Verdicts and Settlements:
$408,000 Verdict Obtained For Woman Injured In Motor Vehicle Accident
Stavros E. Sitinas obtained a $408,000 verdict for a 34-year-old woman who was involved in an auto accident. She was a passenger in a livery vehicle hired by her employer to transport her to work.
While traveling southbound on FDR Drive, the livery vehicle was involved in a collision with several other vehicles. As a result of the impact, the plaintiff was thrown forward, hitting her head on the back of the headrest in front of her, suffering a herniated disc in her neck at the C5-6 level.
During the trial, the defendants argued that the herniated disc was pre-existing, and even if it was not, it was caused by the plaintiff's failure to wear a seatbelt. Mr. Sitinas was able to prove, through the use of the plaintiff's MRI films and expert testimony, that the herniated disc was directly caused by the frontal-impact and could not have been prevented by wearing a seatbelt. The defendants never made any offer of settlement prior to this eight-day trial. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $408,000, obviously giving no credence to the lack of a seatbelt defense.