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Tue Oct 11, 2011 by on News & Press Releases

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Almost two years after a serious car accident that injured former Marlin baseball player, Benito Santiago and a friend, Francisco Arroyo, Santiago’s insurer has agreed to settle Santiago’s claim. Santiago’s attorney, Roy D. Oppenheim of Ft. Lauderdale announces that Truck Insurance Exchange will reimburse Santiago $865,000 in connection with his recent settlement with Francisco Arroyo.

Santiago and Arroyo were injured when the car driven by Santiago was involved in an accident. Arroyo had serious leg injuries and Santiago suffered a broken vertebra. Santiago, who is currently a free agent, a former Marlin, and played last season with the Chicago Cubs, needed almost a year of therapy before he was able to play baseball again.

Originally Truck Insurance Exchange declined to pay Arroyo’s medical expenses, contending the Ferrari operated by Santiago wasn’t insured under its policy.
Subsequently, Santiago offered to pay Arroyo $1.1-million of his own money to settle Arroyo’s lawsuit.

In connection with the pending lawsuit, Oppenheim stated, “I do believe it was in everyone’s interest to settle and to minimize the financial burden to Mr. Santiago. We are extremely pleased with the outcome.”

Santiago says he’s relieved to put the whole incident behind him. “I am relieved that my attorneys, Roy Oppenheim and Alan Rosenberg were able to resolve this matter with my insurance company,” stated Mr. Santiago. “I am very pleased that Truck Insurance Exchange has taken care of me and my friend, Francisco. I can now focus on my baseball and my free agency status.”

In addition to the settlement, Mr. Arroyo was also paid $100,000 by AllState Insurance. Under the terms of the insurance policy, Santiago is still responsible for $150,000 owed to Mr. Arroyo.


Oppenheim is a partner in the firm, along with his wife Ellen Pilelsky. Oppenheim Pilelsky, the oldest law firm in Weston, is a general practice concentrating in real estate, litigation and business related matters. The law firm of Oppenheim Pilelsky is located at: 1290 Weston Road, Suite 300, Weston, FL 33326 (954) 384-6114.

/Contact: Julie Silver or Christine Manna at Boardroom Communications, 954-321-6334, for Oppenheim Pilelsky.