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.