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$6.6 Million Awarded to Cab Driver Against Port Authority

It was reported in today's New York Law Journal that a Brooklyn jury awarded $6,600,000 to a former cab driver who was severely injured when he lost control of his vehicle at JFK Airport on a freezing cold morning in November 2008. The cab driver came into the airport from the Van Wyck Expressway when he hit a 300 foot "sheet of ice" that had wiped out two other cars. Apparently, a computer controlled sprinkler system which was scheduled to be disabled weeks earlier had malfunctioned and the sprinkler systems poured water onto the roadways in 20 degree temperatures. The cab driver lost control of his car which crashed into the other cars that had also lost control.

The jury found that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent for failure to disable the sprinkler system prior to the onset of freezing temperatures in November. The cab driver suffered extensive meniscal tears in his knees leading to multiple surgeries followed by bilateral total knee replacements.Since knee replacements have a limited shelf life (10-15 years), the jury heard testimony that future knee replacements would be necessary to replace the original prosthetics. Included in the award was $4 million for future medical expenses and $2,375,000 for past and future pain and suffering. Favor v New York and New Jersey Port Authority

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts of 2011" and "Top New York Settlements of 2012." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He is a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!

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