Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

So Sue Me!

Barbara Bensoussan

It takes just a second for an accident to happen, but it can take months — or even years — to receive compensation. Is there a way to make the process less painful? Some leading personal injury lawyers claim there is

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stu Klein (not his real name), a salesman, was opening the trunk of his parked car when the accident happened. Another businessman, who had glanced at a text message while driving, sideswiped a cab, which ricocheted off another car before slamming into Stu and pinning him between the cab and his own car, crushing his legs.

It took all ofNew York’s finest — cops, fire department, ambulance corps — to extricate Stu from the wreckage. Today, following dozens of surgeries and months in a wheelchair, he’s beginning to be able to hobble around on his own. But medical care is expensive — not to mention the months of lost work. Who pays for the damages Stu suffered, and for his treatment?

Talmidei chachamim have wrestled with this issue since the time of the Gemara, debating issues like the infamous goring ox, uncovered pits, and rooftops without railings. “An eye for an eye” refers to giving financial compensation for the loss of an eye. But these days, liability has become so complex that it takes an expert to avoid getting hopelessly lost in the fine print. (It also varies state to state; most of the laws cited in the following pages pertain toNew YorkState.)


Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Drink to Eternity
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Redemption doesn’t simply mean being let out of jail
Klal Yisrael Is Always Free
Yonoson Rosenblum "In that merit will Klal Yisrael continue to exist”
Home Free
Eytan Kobre My baseline for comparison is admittedly weak
Believe in Your Own Seder
Rabbi Judah Mischel Hashem is satisfied when we do our best
Picture Perfect
Yisroel Besser Take a picture — and this time, send it to yourself
Flying Solo
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman As Pesach loomed closer, his resentment was growing
Hanging on by a Hair
Jacob L. Freedman MD “Do you still think that I’m not completely crazy?”
A Song for Every Season
Riki Goldstein Influencers map out their personal musical soundtracks
Subliminal Speech
Faigy Peritzman The deeper the recognition, the deeper the effect
The Big Change
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Spelling things out clears clouds of resentment
The Count-Up
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Tap the middos of Sefirah to recreate yourself
The Baker: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP with Zivia Reischer "She can't get married if she can't build a relationship...
Know This: Infertility
As Told to Bracha Stein There was no place for me. I didn’t belong
Dear Shadchan
The Girl Here's the thing: I need time