$1,500,000 Settlement for a 59-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck by a City-Owned Vehicle

COURT AND COUNTY

Supreme New York

AGE AND OCCUPATION OF PLAINTIFF
Plaintiff was 59 years old and working as a custodial aide at the time of the accident.

DESCRIPTION OF CASE
Plaintiff was walking back to the office building where she worked after a lunch break when she was struck by a car owned by the City of New York. Plaintiff was walking southbound along Centre Street and crossing over Leonard Street in Manhattan, within the crosswalk, when the Defendant vehicle turned left onto Leonard Street and hit her. Plaintiff's attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP moved for summary judgment on the issue of liability and prevailed on the motion, convincing the Court the accident was 100% the Defendant's fault.

INJURIES/DAMAGES
Plaintiff alleged injuries to her neck and left shoulder. MRI studies revealed disc herniations at C5/6 and C6/7, as well as tears in her shoulder. After physical therapy failed to relieve her pain, Plaintiff underwent an arthroscopic left shoulder surgery, and a two-level cervical spine fusion surgery. Plaintiff claimed disability from employment as a result of her injuries, and sought damages for lost earnings, medical expenses and her pain and suffering. The defense claimed her surgeries were unrelated to the accident, and that she had made a full recovery.

The case settled prior to trial for $1,500,000

SETTLEMENT AMOUNT
$1,500,000

NOTE
This matter was handled by Stephen J. Murphy and David L. Scher.