New York Appeals Court Inadequately Explains its Order Deducting $455,000 from Pain & Suffering Verdict for Firefighter with Wrist, Shoulder and Knee Injuries


On December 22, 1999, Lieutenant Nocenzu Cusumano, a New York City firefighter, reported to work at the city's recently renovated Staten Island training center. He slipped on stairway debris and fell 16 feet down to a concrete floor. He reached out for a handrail or banister but none was there as the renovation was illegal and violated the building code...

...In the ensuing lawsuit, Cusumano v. City of New York, a Queens County jury awarded plaintiff pain and suffering damages in the sum of $1,700,000 ($1,200,000 past, $500,000 future)....

...The defendant appealed, claiming that $1,700,000 was excessive and the appellate court agreed as to the past pain and suffering verdict....

...So, on what basis did the appeals court conclude that $455,000 should be deducted from the jury verdict for past pain and suffering?...

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