Verdicts and Settlements:
$2.8 Million For Auto Accident in New York
Stavros E. Sitinas obtained a $2.8 million settlement during trial for a client who was involved in a three-car accident. The plaintiff was struck twice from behind in a rear-end collision involving two vehicles. The plaintiff sustained serious injuries to his neck, which resulted in nerve damage to both his arms as well as the middle finger on his left hand. The client also suffered from an aggravation of a preexisting, yet asymptomatic, degenerative condition in his neck that made him more susceptible to new injuries. Mr. Sitinas showed that, despite the extent of the plaintiff's preexisting degenerative spinal condition, the plaintiff lived a productive life, working full-time in a physically demanding occupation without any prior complaints of pain in his neck. Mr. Sitinas argued that while the plaintiff may have been more susceptible to a serious injury from an otherwise mild accident, the defendants were responsible for any medical conditions that developed after, and as a result of, the accident regardless of his increased susceptibility. The defendants agreed to settle shortly after the plaintiff's testimony and just prior to Mr. Sitinas putting forth his medical testimony.