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14-year old plaintiff suffers avulsion injury to finger - $1,300,000.00

The jury found the defendant 100% negligent - 6/5/2012

The plaintiff contended that the defendant fast food restaurant negligently left the automatic hand dryer operational after they removed the cover several hours earlier when it was discovered that the cover had been damaged. The plaintiff contended that as a result, the 14-year old infant plaintiff’s right middle finger became caught in the mechanism as he was shaking out his hands after washing them. The plaintiff maintained that he suffered a partial amputation that involved the gouging off of large portion of the center portion of the finger. The plaintiff contended that a neuroma formed and that he will suffer severe pain and difficulties with everyday tasks permanently.

The incident occurred when the plaintiff and classmates stopped at the defendant restaurant for lunch during a field trip. The plaintiff related that as he was wringing his hands under the device, his finger became caught. The evidence disclosed that the defendant’s workers had discovered that the cover had been damaged a few hours before the incident occurred and removed it for repair while the dryer remained functional. The plaintiff’s engineer maintained that the defendant thereby created a significant hazard and that the defendant clearly should have rendered the hand dryer non-operational until the cover was replaced. The defendant anticipated that the cover would be repaired later that day.

The defendant maintained that a major cause of the incident was the comparative negligence of the plaintiff. The defendant contended that it was likely that the 14-year-old infant plaintiff intentionally stuck his finger into the mechanism. The plaintiff denied doing so and contended that there was no evidence to support this defense position. The defendant also contended that even based upon the plaintiff’s version, he was comparatively negligent in failing to place his hands in close proximity to the mechanism.

Motorist ignored stop sign, caused crash, plaintiff claimed - $215,000.00

Parties Agreed on a Settlement - 10/27/2009

On Oct. 27, 2009, plaintiff Douglas Roth, 46, a graphic designer, was driving westbound on Vanderbilt Parkway, in Half Hollow Hills. As Roth drove by Half Hollow Hills High School, his vehicle was struck on the driver side front fender by the passenger-side corner of a rental vehicle operated by Anikumar Patil, attempting a left turn onto westbound Vanderbilt from the school’s parking lot. Roth claimed that he sustained injuries of his back, his neck and a wrist.

Roth sued Patil and the owner of Patil’s vehicle, EAN Trust. Roth alleged that Patil was negligent in the operation of her vehicle. He further alleged that EAN Trust was vicariously liable for Patil’s actions.

Roth’s counsel contended that Patil violated New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1142 by failing to yield to oncoming traffic. A school security officer that witnessed the accident claimed that Patil did not stop at the stop sign located at the parking lot’s exit.

Defense counsel contended that Roth failed to see what was there to be seen, and should have avoided the accident.

Restaurant patron knocked to the ground by faulty door - $750,000.00

Judge Awards $750,000 in Damages - 6/8/2009

On June 18, 2009, plaintiff Laurie Kovacs, 46, a bartender/dog groomer, was a patron at the Inn on Main restaurant in Farmingdale. Kovacs claimed that when she went into the bathroom, she grabbed the handle for one of the stalls and the steel door came off its hinges, striking her in the head and knocking her to the ground. She claimed injuries to her right hand, head, neck and back.

Kovacs sued the Inn on Main. She alleged the defendant of negligent maintenance and repair, in regard to the broken stall door, causing a dangerous condition. She further claimed that the defendant had actual and constructive notice of the condition.

The defendant defaulted at trial. Kovacs was awarded liability by the judge, and the matter proceeded to an inquest trial on damages only.

Plaintiff’s elbow fractured in car crash - $750,000.00

Pretrial Settlement - 5/23/2009

On May 23, 2009, plaintiff John Letson, 45, a water plant treatment supervisor, was driving westbound in a legal dune buggy on Route 25, in Southold, when he was struck by a vehicle operated by Nicholas Manetta, who was eastbound on Route 25 and made a left directly into the side of Letson’s dune buggy. Letson sustained injuries to his left elbow.

Letson sued Manetta for motor vehicle negligence and Manetta’s father, Enrico Manetta, for vicarious liability, as the owner of Manetta’s vehicle.

Defense counsel stipulated liability.

Car crashes blamed on trucker’s decision to park in traffic - $325,000.00

Settlement Reached - 10/7/2008

At about 5:30 p.m. om Oct. 7, 2008, plaintiff Jonessia Jarrell, 51, a retiree and a part-time school security guard, was driving on the westbound service road of Sunrise Highway, just west of Blueberry Lane, in East Patchogue. Jarrell crashed into a 30-yard dumpster connected to a truck that was parked on the westbound service road, extending 3 to 4 feet into the single lane for westbound moving traffic. Three other vehicles had previously crashed into the rear of the truck’s dumpster and were parked in front of the truck at the time of Jarrell’s collision. Jarrell claimed that she sustained injuries of her back, a hand and her neck.

Jarrell sued the truck’s driver, William Milken Jr.; the truck’s owner, InterCounty Paving Associates; and a subsidiary of that company, 4L Equipment Leasing, LLC. Jarrell alleged that Milken was negligent in the operation of his vehicle. Jarrell further alleged that the remaining defendants were vicariously liable for Milken’s actions.

Jarrell’s counsel contended that Milken violated New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law §§ 1201 and 1202, in regard to the illegal parking of his truck on the service road. Jarrell claimed that as she approached Milken’s parked vehicle, with the sun setting in her eyes, she moved to the middle of the one-lane road, but that the truck was parked in her lane of travel, causing the right, front bumper of her car to impact the rear of the dumpster. One of the other drivers that hit the truck claimed that he witnessed the accident, and he corroborated Jarrell’s account.

Car crash aggravated 20-year-old injury, plaintiff claimed - $100,000.00

The jury found Hummer’s damages totaled $100,000 - 7/18/2008

On July 18, 2008, plaintiff Conrad Hummer, 71, a retiree, was driving westbound on Pulaski Road, in East Northport. While he was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Third Street, his vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle operated by Margarita Reyes. Hummer claimed that he sustained an injury of his back.

Hummer sued Reyes. He alleged that Reyes was negligent in the operation of her vehicle.

Hummer contended that Reyes was inattentive while approaching the intersection and failed to slow and stop her vehicle on time. Liability was decided via summary judgment. The matter proceeded to a summary jury trial that addressed damages.

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