On April 3, 2019 a Brooklyn jury awarded $10,040,000 to a male pedestrian who tripped and fell on a broken patch of sidewalk measuring eight inches long by four inches wide and two inches deep. It was claimed this sidewalk defect was longstanding and in violation of NYC Administrative Code Sec. 19-152. The pedestrian underwent a bilateral laminectomy and fusion at L5-S1, arthroscopic shoulder surgery and that he continues to suffer from radiating pain down his cervical and lumbar spine resulting in depression.
The jury award was broken down: $5 million for future pain and suffering; $3 million for three years of past pain and suffering; and the balance in past and future medical expenses. Serrano v Bermuda Realty Co., 2019 WL 1761031