Neomi Escobar, as legal guardian for infant Jadiel Velesquez v. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Stephen Amaefuna, M.D.; Fidel Garcia-Fernandez, M.D.; Francis Viejo, M.D.; Jeffrey Lautin, M.D.; Suzanne Aquino, M.D.; Nighthawk Radiology Holdings Inc.; Nighthawk Radiology Services LLC; Newark Diagnostic Radiologists P.A.; State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families, Division of Youth and Services; Nussette Perez; and Felix Umetitii / Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Stephen Amaefuna, Fidel Garcia-Fernandez and Francis Viejo v. Joshua Velesquez and Vanessa Merchan / Jeffrey Lautin M.D. v. Vanessa Merchan, Joshua Velesquez, Overlook Medical Center, Herschel Kupper M.D., Thomas Mankiewicz, Gina Ocasio R.N., Glena Valdez R.N. and Emergency Medical Associates / Emergency Medical Associates v. Thomas Mankiewicz M.D., Herschel Kupfer, Joshua Velesquez and Vanessa Marchan

STATE CHILD-WELFARE WORKERS MISSED SIGNS OF ABUSE Verdict: $165,972,503 The jury found that the DYFS defendants had acted in a negligent manner with respect to their actions/inactions in handling Jadiel's case, and that their negligence was a factual cause of Jadiel's injuries. According to the jurors, the DYFS defendants did not prove that any of their negligent actions or omissions were objectively reasonable, or that they acted with subjective good faith in all of their negligent actions or inactions. The jurors determined that the DYFS defendants acted in a negligent manner in not removing Jadiel from the home, and that the failure to remove Jadiel was a proximate cause of Jadiel's injuries....

XVIII/7-1 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE FAILURE TO TIMELY PERFORM TESTS FAILURE TO TIMELY DIAGNOSE CEREBRAL ANEURYSM 23-YEAR-OLD MAN SUFFERS QUADRIPLEGIA AND SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE Verdict: $41,444,531.00 On 1/31/91 at 11:40 AM, Pltf., a 23-year-old elevator mechanic, presented to the emergency room of Deft. Hospital complaining of severe pain in the back, radiating to his head and causing a headache. Pltf. had been working on the elevators outside of Deft. s emergency room when the pain began. Pltf. contended that he should have been questioned more thoroughly by the triage nurse before she categorized him as urgent due to pressure on back. Shortly after he was admitted, Pltf. s headache worsened, and he began vomiting. Pltf. contended that throughout the afternoon his aneurysm was leaking from the subarachnoid space into the subdural space, causing pressure and shifting of his brain. No treatment was rendered, and Pltf. slipped into a coma. Surgery was finally performed at 6:45 PM, 7 hours after he had been admitted to the Hospital, and revealed that Pltf. had suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, resulting in severe brain damage....

Vito Saladino and Annmarie Saladino v. Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., Stewart & Stevenson Technical Services, Inc. and Stewart & Stevenson Tug, No. 01-CV-7644

FAILURE TO WARN, PRODUCTS LIABILITY - FAILURE TO WARN, PRODUCTS LIABILITY - AUTOMOBILES Verdict: $40,190,417.20 On Jan. 17, 1999, plaintiff Vito Saladino, 36, an airline’s clerk, was a passenger of a “baggage tug” tractor that was being driven by a co-worker, Daniel Snow, who was traveling on a tarmac of John F. Kennedy International Airport, in the Jamaica section of Queens. The men passed a stationary American Airlines Inc. aircraft whose engines were being tested. The engines expelled “jet wash,” which is a turbulent wake of gases. The wake’s force dislodged the tractor’s hood, which struck Saladino’s head. Saladino sustained a paralyzing injury. Saladino sued the model BT-345G tractor’s manufacturer, Marietta, Ga.-based Stewart & Stevenson Tug, LLC; the company’s parent, Houston-based Stewart & Stevenson Services Inc.; and a subdivision of the parent, Stewart & Stevenson Technical Services Inc. Saladino alleged that the tractor was defectively designed, that the defect constituted a breach of the product’s warranty and that the defendants failed to provide a warning of the dangers that could have resulted from the tractor’s use....

XI/32-1 MOTOR VEHICLE PEDESTRIAN ROAD DEFECT INADEQUATE TRAFFIC CONTROLS 12-YEAR-OLD BOY SUFFERS SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE AND MULTIPLE FRACTURES AND DEFORMITIES Verdict: $37,760,680.00 Pltf. Kerwin, 12 years of age at the time of the accident, was struck by a vehicle driven by Deft. Williams (16% liable) on 11/17/88 at approximately 4:30 PM as he crossed the intersection of Bedell and 133rd Sts. in Jamaica. Pltf. contended that Williams was driving 42 mph in a 30-mph zone. He also contended that the intersection did not have traffic control devices due to the negligence of Deft. City (80% liable). Deft. Williams claimed that Pltf. darted out from behind a southbound vehicle and ran into the side of his car. Deft. noted that there was damage to the side of his vehicle where he claimed Pltf. ran into it. Pltf.’s expert contended that the displacement of Pltf.’s right hip indicated that he was struck by the front of Deft. Williams’ car. Deft. contended that he did not see the child until he was only about 3 feet away. Pltf. contended that the infant had come from the opposite side of the street, and had crossed over 30 feet of open space before being struck by Deft. Pltf. noted that Deft. was rushing home with medication for his ill son, and may have been distracted by concern for his son at the time of the accident....

Robert Dunn v. City of New York

XVIII/12-1 MOTOR VEHICLE MOTORCYCLE ROAD DEFECT DEFECTIVE ROAD DESIGN AND IMPROPER MAINTENANCE OF ROADWAY DANGEROUS CURVE IMPROPER SIGN QUADRIPLEGIA DAY IN THE LIFE FILM Verdict: $22,261,355.00 On 6/25/91, Pltf., a 23-year-old telephone company field technician, suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident that occurred on 39th Ave. at its intersection with 204 St. in Bayside. Pltf. was traveling westbound and there was a curve in the roadway. Pltf. contended that an eastbound car traveled into the westbound lane, forcing him to turn left, toward eastbound traffic. He lost control of his motorcycle, which overturned and slid across the road onto the opposite sidewalk....

IX/45-1 MOTOR VEHICLE MOTORCYCLE DEFENDANT FAILED TO STOP AT STOP SIGN PARAPLEGIA REMITTITUR ON PAIN AND SUFFERING AWARD Verdict: $10,328,100.00 $22,908,100 (6/0), reduced to $10,328,100 as excessive. Breakdown: $12,000,000 for future pain and suffering (reduced to $3,000, 000); $2,000,000 for past pain and suffering (reduced to $1,000,000); $462, 000 for future medical care (undisturbed); $586,000 for future special equipment (undisturbed); $35,100 for past lost earnings (undisturbed); $2, 315,000 for future lost earnings (undisturbed); $1,000,000 for future therapeutic modalities (equipment needed, i.e., catheters) (undisturbed); $ 4,330,000 for future cost of attendant and housekeeper (reduced to $1,750, 000); $180,000 for future Social Security loss (undisturbed). Jury: 5 male, 1 female....

Eita Pruss v. Infiniti of Manhattan, Inc., Infiniti Financial Services, Infiniti Financial LLC, Massamba Seck, Dennis C Blanchette, Jon-Paul Rorech and Stiffel, Nicolaus & Company Inc.

CAR WAS PROPELLED OUT OF COLLISION, STRUCK BYSTANDERS Verdict: $9,000,000 On Sept. 5, 2013, plaintiff Eita Pruss, 21, a student, was struck by a motor vehicle. The incident occurred on a median that separated Eastern Parkway, near its intersection at Kingston Avenue, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Dennis Blanchette was driving on the eastbound side of Eastern Parkway. When he reached the intersection, he began a left turn onto the northbound side of Kingston Avenue. His car’s right side was struck by a vehicle that was being driven by Massamba Seck, who was traveling on the westbound side of Eastern Parkway. Blanchette’s car was propelled onto the median, where it struck Pruss and other pedestrians. Pruss became pinned between the car and a pole. She suffered injuries of her back, a foot, her head, a knee, a leg, her pelvis, her sacrum and several ribs....

XI/1-1 PRODUCT LIABILITY WOODCHIPPER ABOVE-THE-KNEE AMPUTATION REMITTITUR REFUSED Verdict: $6,849,654.50 The accident occurred on 8/23/88 at a residence on Bedford Rd. in Mt. Kisco. Pltf., an 18-year-old laborer, was employed by Third-party Deft. Bob Wade’s Maintenance (25% liable). Pltf. testified that he was feeding a tree limb into the chute of a Morbark Eegor Beevor Woodchipper, designed and manufactured by Deft. Morbark Industries (25% liable). The machine weighed several thousand pounds and measured 6 feet by 8 feet by 6 feet. As he was feeding the limb into the chute a branch protruding from the limb became stuck against the outside edge of the feed chute, preventing the branch from going through. Pltf. contended that he kicked at the branch to free it, but his momentum carried his foot into the feed chute, where it came in contact with the feedwheels....

Patricia Martin, as guardian of Michael Martin, and Virginia Caltabellotta v. City of New York and Frank Squillante

XV/41-13 MOTOR VEHICLE PEDESTRIANS STRUCK CROSSING STREET BRAIN DAMAGE, COMA, MULTIPLE FACIAL AND LEG FRACTURES, AND DEGLOVING INJURY Verdict: $5,982,000.00 This motor vehicle accident took place at 9:30 PM on 8/21/94 on Grand Ave. in Maspeth, Queens, north of the intersection with Hamilton Place. It was raining at the time. Pltf. Martin, age 43 and employed by Brooklyn Union Gas as an A mechanic, and Pltf. Caltabellotta, a 44-year-old secretary, were crossing Grand Ave. to return to an American Legion barbecue when they were struck by a vehicle driven by Deft. Squillante, an on-duty Department of Corrections officer. The vehicle was leased to the City of New York. Pltfs. claimed that Deft. crossed the double yellow line, and that Squillante was driving at an unreasonable speed, given the conditions. Pltfs. further claimed that Squillante failed to see what was to be seen, and avoid the accident. Pltfs. produced a witness who testified that she saw Deft. trying to pass a slow-moving car and crossed over the center line....

IRONWORKER FALLS INTO HOLE AT CONSTRUCTION SITE AND INJURES BACK AND KNEE. Verdict: $5,900,000 After selection of a jury, but prior to the scheduled start of opening statements, the parties negotiated a settlement. Certified Interiors' primary insurer tendered its policy, which provided $1 million of coverage; Certified Interiors' excess insurer agreed to pay $1 million; the remaining defendants' primary insurer tendered its policy, which provided $1 million of coverage; and their excess insurer agreed to pay $2.9 million. Thus, the settlement totaled $5.9 million....