On October 6, 2022, following a seven-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Traub Lieberman Partner Lisa Rolle obtained a complete defense verdict and dismissal in favor of a Motor Carrier Company (the “Company”) and its employee, a tractor trailer driver (the “Driver”). The Plaintiff claimed injury on November 20, 2017 when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer owned by the Company and operated by the Driver made a left turn in front of Plaintiff at the intersection of 116th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. As a result of the accident, Plaintiff claimed to have sustained injuries to bilateral knees, neck, and back, which required four surgeries: left knee arthroscopy, right knee arthroscopy, two level cervical fusion, and single level lumbar fusion. The Plaintiff claimed more than $1.5 million in medical expenses. Following a seven-day trial, an eight-person jury unanimously found that the Driver was not negligent. The settlement demand before trial was $3 million. The offer was $300,000.
Jackson v. Crete Carrier Corp. and Michael Garner SDNY 20-v-01269 Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang