$1,650,000 Awarded to Nurse Injured in Auto Accident

DATE OF VERDICT
2006-07-24

COURT AND COUNTY
Supreme Nassau

AGE AND OCCUPATION OF PLAINTIFF
The plaintiff was a 54 year old nurse

DESCRIPTION OF CASE
The plaintiff's vehicle was struck by a left turning vehicle. She sustained a fractured wrist which failed to heal properly and required a surgery. She also injured her right knee which likewise required surgery. The Plaintiff also claimed that her neck was injured and she underwent a neck surgery 2 years post accident. The defense contended that the neck surgery was not causally related to the accident. The plaintiff has a prior 20 year history of sarcoidosis (for which she received disability benefits from the United States Army) and had a myriad of prior health problems that caused her to have various periods of complete disability before this accident. The prior disabilities included a prior motor vehicle accident in which she fractured her left wrist. A gall bladder removal surgery with months of disability. The Plaintiff also had prior periods of blurred vision and blindness prior to the within accident.

INJURIES/DAMAGES

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT AMOUNT
$1,650,000

NOTE
This case was handled by Daniel P. O'Toole and was settled at a mediation