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Howard gets insurance company to pay up after Staten Island woman hit by cab

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BROOKLYN -- When you’re sitting stopped at a traffic light and another car hits you, it’s not pleasant.

But at least you figure it’s a simple case and insurance will cover your repair costs, right? Not if you’re Tara Fleshman of Staten Island and you get sideswiped by a livery cab.

“And when he got out the car he said I’m very sorry, I’m not from around here. I’m from the Bronx. I’ve only been on this job for two weeks.”

That’s Tara’s recollection of what happened.

In any case there was no issue about fault. But the cab’s insurer, American Transit Insurance, denied her claim for $6,500. The company said it couldn’t locate its own insured.

So Tara contacted me. And I went back to American Insurance in downtown Brooklyn. I say “went back” because I’d dealt with them last year. Similar situation. They wouldn’t pay and I, shall we say, “expedited” things.

Anyway, I brought Tara over to their offices. She went behind closed doors. Afterwards they only offered about $4,700. We had a little more discussion and American Transit promised to reconsider. They did and finally came through with the full amount.

I met Tara again just before she brought her car into the body shop for repairs. Her words were music to my ears.

“Thanks to Help Me Howard everything is good!”