Weitz & Luxenberg settles $1.4 million in car accidents lawsuit for woman struck down by ambulance
Pedestrians are the largest at-risk group related to car accidents, comprising one half of all roadway fatalities, according to New York State highway statistics. Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is an ardent defender of those victimized by such accidents and who suffer catastrophic injuries as a result.
On Monday, December 17, 2007, the firm secured a $1.4 million settlement for a woman who was struck down by an ambulance on the streets of Manhattan. The settlement was reached during a trial before the Hon. Nicholas Figueroa in New York County Supreme Court.
Nicholas Wise, a senior trial attorney with Weitz & Luxenberg, who represented the injured pedestrian said, “Throughout the case, the defense took the position that our client had had a very good recovery from the injuries she sustained in the accident. Although it took a trial, by paying the settlement, we believe the defense has finally acknowledged the severity of our client’s injuries.”
The Manhattan resident, who was 75 at the time of the incident, was struck by a TransCare New York Inc. ambulance while in the crosswalk of Second Avenue and 33rd Street. The same ambulance transported her to New York University Hospital where she was determined to have suffered a fractured pelvis that required surgery. Now 78, the injured woman has lasting health issues related to the accident.
Regarding the $1.4 million settlement, the injured New Yorker said, “I am pleased with the outcome and I owe it to Mr. Wise and his opening statement in court.”
Wise, who has been with the firm for over a decade, has successfully won and obtained awards in various matters, including products liability, excessive police force, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents and labor law. Prior to joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Wise worked as a criminal defense attorney and was involved in several high-profile matters.
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