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SKETCHES OF COURT: No damages awarded in t-bone car crash

April 27, 2015 By Alba Acevedo Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Bernard Graham listens as a radiologist provides expert testimony for the defense and uses a visual aid during the motor vehicle accident trial Abrams v. Fuchs that took place earlier this month in Kings County Civil Term. At issue in the trial was the determination of damages. 

The plaintiff, represented by David Waterbury (seated, right), of counsel to the law offices of Edward Vilinsky, was a passenger in a car traveling westbound in Brooklyn when the vehicle was T-boned in a collision which, she claims, caused her injuries in the February 2011 accident. Liability was decided wholly against the defendant, represented by Chikodi Emerenini (standing) of the law firm Harris, King, Fodera & Correia, in summary judgment. The defendant’s vehicle was traveling along E. 29th Street and ran through the stop sign at the intersection of Avenue K. 

The plaintiff claimed she suffered disc herniation and lumbar reticulopathy as a result of the accident, while the defense countered they were lesser injuries and attributable to degeneration and other comoborbidities, and not traumatically induced. After deciding if the injuries presented significant or consequential limitation to the plaintiff, the jury determined they did not meet the threshold and did not award damages for the plaintiff’s injuries in the accident. 

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