Automobile Case Against Famous Television Commentator’s Production Company

Jeff Schick, a 39-year-old contractor, was struck by a vehicle while driving his truck in Middletown, New Jersey. The vehicle, owned by Geraldo Rivera’s production company, Maravilla Production Company, was driven by the Rivera family’s nanny, who was on her way to pick up one of the children. The nanny hit Jeff’s truck while exiting the blind driveway of the Rivera family estate. The impact caused Jeff to hit a brick wall 100 feet farther down the road.

The accident caused Jeff to suffer multiple injuries, such as a scalp avulsion, facial lacerations, a pelvic fracture and a concussion. After almost a year of multiple surgeries, rehabilitation and recuperation, Jeff was finally able to return to work.

Although Jeff did go back to work full-time, Alan Leibowitz, the lead lawyer on Jeff’s case, was still able to win over a half a million dollars on Jeff’s behalf in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

The money came just in time. By the end of the case, Jeff and his wife, Mary Ann, became the proud parents of a third child. The Schicks were thrilled that the expenses they incurred while Jeff was recuperating will never burden their growing family.


New York City Sanitation Worker Recovers $5.4 Million From the City

Miguel Ortiz, a 45-year-old husband and father of two, had worked for the New York City sanitation department for many years. He knew his people and his trucks inside and out. One day, standing with his partner and his supervisor behind a double-parked sanitation truck on McGraw Avenue in the Bronx, Miguel heard the sound of air releasing. Moments later he saw the truck start to roll away. Surprised and scared for the welfare of the people on the street, Miguel sprinted to the front of the truck and attempted to get into the cab to stop the runaway truck. But as fate would have it, Miguel slipped and became caught between the truck and a parked car, severely injuring his hip.

Eventually, Miguel’s partner stopped the truck with the foot brake.

This was not the first time that this particular truck had rolled on its own even after the parking brake was engaged. Twice after complaints were made about this problem, the truck was taken for service and supposedly fixed.

But something went terribly wrong and Miguel, in his attempt to protect the truck and the public, was left with a permanent injury and significant pain for the rest of his life.

Miguel spent months in the hospital as a result of multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. And if that was not difficult enough, he was going to have to wear a brace for the rest of his life and get a total hip replacement in five to 10 years, and again in 25 years, according to his doctors.One day in the hospital, an attorney friend recommended that Miguel speak to Hess & Leibowitz, P.C. about his accident. The attorney friend, who knew of Hess & Leibowitz, P.C.’s reputation and success in recovering money to help injured clients, said they might be able to help Miguel.

Miguel’s friend turned out to be right. One of Hess & Leibowitz, P.C.’s founding lawyers, Steven Hess, fought hard for Miguel, winning nearly $5.4 million for his client.

Steven Hess, after countless meetings with Miguel by his hospital bedside and many hours spent working on his case, laid out a convincing and bullet-proof case against New York City and the insufficient maintenance and repair of this sanitation truck. “The accident was not Miguel’s fault, yet he was left to suffer for it for the rest of his life,” said Steven Hess.

“As Miguel wanted to help those around him, we at Hess & Leibowitz, P.C. wanted to help Miguel.” Hess & Leibowitz, P.C. put to use their vast experience, top resources and best trial lawyers to win Miguel not only $5.4 million, but also the peace of mind that his wife and two young children will be able to live comfortably and feel financially secure.


New York’s Highest Court Allows Previously Disabled Accident Victim to Collect Millions

A wheelchair bound man will receive millions due to The NYC Transit Authorities negligence in failing to properly restrain his wheelchair during a Brooklyn bus ride. When the bus lurched, the man was thrown forward and free of the restraint, causing him significant injuries that reduced his already compromised ability to care for himself. This case was tried by Steven L. Hess.


3.5 Million Dollar Settlement

This settlement was for a paraplegic injured in a bus crash.