$8.3 Million Jury Verdict - Motor Vehicle Accident, Largest Verdict in Suffolk County for Single Cervical Discectomy

Auto Accident

WRSH partner Frank Lombardo secured a jury verdict of $8,328,311.00 for our client, a 38-year-old woman who suffered severe spinal cord injury in a 2013 motor vehicle accident. This is the largest reported verdict to date in Suffolk County/New York State for a single cervical discectomy.

Our client was driving on Route 112 in Suffolk County when she attempted to execute a legal left turn on a westbound Long Island Service road. A box truck going southbound ran a red light and struck our client’s vehicle. She was diagnosed with herniation at cervical intervertebral disc C6-7 as a result of the accident, and though she returned to work after the accident, in 2015 she had to have a radical total discectomy surgery and undergo additional physical therapy. Because of the time off required for the surgery, she was terminated from her employment. She attempted to pick up part-time work, but chronic pain and the side effects of her medication made her unable to perform her job.

By way of a motion for summary judgment, the court previously found the defendants liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. At trial, we argued that our client’s prior cervical fusion had made her more susceptible to a neck injury. The plaintiff sought recovery of $1,744,846 in future medical expenses, $4,613,651 in past and future lost earnings, $1 million in damages for past pain and suffering, and $3 million in damages for future pain and suffering.

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