Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
June 14, 2000
By Marie Szaniszlo
MONTICELLO — A 39-year old Mountaindale man will receive more than $1 million under a last-minute settlement reached yesterday while a jury deliberated in Sullivan County Supreme Court.
New York Central Mutual agreed to pay Steve Gallo $1.3 million for complications stemming from hand surgery he underwent in October 1998, 17 months after his car was hit from behind on County Road 56 in Wurtsboro.
- The driver of the car that rear-ended his, Richard Parlow, was never charged criminally. But Gallo and his Newburgh attorney, Elliot Tetenbaum, sued for $2 million, saying the surgery Gallo underwent as a result of the accident damaged the nerves in his hand.
- Parlow’s insurer initially chose not to settle out of court, arguing that some other trauma caused the nerve damage. Then, earlier this month, New York Central Mutual offered to pay Gallo $100,000, an offer he rejected.
- The company upped the price to $1.3 million yesterday after five hours of jury deliberations and a week of testimony. Bert Eisenberg, the insurer’s Liberty attorney, could not be reached yesterday for comment.
- Gallo, a service manager at Rea Ford in Monticello, said he’ll use the money to pay for medical expenses and his kids’ education.
- * Reprinted with permission of The Times Herald-Record
A Mountaindale man receives a significant settlement for a botched corrective hand surgery for a prior car accident. This article is brought to you by Larkin Ingrassia, LLP.