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NY Post: Columbia lawyer suggests student exaggerated injuries in dorm collapse suit

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The New York Post reported on Monday that a lawyer representing Columbia suggested that Veronica Couzo, CC ’10, exaggerated injuries she sustained after the ceiling collapsed in her room in University Apartment housing on West 111th Street in May 2010.

Couzo, who graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School this spring, filed a personal-injury suit against Columbia in June 2011 for unspecified damages. Couzo told the Post that Eric Strober, the lawyer representing the University, suggested that she was faking her injuries because of her academic success in a recent deposition with Couzo’s mother, Lidia.

Couzo said that Strober made the same assertions in a deposition she gave in June 2012 when Strober asked her if her injuries, which reportedly included a herniated disk, affected her school work.

“They treat me like, ‘You’re totally fine. You’re making this up,’” Couzo told the Post. “But I’m not going to let the pain and the headaches that I have stop me from doing well or working hard.”

The University declined to comment to the Post.

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COMMENTS (7)

  1. Anonymous • June 24, 2014 at 10:28 am • Reply

    Looks like the ceiling fell in the bathroom. So unless she sleeps in the bathtub, she was not hit.

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  2. Chunk • June 25, 2014 at 8:28 am • Reply

    Columbia lawyer is also saying that gravity and Newton’s law exaggerated themselves.

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  5. ed re • July 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm • Reply

    if the woman has got a herniated disc i can tell you it hurts like hades. i have 3 enlarged discs in my neck i didnt even know i had till i was applying for medical retirement. my neck hurts like hades every day
    personally id suggest she turn the lawyer into the state bar if he has made this statement more than once
    then again one poster says it was in the bathroom area so his statement would seem accurate.
    i just dislike lawyers who say youre fine when youre hurt

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