I tend to get a lot of immigrant and Spanish speaking clients. Could be because I speak fluent Spanish and am married to a Guatemalan. I hope it is also because word spreads in the immigrant community that I get good results.
Anyway, the guy standing with me in the photo above is from Nicaragua. One day as he was riding his bicycle to work (on the shoulder of the road, just as he was supposed to) near Rochester, NY, a car swiped him from behind and never bothered stopping. We call that a hit and run. The next thing he remembers is waking up all bloodied in a ditch, with a piece of broken car mirror next to him.
My Nicaraguan friend had bad injuries but also has a tough, fighting spirit. He got back to work only five months after his accident so he could put food on the table for his wife and two children. Hard working Nicaraguan immigrant! I admire him and all the other hard-working immigrants I have had the privilege of representing.
We sued a company called the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Company (“MVAIC”). When you are a hit-and-run vehicle victim and there is no other auto insurance available, MVAIC steps in. MVAIC was set up by New York State to ensure that all victims of motor vehicle accidents get at least some minimal insurance coverage.
I took the selfie shown above last week right after MVAIC’s lawyer took his deposition at 100 William Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. We had a Spanish/English interpreter, which made it a lot easier for him.
Like most clients before their first deposition, he was nervous. But he did just find. After it was all over, he had a big smile on his face. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of it, which led to the selfie above.
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