$2,500,000 RECOVERY FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
“Sometimes, the emotional and psychological pain one suffers is worse than the pain caused by physical injuries.” That is the message Chuck Rappaport and Brian Murphy, the newest addition to RGLZ, recently conveyed to a Bronx jury during a two-week trial. Asking a jury to award money damages for psychological pain and suffering is a difficult task. Psychological injuries can’t be seen on an MRI or X-ray. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) doesn’t cause a limp or leave visible signs of harm. The defendant, relying on the “soft” nature of emotional injuries, offered $350,000 to settle our client’s claims.
Our client was on the way to work when they were a victim of a life threatening accident. The physical injuries, including fractures and a concussion largely healed and our client was able to return to work within 6 weeks. However, that was only part of our client’s struggle.
The most significant battle our client was facing, was battling PTSD. According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD is triggered by experiencing a terrifying event. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. During the tragedy our client was certain they were going to die. Within days of the incident, our client demonstrated the telltale symptoms of PTSD. Our client needed psychiatric and psychological treatment.
Our client’s psychological wounds have improved, but is not “ok”. During the trial, Chuck Rappaport and Brian Murphy were tasked with presenting the physical and psychological damages of our client to a jury. Rising to that type of challenge is what trial attorneys do. As the trial progressed, the advocacy of Rappaport and Murphy compelled the defendant to make a life-changing settlement offer to compensate our client for pain and suffering. Facing the testimony of multiple experts including a trauma surgeon, a neuropsychologist, a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist, the defendant agreed to pay almost 8 times its original offer. Because the defendant required the settlement be confidential we can’t name the defendant or report specifically how the accident occurred. We can say that RGLZ’s client was fully and fairly compensated for not only the physical, but also the psychological pain and suffering endured through no fault of their own.