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Construction Worker Injured In Limo Ride

$1,000,000 settlement after a trial on liability for a 35 year old plasterer who was a passenger in the back seat of a Town Car limo.

The plaintiff and his wife and children had come to New York for the day from Boston. Because his wife worked for an airline it was very inexpensive for them to fly to New York to do their Christmas shopping. On the way back to LaGuardia Airport the limo driver got lost and wound up in the back of the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia. After stopping for instructions he made a U-turn directly in front of a airline pilot driving to the employee parking lot. The pilot’s car impacted the rear, driver’s side door directly into the husband.

He sustained serious and permanent back injuries as a result of the crash and could no longer work as a plasterer. The jury found the limo driver 75% at fault and the pilot 25% at fault. The case settled for $1,000,000 before the start of the trial on damages.

11-Year-Old Boy Scarred For Life

$950,000 verdict for an 11 year old boy who’s facial scarring from the accident made him turn to a life of crime.

A group of young boys were playing stick ball on a street in the Bronx. At the beginning of the block was a large pothole in, roughly, the center of the street. When the ball rolled into the pothole (which was a few feet deep) the 11 year old got down on the ground to retrieve it.

On the traffic side of the hole was a wooden horse blocking cars from falling into this large hole. As the boy was retrieving the ball, a car passed the horse and hit it.

The wooden horse flew into the boys head causing a depressed skull fracture. Thankfully there were no neurological injuries, but he was left with a “lightning strike” scar on his face.

At the trial we were able to establish that the electric company had previously modified a man-hole just 3 feet away from the pothole, and that their work caused the roadway to collapse forming the pothole.

Unfortunately, by the time the case came to trial the boy had grown to a man and had committed two armed robberies of gas stations. Our office hired a psychologist to test him and give an opinion. It was the psychologist’s testimony that when his playmates called him “scar face” (a reference to the famous gangster) at his impressionable age, he became “scar face”. That was the force that drove this young man to a life of crime. The jury accepted this testimony and awarded the plaintiff almost one million dollars for his damages.

Doorman Stuck By Police Car

$900,000 settlement for a 54-year-old doorman who was struck by a police car as he crossed Second Ave in a heavy rain storm.

He was on his way home after a night at his social club. A Sergeant’s patrol car being driven by a police officer was on their way to a deli to pick up dinner. The pedestrian began crossing Second Ave from west to east when the light turned green for pedestrians. He was using his umbrella in the rain.

The police car never stopped at the red light and didn’t stop when it hit the pedestrian until several car lengths down the block. At the moment of impact, the pedestrian was thrown up and into the windshield and then over the top of the car and landed in the roadway behind the patrol car.

The defense was that he stepped out from the curb immediately in front of the patrol car, and they had no time to react to his presence.

However the actual impact, documented by the accident investigation squad, took place on the far side of Second Ave. 4 lanes away from the curb he stepped off of. The plaintiff was in the road for 50 feet and many seconds before the patrol car struck him.

The pedestrian sustained fractures of his leg and shoulder and was treated with surgery and physical therapy for many months. Although his fractures healed he was left with early arthritis and pain in both the shoulder and leg.

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