Insurance Investigation into Manhattan Car Accident
The Law firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. is retained to represent a man who was struck by a car that fled the scene of the accident after he left a diner while working in May of 2018. After leaving the diner, the man got back into the box truck he was driving for a transportation company he was working for. Once back in the vehicle, he was approached by multiple individuals who brandished guns apparently attempting to rob him. Scared for his life, he exited the box truck through the driver’s side opening and into the street. It was then, he reported, that he was hit by a vehicle which left the scene of the accident. An unidentified person who witnessed this called 911, and thereafter, police and an ambulance arrived on the scene.
Was he Telling the Truth?
On June 1, 2018, the man who was hit by the car retained the law firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. to represent him for the serious injuries he suffered which included a right fractured arm, a left wrist non-displaced fracture, and stitches above his left eye. The law firm immediately put his automobile carrier on notice of the Incident as well as his employer. His employer reported to both the employer’s worker’s compensation carrier and the man’s insurance company that the man had reported to his employer that he was not injured by a car that struck him, but rather, that he was injured as the result of a fight in the diner. Both his insurance company and the employer’s worker’s compensation carrier deployed special investigators to go to the diner. The diner owner was cooperative and offered for viewing the CCTV video of both the inside and outside area at the time of the Incident. The video inside did not reveal a physical altercation and the outside video did not show a hit and run as the man reported.
Who is Lying and Why?
While both his own insurance company and his employer’s worker’s compensation carrier now believed that the firm’s client fabricated his version of events – that he was hit by a car after fleeing an attempted robbery – a new fact came to light. The firm received a call from an Assistant District Attorney who was investigating the robbery of the firm’s client and had in her possession video footage of a man fleeing the scene with a gun in his hand, consistent with the client’s version of events. The firm’s theory is that the man’s employer fabricated the story that the client had reported getting into a fight in the diner to avoid a Worker’s Compensation claim, which of course, would cause their insurance rates to increase.
Do Insurance Carriers Want to Compensate You After You Are Injured?
The short answer is NO. They will expend considerable resources to investigate your allegations and do whatever they can to avoid having to compensate you fairly or compensate you at all. If you are injured as a pedestrian or occupant of a motor vehicle, you should always talk to a personal injury attorney before making statements to the insurance companies.
In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in an auto accident and premises liability matters.