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New York Verdicts

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Truck-maintenance company must pay $3.5M for fatal accident

A jury determined that a truck-repair company must pay more than $3.5 million to the estate of a man who was killed when he was trapped between a reversing sanitation truck and a large steel waste receptacle. The estate’s lawyers contended that the accident was a result of a malfunction of a device that should have immobilized the truck while it was compacting trash. The jury found that New York-based Advanced Fleet Maintenance Inc. had failed to properly service the truck, though it assigned about half of the blame to the truck’s owner, which had settled its share of the case for $1.55 million during the trial. That amount, plus Advanced Fleet Maintenance’s 49.5 percent share of a verdict in the amount of $7,208,000, totaled $5,117,960.
Estate of Hernandez-Morales v. Crown Container Co., Inc.
Kings County

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Company to pay bystander $900K for repairman’s accident

An upstate appliance-repair company agreed to pay $900,000 to a woman who claimed that she was injured while trying to assist one of the company’s repairmen. The payment settled a lawsuit filed by Colleen Schmidt, who claimed that she herniated an intervertebral disc while lifting a 100-pound refrigerator door off of a repairman. The door fell onto the repairman while he was servicing its hinges. Schmidt claimed that two workers should have been assigned to the task, but the main issue of dispute was Schmidt’s assertion of the danger-invites-rescue doctrine to justify her lifting of the fallen door. She claimed that the repairman was trapped beneath the door, but the defense contended that the repairman could have freed himself.
Schmidt v. Orville Appliance Inc.
Erie County

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Jury rejects woman who claimed dentist pulled wrong tooth

A dentist prevailed in a lawsuit filed by a patient who alleged that she underwent unnecessary removal of a tooth. The suit’s plaintiff, Kathleen Gardner, claimed that her dentist misdiagnosed the source of her tooth pain and removed a healthy molar instead of the adjacent, painful molar. She further claimed that the extraction led to complications that necessitated augmentation of her jaw. Gardner’s attorney argued that pathological evidence showed that the extracted tooth was not problematic, but the dentist claimed that, during repeated tests, Gardner reported pain only when the extracted tooth was palpated; not the one that she claimed to be the source of her pain. The jury found no malpractice.
Gardner v. Chafitz
Westchester County

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Largest New York Jury Verdicts

(2014 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$62,000,000 Galette v. Byrne Kings Co. Jan. 10
$48,492,823 Capitol Records Inc. v. MP3Tunes, LLC Federal Mar. 26
$16,000,000 Alcantara v. NYCTA Kings Co. Jan. 29
$12,500,000 Terry v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co. New York Co. Mar. 18
$11,346,000 Munian v. Mootabar Westchester Co. Mar. 4
$7,208,000 Estate of Hernandez-Morales v. Crown Container Co. Kings Co. Mar. 25
$7,200,000 Rosario v. St. Barnabas Community Enterprises Inc. Bronx Co. Feb. 5
$6,883,740 Marin v. NYC Health & Hospitals Corp. New York Co. Feb. 4
$4,873,703 Wyble v. Lange New York Co. Mar. 18
$4,000,000 Fortuna v. Roth Suffolk Co. Jan. 31