Defense Verdict–Supreme Court, Kings County

Chao v, GNOC Corporation d/b/a Atlantic City Hilton
Christopher C. Mauro recently secured a defense verdict in a damages trial in Supreme Court, Kings County. In Chao, the plaintiff was struck in the face by a bathroom stall door. Atlantic Hilton knew the door was broken and did not give notice of the condition to the public. Therefore, liability was conceded. Plaintiff testified that she suffered from TMJ, cervical disc herniations, lumbar disc herniations and radiculopathy as a result of being struck by the door. During the trial, we vigorously contested that plaintiff’s alleged injuries were caused by the accident. We also attacked the plaintiff’s treating doctor as not having the appropriate expertise to diagnose TMJ. The jury agreed with our position finding that plaintiff’s accident was not the proximate cause of her alleged injuries.