Pain in the Back - $810,000 Verdict Upheld Despite Lack of Surgery


On April 13, 2003, Sergeant Michael Lauro of the New York City Police Department was performing a station-house security check at his precinct when he slipped and fell in a puddle of water.

After minor treatment, he was diagnosed with a rib fracture (which healed) and back pain. Unfortunately, the back pain never got better, MRIs revealed two herniated discs in his back pressing on spinal nerves and, despite years of treatment thereafter, Lauro could never return to work and remains disabled to this day.

On May 18, 2007, a Queens County jury returned a verdict in the 49 year old plaintiff’s favor finding that his injuries were due to the city’s negligence and awarding him pain and suffering damages in the sum of $810,000 ($160,000 past, $650,000 future). Last week, that verdict was upheld on appeal in Lauro v. City of New York.

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