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$12M Personal Injury Verdict Against NYC Transit Authority Slashed to $3M+

Yesterday, an appellate court reviewing a Queens County jury verdict awarding in excess of $12,000,000 to a motorist struck by a NYC Transit Authority bus cut the verdict by almost $9,000,000. The motorist was at a complete stop at an intersection in Queens while he was being ticketed for a traffic violation. A bus struck the motorist's car on the driver's side causing permanent neck and back injuries. The motorist underwent an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery resulting in large disfiguring keloid scarring on the front of his neck. Due to chronic lower back pain, a laminectomy surgery was performed on the plaintiff along with the installation of a spinal cord stimulator. The motorist was 43 years old at the time of the accident.

The plaintiff explained that all the medications he was on for severe pain made him lethargic and he was unable to work, drive long distances, play with his grandchildren or participate in sports. His spinal surgeon testified that all of these injuries were permanent and that the plaintiff would likely require another surgery to fuse the lower back with a plate and screws resulting in even greater disability. The jury's award for pain and suffering was reduced from $10,000,000 to $3,000,000; an award of $250,000 for future medical expenses was reduced to $100,000; the award to the motorist's wife for loss of her husband's services was reduced from $1,740,000 to $150,000 and the parties stipulated that the award of lost wages for $400,000 be reduced to $250,000. Tarpley v NYC Transit Authority, 2019 WL 6139205

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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