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SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury rules in plaintiff’s favor in car accident trial

November 9, 2016 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Peter Sweeney listens as defendant’s attorney Douglas Gingold (standing) of the law firm Pillinger Miller Tarallo addresses the jury during his summations in the motor vehicle accident trial Terrance Thompson v. Ummakhayr Mabry. 

In April 2013, Mabry was behind the wheel when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Union Street and Sutter Avenue in East New York. He claimed not to have seen the other car before the accident and described the moment of impact as the feeling of his car sent flying through the air. The case proceeded to trial on damages only, after a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the plaintiff regarding liability was granted. 

Thompson, a 38 year-old underemployed handyman, was a passenger in the vehicle that had the right of way at the intersection. He claimed that he sustained serious injury in the accident, subsequently undergoing arthroscopic surgery for partial tears in his right shoulder. He was represented by Glenn Verchick (at right), trial counsel for the law offices of David A. Zelman.

While Gingold maintained that Thompson’s injuries were not serious and were pre-existing and degenerative, the jury disagreed and awarded Thompson a total of $65,000 in damages in the trial that concluded last week in Kings County Civil Term. Court reporter Noreen Scanapica (center) recorded the proceedings. 

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