Manhattan Jury Awards $500,000 for Woman Knocked Down by New York City Transit Bus in the Bronx

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On September 27, 2010, a Manhattan jury awarded Antonia Reyes $500,000 in compensation for the injuries she suffered when knocked down by a New York City Transit Authority bus. The jury made the award in the case Antonia Reyes v. New York City Transit Authority (Index No. 106304/05).

On September 27, 2010, a Manhattan jury awarded Antonia Reyes $500,000 in compensation for the injuries she suffered when knocked down by a New York City Transit Authority bus. The jury made the award in the case Antonia Reyes v. New York City Transit Authority (Index No. 106304/05).

The case stemmed from a December 23, 2004 incident when Ms. Reyes, at the time a 74-year-old factory worker, crossed 181st Street at the intersection with St. Nicholas Avenue. As she reached the curb, the Bx3 bus pulled up to the intersection and hit Ms. Reyes. The impact, while not very hard, knocked Ms. Reyes to the ground. While some passer-bys offered assistance, Ms. Reyes refused immediate medical attention. Ms. Reyes testified that the bus driver, who was a relief driver temporarily assigned to that route, asked her not to say anything because the bus driver would get in trouble.

Ms. Reyes arrived home in considerable pain. Her granddaughter immediately took Ms. Reyes to the emergency room at Montefiore Hospital. The emergency room examination revealed a possible fracture of the tibial plateau and extensive ligament and muscular damage to Ms. Reyes right knee. Doctors subsequently diagnosed severe osteoarthritis and an anterior cruciate ligament rupture that required knee replacement surgery.

New York City Transit Authority argued that the incident never happened. Ms. Reyes’ trial counsel, Carol L. Schlitt, used the testimony of Ms. Reyes, Ms. Reye’s granddaughter, the bus driver and New York City Transit records to prove her case. “The jury had to decide whom to believe and they obviously sided with Ms. Reyes.”

The defense also challenged the amount of the damages sought by the plaintiff. Ms. Schlitt used extensive medical evidence and the testimony of Ms. Reyes’ doctor to prevail with the jury. “The defense relied on two doctors who spent but a few minutes with my client and claimed to know enough to deny that her injuries were caused in this accident. Meanwhile, we had her doctor’s testimony and medical records for the years after this injury,” said Ms. Schlitt.

Ms. Reyes retained the firm of Krieger, Wilansky and Hupart, who in turn hired 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 10 verdicts in New York City and is a past winner of the New York City Municipal Attorney of the Year Award and has been listed as one of New York’s SuperLawyers. Ms. Schlitt maintains one of the leading law blogs, New York Law Thoughts (http://nylawthoughts.com). For more information, please visit http://www.schlittlaw.com call 1-800-660-1466 or e-mail carol(at)schlittlaw(dot)com.

About the Law Offices of Krieger, Wilansky and Hupart

Krieger, Wilansky and Hupart is one of the most respected firms in the Bronx. The firm specializes in personal injury cases and serves clients throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Westchester and Long Island. Their office is located at 5602 Broadway in the Bronx. For more information, please call (718) 432-0500.

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

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