Earlier this week I settled a client’s case in Queens Supreme Court before opening statements.
Our client was a bus passenger on her way to work. Her bus rear-ended another bus. She was thrown from her seat and tore her meniscus. Eventually, she had arthroscopic surgery to repair her knee.
Liability was a non-issue as well as medical bills and lost income which were paid. This settlement was solely for pain and suffering, past and future.
What is noteworthy is that defendant would not negotiate until we got to openings. Two full days and two half days were spent in court by the client, us, and defendant’s outside counsel. If you add-on two days of pre-trial preparation, a total of five days were spent on the trial.
Defendant, the operator of New York City transit (guess who?), would not settle a case that it should have settled earlier. Prior to jury selection defendant’s claims representative said that due to defendant’s well-publicized budget woes none of his supervisors were willing to make a dollar decision.
The settlement was acceptable in view of all things considered. However, would not it have not made more sense and saved the cash-strapped defendant money if it settled before trial?
If you have been involved in a bus accident, please feel free to call me at 800-581-1434.
Prior case results do not guarantee a similar outcome.