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

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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 […]

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  • VerdictsPersonal Injury

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

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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 […]

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  • VerdictsMedical Malpractice

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

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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 […]

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  • VerdictsMedical Malpractice

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

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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 […]

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  • VerdictsSlip and Fall

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

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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 […]

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  • VerdictsMedical Malpractice

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

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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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