A Manhattan jury on Thursday awarded $71 million to a woman who was rendered paraplegic in a head-on collision that occurred after the driver of the car she was riding in fell asleep.
Following a three-week trial before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James d’Auguste, a jury of three men and three women awarded Morgan Wang, a Brooklyn resident and former Cornell University student, $60 million for future medical expenses, $6 million for future pain and suffering and $5 million for past pain and suffering.
The verdict was entered Friday.
Wang was riding in the backseat of a car driven by Neil Sexton on State Road 79 in 2012. Sexton fell asleep and collided with another vehicle, killing one person.
Wang’s attorney, Ben Rubinowitz of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steignman & Mackauf, said his client is walking again, but she will need continued medical and psychological treatment.
“They are actually the needed costs to take care of her for the rest of her life,” Rubinowitz said.
Rubinowitz said it may be one of the largest accident verdicts of its kind in the United States.
Rachel Jacobs and James Rubinowitz of Gair Gair also appeared in the case.
Grant Meisels and Jeff Thomas of Rubin, Fiorella, & Friedman represented Sexton. They could not be reached for comment.