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Paralyzed Music Producer in Accident Wins $23M Verdict

A New York-based music producer paralyzed in a 2008 car accident has won a $23.3 million verdict in a Brooklyn jury trial.

Charles Scott Harding, a New York City based artist/producer/engineer/composer, was awarded $8 million in Brooklyn Supreme Court for past pain and suffering, $12.5 million for future pain and suffering and approximately $2.8 million for future medical expenses, according to his lawyer.

His attorney said the damages award appears to be highest ever won in a car accident case.

Harding, who was left paralyzed from the chest down and must use a wheelchair, had lacked closure for eight years during the run-up to the trial, his lawyer said.

Scott was in Intensive Care Unit at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, a victim of a car crash on a Friday in February in which he was a passenger of a car service, returning home from a late night mixing session to finish a new record. Another car came at high-speed through a stop sign and crashed broadside into his car. The accident occurred a short distance from his home. His condition was listed serious, with fractures of his clavicle, rib, shoulder-blade, and back, including catastrophic fracture of his T5 vertebrae, crushing his spinal cord.

The trial took two weeks beginning Nov. 9,  featuring testimony aimed at showing defendant Wojciech Czmielewski and his son, Adrian, were responsible for the collision in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, 2008.

The jury say came back with the statement: We heard the evidence and we know who put you in the position you are in.”

The liability verdict was announced on Nov. 17 and the damages verdict on Nov. 22.

The impact was so loud that neighbors rushed out of their homes. Wojciech Czmielewski, who owned the car, reported it stolen several hours later.

It was the plaintiff’s contention that the car theft was a ruse, and that it was actually driven, and often used by Adrian Czmielewski, who was 18 years old at the time.

The trial also consisted of testimony from a Queens woman, who was Czmielewski’s the neighbor. She testified that a few days after the 2008 crash, she saw Adrian was bruised and cut up, indicating he was in the accident.

This has been a long battle for Scotty Hard and this “WIN” will set him on the road to healing. Below is a YouTube video of Scott hard thanking the generosity of those who donated to his recovery while awaiting a long lawsuit conclusion.

New York personal injury attorney Paul Ajlouny in this case states that the award was warranted considering the victim is now paralyzed due to the severity of the accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 200k people living with spinal cord injuries in the US. Each year, about 12k to 20k new cases of spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. The majority of spinal cord injuries are suffered by younger people. An estimated 50 to 70 % of all new spinal cord injuries are in people in the 15- to 35-year-old age group.

The cost of treating a paralysis victim in the first year after the injury runs, on average, between $300,000 and $1 million. Each year after that treatment will cost between $40,000 and $170,000 as of 2013. The lifetime cost of treating a paralyzed victim can easily run over $3 million dollars.

 

 

Stop driving these Hondas right now

**Stop driving these Hondas right now, says regulator**

Honda Airbag Info Recall

Don’t take the risk. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR THIS HOLIDAY.

10 deaths related. This is serious New York.

The models identified by NHTSA include: 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Pilot.

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Takata Settles Airbag Suit, Averting Testimony by Its Chief

The airbag maker Takata has settled a lawsuit involving the injury and eventual death of a woman whose car crashed in 2014.

Takata, whose airbags has been linked to at least 14 other deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Takata’s airbags can rupture when they deploy in a crash, shooting metal fragments toward the driver or passengers. The defect has prompted 14 automakers to recall more than 60 million vehicles in the United States and millions more overseas.

Ms. Mincey was paralyzed from the neck down after the Takata airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic forcefully inflated after a collision on June 15, 2014. The airbag was among those recalled by Honda less than a week later.

Ms. Mincey alleged in her lawsuit, filed the following year, that Takata had knowingly designed and manufactured airbags that were defective and dangerous. She died in April at the age of 77 from complications from her quadriplegia.

“The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” Robert Rendine, a Takata spokesman, said on Friday.

$360K in car accident trial

Earzel Riddick was injured in a motor vehicle collision Oct. 28, 2012 collision. Riddick was a front seat passenger in a car that had slowed for an ambulance at an intersection in Crown Heights. The car was then rear-ended by Sutherland’s car. The trial Earzel Riddick v. Hugo Sutherland resulted in the jury awarding Riddick $260,000 for future and $100,000 for past pain and suffering.

Riddick’s vehicle lurched forward about a car’s length, in testimony, he was wearing a seatbelt and hit the dashboard in a heavy impact. Emergency responders were summoned to the scene of the collision, but Riddick refused medical attention. His reason: He was worried about an imminent storm and close proximity to his home.

However, according to Riddick, he felt pain the very next day, and went to the ER. As seen in many car accident cases he was given pain medication, sent home and had not had any X-rays. He cited delays in follow-up treatment for his injuries, and alleged that he eventually required three surgeries. The argument in defense was that the claimant suffered significant limitations directly related to the accident.

In the end the jury sided with Earzel Riddick and awarded him 360K for his pain and injury.

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FREE ADVICE:

New York Car Accident Attorney, Paul Ajlouny weighs in, “Delay In Medical Treatment Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case. We see it all the time. Accident victims do not always necessarily feel injured immediately following a car accident. They feel o.k. after the accident, but then the next day, they feel pain, so then they decide to go see a doctor.

Even if the car accident is the other guy’s fault, and his insurance is offering a settle, your still in jeopardy. In the long run your injuries will be a huge determination of what your awarded. A really good attorney can pursue compensation for damages.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

 

 

Staten Island Car Crash

A passenger in a Toyota Corolla, was seriously injured after a man driving an SUV veered into oncoming traffic on Richmond Road near Hunton St. in Todt Hill. The driver of the Jeep is expected to face charges.

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Staten Island Crash. Passenger in Corolla in critical condition.

A Staten Island Car Crash leaves a 27-year-old man was in critical condition after an SUV smashes into the sedan he was a passenger in on Staten Island early Sunday, according to  police.

The 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving on Richmond Road steered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on into the 2005 Toyota Corolla near Hunton St. in Todt Hill early morning Sunday.

The passenger of the Toyota was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North listed in critical condition. The collision sent the smaller sedan nearly 180 degrees,  stopping partially mounted on a curb. Emergency responders had to pry the front and rear driver’s side doors off to rescue the Toyota driver, a 28-year-old woman.

The woman and the Jeep’s driver, a 40-year-old man, were also taken to Staten Island University Hospital North and listed in stable condition, according to police.

A pair of eye glasses sat on the ground outside the Jeep, amid the twisted plastic and shattered glass that was scattered around the area.

It’s  been reported by police that expected charges would be filed against the driver of the Jeep.

“It’s  obvious due to the statement by the police  that charges will be filed indicates that the driver of the SUV was impaired at the time.” states New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny.

“This is Driving while under the influence is a recurring problem in our society today. Impaired  drivers are a danger to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  This is a selfish and reckless act by the SUV driver in this tragic incident.  It’s  almost impossible that two moving vehicle going less than 25 mph on a clear day with no traffic are going to collide UNLESS alcohol is involved.

The repeated message of  **Don’t Drink And Drive**  just doesn’t seem to work.  Innocent lives are lost due to the reckless act of on very stupid person. I am an advocate of  prison time in a circumstance like this.” suggests Mr. Ajlouny.

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