A New York Subway Injury Lawyer can help you even if your injury did not occur in the subway itself. In the legal world, old Latin phrases are used regularly. In truth, most of the time there is no real reason to continue to use these phrases. Generally, lawyers and judges use them to try to sound smart when they have nothing better to say. However, on rare occasions we can use these phrases to point to the truly extraordinary. This is one of those times. I present to you: Fiat jūstitia ruat cælum, more commonly translated as “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”
How then, in a world of modern English could this phrase be useful? To find that answer we must ask an injured victim who recently won at the Appellate Court. You see, this motorist was traveling in Queens when a piece of metal literally fell from the sky, impaling his windshield and causing severe and permanent injuries. Now that pieces of metal were falling from the heavens, it was time for justice to be done.
The defendant in the case was the New York City Transit Authority. After investigation by the New York Subway Injury Lawyer, it was determined that the metal fell from elevated subway tracks. The Transit Authority did not have much of a defense and therefore admitted liability. To “admit liability” means to agree the accident was your fault. This does not, however, mean that they agreed to compensate the injured victim adequately for the suffering he sustained. That meant the case had to go to trial.
How Do Subway Cases Work in Queens
In Queens County, cases are split into two parts. The first part is liability, or who is at fault for the accident. The second part is damages. In the second part, the New York Subway Injury Lawyer explains the victims injuries to the jury, and it decides how much he should be awarded. In this case, the victim sustained a complex laceration to the right forearm. The laceration cut so deep it significantly aggravated his tissue and required a skin graft with the skin taken from his right thigh. The surgery left him with permanent scarring in his right forearm and thigh. It also left him with ongoing pain and weakness in his wrist. It also made it difficult to move the wrist in all directions. Furthermore, as a result of the metal object hurling through the sky with velocity akin to Thor’s Hammer, the victim stayed at the hospital in excruciating pain for over two weeks.
How a New York Subway Injury Lawyer Describes Your Injury to a Jury
Determined to get back his normal life, the injured victim persevered through physical therapy. Due to his hard work, he returned to work as an auto mechanic approximately two months after the accident. Despite returning to work, he was by no means healed. He still could not lift heavy objects and struggled working with his fingers in small or tight areas. At his trial, his lawyer told the jury about these difficulties as well as the trouble he had at home with cooking, cleaning and around-the-house activities in general. After listening to his testimony and the testimony of his doctors, the jury awarded him $800,000 in past pain and suffering and $1,000,000 in future pain and suffering. In addition, they awarded him medical expenses in the amount of $48,607.46. This is a grand total of $1,848,607.46. In short, his attorney’s hard work paid off.
Your New York Subway Injury Lawyer Fighting a Higher Court
One would think that when the Transit Authority’s negligence hurt somebody to this degree, they would pay the victim in hopes that he could continue on with his life. To the contrary, the Transit Authority appealed. In their appeal they argued a few things. First, that the jury shouldn’t see the metal piece. Second that the jury awarded too much.
The first argument, is a classic defense/insurance company tactic. Often, they will admit fault when they have acted horrendously in hopes that a judge will not let the jury see evidence of the accident. Let it be known, the Transit Authority and insurance do not “accept responsibility” because it is the right thing to do. Rather they try to manipulate the system by suppressing relevant evidence. The second argument was even more dastardly than the first. They claimed the award was excessive. While nearly 2,000,000 is certainly a lot of money, there can be no doubt that in this circumstance, where a metal object rained from the sky and viciously seared through the victim’s flesh, that the award was appropriate. Once again, the Appellate Court agreed.
The New York Subway Injury Lawyer successfully defended his client. Finally, it is worth noting that our system actually encourages municipalities to appeal otherwise reasonable awards. How? Well private people and companies pay 9% interest, compounded yearly if they lose an appeal. Municipalities like the Transit Authority only have to pay 3%. Yet another way they stack the rules against the little guy. The moral of the story? When justice needs to be done, get a lawyer who brings down the heavens. Contact us today.