How Much to Ask for Pain and Suffering (Car Accident) In New York ?
In Alston v. Moreau (Jury Verdict Rptr. XVIII/4-9 [Sup. Ct., Kings County, 5/4/00]), a 52-year-old passenger involved in a vehicular accident, who suffered a torn left medial meniscus requiring arthroscopic surgery and possibly requiring future knee replacement, received $ 250,000 for past pain and suffering, $ 1,500,000 for future pain and suffering, and $ 122,000 for lost earnings.
Her 28-year-old daughter, also involved in the accident, suffered cervical and lumbar strains and sprains, and received physical therapy; she was awarded $ 125,000 for past pain and suffering, $ 125,000 for future pain and suffering, and $ 67,200 for lost earnings.
In Mascia v. Blanchard, Jr. (Jury Verdict Rptr. XVII/38-25 [Sup. Ct., Erie County, 1/18/00]), a 55-year-old clerk whose vehicle was rear-ended and who suffered two herniated discs, was awarded $ 130,000 for past pain and suffering, $ 32,123 for past medical expenses, $ 5,759 for past lost earnings, $ 85,722 for future pain and suffering, and $ 92,080 for future medical expenses.