An $18.7 million judgment in favor of a man who was severely burned in a Bronx apartment fire, including $16 million for pain and suffering, has survived an appellate review.
Without explanation, the state Court of Appeals denied a motion for leave to appeal by the defendants in Peat v. Fordham Hill Owners Corporation, 2014-297. The May 13 decision was the last possible review of the June 2012 jury verdict in Bronx Supreme Court that found the Fordham Hill property management company responsible for the July 1, 2003, blaze that badly injured Christopher Peat.
Peat was refinishing a floor in the Fordham Hill complex when the lacquer he was working with was ignited by the pilot light on a stove, engulfing him in flames. The gas in the apartment was not shut off by the management company before Peat began refinishing the floor, the jury found.
Peat suffered second- and third-degree burns over half his body and has undergone 15 surgeries as part of his rehabilitation, according to his attorneys.
An Appellate Division, First Department panel upheld the jury’s verdict without modification on Oct. 31, 2013.
Kostantinos Mallas, a partner at Georgaklis & Mallas in Brooklyn, represented Peat. Steven Ahmuty, partner in Shaub Ahmuty Citrin & Spratt in Manhattan, represented Fordham Hill.