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SKETCHES OF COURT: Plaintiff in auto accident awarded 100K in summary jury trial

December 14, 2016 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Wavny Toussaint oversees the summary jury motor vehicle accident trial Campbell-Reid v. Baraka, et al. 

Latoya Campbell-Reid was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident in November 2011 while traveling along Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. Campbell-Reid alleged that there was a heavy impact in the collision with a car that made a U-turn, and claimed that she sustained serious injuries after hurting her neck and back against the seat and her knee on the dashboard. She claimed two disc bulges and a ruptured herniated disc. Campbell-Reid was represented by Hiram Raldiris (at left) of the law offices of Eric H. Green.

The jury at left is examining evidentiary packets provided by defendant’s attorney Debra Dash (standing) of the law offices of Karen Lawrence on behalf of her client Rochelle Baraka. Baraka was looking for parking just before she made the U-turn. 

Attorney John McLoughlin (at right), of the law offices of McCabe, Collins, McGeough, Fowler, Levine & Nogan, represented the defendant driver of the car in which the plaintiff was a passenger. 

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Cambell-Reid alleged negligence on the part of both drivers in failing to exercise reasonable care, but the jury determined that Baraka was 100 percent at fault and dismissed the case against McLoughlin’s client. Campbell-Reid has a life expectancy of 48 years, and was awarded a total of $100,000 in damages for past and future pain and suffering in the trial that concluded last week in Kings County Civil Term. Officer Jose del Valle maintained order during the proceedings. 


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