$187,500 Award for a Slip and Fall AccidentApril 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 $187,500.00 settlement for a slip and fall accident.
In January 2015 Plaintiff was intending to retrieve medicine from her vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot of her apartment building. At this time, significant ice had accumulated throughout the premises, including, but not limited to the sidewalk adjacent to the Plaintiff’s apartment unit. Without knowledge of its icy condition, Plaintiff attempted to negotiate the sidewalk to her car, but the hazardous ice condition caused her to slip and fall directly and violently on the right side of her face. The force of the impact was so great that she was temporarily rendered unconscious, and she sustained multiple lacerations to her face. Plaintiff was taken via ambulance to the hospital.
As a result of this incident, Plaintiff sustained maxillofacial surgery as follows: (a) open reduction and internal fixation of the right zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture via multiple surgical approaches utilizing a Synthes pink 0.7 mm plate and a 0.4 mm Synthes strut plate each of which was fixated by numerous 5 mm screws; (b) open reduction and internal fixation of the right orbital floor blowout fracture with an alloplastic implant reconstruction utilizing Vicryl mesh to reconstruct the orbital floor; (c) open reduction and internal fixation of a depressed zygomatic arch fracture; and (d) decompression of entrapped cranial nerve, V-2; simple laceration repair to right upper eye lid, totaling 2.5 cm via nine (9) 6.0 nylon sutures; simple laceration repair to right upper eye lid, totaling 2.0 cm via seven (7) 6.0 nylon sutures; and aggravation, exacerbation and/or acceleration to a pre-existing superimposed central posterior disc herniation at L5-S1 with extrinsic pressure on the anterior thecal sac with the protrusion measuring 20.3 mm x 6.2 mm.
The case settled prior to the scheduling of a trial at the time of Mediation for the amount of $187,500.00.