Neck Injury Verdict for $175,000 Affirmed on Appeal in Pedestrian Knockdown Lawsuit where Jury Awarded $120,000 for Future Medical Expenses but Nothing for Future Pain and Suffering

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On November 20, 2001, Yuko Yamamoto, a 37 year old registered nurse, was walking to work in Manhattan when she was struck and knocked to the ground by a taxicab. In her lawsuit to recover pain and suffering damages for her resulting neck injury, a judge determined that no trial would be needed on the issue of liability because it was obvious that the accident was wholly the fault of the taxi driver.

The only issue that required a jury, therefore, was the amount of damages to which the plaintiff was entitled. Ms. Yamamoto presented to the jury a somewhat typical fact pattern for people who have sustained non-catastrophic, non-fracture injuries in motor vehicle accidents...

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