Injury Settlement & Recent Verdicts New York State

TOPIC: POLICE BRUTALITY
LIABILITY:  Excessive Force
General: POLICE NEGLIGENCE
Specific: Excessive force
SUMMARY
Outcome: Plaintiff Verdict
Total Verdict: $24,825,000

STATE: New York
COUNTY: Kings

Plaintiff suffered cuts, bruises, and contusions after he was arrested by the defendant police officers. The police officers were under cover and did not properly identify themselves. Plaintiff, who was not aware that the men were police officers, was dragged out of the vehicle and beaten and kicked. He was arrested and brought to the precinct where he was booked and spent two and a half days in jail. The plaintiff was charged with resisting arrest, attempted murder, criminal mischief, and other crimes. The case was dismissed by the Grand Jury. The $24,825,000 award included damages for past pain and suffering, past emotional distress, past injury to reputation, past shame and humiliation, past legal expenses, future emotional distress, future injury to reputation, future shame and humiliation, future lost wages, wrongful conduct in detaining the plaintiff, wrongful conduct in mistreating the plaintiff, false arrest, and malicious prosecution. Keith DeVries, New York, NY.

TOPIC: EMPLOYEE SAFETY
SUMMARY:
Verdict: $17,500,000

STATE: New York
COUNTY: New York

TYPE OF INJURY: BURN INJURIES: severe burns :

FACTS:

Overview: The plaintiff suffered severe burns and respiratory injuries in an explosion

TOPIC: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
VERDICT: $3,000,000

STATE: New York
COUNTY: New York County

 INJURIES: Plaintiff was suffering from hyperthyroidism and underwent an elective subtotal thyroidectomy. Plaintiff contended that she was never informed of the risk that she could suffer from hypothyroidism or hypoparathyroidism; that defendant removed an excessive amount of tissue, failed to preserve the blood supply to the parathyroid glands, and that defendant failed to perform a biopsy on a  parathyroid gland to determine its viability

TOPIC: FALLDOWN - SIDEWALK

SUMMARY:
VERDICT: $1,500,000
$1,500,000. Breakdown: $500,000 for past pain and suffering; $1,000,000 for future pain and suffering.

STATE: New York
COUNTY: New York County

INJURIES: Dislocation of the second toe of the right foot. The second toe has drifted to the right and rests partially atop the third toe.

Plaintiff tripped on a raised portion of the sidewalk and claimed that there was a 5.5-inch height differential between the blacktop and the unexcavated sidewalk. He testified that he first saw the defect after he fell.

TOPIC: SCHOOL ACCIDENTS - FALL FROM A BALANCE BEAM

SUMMARY:
VERDICT: $316,000

STATE: New York
COUNTY: Queens County

INJURIES: Dislocated cartilage of the twelfth rib and a scar approximately 1 inch long.

The accident took place during a gymnastics competition for the amateur New York State Championship. Plaintiff fell from a balance beam during the execution of a difficult routine and claimed that the metal support leg of the beam, on which she hit her back, was not covered by the required 5.5-inch thick safety mat.

TOPIC: FALLDOWN DEFECTIVE ROAD REPAIR CREATES FIVE-INCH SLOPE IN CITY ROAD

SUMMARY:
VERDICT: $550,000

STATE: New York
COUNTY: Kings County

INJURIES: Nondisplaced fracture of the left fibula. Plaintiff went to the Hospital for Joint Diseases the day after the accident, where the fracture was found and a cast applied. She returned for three follow-up visits.

Plaintiff was injured when she stepped on a decline in the roadway at the intersection of Broadway and 8th Street in Manhattan. She claimed that there was a sewer grate to the left, and there were asphalt patches in the road. The claim was that defendant City personnel performed poor repair work on the sewer.

TOPIC: FALLDOWN - NEGLIGENCE FALLDOWN - SIDEWALK

VERDICT: $1,230,000

STATE: New York
COUNTY: Kings County

INJURIES:  Fracture of the right wrist without surgery and facial lacerations requiring stitches.

Plaintiff tripped and fell while walking in Brooklyn. She claimed that the sidewalk was broken and uneven and that defendant City had prior notice of the condition.