The health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (or ACA), is getting into full swing. A component of the law is the expansion of Medicaid, the state run program which provides lower income people with health insurance. Regardless of what you may feel about the politics of the ACA or Medicaid, the reality is that this will significantly affect the practice of personal injury law.
This past week, I had the opportunity to settle a case on behalf of one of our clients. The client was a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle in Brooklyn, while crossing the street. Our client suffered a broken arm which required surgery and plates and screws to fix. I settled the case for the full limits of the driver's insurance policy.
A 25 year old man died in an elevator accident recently. He died when trying to get out of a stuck elevator at Brooklyn's Navy Yard. The man got stuck when the power went out and his elevator was between floors. He tried to climb out, but fell 5 stories down the shaft.
Recently, we obtained a settlement of over $100,000 for person who was injured in a rear end collision auto accident. As his car was being struck, our client put out his arm to brace his pregnant wife, who was sitting next to him.
An auto accident occurred in the Willets Points area of Queens when a car suddenly veered off the roadway and plowed into a mechanics shop. Tragically, the car struck and killed a 30 year old mechanic. The car also struck another mechanic, severing his legs.