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8/17/2011
Jonathan Cooper
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Why Jury Verdict Reports From a NY Personal Injury Case May Be Misleading

Long Island & Queens, NY car accident & personal injury attorney Jonathan Cooper on why jury verdict reports from a NY car accident case may be misleading.

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10/15/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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New York Appeals Court Forces Insurer To Defend Construction Company in Personal Injury Lawsuit

In this article, Long Island, New York construction site accident lawyer Jonathan Cooper discusses how a New York appeals court recently issued an order compelling an insurer to defend and indemnify its insured against a worker's construction site accident and personal injury claim. For additional FREE information on construction site accidents under New York law, please visit www.JonathanCooperLaw.com.

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7/13/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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In an unusual move, an appeals court reinstated a jury's award which had been reduced from $2 million to $600,000, to a pedestrian who was knocked down by a passing truck, causing him to sustain severe personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and several fractures that left him in a coma for over one month.

As anyone who has experience selecting juries for trial will tell you, what is not unusual or suprising is that this aspect of the story - the reinstatement of the 7-figure verdict made the news. Nor, for that matter, would it have surprised anyone had the news reported on the jury's verdict; what would have been surprising was if the news had covered the judge's reduction of the award by nearly 2/3 - a fact of trial life that often confronts personal injury lawyers, but rarely - if ever - makes the headlines.

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7/6/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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Recently, a Queens County jury awarded a woman of Chinese-American descent, who claimed that her Flushing, Queens cooperative board had discriminated against her, $225,000. While that verdict, in and of itself, isn't particularly blog-worthy, a closer reading of the jury's finding is: the jury awarded the plaintiff money damages even though they did not believe that the plaintiff had proved that the coop board had been guilty of racism.

Not surprisingly, the coop board has indicated that they intend to appeal this verdict.

This case serves as a useful reminder that a jury's verdict is often unpredictable, and may be internally inconsistent. Consequently, a jury's verdict may not give the parties to the lawsuit the finality that they might otherwise expect; it may only lead to further appeals (and legal bills).

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