Cellino & Barnes Secures $3.8 Million Verdict for Victim of 2003 Auto Accident

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Rochester man who was badly hurt as result of driver inattention is successfully represented by attorneys from New York-based personal injury firm Cellino & Barnes

We are very gratified that the jurors carefully reviewed the evidence presented at the four-day trial and returned a verdict that we feel justly compensates our client for the medical bills and lost income he suffered as a result of the driver's negligence

A Rochester man who was seriously injured in an automobile accident has been awarded a $3.8 million verdict by a Monroe County jury.

Attorneys from the New York law firm of Cellino & Barnes secured the verdict for the plaintiff in the case, Kelvin Seawright v. Omar Crooks and Joe Rambo (Index No. 06/88270), which was tried in Monroe County Civil Court before Judge Ann Marie Taddeo.

The plaintiff, who was 39 years old on the date of the accident, earned his living as a forklift operator with a temporary agency, where he was paid $10.00 per hour. On November 17, 2003, he was a front seat restrained passenger when a car operated by Omar Crooks and owned by Joe Rambo, Jr. struck the back of a stopped SUV on Genesee Street in Rochester. Driver inattention was to blame.

The plaintiff was ultimately diagnosed as having suffered a cervical sprain and later, after having an MRI, it was revealed that he suffered a small annular tear and disc herniation. The plaintiff received 149 chiropractic visits in three years, but was unable to complete treatment because his benefits were terminated. He ultimately returned to work on his own in 2008 as a security guard and was restricted to performing sedentary and light duty work.

"We are very gratified that the jurors carefully reviewed the evidence presented at the four-day trial and returned a verdict that we feel justly compensates our client for the medical bills and lost income he suffered as a result of the driver's negligence," said Richard P. Amico, an experienced trial attorney at Cellino & Barnes, one of the nation's largest personal injury law firms.

According to Amico's co-counsel, Timothy Hedges, the plaintiff was awarded $750,000 for past pain and suffering, $85,000 for past wages from 2003 to 2008, and $3,000,000 in future pain and suffering over the next 30.9 years. Amico and Hedges were offered $15,000 to settle the claim after the close of evidence, but were confident that the jury would deliver justice to their client.

Cellino & Barnes is a New York personal injury law firm, with offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Melville, Garden City (Long Island) and Manhattan, New York. Cellino & Barnes focuses strictly on personal injury cases, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, premises liability and more. For more information about Cellino & Barnes, please go to http://www.cellinoandbarnes.com or call 800.621.2020.

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