Injury to Spine

In Halsey v New York City Transit Authority, 114 AD3d 726, the Second Department affirmed a judgment, entered on a jury verdict in plaintiff’s favor, in the principal amount of $3,000,000 for future pain and suffering. Plaintiff was injured when a bus on which she was riding struck a utility pole. Plaintiff’s injuries included a protruding…

Read More Court Affirms $3 Million Future Pain and Suffering Jury Award in Bus Accident Case

In Herrera v. Dulisse, a car accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to defendant on plaintiff’s claim that she suffered a “serious injury”. Defendant “failed to establish his entitlement to judgment as a matter of law with respect to plaintiff’s claims under the ‘permanent consequential limitation of…

Read More Evidence of Bulging Disc and 20% Loss of Use of Cervical Spine Sufficient to Meet Serious Injury Threshold in Car Accident Case

In Trezza v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Appellate Division, First Department recently affirmed and modified a decision by the Supreme Court, Bronx County relating to the damages phase of a car accident case. The trial court entered a judgment on a jury’s verdict awarding plaintiff damages in the amounts of $500,000 for past pain and…

Read More First Department Finds “Serious Injury” Based on Shoulder and Spine Injuries, and Conditionally Modifies Damages in Car Accident Case to $300,000 for Past Pain & Suffering

In Nelson v. Tamara Taxi, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed a summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s complaint on the ground that he did not establish a “serious injury” under the Insurance Law. In this car accident case, plaintiff alleged that he sustained serious injuries when the front of his vehicle was struck by a taxi.…

Read More Evidence of Injuries to Spine, Shoulder, and Knee Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment as to “Serious Injury” in Car Accident Case

Recently in Amadu v. Stratus Hacking Corp., a car accident case, the New York Supreme Court, Queens County held that plaintiff presented sufficient evidence to raise a triable issue of fact as to whether he suffered a “serious injury” within the meaning of Insurance Law Section 5102(d). The “serious injury” issue is critical in an automobile…

Read More Medical Evidence of “Strained Lumbar Spine” and “Right Ankle Sprain” Sufficient to Create Fact Issue Regarding “Serious Injury” in Car Accident Case

In Angeles v. American United Transp., Inc., a car accident case, the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed the trial court’s (Supreme Court, Bronx County) denial of defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the “serious injury” threshold issue. The “serious injury” threshold frequently arises in automobile accident cases. Section 5104(a) of the New York Insurance Law…

Read More “Serious Injury” Found Based on Cervical and Lumbar Spine injuries