$31 Million

Niurka A. v. Ronald Mills and the NYC Transit Authority

A 35 year old New York City police officer was a passenger in a police car going to the scene of a robbery with a firearm in progress. As the police car went through a red light at a Bronx intersection with lights and sirens on, all traffic stopped except for a Chevy suburban owned by the New York City Transit Authority and driven by Ronald Mills. That vehicle struck the passenger side of the police car.

The Plaintiff was rendered unconscious and sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulders, back and knees. She was admitted to Jacobi Hospital for two days with headaches, dizziness and vomiting. She proceeded to see many doctors, had hundreds of physical.therapy visits, multiple epidural injections in the spine along with three arthroscopic surgeries on one knee. She suffered traumatic brain damage with migraine headaches, vertigo, nausea, memory loss, concentration problems, permanent nerve damage of her neck and back and derangement of both knees. The New York City Police Department found her totally disabled and she was retired from the force.

The case was brought to the law firm of Dansker & Aspromonte Associates shortly before the scheduled trial date. The verdict was in large part due to proving the claim of brain damage which was raised for the first time by Paul Dansker just before the trial was to begin. Although the Plaintiff was able to walk into the courtroom, the testimony and records showed and the jury saw that the Plaintiff was in real pain and suffered every day during the trial.

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