In December of 2008, a hit-and-run truck driver in Brooklyn, NY changed Shirley Miller’s life forever. The impact from the truck accident left Miller brain-damaged and with very little communication skills. After years of settlement offers and negotiations, the family has settled with the truck driver’s company for $22 million.
The truck driver, Henry Lowis, was an employee of New York based Duane Reade Company. That employer/employee relationship allowed the family to sue both the driver of the truck and his employer under a theory of vicarious liability. Although the parties eventually reached a settlement, it was not an easy road.
There were some allegations that the truck company violated a court “no contact rule” by contacting the family without the aid of counsel. While lawyers were in judge’s chambers, an employee of the ACE American Insurance Company, who had been working with the truck company, approached the Millers. She informed them, in their native language of Hebrew, that there was a settlement figure on the table that their attorney had turned away. As a result of that interaction, ACE was ordered to pay $3,000 to the Millers’ attorneys and $7,000 to the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.
After that bump in the road, and further negotiations, the parties agreed to a $22 million settlement.
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