Manhattan housekeeper Gloria Aguilar had her original jury award of $27.5 million from her personal injury case now reduced to $18 million by a New York state appeals court. The Appellate Division stated that the Manhattan jury’s payout was actually skewed and incorrect due to an error found on the verdict sheet.
According to the New York Daily News, Aguilar was coming home from her job in Queens when a New York City transit bus struck her while making a turn from 50th Street onto 10th Avenue. Aguilar, a mother of three, ended up losing the lower part of her left leg and also has a paralyzed right leg from the November 2005 accident, leaving her wheel-chair bound.
When they modified her jury award, the appellate judges noted that Aguilar had gone through 10 surgeries along and suffered from severe depression and post-traumatic disorder after the incident. They also recognized that “she depends on others for the most basic of care, and because of complications from her prosthesis and residual pain from the accident, she has been unable to engage in relations with her husband.”
The appeals court adjusted Gloria Aguilar’s award accordingly: $6.9 million for future medical expenses, $10 million for pain and suffering, and $500,000 for past loss of services.
As for the driver of the bus, the Daily News reported the individual was demoted to a non-driving position for two years but was also provided with an opportunity to eventually apply for reinstatement.
To learn more about your legal options in a case like this, consider seeking legal counsel from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and make sure your interests are met.