John Hochfelder

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White Plains, New York 10601, United States

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Appellate Court Upholds Jury Verdict Finding Police Officer Caused Wrist Injury with Excessive Force and Negligence in Arrest but Reduces $1,100,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict to $450,000

On June 7, 2003, two New York City Police Department officers responded to a criminal trespass call at 439 East 135th Street in the Bronx where 48 year old Juanita Young was asleep in a second floor apartment. The police had…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Personal Injury

Brain Damage Verdict: $800,000 for Future Pain and Suffering Upheld for Two Children Poisoned by Lead Paint despite Award of Zero for Past Pain and Suffering

In August 2000, when they were two and five years old, Wendy Solis-Vicuna and her sister Yessenia moved with their father to an apartment at 6823 Ridge Boulevard, a 20 unit building in Brooklyn, New York built in the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Ninety Days of Back Pain Results in $50,000 Verdict for Pain and Suffering in New York Car Accident Case Upheld on Appeal

New York has a very restrictive law when it comes to winning pain and suffering damages in car accident lawsuits. Our so-called No Fault Law was first enacted in 1973 and was designed to weed out frivolous claims and limit…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Delayed Diagnosis of Spinal Tumor Results in $47,950,000 Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict - Defendant Appeals Claiming Lack of Causation and Excessive Damages

Shania-Gay Ffrench was 21 years old on February 3, 2000 when she went to the emergency room at Mount Vernon Hospital complaining of back pain. Doctors there suspected uterine fibroids and she was told to follow up with her…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Verdict for $5,000,000 for Past Pain and Suffering in Trip and Fall Back Injury Case Set Aside on Appeal - Jury's Findings Irreconcilably Inconsistent as to Fault and Illogical as to Damages

What were they thinking? In a stairway trip and fall negligence case, the jury found: 1. plaintiff was negligent but defendant building owner was completely at fault and 2. the 35 year old plaintiff was entitled to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Appeal of Verdict in excess of $105,000,000 for Brain Damages from Medical Malpractice Results in Recovery of Only $5,357,000

On March 12, 2002, Thomas Dockery, a 34 year old cable splicer for Verizon, suffered a grand mal seizure in his sleep of unknown origin. He'd never before had a seizure so he was rushed by ambulance to Peninsula Hospital in Far…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Pedestrian Hit by New York City Bus Wins $1,400,000 Pain and Suffering Jury Verdict for Back Injuries; Appeals Court Orders New Trial Because Plaintiff Failed to Allege Preexisting Condition

Defendants routinely and successfully argue in back and neck injury cases that plaintiff’s injuries pre-existed an accident and no pain and suffering damages should be awarded (even if defendant is found to have caused the new…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Malpractice Lawsuit against New York Podiatrist Results in $3,000,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict for College Student; Trial Judge Orders Reduction to $1,000,000

On July 29, 2002, then 16 year old Jennifer Gillette underwent a procedure by podiatrist Greg Atlas in which a wart was removed from the side of her left heel. Complications developed, she was forced to undergo five new…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Another New York School Sports Injury Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld on Appeal

Personal injury lawyers are often asked, "Can I sue?" I always answer, "Yes, of course." But the real question is whether the inquiring plaintiff will win and in school sports injury lawsuits the answer is almost always, "No…more
| Personal Injury

Bicyclist Sustains Fractures of Both Legs when Struck by Police Car; Appeals Court Upholds Trial Judge's Increase to $750,000 for Pain and Suffering after Jury Awarded only $100,000

On August 15, 2004, 20 year old Ervin Jordan was on his bicycle in Wyandanch, New York (Suffolk County) attempting to cross a road known as Straight Path at its intersection with State Avenue..... ....At the same time, and on…more
| Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Another $1,000,000 Elbow Fracture Verdict Sustained on Appeal in New York

Kerwin Park was a 36 year old day laborer doing construction work on a residential building in Manhattan on September 7, 2000 when a wooden plank he’d been standing on collapsed and sent him tumbling 20 feet to the unfinished…more
| Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Lawsuit Involving Death of Six Year Old Boy Hit by Oxygen Tank While Undergoing MRI Test Settles on Verge of Trial for $2,900,000

We wrote about this tragic case last August, here, and can now report that the estate of Michael Colombini has settled all of the claims arising out of his death in 2001. Bearing full responsibility, Westchester County Health…more
| Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Slip and Fall Plaintiff's New York Jury Verdict Awarding More Than $1,000,000 for Future Medical, Custodial and Rehabilitation Expenses Affirmed ...

Ramona Ulerio, a 36 year old homemaker, sustained serious back injuries when she slipped and fell down subway stairs in New York City on October 5, 2002. She sued the New York City Transit Authority claiming it was negligent in…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Severe Facial Injuries from Assault - Jury Awards $5,000,000 for Pain and Suffering, Trial Judge Reduces Verdict to $3,500,000 and Appellate Court then Dismisses Case on Liability Grounds

On March 2, 2002 at about 5:30 p.m., Miguel Beato returned home from work as a porter. As he walked through the courtyard of his apartment complex at 35-46 65th Street in the Woodside section of Queens, New York, he was…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

Traumatic Back Injury Results in $3,260,000 Jury Verdict (Including $1,600,000 for Pain and Suffering); Appeals Court Rejects Defense Claim for $400,000 Reduction for Future Social Securuty Disability

Gerard Malloy had been an elevator mechanic for many years at 14 Wall Street in Manhattan when, on July 21, 2004, he tripped and fell over an air handler cover that had been left on the floor. He was thrown several feet and…more
| Civil Remedies, Personal Injury
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