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New York Verdicts

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Dentist faults fainting bystander to beat malpractice case

A Staten Island dentist prevailed in a lawsuit filed by a patient whose lingual nerve was severed during the extraction of a tooth. The suit’s plaintiff, Alessandra Kane, contended that her injury was a result of the dentist’s excessively forceful handling of an instrument used to loosen the tooth. She claimed that the instrument slipped beneath her tongue and caused a deep laceration. The dentist claimed that the injury occurred because Kane’s fiancé--who was comforting Kane during the procedure--fainted, causing Kane to jerk her head and strike his instrument. Kane’s attorney argued that Kane’s fiancé should have been in a waiting room, but a defense expert deemed the fiancé’s presence standard procedure. The jury sided with the dentist.
Kane v. Gastaldi
Richmond County

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Jury sides with owners of dog who injured saleswoman

A jury rejected a saleswoman who sustained facial injuries during an encounter with a customer’s dog at a Suffolk County residence. The case hinged on whether the dog’s owners had prior knowledge of vicious tendencies, sufficient to warrant extraordinary control of the animal. Each side conducted a professional assessment of the dog’s level of socialization to support its case, but the defense’s case was also buoyed by eight witnesses who vouched for the dog’s demeanor. After five days of testimony, the jury sided with the dog’s owners. The plaintiff’s attorney challenged the admissibility of testimony revealing that the dog had been purchased to console a child whose brothers had died, and he has expressed an intention to file an appeal.
Dantuono v. Holohan
Suffolk County

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Handyman injured at construction site recovers $2M

A handyman injured during construction of a Manhattan condominium recovered $2 million via a settlement of a resultant lawsuit against the building’s owners. The suit’s plaintiff, Perparim Etemi, fell off of a ladder while installing a plasterboard ceiling on July 7, 2010. He claimed that he sustained a brain injury and trauma that produced herniations or bulges of four intervertebral discs, with lasting effects that prevent his resumption of work. He contended that the defendants did not provide a safe ladder. The defendants contended that Etemi was employed by their parent company and that, therefore, he was barred from suing them, per workers’ compensation law. The parties negotiated a settlement during pendency of motions to dismiss.
Etemi v. 325 East 101st Street, 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
$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
$11,000,000 Juni v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co. New York Co. May 27