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Appellate Court Reduces Pain and Suffering Award in Multi-Trauma Car Accident Case

Posted in Back Injuries, Knee Injuries, Neck Injuries, Shoulder Injuries

On June 25, 2007, at about 8:30 a.m., Melody Sweet was driving her 1986 Mustang convertible on Innis Avenue in Poughkeepsie at a speed of 25-30 miles per hour when Christopher Rios pulled his sport utility vehicle out of a parking space on the side of the road and collided with her vehicle. A red… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Dismisses Neck Injury Verdict – Plaintiff Failed to Prove Need for Cervical Fusion Surgery Not due to Prior Accident

Posted in Neck Injuries

Agnes McDonald, a 55 year old elevator operator,  was a rear seat passenger in a two car accident in Manhattan on January 20, 2005. She was injured but did not seek medical treatment until four days later when she saw a physician at a local medical clinic, complaining of a stiff neck and a burning… Continue Reading

Court Orders Substantial Reduction in Pain and Suffering Damages in Severe Orthopedic and Brain Injury Trauma Case

Posted in Back Injuries, Brain Injuries, Leg Injuries, Neck Injuries, Wrist Injuries

A 26 year old restaurant deliveryman was was bicycling in the Bedford-Stuyversant section of Brooklyn on June 4, 2005, on his way to make a food delivery from King’s Men Restaurant, when a car struck him from behind. Jing Xue Jiang flew through the air and the next thing he remembered was waking up at… Continue Reading

Spinal Injuries from Kidney Donor Surgery Result in Significant Pain and Suffering Award

Posted in Back Injuries, Medical Malpractice, Neck Injuries

On March 23, 2005, Darnell Backus underwent a donor nephrectomy – (surgery in which a healthy kidney is removed to be transplanted in another person). He did this for his mother who had been suffering from kidney failure and would otherwise have required a lifetime of dialysis. Left side lateral decubitus position for kidney donor… Continue Reading

Neck and Back Injuries Result in $1,800,000 Pain and Suffering Award Approved by Appellate Court, Despite Lack of Surgery

Posted in Back Injuries, Neck Injuries

On July 28, 2005, James Coleman was working as a subway track worker repairing tracks for the New York City Transit Authority (the TA). He was on a hydraulic lift platform that collapsed causing him to fall 25 feet to the ground below. Workers on a hydraulic lift:   Coleman sued the TA for the… Continue Reading

$4,700,000 Affirmed as Reasonable for Pain and Suffering in Neck and Back Injury Slip and Fall Case

Posted in Back Injuries, Neck Injuries

On September 21, 1998,at about 12:30 p.m., Shelton Stewart took the subway train from his job in Manhattan to his home in the Bronx. He got out at the Gun Hill Station and began walking down the subway stairways to the street. Stewart slipped and fell on what he later claimed was pigeon excrement. Pigeons… Continue Reading

Neck Injury and RSD from Electrical Shock – $2,500 Pain and Suffering Verdict Affirmed on Appeal

Posted in Neck Injuries

On December 13, 1999, then 40 year old Terry Olmstead was  employed as a shift manager by Pizza Hut of America, Inc.’s franchisee in Chittenango, New York (near Syracuse). While working in the kitchen near a metal work table, Ms. Olmstead received a severe electrical shock when she touched the table surface. Treated at an… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Reverses Jury’s $465,000 Pain and Suffering Veridct and Dismisses Complaint – No Evidence of Recent Medical Examination in Neck, Back and Shoulder Injury Car Accident Case

Posted in Back Injuries, Neck Injuries, Shoulder Injuries

The defendants admitted that they caused the car accident on August 9, 2005 when Fred Nesci’s car was totaled after it was rear ended by their SUV. Rear end collision damage: Fred and his passenger (his wife Valerie) claimed serious injuries but the defense insisted on a damages trial arguing that the injuries were not… Continue Reading

Jury Awards $7,000,000 in Cervical Fusion Case – Judge Denies Defendants’ Post-Trial Motion to Set Aside $5,000,000 Portion of the Verdict for Pain and Suffering

Posted in Neck Injuries

On December 26, 2003, a 37 year old nurse was involved in a car accident at an intersection in the Bronx when a Salvation Army van slammed into her car causing a herniated disc in her neck andnerve damage to her right arm. It wasn’t this van but probably one similar: The van driver, Anita Peterson, claimed she had… Continue Reading

Neck Injury Verdict for $175,000 Affirmed on Appeal in Pedestrian Knockdown Lawsuit where Jury Awarded $120,000 for Future Medical Expenses but Nothing for Future Pain and Suffering

Posted in Law of Damages, Neck Injuries

On November 20, 2001, Yuko Yamamoto, a 37 year old registered nurse, was walking to work in Manhattan when she was struck and knocked to the ground by a taxicab. In her lawsuit to recover pain and suffering damages for her resulting neck injury, a judge determined that no trial would be needed on the issue… Continue Reading

Opposite Results in Two New York Neck and Back Injury Cases: When and How are Future Pain and Suffering Verdicts Upheld?

Posted in Back Injuries, Neck Injuries

The concept of  verdicts for future pain and suffering in injury cases is pretty simple: juries are told that if they believe the evidence shows a plaintiff’s injuries or disabilities will continue after the date the verdict is rendered, then the jury must award a reasonable sum of money for the plaintiff’s future pain and… Continue Reading

Jury’s Refusal to Award Any Future Pain and Suffering Damages Reversed on Appeal in New York Car Crash Lawsuit

Posted in Back Injuries, Neck Injuries, Surprising Damage Verdicts

When a defendant has been found liable causing for a car accident and the jury verdict includes amounts for past pain and suffering and future medical expenses but nothing at all for future pain and suffering, a new trial is required under New York law. On August 22, 1996 Lindsay Grobman, then 17 years old,… Continue Reading

Inside Story of Lawsuit over Catastrophic Injuries at Construction Site – Did Attorney’s Rejection of Settlement Offer Cost His Client $7,000,000?

Posted in Eye and Vision Injuries, Leg Injuries, Loss of Consortium Damages, Neck Injuries, Wrist Injuries

A 35 year old healthy construction worker was helping to build a new Lowe’s Home Depot in Orangeburg (Ulster County), New York on November 14, 2002 when he fell off the roof 22 feet striking his head on the ground below. After 63 days in the hospital (57 of them in a coma), 11 surgeries… Continue Reading