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  • Construction Accidents

    New York City to Pay $36 Million Settlement to Injured Construction Worker

    By Michael Barasch

    A construction worker paralyzed after being struck by a falling utility pole on a New York City Department of Environmental Protection project site will receive a record-setting $36 million payment in settlement of a lawsuit that charged the DEP with failing to maintain a safe workplace. The plaintiff, 39-year-old Ricardo Tavares, was working at the […]

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  • Personal Injury

    What Are “Pain and Suffering” Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

    By Michael Barasch

    Personal injury damages are divided into “special” damages, or economic damages, and “general” damages, such as “pain and suffering.” Special damages, because they are purely economic, are reasonably easy to calculate. The victim of an accident required medical care, for which there are receipts; the victim missed work, for which there is a basis to […]

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  • VerdictsPersonal InjuryConstruction Accidents

    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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  • 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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  • Slip and FallVerdicts

    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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