Congratulations to our partners Howard Hershenhorn and Diana M. A. Carnemolla who obtained an $85 million Verdict for an author and former New York Times columnist who was struck by a red double decker sightseeing tour bus owned and operated by Twin America, LLC, Gray Line Corporation, Gray Line New York Tours, Inc. Coach USA, Citysights LLC, Citysights New York LLC, and Calvin C. Wright, while crossing the street.
54 year old Devan Sipher, a book author and former New York Times columnist who wrote for the “vows” section, was ran over by a red double decker sightseeing tour bus on July 3rd, 2015. At the time of the accident, it was a sunny Friday afternoon. Devan had the walk signal in his favor when a 13 ton double decker sightseeing tour bus attempted to make a left turn from West 4th street onto 6th avenue striking Mr. Sipher. Mr. Sipher suffered serious injuries. As a result of the crash Mr. Sipher spent 78 days in the hospital, having 9 operations. Mr. Sipher also had two additional operations after he was discharged from the hospital.
$45 million for past pain and suffering and $40 million for future pain and suffering
Howard Hershenhorn and Diana M. A. Carnemolla tried the case on behalf of Mr. Sipher before the Hon. Barbara Jaffe in New York Supreme Court. After a 5 week trial a jury of 2 men and 4 women took less than one day to reach their verdict, $45 million for past pain and suffering and $40 million for future pain and suffering. As a result of the crash Mr. Sipher had a complete transection of the superficial femoral artery which was repaired, complete transection of the femoral vein which could not be repaired, and some loss of use of both sensory and motor function of the left extremity. He suffered a foot drop along with degloving injuries. He also sustained a fracture to his right clavicle which was repaired with surgery. He also sustained an injury to his adrenal gland resulting in partial adrenal insufficiency requiring him to take steroids for the rest of his life. Mr. Sipher is now able to walk with an AFO brace, but still suffers from chronic neurological pain. “Mr. Sipher is a true inspiration” said Hershenhorn. “He refused to let the crash define his life and he has worked tirelessly to recapture as much of his pre-accident lifestyle as he could. He is the embodiment of the old expression no pain no gain. He is a remarkable person and it was an honor to represent Mr. Sipher.”
The Defense contended that Mr. Sipher made an excellent recovery and that he did not require any significant future medical care. The Defense argued that since Mr. Sipher was able to walk and up down 2 flights of stairs to get in and out of his apartment, traveled to Los Angeles on numerous occasions and to Spain and other places, go to the theater and out for dinners and parties that his future was bright. The jury soundly rejected those arguments.
Our legal assistant, Richard Soldano’s work on the case was invaluable.