Jury Awards $570,000 in Brooklyn Shooting

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On August 16, 2004, a Brooklyn, N.Y. jury awarded plaintiff Ramona Brooks $570,000 for injuries resulting from a shooting. Her trial Attorney Carol L. Schlitt said, Â?After years of obfuscation by the City of New York and the New York City Police Department, the Court and the jury delivered the justice that Mrs. Brooks sought.Â?

A Brooklyn, New York Jury awarded Ramona Brooks $570,000 for injuries arising from a controversial gun shot wound. Attorney Carol L. Schlitt, the trial lawyer for the plaintiff, said, “After years of obfuscation by the City of New York and the New York City Police Department, the Court and the jury delivered the justice that Mrs. Brooks sought.”

The case stems from a January 23, 1995 incident when Ramona Brooks stood in line at an ATM in the East New York section of Brooklyn. During an attempted hold up of an off-duty NYPD Officer, a shot was fired that struck Ms. Brooks in the arm.

A dispute arose over who fired the shot – the alleged thief, who was never apprehended, or the off-duty police officer. The New York City Police Department never pursued criminal charges for the shooting and over nine years misplaced or refused to produce evidence and made multiple misstatements and misrepresentations of the evidence in the case. On April 16, 2003, Judge Michael Ambrosio of the New York State Supreme Court struck the City’s defenses, finding the City and the New York City Police Department 100 percent liable for Mrs. Brooks' injury.

The City appealed that decision and on April 19, 2004, a four judge panel of the Appellate Division, Second Department, decided the case, Brooks v. The City of New York. The appellate court unanimously affirmed the 2003 order of Judge Ambrosio by unanimously rejecting the defendants’ argument.

Having held the City liable for Mrs. Brooks’ injury, Ms. Schlitt presented evidence about the damages Mrs. Brooks’ endured and the wages she lost as a home care worker. Based on that evidence, the jury awarded damages of $570,000. Upon hearing the jury’s award, Mrs. Brooks said, “Finally, justice has been done.”

Mrs. Brooks had retained counsel from the firm Randazzo & Giffords of Lake Success, New York, who in turn hired Carol L. Schlitt to serve as trial counsel.

About the Law Offices of Carol L. Schlitt

The Law Offices of Carol L. Schlitt specialize in personal injury law and accepts cases throughout New York City and Long Island. She has been recognized for having one of the top 10 verdicts in New York City and is a past winner of the New York City Municipal Attorney of the Year Award. For more information, please visit http://www.schlittlaw.com, call 1-800-660-1466 or e-mail carol@schlittlaw.com.

About the Law Offices of Randazzo & Giffords

The Law Offices of Randazzo & Giffords specialize in personal injury law and accepts cases throughout the New York metropolitan area. For more information please call (516) 355-0780.

For more information on this release, contact Ms. Schlitt at 1-800-660-1466 or carol@schlittlaw.com.

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