From 14.1 million to 3.2…

May 30, 2007

SI Advance Newslog

A Manhattan judge has slashed the $14.1 million verdict in a personal-injury lawsuit of a woman from the Huguenot section of Staten Island down to $3.2 million, saying the jury award deviated “greatly” with typical awards in such cases.

Lori Keating, a 52-year-old former legal secretary, run down by a taxi cab on a Manhattan street almost four years ago suffered a compound fracture of her right leg in the July 2, 2003, incident on East 49th Street.

Over the years, she has endured six surgeries, including bone and muscle grafts and had rods inserted into her leg, with minimum success. Her injuries have prevented her working and curtailed her physical activities.

Last year, a jury in Manhattan state Supreme Court, awarded her $14.1 million — among the highest for a Staten Islander in a personal-injury trial.

The breakdown was $7 million for future pain and suffering, $5 million for past pain and suffering, more than $1.1 million for lost earnings and almost $900,000 for medical expenses. Her husband, Kevin Keating, was awarded $100,000 for past loss of his wife’s services.

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