Overcoming Pre-Conceived Notions

Unfair as it may be, motorcyclists are often assumed to be at fault by a public who has been exposed the media’s portrayal of ‘bikers’.  The insurance companies know this and seek to use it to their advantage when negotiating an accident case involving a motorcyclist.  Catherine Montiel recently faced this hurdle.

Our client, was a hard-working family man who also happened to be a motorcyclist.  When he was struck and injured by a motor vehicle he retained an attorney who referred the case to this office. Rather than capitulating to the biases against motorcyclists, Catherine stood her ground and negotiated hard on behalf of the client.  Her tenacity paid off when she obtained a settlement of over $450,000 on behalf of her client.

Fighting for our Clients: Recent Victory

Our client was struck by a vehicle while she crossed the street injuring her neck and back.  The insurance company felt our client’s injuries weren’t that serious and gave us a choice, take $7,500 or go to trial.  We felt the offer was low, so David Strano took the case the trial and the jury awarded $120,000.   Sometimes it pays to stand your ground.

Difficult Issues No Obstacle to Success

At a construction site, our client injured his back when he slipped and fell on a step which had ice and debris on it.  This type of transient condition presents quite a challenge when it comes to holding the property owner/contractor responsible for an unsafe condition of the premises.  This difficulty, was compounded by the fact that defendants claimed our client had a pre-existing symptomatic degenerative condition of his back.   They claimed that was the reason he required back surgery, the accident having nothing to do with the need for surgery.

Faced with this situation, attorney Catherine Montiel brought suit against the owners of the property and various construction companies, conducted detailed discovery which involved obtaining voluminous documents, conducting multiple depositions, and gathering mountains of medical records and reports.

Her hard work paid off  when she brought the case to a conclusion with a recovery for our client of  $1,275,000.00.

Some cases are harder than others, but we attack them all head on. Congratulations Catherine.

The Firm Fights On

Early last year, after our client’s case was dismissed by a Supreme Court Justice who found that our client hadn’t sustained a “serious injury” after being hit by an automobile, we kept fighting for our client.  Attorney David Strano succesfully appealed the ruling to the Appellate Division and the case was sent back to Supreme Court for a trial.  David tried the case this past Tuesday and the jury returned a verdict of $400,000 in favor of our client.

Not all of our client’s have multi-million dollar cases, but each and every one of our clients gets the care and attention they expect and deserve.  We keep fighting.

Congratulations David.