$85,000 Award for a Motor Vehicle AccidentJuly 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 $85,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident.
In July 2015, in the course of his employment, Plaintiff was riding as a rear seat passenger of a vehicle owned by his employer and operated by a co-worker. They were fully stopped in traffic when their vehicle was struck in the rear by the car directly behind them which was struck by the Defendant.
Plaintiff was taken via ambulance to the hospital immediately following the accident where he was examined, administered pain medication and discharged under the advisement to follow up with an orthopedic specialist. Two (2) days later he presented to chiropractor, where he commenced a course of conservative treatment which consisted of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and acupuncture and also underwent diagnostic testing. According to his cervical spine MRI report, Plaintiff sustained a right foraminal disc protrusion at C3-4 with moderate right neural foraminal synosis. As for his lumbar MRI report, he sustained a small central disc protrusion and annular tear at L5-S1. 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 conservative course of treatment, his pain management doctor administered a lumbar epidural steroid injection at L5-S1 and underwent left L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1 facet joint injection administered with fluoroscopy guidance. He consulted with an orthopedic specialist and a neurosurgeon who recommended additional injections.
On May 27, 2016 Plaintiff underwent right C3-4, C4-5 and C5-6 facet injections and on June 27, 2016 a left L5-S1 epidural steroid injection. Because of Plaintiff’s age, he has not been recommended for surgery to date.
The case settled prior to the scheduled trial date for $85,000.00.