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Edelman, Krasin & Jaye Secures $2.5 Million Verdict in NY Wrongful Death Case

Justice is ServedEdelman, Krasin & Jaye has procured a $2.5 million verdict in a wrongful death case tried in Kings County civil court. Jurors deliberated a mere three hours before coming to a unanimous decision regarding the death of a 20-year old college student who was killed in a 2008 drunk driving accident.

Attorney Sal A. Spano represented the plaintiffs and argued that the defendant negligently drove while intoxicated at the time of the fatal car accident.

Monetary damages included:

  • $200,000 for pain and suffering
  • $400,000 for pre-impact terror incurred by their son
  • $200,000 for past pecuniary loss in wrongful death
  • $1,700,000 for future pecuniary loss in wrongful death

$2.5 M judgement won in DUI-related death

The Honorable Harriet Thompson presided over the trial, which lasted six days. Jurors were presented with evidence and testimony provided by several expert witnesses before handing down their verdict on June 9, 2016.

During the trial, Attorney Spano called a forensic pathologist, a bio-medical engineer and an accident reconstructionist to the stand. Each provided insight into the dynamics and resulting trajectories of the two-car collision which ejected the young man from the vehicle, explaining there was no possibility that the defendant, who claimed he was riding in the passenger seat, was not in fact driving at the time of the crash.

The defendant testified that while he, the deceased and a third passenger had been drinking prior to the crash, it was defendant that had volunteered to drive the SUV. However, Attorney Spano called in an eyewitness who had seen the entirety of the three-second accident during her coffee break. The witness, a Transit Authority Supervisor, testified before jurors that she saw the defendant exit the SUV driver’s side window just after the crash.

The entire jury determined that defendant was the driver of the SUV, and that he was negligent for running a red light and driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Before his untimely passing, the decedent sustained pain and suffering, blunt impact trauma to the head and body, pre-death terror and wrongful death.

At this time, the defendants have not filed an appeal to the verdict.

A hard-won victory for Edelman, Krasin & Jaye

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is very pleased with the outcome of this case given the complex circumstances surrounding liability. Though no verdict can bring back their son, the family was able to recover some measure of justice in the wake of their tragedy.

Every member of our team is committed to achieving the best possible result for people suffering in the aftermath of a personal injury or death of a loved one, and we take cases to court. To learn more about your legal options, call 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free consultation. We also provide house calls in the event your injuries will not allow you to travel to our Long Island or Bronx offices.

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