Cab driver Mohamed Abdeizaher claimed he was injured over a fare dispute, while dropping off three young women at a Brooklyn residence early one morning. Plaintiff claimed that after the women refused to pay their fare, one of them poured icy water down the back of his shirt. After Abdeizaher exited the cab to shake the ice from his shirt, he claims that the father of one of the women came out of the residence and without warning struck him with a baseball bat. According to Abdeizaher, he used his hand to block the alleged assailant John Sallustio's attempt to strike his knee with the baseball bat.
Sallustio later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor third degree assault and the jury in the civil case found that Sallustio was 100 percent liable. Abdeizahar claimed injuries including a fractured fifth finger to his non-dominant hand with a fifty percent residual disability, emotional distress and an inability to work for eight months. The Brooklyn jury awarded plaintiff $25,000 for punitive damages, $50,000 for past pain and suffering and $125,000 for future pain and suffering for a total award of $200,000.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.