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Emotional Distress Pain and Suffering and Punitive Damages Awards Affirmed in Workplace Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted in Psychological Damages, Punitive Damages

Denise Rivera began working for United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) in 2001 at a facility in the Bronx. She was promoted several times, eventually to a supervisor position in 2004. Shortly thereafter, a fellow supervisor began a  campaign of sexual harassment which ended with her termination from UPS on July 10, 2007. Ms. Ramos, then… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Addresses Damage Awards in Case of Excessive Force by Police Officers

Posted in Hand Injuries, Psychological Damages

On May 30, 2008, at about 8:30 p.m., then 49 year old William Cardoza was drinking beer outside in front of the Bronx building where he lived. New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) officers assigned to address quality of life issues, such as public drinking, observed Mr. Cardoza with an open container. In the next… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Overturns $2,000,000 Verdict for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Punitive Damages in Case alleging Excessive Force by Police

Posted in Psychological Damages, Punitive Damages

Carlos Pacheco was 23 years old and had a five year history of seizure disorders. Typically, an ambulance would be summoned to his apartment in the Bronx and he’d be taken to the hospital, treated and released. On September 30, 2006, Carlos was having a seizure and his girlfriend called 911. After police and ambulance… Continue Reading

Punitive Damages Award Dismissed by New York’s Highest Court in Case against Physician who Sexually Exploited Patient

Posted in Psychological Damages, Punitive Damages

Following incapacitating panic attacks in 2000, Kristin Dupree, then 29 years old, treated with family practitioner James F. Giugliano, M.D. in Southampton, New York over a period of 17 months. The doctor’s “treatment” included a nine month long sexual relationship that his patient later claimed caused her severe emotional distress. A malpractice lawsuit against the… Continue Reading

Back and Coccyx Injuries from Trip and Fall – Appeals Court Orders $1,600,000 Reduction of Pain and Suffering Verdict

Posted in Back Injuries, Psychological Damages

On January 27, 2003, at about 9:45 a.m., Lucille Turuseta was walking into the rear entrance of an office building at 175 Main Street in White Plains where she worked as the office manager for a court reporting firm. As she opened the door, Ms. Turuseta’s right foot became caught in broken cement causing her… Continue Reading

Mental Distress Verdict for $200,000 and Punitive Damages Award Affirmed against Physician who Sexually Exploited Patient

Posted in Psychological Damages, Punitive Damages

Kristin Dupree had been a beautiful fashion model who married at the age of 23 and settled in Southampton, New York. When she was 29, Kristin underwent an incapacitating panic attack that led her to the office of James E. Giugliano, M.D., a local family practitioner. After 17 months of anti-depressant drugs and twice a… Continue Reading

Emotional Distress Verdict of $1,000,000 Upheld for Mother in Medical Malpractice Stillborn Case

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Psychological Damages

On July 1, 1997, a 24 year old woman, pregnant at seven months with her first baby, went into precipitous labor at home. Lucia Ferreira and her husband had been excited about the birth of their first child (a girl) but tragedy was about to unfold – the baby was in a footling breech position… Continue Reading

Emotional Distress Damages for Morgue’s Mishandling of Body – $400,000 Approved by Appellate Court

Posted in Psychological Damages

George Jones died on November 21, 2003 at the age of 51 years. His body was found (alone) two days later in his Bronx apartment and taken to the city’s medical examiner’s office (the morgue) where an autopsy determined he’d died of natural causes. His mother, Lucille Jones, was notified and two of her other… Continue Reading

$6,500,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict Reduced to $1,000,000 for 32 Year Old Woman who underwent Unneeded Mastectomy

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Psychological Damages

She moved to New York City from Jamaica as a 29 year old and within the year she felt a lump on her left breast. Over the next year and a half, Lydia Williams had mammograms, an excisional biopsy (that revealed cancer), a CT scan and chemotherapy before her doctor told her she needed a… Continue Reading

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression from Sexual Harassment – Verdict Reduced to $250,000 from $1,860,000

Posted in Psychological Damages

Janice Worthen-Caldwell worked for many years as a manager at a home health care agency which provides home health aides to ill or disabled patients in New York City. She was responsible for ensuring that more than 2,000 aides met required standards. In 2006, she sued her employer claiming that the owner had engaged in… Continue Reading

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Resulting from Excessive Force in Arrest of Teenager – $2,500,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict Reduced on Appeal to $1,250,000

Posted in Hand Injuries, Psychological Damages

On March 12, 1994, then 13 year old Luis Figueroa was in the back seat of his older brother’s jeep when they were pulled over by police officers in the Bronx. Responding to a radio call of a department store robbery in progress, the cops suspected this car had the perpetrators since there were several… Continue Reading

Another Big Win for City of New York – $10,000,000 Judgment Tossed Out on Appeal; State’s Highest Court Will Now Rule on Case involving Claims of Inadequate Police Protection

Posted in Facial Injuries, Psychological Damages

With about 40,000 officers, the New York City Police Department is the largest police force in the United States. Serving more than 8 million people, its mission is to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment. Day in and day out, the officers put their lives on the… Continue Reading

$3,000,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict Sustained on Appeal for Ten Year Old New York Girl Injured in Horrifying Subway Accident

Posted in Ankle Injuries, Burn Injuries, Hip and Pelvis Injuries, Knee Injuries, Leg Injuries, Psychological Damages

November 4, 2001 began as a great day for ten year old Leonari Jones. She was an active, playful, happy kid who had a sleepover party and was on the subway returning home to the Bronx with her  friends and babysitter. When the train pulled in to her stop at 174th Street, though, Leonari’s life took a… Continue Reading

Doctor’s Sexual Harassment of Nurse Results in $15,000,000 Jury Verdict But Trial Judge Allows Only $750,000 for Past Pain and Suffering

Posted in Psychological Damages, Punitive Damages

Sexual harassment in the workplace – in some cases it’s quite real and devastating to the victim; in others it’s a baseless claim. It is clear, though, that sexual harassment is a form of impermissible discrimination outlawed under several statutes (e.g., 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e, known as Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and… Continue Reading