Our client, a 37 year old father of four, was injured when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at an intersection on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. At the time of the accident, our client was driving a car that he had borrowed from a distant relative. As a result of the collision, our client suffered injuries to his back and his shoulder, requiring surgery. Our client also contended he could no longer work as a home health aide and instead had to sell t-shirts to make a living.
The defendant contended that our client ran a red light, causing the accident. Furthermore, that our client had no lost wage claim because of his history of substance abuse rather than being injured in the accident. Lastly, he contended that the back injury was pre-existing and degenerative, and that his shoulder injury was caused due to a previous accident. The defendants offered $100,000 to settle the case during trial.
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, handled the discovery and trial of the matter. During discovery, our investigator was able to find a witness who saw the defendant run the red light. During trial, the plaintiff’s doctor testified about our client’s injuries and their causal relationship to the collision. The defendant called three expert witnesses who all testified that our client did not sustain a serious injury. After two days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict finding the defendant responsible for the accident and awarded him $450,000.