$100,000 Settlement for Motor Vehicle AccidentMay 1, 2016
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 $100,000.00 settlement for motor vehicle accident.
Plaintiff is a 54 year old man. In July 2015, he was stopped in traffic when he was tapped in the rear by another vehicle. There was no damage to the back of his car, which was a problem in the case. He also did not seek treatment immediately but followed up with a chiropractor about a week after the accident.He was diagnosed with a disc herniation at multiple levels. He underwent bilateral L2-S1 laminectomies and foraminotomoes with a posterolateral fusion procedure Despite questions as to whether the surgery was proximately caused by this very minor rear end hit accident. The defense argued that the Plaintiff had a longstanding problem of a degenerative spine and that while he ultimately need the surgery he underwent, the minor automobile accident had nothing to do with the need for surgery. Despite this, the defendant had a $100,000.00 policy limit which was offered to settle the case prior to trial. There were no other insurance monies that were collectible in the case since Plaintiff did not possess underinsured motorist coverage