Attorney Carol L. Schlitt Wins $975,000 in Bronx Car Accident Case

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More than six years ago, Markking Smalls suffered serious injuries in a car accident in the Bronx when the car he was riding in crashed into a dumpster left in the street. On May 19, 2008 a Bronx Supreme Court jury found the dumpster company and the driver of the car liable for the accident. After the jury's verdict on liability, Ms. Carol Schlitt, Mr. Small's attorney, negotiated a total damage award of $975,000.

This was an accident waiting to happen and the defendant's lawyer tried to blame the victim

More than six years ago, Markking Smalls suffered serious injuries in a car accident in the Bronx when the car he was riding in crashed into a dumpster left in the street. On May 19, 2008 a Bronx Supreme Court jury found the dumpster company and the driver of the car liable for the accident. After the jury's verdict on liability, Ms. Carol Schlitt, Mr. Small's attorney, negotiated a total damage award of $975,000.

The case (number 24368/02) involved a Bronx car accident that occurred on December 14, 2001 when Mr. Smalls rode as a passenger in a car driven by Jhakim Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins made a left-hand turn from Randall Avenue onto Zerega Avenue and struck a parked dumpster owned by AJI Industries, Inc. Mr. Smalls suffered fractures to both fibulas, an ankle and his left humerus that required multiple surgeries and brought suit against both Mr. Jenkins and AJI Industries.

During the course of litigation, the owner of the dumpster sought summary judgment dismissing the case against the company. That motion wound up before the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court. Ms. Schlitt argued the appeal before the Court of Appeals and won when the court issued a unanimous decision in her favor. With the appeal settled, the matter proceeded to trial in State Supreme Court in the Bronx.

The attorney for the dumpster argued that the accident resulted solely from the driver's inexperience. Ms. Schlitt produced New York City Highway and Transportation regulations that showed the defendant had failed to properly place the dumpster and failed to equip it with reflectors. "This was an accident waiting to happen and the defendant's lawyer tried to blame the victim," explained Ms. Schlitt. She added, "Companies cannot use the streets of New York to line their pockets while putting citizens at risk."

Mr. Smalls had retained the firm of Crasto & Associates of Queens, New York, who in turn retained Carol L. Schlitt to serve as trial counsel.

About the Law Offices of Carol L. Schlitt

The Law Offices of Carol L. Schlitt specialize in personal injury law and accepts cases throughout New York City and Long Island. Recognized as one of the premier trial attorneys in the New York metropolitan area, Ms. Schlitt has achieved one of the top ten verdicts in New York City and is a past winner of the New York City Municipal Attorney of the Year Award. Her outstanding legal work has drawn notice by the New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News and Newsday among other media outlets. For more information, please visit http://www.schlittlaw.com, call 1-800-660-1466 or e-mail carol@schlittlaw.com.

About Crasto & Associates, P.C.

Founded by Anthony Crasto in 1998, the firm is a general practice law firm located in Howard Beach, New York. Its area of practice includes Personal Injury, Real Estate, Medical Malpractice, Trusts and Estates, Wills and Business Transactions. Crasto & Associates, P.C. was founded on the principle that each client's matter be worked on with the utmost legal diligence, attention and excellence. For more information contact 718-529-4242

For more information on this release, contact Ms. Schlitt at 1-800-660-1466 or carol @ schlittlaw.com.

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