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Case Conclusion Date: 10.15.2015
Practice Area: Car accident
Outcome: $3.5 million settlement
Description: Our nine-year-old client was hit by a pick up truck while riding her bike at the Harrisburg, PA apartment complex where she lived with her parents. As a result, she sustained fractured ribs, collarbone, tibia, a mild brain injury, all of which she recovered from. She also sustained psychological injuries and a forehead scar under her hairline. The driver, who was the maintenance supervisor for the apartment complex, had a blood alcohol level of .30 at the time, which is about three times the legal limit. This incident occurred on a Saturday night at 7:45 pm when the driver was off duty. Before the investigation, it appeared that the client’s recovery would be limited to the driver’s $100,000 liability insurance policy. Ostroff Injury Law investigated the case and after weeks of intensive investigation that included surveillance, interviews with residents, witnesses, police, and other, the firm found a reluctant witness who was eventually willing to testify about the events that led up to the accident. As a result, the firm was able to file a corporate liability claim against Pennswood Apartments and Jager Management Company, the property management company responsible for maintenance at the apartment complex. That claim resulted in an additional $3.4 million settlement, for a total recovery of $3.5 million. The settlement was approved by the Honorable Stanley Ott in Montgomery County on September 29th, 2015. Attorney Jon Ostroff is very proud of his minor client and the steps she has made towards a miraculous recovery. “I was very pleased to be able to establish an avenue of compensation that will take care of my wonderful, young client for the rest of her life.” Ostroff added: “I’m also proud that our hard work paid off for my wonderful client. Our intense, persistent efforts immediately after we were hired allowed us to obtain this large recovery against other, well-insured parties. Legally, it’s challenging and indeed rare to be able to recover from an employer or apartment complex for an incident that occurred on a weekend night and involved an off duty employee who was drinking while off duty.”