Surprisingly Low Bronx County Jury Verdict in New York Shoulder Injury Case Modified Only Slightly by Appeals Court


Bronx and Kings Counties are among the few venues that New York personal injury attorneys (those representing plaintiffs, that is) will tell you are favorable counties for much larger than average-sized pain and suffering verdicts. Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and many upstate counties are among the worst (i.e., the juries are stingy in their verdict amounts). These "rules of thumb" do not always hold true, of course. And not so at all in a recent car accident case.

In Shifrel v. Singh, a 49 year old man was stopped in traffic on July 22, 2004 on the Cross Bronx Expressway when he was hit in the rear by defendant's car. He complained of left shoulder pain at the hospital that day, followed up with an orthopedic surgeon, had an MRI that showed a torn rotator cuff and eventually had surgery to repair the tear. Following seven weeks of physical therapy, Mr. Shifrel tried to resume his pre-accident way of life which had included sports such as softball and basketball and riding a motorcycle. He could not and his doctor testified that his restricted range of motion was permanent.

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