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SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to shut down the current, and because they were also […]

Labor Law §240(1) Allows Injured Construction Worker to Claim $62M Jury Award

In 2014, a Chinese immigrant received the largest personal injury award in the history of Queens, New York, when a jury returned a verdict for $62 million. The worker, who fell 20 feet from a roof where he had been metal siding, sustained numerous severe injuries including traumatic brain injury; multiple spinal fractures; multiple rib […]

Driver Awarded $14M in Bus Collision Despite Questions of Health History

In one of the largest personal injury awards of 2014, a Brooklyn jury ordered the ironically named Careful Bus Service, Inc. to pay an elderly ambulette driver $14 million. The case arose from a February 28, 2008 accident in which a minibus rear-ended a van specially equipped for transporting disabled passengers, crushed the rear of […]

Jury Awards $172M for Girl’s Injuries After 16-Year Court Battle

The largest New York jury award for a personal injury in 2014 was $172,381,728 in the case of Applewhite v. AccuHealth Inc. The case arose from a 1998 incident that left 12-year-old Tiffany Applewhite with severe brain damage, which paralyzed her and rendered her mute. Defendants in the case included a nurse, the nurse’s employer […]

Woman struck and killed by MTA bus while crossing Brooklyn street

There were 125 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, and 120 so far in 2015. Today’s victim was a devoted mother and grandmother carrying groceries to her adult daughter who is raising her children with no help from their father. This was an avoidable, fatal accident that killed a woman and devastated the lives of numerous dependents […]

3 Buried When Ground Gives Way Outside Brooklyn Rowhouse: FDNY

It took just one week for another construction accident to hit the front pages after NYC’s major construction trades held a rally at City Hall to support a new bill to provide additional protection for workers. The bill would obligate all workers on buildings taller than 10 stories to go through state-approved apprenticeships—training programs administered […]

Doc’s Delayed Treatment of Teen’s Collapsed Lung Garners $22M Jury Award

One of the largest jury verdicts award in New York in 2014 came in the case of 16-year-old Carlos Buri, who, while in hospital care for pneumonia on May 29, 2009, suffered a collapsed lung and severe brain damage due to hypoxia. As a result, Carlos cannot walk or perform everyday tasks. He will never […]

Jury Awards Bronx Grandmother $16M for Subway Slip and Fall

In one of New York’s largest personal injury awards of 2014, a jury ordered the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) to pay a 69-year-old woman $16 million for a fall she suffered at the Graham Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. On December 12, 2008, Maria Alcantara, a native of the Dominican Republic, was returning […]

Who Pays if You’re Hurt at an Airbnb Rental?

The Internet company Airbnb is changing how Americans travel and how we earn extra income. Airbnb is an online service that matches travelers with homeowners and renters who have spare rooms to offer for a brief stay. These rooms are generally available at a much lower price than hotels, but are they worth the savings? […]

Jury Awards $62M to Brooklyn Mom Who Lost Both Legs in Hospital Malpractice Case

Last year, a jury in New York awarded 34-year-old Stacey Galette $62 million in compensation for hospital negligence that resulted in the loss of both legs below the knees. On October 6, 2009, the young mother from Brooklyn had gone to Winthrop University Hospital for laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy, a dangerous condition where […]

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