This Thanksgiving weekend, most of us will be spending some time behind the wheel. Whether you are on your way to a relative’s home for dinner or driving to secure a spot in line at your favorite store’s Black Friday sale, there will be real risks and dangers on the road this holiday weekend. Before you drive, take some time to review these five Thanksgiving driving safety tips.
Lots of extra people will be on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend. That means possible congestion or traffic jams. If you have a long drive ahead of you, allow yourself time for bathroom breaks and for sitting in traffic or waiting in line at tolls. Even if you are only planning a short trip, remember that it will probably take longer than normal to reach your destination, especially if the weather gets bad.
Plan accordingly and give yourself extra time. If you do get behind schedule because to heavy traffic or bad weather, resist the urge to speed or weave through traffic as this will dramatically increase your chances of being in an accident. Your family and friends value your safety and will understand if you are late.
This weekend more than ever, it is important that you do not multitask while driving. Do not use your cell phone to tie up last minute details and avoid eating while driving.
Focus on being a defensive driver, which means looking out for others who are distracted or overly aggressive. Be prepared for other drivers to cut you off or engage in other road rage behaviors. For your safety, remain calm and do not sink to their level.
If children will be riding in your car, make sure to provide them with entertaining activities such as reading materials, held-held gaming devices (with fully-charged batteries), or ideas for car games like Highway Bingo. Bored children are more likely to fight or move around the car, taking your attention off the road.
It is entirely possible that your car could break down, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and pack the trunk of your car with a fully stocked emergency kit.
Remember to pack extra blankets, coats and gloves, flashlights, and snow boots. (After all, you do not want to walk to the nearest gas station in your fancy dinner shoes). If you have a roadside assistance service, keep the company’s number in an easy-to-remember place.
Many family dinners involving drinking. If you will be drinking, plan ahead and make sure each vehicle has a designated driver. If necessary, use a guest room or the couch to sleep until it is safe to drive. And of course, while driving be on the lookout for other vehicles that may have drunk drivers.
For more ways to stay safe on the road, be sure to check out our blog. And if you were injured in a car accident, call 516-874-4362 for help filing a claim against the at -fault driver.
Sympathetic and easy to work with on my case. Neil is a class act.
Diligent and caring representation from attorneys who are experts in their area of practice. Personalized attention and dedication to winning your case and protecting your rights. In practice, Robert and Neal are professional, compassionate, thorough, and determined to continuously fight and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence, maltreatment and intentional malfeasance. You can feel a sense of security knowing that they are on your side and handling your lawsuit.
The lawyers and their staff were professional, ethical, knowledgeable, and very compassionate. I definitely recommend them.
I highly recommend these lawyers!
I recommend these lawyers. They are easy to work with and they don’t rush me and take time to answer all my questions.
I have come to know Neal Goldstein personally, as well as professionally for the past 20 years and can attest to his commendable character as a conscientious attorney and individual….I do not think I have ever met someone of such high moral standards and trustworthiness in my life.
True experts and service oriented. My family and I for over 20 years have had accident matters handled and settled in the most professional manner anyone could ever imagine, they were and are awesome. The personal service provided to us was the most encouraging in those times of need as we felt all alone. I highly recommend this law firm, they truly give you their all.
Excellent Lawyers….I have used them for a personal case and they were completely professional, answered my questions whenever I called, and made what I thought was a very good settlement for me. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Since then if I ever have a law question I can call them and they answer it as best they could without ever charging me. Now that is service.
Neal is a wonderful attorney. He is a very personable guy who keeps you informed every step of the way. Neal is a very honest guy and never talks down to you. He takes the time to explain things and makes you feel comfortable
I have found Mr. Goldstein to be extremely thorough in his analysis of my case and a pleasure to work with. He combines his knowledge and expertise in obtaining the best for his clients. Mr. Goldstein is very conscientious about his work and about the satisfaction of his clients. He is a man of great integrity and possesses a high level of commitment.
I’m pleased to write this review for Neal Goldstein and Bob Bashner. As a physician…I have known them to be committed and tireless advocates for their clients. They bring to the table a firm grasp of the relevant issues, a clear understanding of the complexities of each case, and medicolegal strategies based on years of experience and practice. I recommend them without reservation
Very professional and able to provide good advice. Thanks for your help.
Neal is a dedicated, focused and thorough attorney who succeeds in having his clients get what they need and deserve. Excellent communication skills, able to think on his feet and has a heart.
Neal is a nationally recognized for his caring and skilled representation of injured clients. Neal is an extremely trustworthy and knowledgeable attorney. Neal’s clients rave about him. Keep up the good work.
I am an attorney who has had the good fortune to know Neal for several years, share ideas and brainstorm with him. He is creative, innovative and sharp. He is a pleasure to work with because he is passionate about his work and has his priorities in order.
I have trusted the cases of my dearest friends and family members to Neal Goldstein. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and produces stellar results. His truly caring nature combined with his compassion for people and knowledge of the law make Neal one of the greatest attorneys in practice today.
Neal is a dedicated, focused and thorough attorney who succeeds in having his clients get what they need and deserve. Excellent communication skills, able to think on his feet and has a heart.
I am an attorney who has had the good fortune to know Neal for several years, share ideas and brainstorm with him. He is creative, innovative and sharp. He is a pleasure to work with because he is passionate about his work and has his priorities in order.
You won’t find better personal injury lawyers for your case! Neal is an expert in New York injury cases. He is a hardworking, trustworthy, and knowledgeable litigator. I highly recommend Neal!
Great firm that offers quality, caring and diligent legal representation. Extremely knowledgeable in his field of expertise with many years of experience and positive outcomes for his clients.
A great firm, as well as truly great friend to the family!! Folks, this is the law firm that actually cares.
Neal has a ton of information at his website that any personal injury victim should read BEFORE making a decision on who to hire. Its free and I highly recommend it.
Bob Bashner is the best personal injury attorney I have ever had the experience of working with. He’s a total client advocate and does not run a “mill” operation. If you are looking for someone who will treat your case with the attention it deserves and with a personal touch, look no further than Bob and his dedicated team.
You would do well to have someone as sharp and innovative as Neal is on your side.
Neal is a very talented and dedicated attorney. He has always put his clients’ interests before his own. I greatly respect the work that Neal has done on behalf of his many clients.” — Steven T.,owner, Horowitz, Tannenbaum & Silver, PC, on LinkedIn
Goldstein and Bashner is a great firm that offers quality, caring and diligent legal representation. Both Neal Goldsein and Robert Bashner are extremely knowledgeable in their fields of expertise with many years of experience and positive outcomes for their clients.
Neal and Bob are dedicated attorneys always with the client’s interest at the forefront.
I am happy to recommend these lawyers. They answered all my questions and kept me updated on my car accident case. They worked hard to get me a very good settlement.
Great!! Wonderful people who truly care! Neal and Bob are phenomenal lawyers who helped me get through my slip and fall case. Highly recommended if you’re looking for great lawyers who also become your friends. They are the definition of personable and truly do care about you.
5 Stars. A great firm–I highly recommend!
Robert Bashner was a great help to me and my family after our car accident. He always answered my questions and returned my calls. Very easy to talk to. I felt he gave my case a lot of attention and we had a good end result.
Love these lawyers! They worked hard on my behalf and I would not hesitate to recommend them.
Just wanted to take a moment to say thanks….I respect the expertise of your company which is why I have no problem with referring cases to your firm. My hope and prayer for this New Year is that you receive so many cases that you cannot accept them all and have to refer some out, in other words, your cup runneth over.
I have used [Neal and Bob] for a personal case and they were completely professional, answered my questions whenever I called, and made what I thought was a very good settlement for me. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Since then if I ever have a law question I can call them and they answer it as best they could without ever charging me. Now that is service.
The most caring and on the ball attorneys I have ever met.
The attorneys at Goldstein and Bashner are wonderful. Not only are they at the top of their field, but they truly care about their clients. I was in a terrible car accident that resulted in several complex injuries including a broken hand, herniated discs, knee problems and complex regional pain syndrome. Some attorneys are not experienced in dealing with CRPS, but they were. They also knew how to handle an aggravated injury. In the beginning I was unable to drive to their office, so Bob came to me. Bob is a great guy and will explain the process with a clear path. Although it was a long road due to my own going pain and the other side stalling, my case did settle. I was never pushed into taking anything I was not comfortable with. Also, more and more people have ERISA based health plans and the team of attorneys fought hard to have my Erisa lien reduced. This in itself is no easy feat. I would highly recommend Goldstein and Bashner to handle your case if you become injured in an accident
I feel in my heart that Neal Goldstein saved my son’s life.
Bob and Neal were excellent to work with. My case was particularly complicated by the fact that there were multiple defendants involved. Bob and Neal stuck with it through the lengthy negotiations and prevailed. Thank you Bob and Neal and all of your staff!
Now that André finished his physical therapy I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your professionalism, help, expertise and cooperation. It meant so much that when we were scared, we felt at ease knowing that you were watching diligently over our case.
Great law firm .everyone that works there is very nice .they help you understand your case.they will fight for you all the way to the end of the case ..they made sure i was happy.
It was an honor having the gentlemen of Goldstein & Bashner handling my case. I was in a car accident last year and hurt many parts of my body. I felt like there was no one to help me at all until I called Mr. Bashner’s office. They always treated me like the number 1 client and settled my case without any problems! Everyone in their office was so nice to me and my family, every time I went in I felt like I was at home. They made me comfortable and helped me understand what was going on. Patty was the most helpful person I’ve worked with, she is very sweet and will always answer your questions no matter how many times you call! Everyone there is now my friend and I would recommend them to anyone who needs help
I can not say enough nice things about Mr Neal Goldstein and his legal team. They worked very hard to get me a settlement and helped me every step of the way. I would recommend them to anyone! Very easy to talk to, down to earth guys. You won’t be disappointed by choosing them.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for all the hard work, hours and yeses you put into my case and believed in me. Your professionalism, dedication, efforts and patience is much appreciated. I am so happy I chose you as my lawyer. I knew the very first day I met you in NYC that I chose the best lawyer to help me.
This was my first law suit ever. I was injured during super storm sandy. I randomly selected Goldstein & Bashner’s law firm to represent me. It was the best randomly selected choice I have ever made. Mr. Goldstein was my representative. He and his staff are courteous and professional and know their stuff. I was recently given a substantial settlement for my injuries. I would recommend them for any personal injury case, and their other specialties, as well. They are smart and very caring people.
Our client went to a popular nightclub in Island Park with a group of her friends. She was looking forward to a carefree night of dancing with her friends. Unfortunately, while dancing she slipped and fell on a spilled beer and ended her night in the emergency room at South Nassau Community Hospital.
Our investigation, which included witness testimony and pictures, helped us gather proof that the beer was on the dance floor for at least an hour before she fell. The client had a very bad broken ankle which required surgery and extensive physical therapy.
We were able to successfully resolve her claims at a mediation. She was very happy with the generous compensation we were able to get to cover her medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
In this railroad claim, our 39 year old client slipped and fell in a rail yard that was unkept and leaking water had frozen over. He sustained injuries to his knee. We were successful in obtaining a resolution for the client, after providing evidence of the conditions of the yard that the railroad should have cleaned and repaired the leak.
In this case, we acted as a co-counsel for a client who had a very serious accident in San Francisco. At the time of the accident he was attempting to descend from a scaffold and fell from a significant height. Unfortunately, the client who is married and had two children suffered significant brain damage. Prior to the case going to trial there was a twelve hour mediation which resulted in a settlement for the client and his family that paid the client and his family necessary monies over his lifetime.
Our client who was married and a father of four, was fixing a broken air conditioning unit which was located on top of a commercial building. While doing his work he fell from an I-beam, which was supporting the air conditioning unit. He injured his knee and back. He had four surgeries on his knee and multiple forms of physical therapy. The court decided that our client did not need to prove liability and therefore we proceeded to negotiate the value of his claim. The case was resolved for a significant sum of money which allowed the client to live comfortably, although he could not go back to work. The case resolved because the insurance company knew that after the court decided liability in the client’s favor they were in a bad spot. The key in the case was convincing the court that the facts were in our favor.
In this railroad case, a 39 year old Long Island Railroad lineman sustained severe burns after he cut energized cables as part of a demolition and modification of a substation. Our office had evidence that the foreman did not take the appropriate actions in making sure that all the cables were de-energized prior to anybody cutting. As a result of the explosion the client received third degree burns to his upper extremities as well as back injuries. Although the client should have preformed his own tests before cutting the cables and has since resumed work full time we were able to resolve his case to his satisfaction.
In this case, a 36 year old Long Island Railroad lineman was attempting to move an extremely heavy reel of cable. The job was usually done with the assistance of a special truck a truck but because of repairs the client was ordered to move the reel manually. The client’s shoulder was injured and he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. The client had surgery which resulted in some minor complications. The client resumed his full activities and we were able to resolve the matter to the client’s satisfaction.
In this case, our client was a 40 year old Long Island Railroad lineman who fell from a communication pole he was working on. Our office claimed that the Long Island Railroad should have used a bucket truck for the client which would have prevented the accident. The client injured his back and had surgical injections to alleviate the pain from his herniated discs. The client went back to work and the case settled during trial to the client’s satisfaction.
Our clients were the two daughters of a 61 year old mother and grandmother who was struck and killed by a driver who just did not see our client walking. Although, the laws in New York regarding the wrongful death of others are written against the remaining family members we were able to achieve a significant recovery by showing that the decedent actually was conscious for a brief period therefore entitling her estate to money for pain and suffering.
Our client was coming off the ramp of the Triboro Bridge (now known as the Robert Kennedy Bridge) in Astoria when another car went through a stop sign. Our client, a sanitation worker tried to avoid the accident but was struck by the other vehicle and then lost control and slammed his sanitation truck into the side of a building. He damaged several of his fingers which required surgery. We were successful in obtaining the full insurance policy limits of the other vehicle.
Our client was a patient of a dental clinic in Brooklyn. On the date of the accident she was about to be seated in the dental chair when the arm collapsed and she fell out of the chair. We were able to show through the deposition of former employees that complaints were made, to the owners of the dental clinic, to fix the chair in question. The client sustained lower back injuries that resulted in back surgery. We were able to get a significant sum of money for the client. Of importance is that the moneys were paid directly from the owner of the clinic as there was no insurance.
The painter, a 40-year-old man experienced at his job, was working on the renovation of a Long Island supermarket. While walking across the construction floor he fell through a hole that the store manager had carelessly covered with a flimsy piece of panel board. The hole needed to be secured in a better manner and there should have been some warning signs to let workers know there was a hole under the board!The man sustained very serious hand and arm injuries that resulted in surgery and the insertion of metal plates. This also prevented him from working for a significant recover period.We were able to identify specific violations which made the case much easier to resolve. The client sustained very serious hand and arm injuries resulting in surgery and the insertion of metal plates. Because of the strong evidence we had collected, including pictures, testimony, medical records and doctor statements, the case resolved to the client’s satisfaction at a mediation.
In this case, we represented a 46 year old railroad employee who was trapped in an escalator motor pit. Our office was able to show that the door to the pit was improper. The door should have been easy to open and close. The door in question got stuck and it was jammed shut. The railroad had already replaced some of the doors but not where the client was working. The client was injured in his attempt to free himself from the dark and hot pit. He claimed back injuries with some surgical procedures. We were successful in obtaining a resolution for the client, even though he went back to work full time.
Our client was a vibrant seventy year old working for the County of Nassau. While getting off the elevator she tripped and fell as it misleveled. She was brought to the emergency room with a very bad broken shoulder. In fact there would have been surgery had it not been for her age and other non-related health issues. As a result of the injury she could no longer work and the evidence would have pointed to an employee who would have worked another five years. Indeed she had worked for almost forty years without many absences. The parties agreed to a six figure settlement which was to everybody’s satisfaction. We believe that had the case gone to trial there would have been evidence that this elevator, which had been around a very, very long time had numerous problems. Although the client was older the insurance company settled, we believe, because of the evidence that would have been presented at trial.
In this case, our client who was 39 years old at the time slipped and fell on an oil spill at a major construction site in Brooklyn. Through the testimony of several witnesses, we were prepared to show at trial that the spill was there for an extended period of time. We were able to resolve this case for a significant amount of money even though the client has a back injury which did not require surgery and he had a previous accident where his back was injured.
Our client was a 58 year female who was struck after the defendant , a 20 year old college student from Woodbury Long Island, ran a red light and struck our client’s vehicle. Client’s car was totaled and she was brought to Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow. She was in Intensive Care for about one week with a fractured hip, fractured ribs and a transverse process fracture. She remained in the hospital for about ten days and then was under the care of private physicians. Depositions were taken of all parties and the defendant acknowledged that he may have passed the red light. The defendant also testified that he did not recall the name of the streets where the accident occured. It is because the testimnony of the defendant was weak that we were able to secure a six figure settlement for our client who is now back to work as a teacher.
Our client , a forty year old backhoe operator, was excavating a former gas station in the Bronx when a pile of dirt collapsed and flipped over his backhoe. He sustained very bad injuries to his ankle which required surgery. He was unable to go back to work and his only source of income was workers compensation. The case was brought even though the owner of the property had no insurance. In fact many lawyers may not have taken the case. Ultimately a settlement was reached in the mid-six figure range. What was unusual was that the defendant owner paid the award from his personal funds.
In this case, our client is a 37 year old factory worker who tripped over a raised door saddle in the Long Island City building where she works. Our office was able to establish through an expert engineer that the door saddle was not in compliance with the New York City Building Code. The client sustained a broken shoulder. She later was required to undergo a shoulder arthroscopy. The case was resolved at a mediation for a large sum of money, in part, due to our expert engineer’s report.
Our client was a 47 year old school teacher from Holbrook, New York when she was rear ended by another vehicle on Route 112 in Brookhaven. As a result from the accident she sustained lumbar and cervical herniations which resulted in her getting epidural steroid injections. Prior to the settlement she underwent a fusion because of the severity of her injuries. The plaintiff was unable to take time off from work which complicated her rehabilitation. We were able to obtain a six figure settlement for the client which was due in part to our persistent in negotiation with the insurance company.
Client was a 45 year old health care worker when she was in a taxi that decided to back up off an exit by the FDR drive in New York City. The taxi collided with another vehicle and the client injured her shoulder. She had a slight rotator cuff injury and bad neck trauma. She lost a part time job that she had although she went back to work as a home health care aid. She has an arthoscopic surgery and had to undergo intensive physical therapy. The case was proceeding to trial when the defendant taxi paid out a six figure settlement. The defendants knew that if the case had gone to a jury trial there probably would have been a substantial verdict in favor of the injured party.
Our client was in her 40s and was a paralegal in the insurance industry. She was involved in a car accident in which there was no dispute as to liability. However her injuries were hotly contested as she claimed severe neck and back problems requiring numerous injections and long term physical therapy. The case was litigated in Suffolk County where the defendants made a motion for summary judgement on threshold.They claimed that the plaintiff did not meet a serious and permanent injury and the case should be dismissed. We opposed the motion with dozens of exhibits including doctors affidavits and medical reports.We won the motion and the matter was then submitted for arbitration. At the arbitration both sides presented their evidence and the arbitrator gave the plaintiff an award beyond the insurance policy limits of the defendant.We then proceeded to submit a SUM claim with the client’s own carrier who gave up their entire policy. The client ended up with a six figure settlement and she was very satisfied. This case could have been resolved two years earlier but at a very low settlement. We made the decision that this woman deserved a considerable amount more and she got it.
This case was a big triumph for our client after Allstate tried to play hardball tactics that backfired in court.
Our client, a 58-year-old self-employed mother, was a passenger in a car going straight through a green light when it was hit by vehicle making a left turn in front of them. She suffered a fractured wrist that required surgery. Her injury and discomfort was exacerbated by a recent diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (now called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), a rare disorder that is characterized by chronic, severe pain.
Allstate refused to offer any money on the case until three months before trial, at which time a low five figure offer was made. We felt this offer was unreasonably low. We believed the circumstances had a minimum six figure value.
It was not until the middle of the trial that the attorneys representing the other vehicle and on the directions of Allstate raised the offer to a mid-five-figure number. The accident victim, in an effort to stop the trauma of the trial, lowered her demand to a high five figure settlement. At this time Allstate shockingly withdrew its offer completely. The case therefore went to the jury and after several hours of deliberation returned a verdict for the plaintiff. Allstate settled the case immediately for a six figure settlement. Our client was thrilled.
Our client suffered a badly broken wrist which required surgery. She was later diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy. We litigated the case for several years and a few moths before trial Allstate decided tio make us an offer that was very very low. In fact it was a sum of money that you would expect to get on a neck or back case. No explaination, no negotiation just “Here’s our offer,take it or leave it”. We decided to leave it.
During the trial Allstate increased their offer ,we gave them a demand(which was within their policy limits)and they decided not only not to negotiate but to withdraw their offer. A very gutsy move and one that Im sure did not include consulting with their insured. We took a verdict which resulted in Allstate quicky setteling the case
In this case, a 37 year old man was hit by a vehicle near his home in Bayside, Queens. While crossing the street, the vehicle struck the man’s foot and he was subsequently flung to the ground. The man sustained injuries to his shoulder, wrist, ankle, and lower back. While representing this client, we were able to find inconsistencies in the defendant’s account of the accident. This helped to secure a win for our client. The victory brought our client a six figure settlement.
In this case, our client was an a Vietnam veteran in his mid-50’s. He was walking in a shopping center parking lot when he tripped over a hole that had been covered up with snow.Our client fell and sustained a severly fractured ankle that later required surgery. Through extensive investigation, our attorneys worked to show that the shopping center owners knew that the hole existed before the accident occured. They did nothing to fix it andd make the parking lot safer for their shoppers.Armed with proof, we were able to resolve the case. Our client was thrilled with his six-figure settlement.
In this case, we represented a construction worker in Long Island. While at work, our client fell from an unprotected opening on the 2nd floor of the home that he was doing construction on. As a result of the fall, the man sustained life devastating injuries. Our client was unfortunately diagnosed with paralysis. Under New York State Labor Laws, we were able to show that the defendant was responsible for our client’s life altering injury. We effectively proved that our client was not provided with proper safety equipment and that the opening was a work hazard. The case was eventually resolved in trial, and we helped our client to obtain a multi-million dollar settlement.
In this case, our client, a dedicated health care worker, was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another car while in the Bronx. Our client suffered serious injuries to her shoulder as a result of the collision. Following the accident, her shoulder required surgery. Because of her injury, our client missed work for approximately eight months. Our firm wanted to help the woman to obtain compensation for her the damages she sustained, and during a mediation we were able to show that our client’s shoulder injury was in fact a permanent condition. To our client’s satisfaction, we obtained a six-figure settlement in this case.
Our client, a thirteen year old female student, was sexually molested by the Dean of her school. The assailant was conivcted of sodomy and sexual molestation of a minor. Through a lengthy discovery process, our lawyers were able to show that the Board of Education should have known that the principal had a history of sexual misconduct. We helped to find that there were prior complaints from parents and students against the principal. Our client was put under the care of a phychologist for a number of years, and she was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Prior to trial, we were able to get the Board of Education to resolve this matter in the high six-figures.
Our client, a motercyclist, while riding on Montauk Highway in Suffolk County, was injured when the offending vehicle made a left hand turn in front of our client. The client’s motorcycle was struck causing him to be thrown from his cycle onto the ground. Our client 28 at the time fractured his wrists, hand, pelvis, knee, leg and had multiple surgeries. If you looked at his x-ray you would see that metal pins were holding him together. Unfortunately, the owner of the offending vehicle had a limited policy (that generally means limited funds from the policy). Clearly we could not accept that and we prepared the case for trial. Many lawyers would have advised their client to take the policy and suffer the loss. We felt our obligation to the client and to get justly compensation. In the end the owners of the vehicle paid, out of their pocket, an enormous amount of money. In fact, the Judge of the case said he did not remember another case where so much money was personally paid from the defendants. This occurred because of our tenacity and unwillingness to abandon the client and take the “easy” way out.
In this case, our client was riding his motorcycle on the Montauk Highway, when the front side of his bike was struck by an oncoming vehicle as the car attempted to make a left turn. Our client sustained numerous severe injuries, including fractures in his hip, arms, and legs. Before any verdict was reached, we were able to get the defense to settle the case in the high six-figures. Also, because the defendant was under-insured, we worked to successfully collect a large sum of this settlement from the defendant’s personal assets. This helped our client to obtain a much larger settlement.
Our client was a 50-year-old school aide who tripped and fell in Brooklyn on a tree stump in front of an apartment building. She broke several bones in her hand, which required surgery. She also suffered nerve damage and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). The lawyers for the city claimed that the owner of the apartment building was responsible for the tree stump, but the building owner claimed the city had cut the tree down a year earlier and knew the stump was still there. This case was settled before the trial for a six-figure dollar amount, which the client was very satisfied with.One of the reasons we were able to get a very good settlement was because we were able to obtain documentary evidence that the city had not only cut the tree down but had requested that their workers remove the stump a year earlier. The evidence made the case much stronger.
Our client was a passenger in a car involved in a multi-vehicle collision. The crash occurred on the Grand Central Parkway near a construction site. A Nassau County police vehicle was involved. The car our client was in rear-ended another vehicle, but the car that caused the accident had sped away and the driver was uninsured. Our client suffered a fracture of the cervical spine, a fracture of the hand that required surgery, and several other injuries. We were able to obtain a significant 6-figure settlement by demonstrating the severity of the injuries not withstanding age.
Our client was leaving her friend’s house when she fell over a concrete platform and steps which were abutting the side entrance door. There were no rails. We were able to show through our expert engineer that the steps were not in compliance with the New York City Building Code. The client fractured her arm with required surgery. We were able to successfully resolve her case because of the evidence we obtained.
Our client, a 23-year old Long Island man, was driving through the intersection of Route 112 and Granny Road in Brookhaven when his vehicle was hit by a garbage truck. Witnesses reported that the truck was speeding and ran the red light. Our client suffered injuries to his neck, back, shoulder, hip, and left ankle. He needed a fusion to his lower back which left him temporary unable to work. By following up with these witnesses and using medical experts that backed up the victims injuries, we were able to secure a mid-six figure settlement for our client.
Our client, a female student who was a minor at the time of the accident, won close to a 7-figure settlement from a well-known seaford bar and restaurant in Deer Park. She was traveling westbound on Grand Blvd. in Deer Park when an eastbound car driven by a drunken driver drifted into her lane. She suffered numerous fractures that required surgery as well as 2 rods and plating.Although the driver of the operating vehicle was negligent, we were also able to establish that the restaurant that served him alcohol was also partially negligent.The key to the settlement was video surveillance we obtained that showed the restaurant’s bartender continuing to provide drinks to the driver after he was drunk.
Our client, a 70-year-old longtime resident of Harlem, was critically injured when a Budget Rent-a-Car truck backed up on the sidewalk and struck her. Our client, who relied on a walker, was hit by the truck as she was walking on the sidewalk on 117th Street. The car rental company was using the sidewalk to maneuver their trucks to and from their garage.The victim suffered multiple injuries, including a ruptured spleen, internal bleeding and fractured ribs. She never fully recovered from the accident.
By showing that the Budget Rent-a-Car had created a hazard for the safety of the neighbors by using the sidewalk to move its trucks, we were able to help our client collect a sizable settlement for the serious injuries our client suffered.
Our client, a 75-year-old woman from Glen Cove, was shopping at her local liquor store when she tripped on boxes that were cluttering the store’s narrow aisles. Our lawyers were able to show that the store’s employers caused the dangerous condition by leaving the boxes in the aisles with no signs or warning to shoppers. The testimony of the ambulance attendant sealed the deal: they testified that in trying to get to the plaintiff, they had to navigate through all the boxes.As a result of the evidence we gathered showing the store’s liability as well as the serious nature of the accident—including serious injuries to our client’s neck, back, shoulder and knee—we were able to help our client collect a 6-figure victory for her injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering.
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Our client, a 78-year-old woman, was leaving her regular weekly Bingo game at St. Joseph’s church in New York City when she tripped and fell on a defective sidewalk. She was very badly injured.She suffered head trauma, a fracture and ruptured tendons in her arm, and a dislocated shoulder. She required surgery and spent three months on bed rest.The crack and break in the sidewalk was less than an inch. A small crack like this had been deemed unsubstantial in past cases. The Bronx Supreme Court judge agreed and dismissed the case. We felt this case had merit.
Our lawyers believed this client had a strong case and serious injuries as a result of the church’s negligence. We appealed the decision and, with the help of our engineers, we were able to show that the sidewalk defect was a “substantial defect.” We also had our client testify that the condition had been present for a period of time, and we provided photographic evidence that demonstrated the defect was visible. She won and was thrilled to receive the compensation to help pay her bills and recover without the added financial stress.
Our client, a 37-year-old woman who was working in a home that has just gone through extensive reconstruction, slipped and fell through an uncovered hole that was in between floors. There was no handrail or retaining wall, and no warning sign.The homeowner had a limited insurance policy that did not cover the serious injuries of our client. In addition to back and hip injuries, she had multiple fractures in her leg, and had to undergo three surgeries. To help her get the full compensation she deserved, we pursued the case against the homeowner personally. During trial, the matter was settled and the home owners paid a significant sum of money from their personal assets.With our help, our client was able to get the compensation she deserved for her serious injuries. Most attorneys would not have pursued this case beyond the insurance payout. We believed our client deserved more for her injuries.
Our client, a young high school student, tripped and fell in a hole by the parking lot at South Bay Commons Shopping Center in West Islip. She suffered a serious fracture to her ankle that required several surgeries. After holding an extensive deposition with the defendants , we were able to negotiate a six-figure settlement.
Our client was a 46-year-old subcontractor hired to work on construction for a property owned by the defendants. He was grouting tile in a bathroom when he fell off a ladder. He fractured his wrist and suffered a torn forearm as well.The defendants made a motion to have the case dismissed, but we argued that there were no proper safety measures in place, the ladder was old and damaged and the area was not safe. We were able to settle the case for a mid-six figure award for our client.
Our client was sexually assaulted by her partner, a prominent medical doctor. This was a complex case involving medical malpractice as well as sexual assault. The case involved numerous depositions of the defendant and his associates. The matter ultimately was resolved for a significant six-figure settlement because of the clear case of liability we were able to show on the part of the defendant, which only came about after conducting many depositions.
Our client was sexually assaulted by her attorney, a well-known entertainment lawyer in New York City. The lawyer pleaded guilty to sexual assault, and we brought a civil case against him. After much litigation and work, the case was settled immediately before jury selection for a six-figure settlement. This helped our client pay her medical bills and get the psychological counseling she needed to begin her recovery process and heal from the trauma.This significant settlement is particularly noteworthy because the defendant had to pay the entire amount out of pocket—there was no insurance that could be used to cover the settlement.
Our client was 52 year-old war veteran riding on a city bus in the Bronx towards Jerome Avenue on Kingsbridge Road. When the driver lost control of the bus, the vehicle hit multiple parked cars, throwing our client around and badly injuring him. He suffered very serious injuries to his back, neck, right arm and shoulder. As a result of his injuries, he needed back surgery and will still require additional back and neck surgery.Filing a lawsuit against the city is a tough win. Our lawyers went into overdrive, thoroughly investigating the accident and meticulously documenting the client’s injuries and medical costs. We presented a case that convinced a jury of peers to agree to a significant multi-million dollar verdict. What is even more surprising is that the jury awarded an even higher amount than what was expected. This is very unusual. It is so difficult to sue and win against the city—this was a tremendous win for our client, who will now recover all his costs and be compensated for his very severe pain and suffering.
Our client, a young woman with a newborn baby, suffered severe trauma to her head and jaw after a serious car accident. She was a front-seat passenger in the car. They were driving in Roslyn and as the car turned off of Northern Boulevard by Sinclair Martin Blvd., it was struck by another car. This intersection has no signs, signals or traffic lights.Our client required a number of dental surgeries that included wiring her mouth shut. It was a long and painful recovery, but she is doing well and very pleased with her settlement.
Her specific injuries included:
As a new mom, our client did not want to go through a long trial. Our lawyers worked quickly and thoroughly to establish the details of the accident and determine her injury costs, including lost wages, future medical costs and pain and suffering. She was thrilled with the 6-figure settlement, which she hopes to partially invest in her new baby’s future.
In this recent case, our client was a 62 year old woman who was in good health. While leaving her church on a Sunday morning, she tripped over a raised cellar door in front of a nearby business. The cellar doors were bent and broken and had been left for a while in a condition that was unsafe to anyone walking by.Our client suffered painful injuries to both her hand and back, including damage to several spinal discs that ultimately required surgery.
We worked diligently with experts to provide detailed reports and photographs that helped us prove the door was defective. This allowed our lawyers to resolve the case to our client’s advantage at mediation, and our evidence enabled her to settle for a 6-figure award that she greatly appreciated.
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Our firm won a six-figure settlement for a 59-year-old maintenance worker for the New York Blood Bank Center. He worked in their mid-town Manhattan office, and on the day of the injury the building management had hired an outside elevator company to fix a broken freight elevator.Only one worker was brought in to do this job, though at least two or three people should be needed to safely fix the elevator. The worker needed assistance so he asked our client to help hold the elevator door while he went up in the shaft to make the repair.
This elevator door is extremely heavy and was not secure. After several minutes of holding the door, our client felt a shift and then the door came slamming down on him, aggravating a preexisting condition to his back. Our client was severely injured and will not be able to ever return to this job.
Our lawyers were able to show that his injuries were due to the negligence of the elevator company brought in to fix the elevator. We showed that they failed to bring in enough manpower to complete the job, did not provide proper supervision and safety measures, did not provide proper training and failed to keep the area safe for others. We were also able to show that our client’s injuries seriously limited his activities and negatively affected his quality of life, which allowed him to collect a significant payment to compensate for his difficulties.
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A Farmingdale student who was relentlessly bullied while at Wedon E. Howitt Middle School has settled with the school district. The boy, who is now a well-adjusted high school student, suffered three years of bullying. The case was helped by the family’s meticulous records of calls and communication with the school district and numerous serious injuries–both physical and psychological–that were documented with medical records. Some examples of the abuse:
In addition, the boy kept a journal he wrote for an English class in which he mentioned the bullying and how it made him feel. The teacher’s only comment was “I’m sorry you went through this.”
By collecting all the communications with the school over a three-year period, the medical records and journal entries, we made a strong case that the school’s staff and administrators did not do enough to protect our client and put a stop to the bullying. We were able to settle with the district for a confidential amount, but our client was very happy with the results.
This case illustrates how it is possible to get compensation for bullying from a school and we hope it inspires other families to know they have recourse.
Our client, a 71-year-old man, was leaving Macy’s at Roosevelt Field and walking to his car. A speeding car was driving erratically towards him as he crossed a pedestrian walkway. The car ran over his feet, causing multiple fractures that required surgery.To make matters worse, the man was just recovering from chemotherapy for colon cancer and already in a weakened condition when the accident happened. This made the recovery longer and caused additional pain and suffering.
Noted partner attorney Robert Bashner, “His medical history made his recovery time longer and caused added pain and suffering. We were able to get him a sizable settlement.” He was very satisfied with the results of his case and is thankfully making a full recovery.”
Our client was a construction worker for a company in Maspeth. On the day of the accident he was unloading cement pellets from a forklift when one fell on his right foot. Due to the tremendous weight of the cement, this was an extremely painful injury from which he will never fully recover.As a result of the accident, our client has permanent damage, disfigurement and pain not only in his foot but the surrounding muscles, tendons, nerves, joints and tissues. The client was in and out of the hospital several times and spent a significant time period on bed rest. To this day he still suffers pain.
Our construction site injury lawyers were were able to show that labor laws were violated. There were several safety issues. Our client should have had another worker with him for this job. In addition, there was too much concrete on the forklift and the pellets were not properly secured.
Said partner Neal Goldstein “Our client has been out of work and confined to his bed. We fought and got him a settlement that would help take care of his living expenses and family while he recovered.”
Our client was a 2-year-old infant at the time of this horrible accident. He was living in a rented apartment in the Bronx with his young sister and parents. She was home watching him, but was momentarily distracted when he went to the window and fell out, tumbling down four stories.The window did not have any safety guards, which is required by New York City law in apartments with children under 10 years old living in them. That is because these accidents are rare when the safety guards are in place. The law requires them even in first floor apartments because it i so easy for a child to fall out a window. An adult only needs to look away for a moment.
Luckily our client survived, but he suffered multiple skull fractures as well as multiple fractures and lacerations throughout his body. The young boy continues to suffer–he is in pain and has trouble with prolonged sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs and other daily activities most kids take for granted. He will never fully recover and will require extensive therapy and special education.
In addition, his young sister was in the “zone of danger,” which means she was close enough to him to see the accident and has been traumatized.
In addition to getting a sizable settlement for the boy, our accident lawyers were also able to get money for the sister for the trauma she suffered.
Our client “D.B.” is a 62-year-old woman who was having issues with her neighbors. They had created a homemade gate to help keep their children and dog in their yard, but the gate blocked D.B.’s access to her driveway and garage.When she went to the neighbors to talk about it, the discussion quickly escalated into a heated argument with pushing and yelling. The neighbor slammed the gate closed on D.B.’s hand, causing serious damage. The injury resulted in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also knows as RSD, a condition that is common after a serious injury. D.B. required two years of physical therapy, twice a week.In addition to the physical injuries, DB has dealt with harassment and threats from this neighbor. “You’re dealing with all young people here and you have no idea who you are dealing with,” she allegedly screamed to our client.We told the neighbor’s lawyers we were going to need depositions from everyone and were prepared to take this case to trial. We collected strong evidence to bolster our case. The lawyers ultimately negotiated with us for the money we knew our client deserved.
Our client was extremely happy with the outcome and wrote us a note, “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for all the hard work, hours and years you put into my case and believed in me. Your professionalism, dedication, efforts and patience are much appreciated. I am so happy I chose you as my lawyer.”
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