Unfortunately, the owner and operator of the other vehicle maintained only the minimum insurance coverage required by law. Making matters even more difficult, the offending driver’s insurance company had financial problems, and was taken over by the New York State Insurance Department. Notwithstanding these challenges, Martin & Colin, P.C. was able to recover the entire insurance policy for the injured police officer. The favorable settlement provides monetary compensation to the victim and brings the lawsuit to an end without having to proceed to trial.
The plaintiff, a police officer and resident of Westchester County, New York, was walking to work when he was struck by the defendant operating her vehicle on a public street. The defendant’s vehicle struck our pedestrian client with great force and impact, causing a serious and permanent aggravation of a previous injury to our client, the plaintiff.
Our client was taken by ambulance to the hospital emergency room immediately after this accident. Subsequently, the plaintiff underwent an MRI and the aggravating injuries were visible.
We evaluated our case as we prepared for trial, engaged in lengthy settlement negotiations, and eventually obtaining a settlement for our client.
Martin + Colin, P.C. announces a six-figure settlement for a seriously injured passenger in a single-car accident. Our client lives in a Hudson River town in Westchester County, New York. In August 2010, she was on vacation traveling in a 2001 Ford Explorer southbound on I-95 in the State of Maryland. When the driver of the car she was traveling in swerved to the left to avoid another vehicle in her lane, the driver’s actions caused the vehicle to careen off the road and roll over several times, ejecting two occupants, including our client. Three individuals were seriously injured and taken by ambulance to Washington Hospital Center.
One ejected passenger sustained massive injuries, including a zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture in her face. (The zygomaticomaxillary complex (ZMC) plays a key role in the structure, function, and aesthetic appearance of the facial skeleton.) Our client’s facial injuries required a total of four separate plates inserted in locations around her face, secured with titanium screws, to repair the damage.
Travelers Insurance insured the vehicle. Progressive Insurance insured the driver (who was not the vehicle owner).
Once hired, we immediately dispatched an investigator to the Maryland auto yard to inspect and photograph the Ford Explorer vehicle before it was seized by one of the insurance companies. A lawsuit was commenced, and after the exchange of documents, a settlement was reached in which both insurance companies paid out their entire policies over to our client.
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The experienced accident lawyers at Martin + Colin, P.C. applied their combined expertise handling similar car crash cases and, at our client’s request, successfully convinced the other driver’s insurance company that a settlement was better than an unfavorable jury verdict.
The injury attorneys at Martin + Colin, P.C., headquartered in White Plains, handle accident claims, negligence and personal injury cases. If you have been hurt in an accident due to the negligence of another person or firm, Martin + Colin, P.C. may be able to help. Please call (914) 771 7711 or email using the ‘Contact Us’ form on this webpage.
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