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Jury: Hospital must pay $5M for slow treatment of infant

A jury decided that a Long Island hospital must pay $5 million for failing to timely address a condition that led to removal of much of an infant’s small intestine. The matter dates to March 2009, when Nylah Hollingsworth, then in her first weeks of life, was being treated at Mercy Medical Center, in Rockville Centre. Nylah developed necrotizing enterocolitis: death of an intestinal wall. In her suit against the hospital, Nylah’s mother claimed that, by waiting six days before transferring Nylah to a facility that could perform corrective surgery, the hospital allowed development of an intestinal perforation that greatly worsened Nylah’s condition. The hospital claimed that it rendered timely, proper treatment, but the jury found otherwise.
Hollingsworth v. Mercy Medical Center
Queens County

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Town found liable for dog’s attack on neighbor

A jury found that the upstate town of Hamburg was liable for an incident in which a woman was bitten by a neighbor’s dog. The jury decided that the suit’s plaintiff, Celeste Swietlik, was entitled to damages of $150,000 for a wrist fracture caused by the dog. Swietlik claimed that the town had received eight complaints about the dog and that town wardens had assured her that the situation would be addressed. During the evening of Dec. 22, 2010, Swietlik was attacked by the dog in her backyard. She claimed that she would not have entered her yard at night had she not been assured that she was being protected. Swietlik’s counsel argued that the accident was a result of Swietlik’s justifiable reliance on the wardens’ assurances.
Swietlik v. Town of Hamburg
Erie County

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Worker injured at construction site recovers $5.45M

A worker injured after falling out of a window at a construction site recovered $5.45 million via settlement of a resultant lawsuit. The injured worker, Kenneth Koerner, was wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident, but he claimed that the nearest tie-off area was 30 feet away from the window. Koerner plummeted three stories, and he sustained fractures of his skull, a wrist and several ribs. He claimed that he also tore a shoulder and herniated two spinal discs. He further claimed that he suffers residual effects that prevent his resumption of work. The case settled during mediation. The lawsuit named the site’s owner and the project’s general contractor, but the settlement was funded by Koerner’s employer and a subcontractor.
Koerner v. 281 Broadway Holdings LLC
New York County

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Largest New York Jury Verdicts

(2014 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$172,381,728 Applewhite v. AccuHealth Inc. Bronx Co. May 28
$62,000,000 Galette v. Byrne Kings Co. Jan. 10
$48,492,823 Capitol Records Inc. v. MP3Tunes, LLC Federal Mar. 26
$41,650,000 Deskovic v. City of Peekskill Federal Oct. 23
$36,000,000 Restivo v. Nassau County Nassau Co. Apr. 17
$25,000,000 Sweberg v. ABB Inc. New York Co. Jun. 16
$16,000,000 Alcantara v. NYCTA Kings Co. Jan. 29
$14,080,000 Korsunskiy v. Careful Bus Service Inc. Kings Co. Jul. 2
$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