Last month, a Queens County jury awarded $930,000 to a back seat passenger in a taxi cab when another vehicle made a left turn simultaneously with the taxi at the same intersection causing a collision. The plaintiff sued the taxi and the other vehicle which was found to be 100% at fault. The plaintiff argued that the other vehicle was primarily responsible since it had made the left turn from the wrong lane.The defense argued that plaintiff's injury claims should be rejected because any injuries were due to a pre-existing condition of hip dysplasia and/or were not serious and permanent (as required to recover damages from a car accident).
The jury found that as a result of the car accident the plaintiff suffered: a torn labrum in her shoulder; herniation's and bulges in both the lumbar and cervical spine; and, derangement of her wrist, elbow and knee. The jury awarded $250,000 for past pain and suffering and $550,000 for future pain and suffering. However, the jury found that the plaintiff's husband deserved nothing for his claim of loss of services. Pagan v Paradise, 2018 WL 5111058