Car accident leads to 1.5 million dollar verdict

On November 5, 2015, in Personal Injury, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Car Accident Verdict

Barclay Taylor v. Ilenia Cangelosi & Joseph Robles, No. 15650/12 (Kings – Supreme)

Plaintiff alleged that he was driving east across New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, when the rear of his vehicle was struck by a car being driven by Ilenia Cangelosi. Plaintiff alleged that his vehicle was pushed forward and struck the rear of another vehicle. Plaintiff sued the driver for negligent operation and the vehicle owner for vicariously liability.

Plaintiff claimed that he sustained a herniated disc and two bulging discs. He underwent about 12 months of physical therapy and several injections of painkillers. He eventually underwent a percutaneous discectomy (a procedure that involved removing part of a disc). Plaintiff also claimed that, as a result of his injuries, he was unable to work for four months, suffers permanent residual pain and can’t lift heavy objects or perform rigorous tasks. He also said he must use a cane, may need to have a pain-relieving device implanted in his spine and may need undergo spinal fusion.

Plaintiff sought recovery of $15,000 for past medical expenses, $850,000 for future medical expenses, $885,000 for past pain and suffering, and $1.35 million for future pain and suffering.

Defense counsel argued that Plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury and his current pain may be caused by diabetes and/or obesity.

The jury found that Taylor sustained a serious injury and determined his damages totaled $1.5 million.

Not every car accident verdict will be seven figures.  But not every injury will warrant seven figures.  The important thing is that your car accident verdict compensates you for your degree of injuries sustained in the car accident.

Car Accident Attorneys

Car accident cases are very common in New York.  The volume of cars on New York roadways will only mean that car accidents will continue to occur in very high numbers  If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident and need legal assistance, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 today!

 

Important Decision for Automobile Accident Cases

On October 17, 2014, in Litigation, Personal Injury, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

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Motor Vehicle Accident Decision

In an important motor vehicle accident decision in January of 2014, the Appellate Division affirmed a summary judgment for the defendant in Lee v. D. Daniels Contr., Ltd., 2014 NY Slip Op 00487.  This case centered around an interesting question, to wit, Does a parties conduct in furnishing the conditions for the accident also make that party a proximate cause of the accident?  Based on this decision the answer is surprisingly, not necessarily.  Causal relationships have everything to do with liability in personal injury cases.  This case also shows us that it is important to keep up with current case law in order to evaluate the likelihood of success for a particular matter.  Automobile accidents are very intricate and should be evaluated by an attorney.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Mineola

As always, if you were involved in an automobile accident and want to speak with an experienced attorney, call The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 today!

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