$32,756,156 for Injured Vietnam Vet

SUMMARY OF CASE
On March 13, 2004, our client, a Vietnam Veteran, was a "good samaritan" helping accident victims at the scene of an unrelated motor vehicle collision in Port Jefferson, New York. The road had been blocked off by emergency personnel. The Defendant was driving while impaired by marijuana and prescription pain killers. She drove through a police barricade and struck the plaintiff, throwing him 30 feet in the air. Our client crashed to the ground and sustained severe life-threatening trauma to his head. He was rushed to the nearest hospital.

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DATE OF VERDICT
2007-12-12

COURT AND COUNTY
Supreme Suffolk

AGE AND OCCUPATION OF CLIENT
60 Retired Long Island Railroad Conductor

INJURIES/DAMAGES
Our client fractured his skull and hip. He underwent an emergency craniotomy to evacuate the hemorrhage in his brain and an open reduction internal fixation to repair his hip fracture. He suffered severe brain damage and has been confined to a nursing home since the accident.

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT AMOUNT
$32,756,156

NOTE
The jury verdict, which was covered extensively by the media, is the largest reported non-medical malpractice verdict in Long Island history. The case was tried by attorneys Stephen J. Murphy and Daniel P. O'Toole.