$100,000 Award for a Motor Vehicle AccidentJune 1, 2017
June 1, 2017
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 September 2014, Plaintiff was a passenger in a motor vehicle which was stopped for a red light when the defendant struck Plaintiff’s vehicle in the rear at an excessive rate of speed without warning.
As a result of this accident, Plaintiff sustained a central herniation at C6-7 which appears acute, with associated encroachment of the anterior aspect of the spinal canal; left paracentral and posterolateral disc herniation at L5-S1 with left lateral recess stenosis; left posterior lateral disc herniation at L3-4; and left L4-5, left L5-S1 and left C6-7 radiculopathy.
Initially, Plaintiff did not present to the hospital but a few days after the accident, consulted a chiropractor and immediately commenced a course of conservative management consisting of chiropractic care, physical modalities and acupuncture treatment. He was thereafter referred to a pain management specialist. In light of Plaintiff’s severe objective findings, subjective complaints and due to the failure of his injuries to respond to physical therapy, his pain management doctor administered a left transforaminal epidural steroid injection at L3-L4 and L5-S1 in January 2015 and again in December 2015. With respect to his neck, plaintiff’s pain management doctor administered a cervical epidural steroid injection at C6-C7. When the injections failed to alleviate his symptoms, plaintiff ultimately underwent left L3 hemilaminectomy, facetectomy and foraminotomy with decompression of nerve roots; left L4 hemilaminectomy, facetectomy and foraminotomy with decompression of nerve roots; left L5 hemilaminectomy, facetectomy and foraminotomy with decompression of nerve roots; left S1 lateral recess decompression of foraminotomy with decompression of nerve root; open L4-L3 diskectomy; open L4-L5 diskectomy; open L5-S1 diskectomy.
The defendant possessed a policy with a limit of liability for bodily injury in the amount of $100,000.00. The case settled for the $100,000.00 policy limit.