In an Order dated March 27, 2019, an appellate court upheld a Nassau County Judge who reduced a Nassau County jury verdict of $9,435,000,000 to $4,772,614. This was a tragic story involving the plaintiff and his wife who were retained to hang wallpaper in a newly constructed office building adjacent to a parking garage that was still under construction. The wife/decedent drove the car thru an opening in a fence onto the top deck of the parking garage, drove over an ice patch and announced she couldn't stop the car which went off the garage falling 32 feet below to her death. The plaintiff husband was able to jump out of the car before it went off the garage and heard his wife scream out his name while the car was falling.
The jury awarded the wife's Estate $500,000 for her pre-impact terror which was upheld; and $1,440,000 for economic losses caused by the wife's death - though reduced to $720,000 As reduced by the trial Court, and upheld by the appellate court-the total award for the husband who survived was $1,500,000 for past pain and suffering and another $1.500,000 for the future pain and suffering and $747,500 for economic losses.