Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP (FKC&S), a Fishkill, New York-based law firm with clients throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital District, recently settled a long-standing law suit against the State of NY. The car accident occurred in Dutchess County, NY on a NYS highway, resulting in the death of a young mother (who left behind two young children and her husband). FKC&S Partner Richard J. Coffey tried both the liability and damages trials, and attorney Marsha S. Weiss prepared the briefs following both trials. The Court of Claims found that NYS was responsible for the hazardous roadway conditions. While the verdicts were on appeal, Jeff Feldman was able to negotiate an $11.3 million dollar settlement.
“We are pleased with the outcome,” said FKC&S Founding Partner Jeffrey M. Feldman. “No amount of money can ever lessen the grief of losing a loved one, but the finality of this resolution will help this family get on with their lives.”
The court found the state to be negligent in its maintenance of the road where the accident occurred, causing the death of a young mother. The plaintiff was awarded a $7.3 million judgment, as well as 9% interest from the time of death. The settlement, known as a structured settlement, of $11.3 million dollars will be disbursed to the children over a long-term period.
“Because our client sought expert legal advice right away, we were able to conduct a thorough on-site investigation while conditions were similar to that of when the accident occurred,” added Feldman. “In addition, a prompt investigation enabled us to locate many witnesses and to memorialize the scene. This case involved a true group effort by our team of lawyers, investigators and experts. It’s comforting to know justice was delivered to this family—especially the two young children and husband who survive at home.”
About Feldman, Kleidman Coffey & Sappe LLP
For 35 years and counting, Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP has been dedicated to advocating for the legal rights of its clients. Based in Fishkill NY, its attorneys have successfully tried cases at all levels of state and federal courts throughout the Hudson Valley and Capital District. The firm specializes in the practice of personal injury law, professional liability defense and criminal defense. For more information, contact us or call (845) 897-5199.