Justice for woman who falls out of bus during visit to the vineyards in the Finger Lakes region
Our client resides just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For the past several summers, our client, her husband, and a group of their friends would all meet in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York for summer vacation, where they would rent a party bus and tour the local wineries. They continued this tradition this past summer.
During the wine tour, our client was a passenger on a party bus that was taking her group from one vineyard to the next. As the bus was rounding a curve at a high rate of speed, the rear passenger door flung open, causing our client to fall out the open door of the bus, land on the side of a country road and roll down a 20 foot embankment.
Prior to the incident, our client and her friends had complained multiple times to the bus driver that the bus door had opened while the bus was moving for no apparent reason, but the bus driver did nothing in response to their complaints.
Our client was transported in a medical helicopter from the scene of the accident to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, with severe injuries to her wrist and shoulder. X-rays would reveal that she had fractured her wrist and shoulder, both of which required emergency surgery to repair.
Shortly after the accident occurred, Schulman Blitz, LLP retained an automotive engineering expert to inspect the party bus to determine why the door opened while the bus was in motion. Fred Schulman, Esq . traveled to Geneva, New York to meet with our expert who conducted the inspection. Also present at the inspection was an attorney for the party bus company, as well as their expert.
Shortly after the inspection occurred, and before a lawsuit was commenced, the attorney for the party bus company reached out to us to discuss the possibility of settlement.
Justin Blitz, Esq. and Fred Schulman, Esq. were able to resolve our client’s case, without starting a lawsuit, and within six months from when the crash occurred, at a private mediation for $300,000 . This saved our client years of litigation, and fairly compensated her for her injuries. Had the case not settled, a lawsuit would have had to have been brought in a very conservative venue in upstate New York, in a small rural county where the bus company employs many local residents.