$100,000 Award for a Motor Vehicle Accident

January 2018, Denville, NJ

Christopher L. Musmanno, Esq., Chair of the Personal Injury Department and Certified Civil Trial Attorney with the law firm of Einhorn, Harris, Ascher, Barbarito & Frost, PC in Denville, NJ, announces a $100,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident.

In January 2016, Plaintiff was struck head on when the defendant disregarded a red traffic light.

Immediately following the accident, Plaintiff was transported via ambulance to the hospital where she underwent a battery of x-ray testing and CT scans, as well as an EKG.  She was diagnosed with a sternum fracture and two days later, presented to an orthopedist with numbness and tingling in her fingers.  The orthopedist recommended cervical MRI which indicated a broad-based paracentral disc herniation with mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing at C5-6. When her pain persisted and she began to experience shortness of breath, chest pain, and nausea, she returned to the emergency room where she was referred to a neurosurgeon who recommended she undergo a formal physical therapy program.

Additionally, Plaintiff was experiencing pain on her knee and was referred for an MRI which revealed plica of the knee and a sprain of the medial collateral ligament of the right knee.  She was recommended a cortisone injection and additional physical therapy with regard to her knee.

When her course of physical therapy failed to alleviate her neck pain, she consulted with a neurosurgeon and was recommended for surgery.

Plaintiff underwent C4-C5 interbody arthrodesis and discectomy with decompression of spinal cord and nerve roots; C5-C6 interbody arthrodesis and discectomy with decompression of spinal cord and nerve roots; C6-C7 interbody arthrodesis and discectomy with decompression of spinal cord and nerve roots; C6 corpectomy with decompression of spinal cord; C4-C5-C6-C7 anterior instrumentation.

Placement of C4-C5 intervertebral PEEK cage; Placement of C5-C6 intercerebral PEEK cage; Place of C6-C7 intercerebral PEEK cage; Application of cranial tongs; Fluoroscopic guidance for localization; Harvesting of right structural anterior iliac crest autograft; Harvesting of right morselized anterior iliac crest autograft; Reconstruction of ilium; Harvesting of local bone autograft; Placement of Actifuse.

The case settled for the $100,000.00 policy limit, prior to the scheduling of a trial.