- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A state appeals court has reversed a lower court’s ruling and ordered a Long Island county to pay a former Verizon worker more than $5 million after the man was hit by a county parks truck, leaving him disabled.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1TnII9e ) Wednesday’s decision in Brooklyn reinstates Jason Kowalsky’s 2014 jury award.

Kowalsky underwent back surgery after he was hit in Middle Island in 2009 while putting equipment away. He sued, accusing the Suffolk County driver of being inattentive and using poor judgment.

A state Supreme Court justice had called the original award excessive and reduced it to $750,000.

Kowalsky’s attorney, William Ricigliano, says the appeals court has given Kowalski justice.

County Attorney Dennis Brown says they will look at whether to appeal.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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