$200,000 Settlement for Motor Vehicle AccidentJune 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 $200,000.00 settlement for a motor vehicle accident.
Plaintiff is a 27 year old woman. In November 2014, she was stopped at an intersection, waiting to make a left hand turn. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the Defendant, lost control of his vehicle and swerved off the road, striking the Plaintiff’s fully stopped vehicle head on without warning.
As a result of the accident, the Plaintiff sustained the following injuries: central herniation at C5-6 of the intervertebral disc with encroachment of the anterior aspect of the spinal canal; central bulging at C6-7 of the intervertebral disc; central herniation at L5-S1 of the intervertebral disc and disc material extending inferior to the disc space and associated encroachment of the anterior aspect of the spinal canal; and broad-based disc bulging at L4-5 of the intervertebral disc with deformity of the anterior aspect of the dural sac. Ultimately, Plaintiff elected to proceed with L5-S1 decompression and fusion procedure with instrumentation.
Subsequent to depositions of the parties, the case settled for $200,000. Additionally, Plaintiff was unable to work for about two (2) weeks following the accident itself and for approximately one (1) month following her back surgery. There was a small lost wage claim. All medical bills were paid, subject to the applicable co-payment and deductible provisions on her automobile insurance policy.