SON OF LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMBER RECEIVES $350,000 SETTLEMENT FROM DRUNK DRIVER AND CATERING HALL AFTER SUSTAINING SERIOUS INJURIES IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
A son of a law enforcement officer received a $350,000 settlement in Suffolk County after sustaining injuries when a drunk underage motorist blew a steady red light and broadsided the victim. The victim, a male high school student, sustained fractures to his hip which required surgery, pelvis and left clavicle. The defendant, a underage female motorist was intoxicated at the time of the accident and subsequently pled guilty to DWI and vehicular assault. Unfortunately the defendant only possessed a $50,000 liability policy. DCD, on behalf of the victim, sued the defendant. During the discovery phase of the litigation; the defendant admitted that prior to the accident, she went to a wedding at a catering hall and consumed alcohol. DCD sued the catering hall pursuant to the Dram Shop Act alleging the catering hall served numerous alcoholic beverages to the underage defendant knowing she was intoxicated. Although the victim had serious injuries, he made a good recovery. During a six hour mediation session Dominic DiPrisco, secured the maximum $50,000 from the defendantís auto insurance policy. Mr. DiPrisco was able to persuade the attorneys representing the catering hall to offer an additional $300,000 although significant issues existed regarding the percentage of responsibility among the defendants pursuant to the General Obligations Law.