SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK — A state appellate division, reversing a lower-court ruling, has ordered Suffolk County to pay $5.8 million to a former Verizon worker who suffered disabling back injuries when he was hit by a county parks truck in 2009.
The 4-0 decision, reinstates the multimillion dollar award a jury made in August 2014 to Jason Kowalsky, a lineman who was rear-ended by a county parks truck on County Road 21 in, leaving him disabled.
Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1TnII9e ) This decision in Brooklyn reinstates Jason Kowalsky’s 2014 jury award.
Kowalsky underwent back surgery after he was hit in Middle Island, NY in 2009 while putting equipment away. He sued, accusing the Suffolk County driver of being inattentive and using poor judgment.
A state Supreme Court justice had called the original award excessive and reduced it to $750,000.
This case is a prime example where a city employee / government entity is found responsible for a car accident, leaving an accident victim disabled.
The county parks employee was driving a government-owned vehicle, and then rear-end Jason Kowalsky the victim. The accident happened while the county employee was on he clock, working, at the time, of the accident.
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