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SKETCHES OF COURT: Settlement achieved in city bus accident trial

February 2, 2017 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. David Vaughan listens as William Lawlor (standing) trial counsel to the law office of Yuriy Prakhin PC, conducts a direct examination of the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Zaytsev v. Henderson. Anatoliy Zaytsev is on the stand, assisted by Russian language interpreter Yuri Khenkin (at left). Court reporter Francesca Cioffi (center) records the proceedings. 

Zaytsev was driving his car when he and city bus driver Tracy Henderson collided in March 2012. Liability had been determined to be equally shared by plaintiff and defendant. The trial then proceeded to the damages phase.

Zaytsev, who was 60 years old at the time of the accident, claimed injuries related to the accident including cervical and lumbar disc herniation, for which he underwent physical therapy, as well as epidural injection treatment, but for which he declined surgery. Zaytsev alleged that he switched job titles as a result of the accident, from counselor to risk manager, in order to assume lighter duties. 

Daniel Schneider (at right), outside counsel to the law office of Lawrence Heisler, Esq. for the New York City Transit Authority, disputed that any of the medical findings were causally related to the accident. He maintained that Zaytsev’s condition reflects degenerative, not traumatic, changes. Schneider supported his position by claiming Zaytsev missed little time from his desk job. 

The parties arrived at a settlement of $47,500 in the trial that resolved last week in Kings County Civil Term. 


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