Our Brooklyn legal news report for November 1 examines three major negligence lawsuits that have recently made headlines in Brooklyn. If you or someone you love has suffered physical or mental injuries due to the negligence of an individual, organization, business, or any other party, our Brooklyn personal injury lawyers can help you seek justice in civil court. Get in touch with us today and find out more in a free consultation.
Brooklyn Woman Awarded $10.5 Million After Losing Leg
An elderly Brooklyn woman was awarded a $10.5 million verdict in a civil court on Wednesday, November 1. The grandmother was waiting to take a bus to church at 5:15 a.m. on April 14, 2012 when a black 2004 Ford Crown Victoria jumped the curb at Montrose and Graham Aves. in Williamsburg. She was struck by the vehicle and severely injured, and eventually had to have her left leg amputated below the knee.
The driver fled the scene, but his vehicle’s bumper and license plate were left in the middle of the street. He eventually turned himself in and served two years in prison. He was driving his employer’s vehicle at the time of the accident.
The victim filed a lawsuit for pain and suffering against the driver and his employer, Maven Limo Inc. After a three-day trial, a jury decided that the victim should receive $2.5 million for damages since the accident and an additional $8 million for the next 20 years.
Mother Sues Brooklyn Assisted Living Facility For Losing Mentally Ill Son
A Brooklyn mother is suing the assisted living facility that was responsible for supervising her son when he went missing for three weeks in September. According to the suit, on August 31 the 50-year-old disabled man slipped away when an employee for Kings Adult Care Center was escorting him to a routine medical appointment in Park Slope. He was found living on the street on September 21. He has been at Coney Island Hospital ever since, receiving treatment for the three weeks he went without his medicine.
The assisted living facility originally claimed that the man had escaped from their facility on Cropsey Ave., which is six miles away from where he actually disappeared in Park Slope. It took them six days to correct their mistake, which the mother claims made the NYPD’s search much more difficult.
This is at least the second case of a patient going missing from the same facility this year. In January, a 74-year-old woman went missing for about 30 days.
Brooklyn Woman Awarded $67,500 After Being Struck By School Bus
A school bus company was found negligent in a Brooklyn civil court on Tuesday, October 31. A Brooklyn woman sued the school bus company after she was struck and injured by one of their vehicles in 2012. In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that she was looking straight ahead when she was struck from behind. She suffered serious tears in her shoulders and right wrist and back and neck pain.
The plaintiff and her lawyer sought compensation for future medical expenses, including a likely need for surgeries which was backed up by an expert witness. The jury determined that both parties were partially negligent, but that the school bus company’s negligence was a substantial factor in the accident. They sided with the plaintiff and awarded her $67,500 for past pain and suffering.