paint our client rather than theirs as responsible. Levine and Andreou also proved evidence of the wrist fracture.
The final settlement was more than six times what the insurance company initially offered. This is not unusual for our firm. We have settlements totaling tens of millions of dollars for pedestrians who did nothing wrong yet suffered due to the actions of motorists.