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Former model Andrea Karlsen’s physical injuries were minor — whiplash strains from a fender bender eight years ago. But the Milford woman’s subsequent emotional difficulties were extensive. She claimed the accident triggered childhood memories of physical abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her lawyer argued she was like the classic “eggshell skull” plaintiff — and the unlucky defendant driver, who happens to be a New York Supreme Court judge, had to take his victim as he found her.

Defense lawyer John F. Costa countered that it was only a matter of time before Karlsen snapped, and the accident alone wasn’t the sole cause of decades of lost income into the future. Four women and two men awarded Karlsen just over $500,000 after a 12-day trial and a day-and-a-half of deliberation, which concluded Nov. 5.

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