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SKETCHES OF COURT: No award in rear-end fender bender

October 26, 2016 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Carolyn Wade listens as defendant’s attorney Richard M. Sands (standing) displays an evidentiary photograph as he addresses the jury during his opening remarks in the damages phase of the motor vehicle accident trial Perez v. Limousine Services Plus Inc., et al. 

Orlando Perez was driving an Econoline van that had stopped at a red light at the intersection of New Utrecht Avenue and 62nd Street in Brooklyn when his vehicle was struck from the rear by the defendant driver’s Lincoln Town Car in January of 2013. Perez was 52 at the time of the accident and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. 

Perez claims that he sustained serious injury as a result of the impact, which included a SLAP tear for which he underwent arthroscopic surgery, other injuries to the right shoulder as well as a herniated disc and disc bulging. He was represented by Kostantinos Mallas (at right) of the law firm Georgaklis & Mallas.

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Though Sands conceded liability for the accident, he argued that the force of the collision, which he characterized as a “fender bender,” was insufficient to produce the claimed injuries. Sands maintained that Perez, who had worked as a master carpenter and handyman, was suffering from pre-existing and degenerative conditions. 

The trial was resolved last week when the jury sided with the defendants, finding that no serious injury was sustained. The plaintiff is considering an appeal. 


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