Supreme Court, Ulster County

The 39-year-old female plaintiff claimed to have sustained traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve neuropathy and a partial rotator cuff tear in her dominant upper extremity, as well as cervical injury and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of an automobile accident whereby the defendant’s vehicle turned left in front of her. She underwent a carpal tunnel release, ulnar nerve transposition and shoulder arthroscopy. The defense conceded liability and tried damages only. The defense experts testified that the carpal tunnel syndrome was minor, pre-existing and caused by prolonged driving, while the other injuries were unrelated to the accident and not “serious” under the no-fault statutes. Demand: $800,000. Amount asked of jury: $2 million.

Result : Defense verdict.
Defense Attorney : For the defense: Sarah E. Sholes.
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