Kenneth Halperin and Noah Katz, attorneys with Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, obtained a settlement in the amount of $1,300,000.00 on behalf of a taxi driver who was sideswiped by a vehicle on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The defendants attempted to excuse the accident by arguing that a vehicle (which was never identified) attempted to enter the defendant’s lane of travel, which forced the defendant driver to move into our client’s lane of travel, striking the side of his vehicle. We were able to show that the defendant driver was speculating that the unidentified vehicle was beginning an attempt to enter the defendant’s lane, and that the unidentified driver had not actually done so. Based on this proof, the defendant’s excuse for the accident was not as strong. Our client sustained injuries to his shoulder and lower back, for which he underwent surgeries. However, our client returned to work soon after the accident and did not go to the hospital from the scene, which were arguments raised by the defendants to diminish the extent of his injuries. Ultimately, Ken and Noah showed that the injuries were serious and significant and that our client continued to have pain in spite of returning to work.

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