David Gould Wins Defense Verdict In Kings County In One of the First Jury Trials After the Covid Pause
On May 18, 2021, David Gould obtained a defense verdict after just 36 minutes in the Supreme Court Kings County before Judge Debra Silber (Deborah Thomas vs. Nadege Constant, Supreme Kings Index Number 504584/2017). The plaintiff in the case was driving westbound on Old Country Road in Carle Place when she claimed the defendant, who was heading eastbound on Old Country Road, made a sudden left turn in front of her vehicle. The defendant denied making a left turn, noting that the plaintiff veered into her lane of traffic and hit her vehicle as she was waiting for the plaintiff to pass her. The plaintiff claimed that she sustained a meniscal tear of left knee with arthroscopic surgery as a result of the accident, but the jury rejected that claim. After deliberating for just 36 minutes, the jury rendered a unanimous defense verdict holding that the defendant was not negligent. The backdrop to this client victory is that the trial was conducted as the court transitions away from Covid restrictions.