Congratulations to our partners NY Personal Injury Lawyers Howard Hershenhorn and Diana Carnemolla as well as their legal assistant Richard Soldano, for obtaining the Highest Jury Verdict in New York State in 2018. This verdict is also the 25th highest jury verdict in the entire country for 2018.
In Sipher v. Twin America LLC, the jury awarded $85 million to a pedestrian who was ran over by a red double decker sightseeing tour bus in New York. The verdict was delivered on December 4th 2018 after a week trial during which Howard Hershenhorn and Diana Carnemolla tried the case on behalf of the injured plaintiff before the Hon. Barbara Jaffe in New York Supreme Court. The jury awarded to the victim $45 million for past pain and suffering and $40 million for future pain and suffering.
The accident occurred on July 3rd 2015 in downtown Manhattan. The victim was crossing 6th Avenue in the crosswalk with the light in his favor when he was struck by a sightseeing bus making a left turn from West 4th Street onto 6th Avenue.
78 days in the hospital and a total of 11 surgeries were necessary to save the victim
As a result of the accident, the victim suffered a complete transection of the superficial femoral artery, a complete transection of the femoral vein and partially lost the use of both sensory and motor function of the left extremity. He also sustained a foot drop along with degloving injuries. His clavicle was fractured. Because of an injury to his adrenal gland resulting in partial adrenal insufficiency, the victim is also required to take steroids for the rest of his life. At the time of the trial, the plaintiff was able to walk with an AFO brace but still suffered from chronic neurological pain. He spent a total of 78 days in the hospital during which he underwent 9 surgeries. After he was discharged from the hospital he required two other surgical operations.