Plaintiff was a 45-year-old optometrist’s assistant-$250,000 Verdict

Date of Verdict: December 10, 2013

Court: Supreme Court, Ulster County

Age/Occupation: Plaintiff was a 45-year-old optometrist’s assistant

Case Facts: Plaintiff was injured in an accident that occurred on Route 9W in the town of Saugerties, county of Ulster and state of New York. The accident occurred when the defendant ran a stop sign and slammed into the car in which Plaintiff was a passenger. The defendant struck Plaintiff’s vehicle on the passenger side door where Plaintiff was sitting. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to Kingston Hospital.

Plaintiff suffered the following injuries as a result of the accident: concussion, mild conductive hearing loss in the right ear, tendinopathy, chronic tendonitis and adhesive capsulitis in the right shoulder and loss of range of motion in the right shoulder. Plaintiff was also scheduled for an orthopedic arthroscopy of the right shoulder, however that surgery never took place.

The offer made by the defendant to settle the case up to and throughout trial was $8,500.00. Default argued that Plaintiff’s injuries were not caused by the accident and did not constitute a serious injury. At the conclusion of trial the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $250,000.00. The matter was handled and tried by Michael Mainetti of Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C.

Awarded: $250,000

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