Warren lawsuit gets record award

TICONDEROGA A Queensbury man was awarded the largest verdict in Warren County history in October after his arm was traumatically amputated in a motorcycle accident two years before. Philip Cote, Jr. was awarded $11 million after a 2two-week trial in Warren County State Supreme Court. The trial verdict for Cote was won by Attorney Brian Breedlove of Pennock, Breedlove and Noll of Clifton Park. Ticonderogas retired Supreme Court Justice Dominick J. Viscardi is counsel to Breedloves firm, as well as senior partner of Viscardi Howe & Rudgers LLP, the Ticonderoga affiliate of Pennock, Breedlove and Noll. Cote was operating a 1994 Honda motorcycle on July 7, 2005, when a United Parcel Service package truck made a left-hand turn in front of him. The jury in the trial, presided over by Justice David B. Krogmann, found that the UPS driver was negligent in causing the accident and the injury to Cote and that Cote was free of any contributory fault for the accident. Cote lost his right arm in the accident, and doctors were unable to reattach it. Because of the nature of the amputation, which involved twisting and pulling, deadening nerves in the process, Cote lost most of the ability to use his shoulder and has endured four surgeries to establish mobility in his shoulder area, Breedlove added. Cote worked as a laborer for Finch, Pruyn & Co. at the time of the accident. He received $2.7 million for future loss of earnings alone, Breedlove reported. The next-highest jury award in Warren County history had been for a total of about $2.5 million, he said.

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