Verdicts and Settlements:
$950,000 For Tractor-Trailer Driver Rear-Ended By Another Tractor-Trailer
Stavros Sitinas obtained a $950,000 settlement on the eve of trial for a 38-year-old tractor-trailer driver whose truck was struck in the rear by another tractor-trailer on the Cross Bronx Expressway. As a result of the accident, the client suffered injuries to his lower back and neck, which required fusion surgery to correct. The client initially retained the services of a different attorney after his accident; however he dismissed that attorney because he felt the attorney was trying to settle his case for an amount that was insufficient relative to the injuries sustained. Within three months of commencing work on the case, Mr. Sitinas was able to secure a settlement offer that was $350,000 more than what his prior attorney was trying to convince him to accept. The $950,000 settlement was only $15,000 less than the maximum amount of insurance afforded to the offending tractor-trailer, an amount that surely would have been spent on expert testimony had the case gone to trial.
This case is a prime example of the importance of retaining an experienced trial lawyer from the outset, someone who is well known to the insurance companies and who has the skills and expertise to see your case through to the end. As this client learned, hiring the wrong attorney can directly impact the value of your case.