Nassau County Jury Awards $800,000 For Fractured Heel Bones To Victim of Car Accident

On August 6, 2018, a Nassau County jury awarded $800,000 to the victim of a head on collision in a two car accident. The defendant's responsibility was determined by a pre-trial motion that found him negligent for crossing over to the oncoming lane and striking the plaintiff's vehicle. The issues at trial were limited to determining the amount of fair compensation. The jury learned that the plaintiff had her foot on the brake at the moment of impact and the collision caused her right heel bone (calcaneous) to be shattered (comminuted) requiring surgery. The fracture was so extensive that it damaged the articular cartilage of the subtalar joint and also fractured the talus. During surgery a metal plate with four screws was used to secure some of the larger fragments of the calcaneous. 

These injuries were compounded by the development of a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the right calf two days after the accident requiring treatment with anticoagulants and the placement of a retrievable filter in the inferior vena cava. The filter was removed six months later and the plaintiff returned to her job as a part time teacher. Medical experts from both sides debated the severity of the injuries and whether the plaintiff was limited in her activities and suffering constant pain as claimed. The jury awarded the 67 year old plaintiff $400,000 for the past pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of the quality of life; and, $400,000 for the future consequences of her injury. Doe v Smith, Supreme Court of New York, County of Nassau.  TRIAL COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF - RON BURKE

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 " and "Top New York Settlements." 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 was 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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