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Shoulder surgery with physical therapy – valued at $550,000November 14, 2018

Thompson v Toscano, 2018 NY Slip Op 07676 (1st Dept. 2018)

“$400,000 for past pain and suffering and $750,000 for future pain and suffering over 25  years…”

“The 29-year-old plaintiff was a passenger in a minivan involved in an accident with a vehicle owned and operated by the Toscanos. Plaintiff suffered a partial labral tear to the left shoulder, for which she underwent surgery, and had two courses of physical therapy. Plaintiff testified that she continued to suffer from intermittent pain and had a loss of range of motion to her left arm. Her surgeon opined that she might require further physical therapy and surgery in the future. After reviewing comparable injuries and awards, the trial court appropriately concluded that the amounts awarded by the jury were excessive and that the amounts of $300,000 for past pain and suffering and 250,000 for future pain and suffering constituted reasonable compensation for the injuries sustained “

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